I've been intrigued by Julie Ford Oliver's "fracturing" technique. I checked it out at the Daily Paintworks tutorials HERE. I have been trying it out for a couple of days with some success here and there....but it's certainly not as easy as it looks and I've had a heck of a time not taking off too much paint whilst I "fracture". About the best result I've managed was over an old painting (above). I added and took away paint, with a palette knife and other tools she recommends.
....But the point, of course, of her video is to "fracture" a new painting, not an old one. Julie suggests you try the technique with something you are comfortable painting. So, I made up this red chair and then proceeded to wack away at it (fracturing). I left it here, even though it is not anything like her final results. I think her way of doing things is a great idea for loosening up...and maybe destroying in order to build. I'll have to practice more to get the hang of not taking off too much paint---that's a challenge. I kind of appreciated this in the end...it seems like it's raining tulips on my made up red chair. (Update: I revisited the chair later, see it HERE).
This weekend I got to watch Craig Srebnik's portrait-from-photo demonstration at his home studio. He talks a streak while he paints, never loses his concentration and in no time BLAM...!..behold a beautiful and interesting painting. See it HERE.
(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Red Tea Pot, oil on 8x8 canvas panel
(Bottom Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Red Chair, oil on 6x6 canvas panel