One thing I constantly struggle with as an artist is "loosening up." My paintings, whether oil or pastel, for the most part seem to have more detail in them than is needed or wanted by me. I don't start out that way. As each painting begins I try to prepare myself to be "loose." I block in with large shapes. But after this step I seem to retreat into the need for more preciseness. I have studied the work of artists whom I feel have that loose quality I like - Jennifer McChristian - for one, and I've watched videos or DVDs of art demos where the artists have this free quality, and I just can't pinpoint (at this time) the "trick" or method to it all. I've used larger brushes and tried to use fewer strokes to say what I want to say, but it just hasn't come yet on a consistent basis.
This painting, "The Chorus Line," I feel is the closest to this quality that I've ever been. Thin background paint, loose edges, and thick and thin paint areas - maybe if I can persevere in this direction - just maybe - I can come closer to the painting style I'd like to master.