A guest post by Annie O’Brien Gonzales
The following intuitive technique shows how underpainting loosely sets the stage for bold paintings. In my expressive painting workshops I am frequently asked how to stay “loose” when painting. To stay loose you need to start loose and stay “process-focused” not “product-focused.”
- fluid acrylic paint: three colors
- squeegees and/or pieces of mat board in different sizes to use as scraping tools
- painting surface (canvas, panel, or board)
- mark-making tools (water soluble crayons, pencils, etc. whatever you have)
- bucket of water & paper towels
- your favorite music
Advice to readers: Underpaintings set the tone for the whole painting. Stay loose, don’t think or analyze, and stay in the moment. You will surprise yourself. Enjoy the process and carry that feeling forward as you paint.
Annie is a professional painter, teacher and author from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She paints colorful, expressive, still life, landscape and abstract paintings in acrylic, mixed media and oil. Her work is represented by galleries across the US, exhibits in juried shows, collected by art lovers, and recently included in a museum permanent collection. She teaches painting workshops across the country including at Ghost Ranch and at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Her book Bold Expressive Painting: Painting Techniques for Still Lifes, Florals and Landscapes in Mixed Media will be published by North Light Books in February, 2016 and is now available for pre-order.