Paint relaxed and easy

A few years ago I worked with a lot of material in my pictures. Structural compounds and pastes, bitumen, marble waste and thick rusty surfaces. Gladly materials with a “life of their own”. However, thick layers of material often appear heavy. But that’s not all. It also depends on the painting how the design looks in your picture. My work has changed over the years, and its appearance has become lighter and lighter. At first unconsciously, then consciously used. I still enjoy working in different techniques and with a wide variety of materials. Often times, however, a brush, paint and a few pens are enough for me today.

What is important for pictures to radiate lightness and looseness?

1. Transparencies
Perhaps it is because I have mainly done watercolors for many years, but I also like to work diluted with acrylic paint. I let the paint run and flow, using liquid Indian ink so that the layers of paint run into one another naturally. They result in transparent, shimmering surfaces. Transparencies also bring depth into the picture. You can also work translucent with undiluted acrylic paint, e.g. B. with a linoleum roller. In this way you can create overlays in the picture, ie mix large and small shapes and use them stacked on top of each other.

2.
Loose brushwork A loose brushstroke contributes significantly to the lightness of the picture. In doing so, I always try to find out how much unrest the picture can have. I also combine the structured area with a lot of brush marks with very calm elements, with little noticeable brush marks.

3. Play of lines
An airy play of lines brings a lot of lightness into the picture, especially when the lines are delicate or sometimes thicker and thinner. It is also a way of enhancing the contrasts in your picture.

4. Organic, naturally created shapes
A geometrical representation is constructed in the vast majority of cases and has a more uncomplicated effect. That’s why I use organic shapes that are created. Either through painterly and “intuitive brush swing” or through techniques in which the forms arise naturally, such as. B. pourings or washouts.

5. Dynamic arrangement
Look for less static arrangements, but also work with diagonals, i.e. not only use vertical and horizontal arrangements. You can achieve a different effect just by placing the elements.

6. Coloring
Last but not least, the coloring is important, whether your picture looks light or heavy. Powdery pastel tones or lightened, mixed colors have a lighter effect than pure colors, which are more striking.

Ultimately, however, it is also a question of personality, with which image design options you feel comfortable. Everyone has their own preferences. For me it is the case that the reduction of materials leaves more and more space for my own painterly handwriting. It slows me down less, but lets the images emerge with ease. That can be seen and felt.

You can find more about lightness in the picture and other rules of composition in my new ebook: Composition, playing with color, shape and contrast.

Have fun with all experiments.