Lately I’ve been talking a lot about painting loose…and also trying to do so. It’s something I really want to learn and I suppose it has a lot to do with drooling over artists I admire that paint so freely and beautifully. I feel like that is what painting could be for me. Bold strokes, loosening up, freedom and color…that’s what I long for. Of course, execution is a whole other thing. I can dream and imagine all I want, but I certainly don’t have it down. I’m amazingly tight, even though I’m imprecise in the end. Amazingly wannabe perfectionist, even though I’m far from it. It’s madness…and maddening! This crazy battle of wanting one thing, but doing another. Isn’t that the definition of insanity?

My first attempts look sort of messy, rather than loose. There’s such a difference and I can’t seem to get it right. When I let myself go loose, I get sloppy. Ugh. I just have to keep practicing. I don’t know how else to approach this goal of mine. In a sense, I want the look of those luscious loose oil paintings, even though I use acrylics. I don’t even know if it’s possible. If you have any favorite bold and loose acrylic artists, please let me know! I guess, one good thing…I really like the vase in my painting, the mix of color. That makes me happy. 🙂

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