How Do I Paint More Loosely? From Real to Impressionistic

This is harder than it might seem. Painting in a messy, painterly, impressionistic, loose style doesn’t come naturally for most people.


“How do I loosen up my paintings?” is a question that I get asked often.


As a self-taught artist, I began painting this way out of lack of patience. I don’t enjoy painting all the little details and allowed myself to just paint what I call a “blurred view” of the subject.


I talk about this idea of painting a blurred view combined with a few other tips in the video below. I hope it helps you to loosen up and enjoying painting even more!


Here are my tips on going from real to impressionistic.



I also created a new podcast episode on this and share a little more about this topic. You can listen here.

4 Responses

  1. Cheryl

    I have always tried to be a very detailed, precise, perfect painter. After years of trying, I long for a looser, more relaxed style. Decided this after doing your exercise of, finding your style”. This video really helped and encouraged me. Thanks again. We’ll give it a try!

    • Amanda Hilburn

      I’m so happy that the class helped you! Can’t wait to see what you create!

  2. Dee

    This was exactly what I was looking for.. I have a very hard time painting details . I love messy.. blurry and quick paintings.. not something that will take me a week to finish.. thank you SSSOOO much!!!!

    • Amanda Hilburn

      Yay! I’m so happy it helped! You are welcome!