I came across this neat blog by South African Neville Trickett. He says that in order to "learn how to see again" he finds images on the internet and gives himself 15 minutes to paint them...hoping that after a year of doing this he will be a better artist.
I was very intrigued by this idea and decided to try my own timed painting. Instead of finding a simple picture on the internet I wanted to try to paint my favorite picture of my daughter when she was 6. Now considering this was my first ever portrait and considering I was giving myself only 15 minutes I may have over estimated my abilities just a wee bit. Here's how it went:
|15 minutes elapsed|
|Another 15 minutes, 30 minutes elapsed|
What an interesting exercise this was! I can see that I over-paint. I need to remind myself to put down the brush and not keep trying to "fix" things things that don't necessarily need fixing. Being able to stay with the strict time limit should help...I can't wait to do this again!