The technique of a dagger stroke can be appropriately equated to a violent act on a painter’s canvas. I am not talking about the airbrush technique; I am referring to the textural brush-painting method. Direct, purposeful, unapologetic, and immediate, this uncouth application of paint possesses much more of a psychological attitude towards the process of painting. Not all painting has to capture still life, portraiture, or any scene for that matter. Sometimes painting is all about the paint than the subject. The dagger stroke approach certainly exemplifies this mentality!
To achieve this same effect in your paintings, you must first leave your timidity behind. Set up your painting materials, load a flat brush with paint, and stab away. Keep your strokes short and straight, and aim for an abstract rendering of an image. Or let the brush lead you without any effort to capture something in particular!
This should be a metal exercise as well as a physical one. The energy of your action should match the energy of your vision. But bear in mind…don’t become too enraged at your canvas!