(mouse-over to magnify / click to zoom)
The idea of this challenge is to help you overcome your fear of using a lot of paint, and will prevent "overworking" in your paintings.
I use this exercise (adapted from one of Peggy Kroll Roberts’ lessons) in my workshops and it really shakes things up!
The goal is to use one stroke to fill in one whole shape.
(Every time you pick your brush off the canvas it counts as a stroke!)
You will need to put out a lot of paint and use at least a #8 flat brush.
1. Set up a very simple still life in strong light. (only 2- 3 objects)
2. Outline a square or rectangle on your board for the painting.
3. Draw in your "map", outlining the big shapes. (No detail)
4. Count the number of strokes you will need to fill in each whole shape, and mark that number on the canvas.
5. Starting with your darkest dark, mix up enough paint on your brush to fill in a shape in ONE STROKE!
6. Each time you make a stroke, make a mark under the number you allowed. Keep track by counting as you go.
7. See how close you can get to your number!
Note: You are allowed one mulligan! (a free stroke)
The result will be a rather abstract, simple painting with wonderful surface quality and a "effortless" feel!
Please be sure to follow the spirit and the letter of the challenge.
For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted.