Giving Myself an Hour
I believe that there are certain things that you can only learn by doing. Painting is one of them. In the many years that I have been painting, one of the most valuable tools, if not THE most valuable tool, has been the painting of quick studies. I used to give myself the entire day to complete a painting, but I learned that I can learn so much more about “editing” a painting by allowing myself only one hour in which to complete a simpler painting. This is not about creating extraordinary paintings, but about learning what to keep and what not to keep, and forcing myself to make quick decisions has been such a great tool. I highly recommend this to artists, whether you be a beginner or if you have been painting for many years, allowing yourself only an hour to complete a painting will tremendously help your technique and improve your skills.
* Get a timer, set it for 60 minutes and DO NOT go over the 60 minutes. Even if your painting isn’t completely finished, you must discipline yourself to stay within the hour.
* Start with a small painting surface. I wouldn’t go any larger than 8X10” at first
* Keep your palette simple. If you try to get too colorful, you will end up complicating a painting that was meant to remain simple.
* Practice everyday, don’t give up. I promise that you will be richly rewarded.
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