“Loosen up will ya!” – An Exercise in Being Painterly

I could never figure out what to do with these narrow little canvases – they’ve been hanging around here for a long time. So this morning while waiting for a stretcher frame to be completed and gesso to dry, I pulled them out. I have this strong tendency towards controlled lines and brush strokes (which isn’t a bad thing but versatility is an asset) so I figured a small exercise in loosening up might not hurt…

Even though I can appreciate how this little triptych turned out it’s still hard for me to just leave the brush strokes be… I want to smooth them out, blend them and flatten the paint – ha ha!  (These look much more interesting in real life too – the photos just don’t do the texture justice.)

So how about you? What’s your default style when it comes to painting or drawing?
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