Paint My Photo website. They're having a contest where members can post a painting of theirs in a loose style and possibly win a book by Jean Haines who is to judge the contest. Since I've been a fan of Jean's since I first saw her work on Wet Canvas, I really wanted to win her book but ------ the following blog post explains it all!
You don't know how many attempts I've made at a loose painting for this month's (August) challenge - my wastebasket overfloweth!
I've tried loose paintings in watercolor (but I stink at that medium under normal circumstances), then I tried pastel but if you put a brush or a pencil or pastel stick in my hands it's not really going to result in a very loose painting.
I've also tried an acrylic piece that is definitely loose because I used my fingers only but it's certainly not on par with the paintings already submitted for this month's challenge. I just don't think I'm cut out to be a loose painter.
I've admired the work of Jean Haines for eons and frequently refer to her tutorials on Wet Canvas. I don't think I'll ever be able to paint as loosely as Jean but I would certainly like to loosen up at least some! She makes it look so easy, doesn't she?
I think it's too late for me to paint anything for the challenge this month as there are a lot of things going in the next few weeks but I just wanted to say that whoever wins Jean's book certainly deserves it! If it ain't so easy being a loose woman, it's probably not so easy being a loose man either!
The lion painting above is from ESP at Paint My Photo but I certainly did not do justice to it. I painted it in acrylic but instead of using a brush or palette knife, I used my fingers and finger nails although my signature was done with a brush. While it's not a masterpiece and loose may not be easy, it was certainly fun to do!