6 Ways to Loosen Up!

You may have heard the phrase ‘loosen up’ from an art teacher, I have and I never quite understood how or what they really meant.  We all have certain styles in the way we draw, some of us will naturally make bold, large strokes and others will enjoy small accurate strokes perhaps focussing on detail. Is there a need to loosen up and if so how can it be done?

Get Comfortable With Your Style

Now after many years of art classes I got the impression that you had to be ‘gutsy’ with your drawing and painting otherwise it was somehow lesser work.  Of course  this is not true, there is nothing wrong with a more ‘technical’ style and for those of us who like detail.  If you are someone who likes small paintbrushes and detail that is ok but there is some merit in trying out a looser style which you can use when needed.

Looser, more energetic strokes tend to have more movement and can look at bit fresher.  Sometimes we can overwork a piece and this is a trap that many beginners fall into because they are less confident with strokes and lines so they tend to go over areas time and time again.

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Why Don’t I Like My Art?

I wanted to write this post for those of your who think you don’t like your artwork and I know that there are several of you. I would like to offer some advice and guidance to help because I understand these feelings.  Every term I meet a few learners who don’t like and even hate the work they produce.

Our Own Worst Critics 

Firstly why don’t you like your work?  Often it because we are judging it very harshly we don’t think it is good enough or we are comparing it with others work. I had one learner who shocked me with a very accomplished portrait which I honestly didn’t think she was capable of producing after the first session of the course.

I was amazed by how much progress she had made after ten weeks of classes.  Sadly she didn’t see the progress and achievements herself, she only saw the mistakes and only spoke to me about what was ‘wrong’ with her art.

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