One of the most difficult ways to paint is to paint like a child, especially when you are an adult. As Pablo Picasso said,”It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
There were artists who let their emotions flow without trying to be someone or follow any art movement or style.
After visiting two artists Gaston Chaissac and Jean Joseph Sanfourche from the Art Brut movement, which was raw art as French defined, we visit one of greatest artists of all time, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist from 1980s who died at a very early age of 27. But within that time he created works of art which later sold for million of dollars. He did not get a formal training in art and he quickly rose to the international art circle from a graffiti artist, painting in the subways of Brooklyn. He worked along with Andy Warhol and was also a good friend of Keith Haring.
Basquiat’s work was unconventional and he made no attempt to paint ‘properly’ or in a style that is conventional. Instead he painted instinctively like a child and he freely used paints, crude figures, works in a way which was very original.His style was rough, fierce and energetic.
His work is abstract, neo expressionism and used collage techniques in his art.
To paint instinctively using colors, words, and figures.
Use mixed media. One would be to use oil pastels on acrylic paints. You can also use soft pastels instead.
Draw the way you want. Do not try to be in any style, just express your thoughts and feelings. Add colors and words. Make the picture energetic. Add oil pastels to add more vigor to the painting. Know when to stop not overcrowding the picture. In case you want to preserve your paintings for long, you can add a fixative on the top to protect the oil pastels.
You may like to visit few other artists who liked to paint in this style. Here are two names of artists Marcelo Gandhi and Nathan Pendlebury.