When learning to paint or learning new painting techniques it can be a little intimidating because it’s new and you most likely don’t have any clue to where to start. Most of my students who take my live painting workshops have never picked up a brush or palette knife. Those who have find it still frustrating to accomplish popular techniques that many experienced artist know.
What I’ve found is that with a little push and the proper training, that anyone willing to learn various painting techniques can learn the basics and evolve into skilled artists.
There is one student of mine who took my class that had never taken a painting class before. She soared after taking my class because she followed what I’m about to share with you in this book. Look up Laura Browning Art on Facebook or Instagram. She is knocking it out of the park with her work.
Now, let’s get started. In most of my personal work these days I paint with a palette knife. When I first started off I didn’t paint with a palette knife, I painted with a brush. But over the years I evolved into painting with the palette knife.
I think one of the easiest ways to start painting is painting small objects loose and free so you can get a feel of the paint and making shapes with just a few strokes.
If you start with the palette knife, you just have to keep in mind that your painting will not be very detailed or perfect because you are painting with a blade and it’s impossible to paint a very detailed painting with a pointed tip blade. One thing I like about painting with the knife is that forces you to loosen up and that’s the most important thing of all.
One of the most common struggles that I see a lot of my students face is painting tight and rigid (which is totally fine), but I feel they are taught to paint rigid and precise (which is fine too) but hinders you from being able to paint loose brush strokes and experiment with different techniques.
One of the best things my art instructor from college forced us to do is paint loose and free. He would get onto us a lot about painting stiff precise brush strokes. He stated that when he looked at our paintings he wanted to be able to see the brush strokes. I thank him for that because it allowed me to be freer with my work and not get caught up on perfection. One of the easiest ways to paint with acrylics is to paint free and loose. Whether that be with a palette knife or a brush.
Loosen your hand, loosen your wrist and keep an open mind and try to paint loose and free. If you don’t get anything else from this blog post, get this try to focus on being free and loose when painting. It’ will do you a world of good!