60 minutes

Lately I’ve been pushing myself to work faster.

I was to give a 60 minute painting demonstration to the Heritage Fine Arts Guild last week, and wanted to see if I could complete a piece, start-to-finish, during that time. They were such a wonderful audience, and I thank them for inviting me.

When faced with a challenge (like a 60 minute time limit), I try to revert back to comfortable habits, so I went back to apples as a subject and created a simple bold composition.

For these quick paintings, no more himming and hawing about decisions. Make a choice, and then go. I’ll have to practice more of these. Still haven’t really felt happy enough with a 60 minute painting to post here, but I’ll be posting some of my 60+ ones. Here’s the one I did for the demo with a little more work done after I got home.

One Granny Left (sold)
oil on panel

One Granny Left (c)Tracy Wall

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5 Responses to 60 minutes

  1. scaryreasoner says:

    Cool. Pushing time limits to extremes is kind of fun, it makes the perfectionist in you sit down and shut up.

    Your apple looks a lot better than what I could have done in the same amount of time!

    There’s a book by Craig T. Nelson called “60 minutes to better painting” which is an advocate of making lots of quick paintings. Interesting book, I wonder if you’ve seen it?

    I tried once to speed paint a copy of a John Singer Sargent piece… it came out ok, not horrible, not great, but was a lot of fun to do, a lot more fun than trying to make a perfect copy with unlimited time would have been.

    After 1.5 hours, I ended up with this:

  2. joy Schultz says:

    You go, girl!
    I am going to the Robert Burridge workshop all next week so I’ll let you know how the speed painting goes there!
    Am looking forward toooooooooooooooo ittttttttttt!
    Keep on keeping on!

  3. Tracy says:

    Scary — Thanks for the comment: I’ll have to look in to that Nelson book. I think you’re painting looks wonderful!! Besides, keep in mind that I’m working very small, 8″x10″. Yours is 4x as big!

    Joy — You’ll have to fill me in. For those who aren’t familiar, Robert Burridge is an advocate of “make a decision and just paint!”

  4. Lisa says:

    I’ve been thinking about what I could get done in 60 minutes with textiles. I might have to go down to my studio tonight and see what happens.

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