|Black Dress 12x12 oil study on stretched canvas.|
So today I decided to try to crank one out in the shortest amount of time possible. From start to finish this one took me just a little over two hours. I cranked up the tunes, turned off the phone and concentrated on painting. At the end I asked myself what I could have done to work faster. I considered using more tube paint so I wouldn't spend time mixing, but it's not really a race. What I learned by doing this is that it's not an exercise in who can paint the fastest, it's an exercise to build up your confidence. Timid painters take too long. Timid people take too long at everything to be honest.
This painting could definitely use some more work but I got my lesson from it so in that sense it was successful. Another lesson to be learned here, don't try to race through a black on black and white on white scenario, it's enough to make you want to punch yourself in the face.