291 Freeing Up

This week I discovered Mile Svob’s super 20 minute painting tutorials on YouTube, called Create Paintings You Love. He demonstrates by using big brushes, bold shapes and not stressing the details in order to loosen up and paint more freely.

Mike demonstrates 5 different principles – Tone/Value, Shape, Colour, Edges and abstraction, and different methods in each lesson. After watching the first one I was itching to start. And keeping with my personal challenge this year to use up existing or rarely used supplies I dragged out my old acrylic paints, gessoed over some failed watercolours and I was set to go.

Lesson 1 Value – Using a light and a dark plus white. I struggled a bit with this one but it really made me think about the tonal or value patterns in the design.

Lesson 2 – Shapes. This was painted from Mikes photo so I didn’t have to think too much about the composition. A great lesson in simplification.

Lesson 3 – Colour. A lesson in using contrasts in hue and intensity.

Lesson 4 – Edges. Seeing where to have hard edges in the clouds as opposed to lost edges, how to blend and soften.

Lesson 5 – Abstraction. A really fun exercise with no boundaries or direction. Abstraction has always intrigued me so it was liberating to paint with no idea where or how this would end up.

I could have continued working on this one for ages, adding and subtracting, just playing with colours and shapes.

I really enjoyed these tutorials. It was a great challenge trying to do them in 20 minutes. I probably went a couple of minutes over on some but it forced me to not stress the details. If you like the look of these sign up with the link above. Mike is doing another mini online painting course starting 24 January.

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10 thoughts on “291 Freeing Up

  1. Nothing like having a nice time constraint to help cut to the chase and loosen up, Ros! (and also, in the process, feel really, really productive!) These all look like FUN and very effective!! 🙂

  2. These are striking. Excellent. Color is great. You should be very happy with these.

    I will look into this course. I am going thru a bad time as I am not longer enjoying the landscapes and cityscapes I have been painting and sketching for so long.

  3. Pingback: Simplification and Value in Painting – Short Studies – jo fox – adventures in art

  4. I never received this post but I did get a few comments. Do I have to sign up again? This looks like a great tutorial. The colors and shapes are gorgeous. Do you think you will use this method of simplification in your work?

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