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Loosening up Your Painting.

Unrestrained

According to Dictionary.com this means

1. Not restrained or controlled; uncontrolled or uncontrollable: the unrestrained birthrate in some countries.

2. Not constrained; spontaneous: unrestrained laughter.

So it only makes sense how this piece adopted its name. Un-Restrained is an incredibly loose painting that nearly escaped me.

The palette for a painting is a major part of its beauty. I chose to use a warm palette with an emphasis on pinks. While working on it, I was tossing things freely on top, but there was still care in keeping the pieces coming out with direction from a stem. The dark green simple shape at the bottom was strong enough to balance out the loose flowers on top.

At times I was intimidated by the painting, because there were no precise or meticulous movements. I wasn’t sure if it would turn out, but I had to keep going.

Sometimes that is the way it is in watercolor. You have to keep going along.  Often times we get frustrated with a piece and just want to end the experience so we can start another.  When it gets complicated the best thing you can do is slow down and take a look at where you are and  where you want to be.

How do you loosen up your painting style?

Ellen