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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Linda Blondheim Art Studio The Value of Quick Draw Painting Practice

Honeymoon Island Palms
12x16 inches
oil on panel

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Quick Draw

This exercise is a warm up for painting. If you get into the habit of the quick draw before you begin serious painting, you will improve your observation, brushwork, and technical skills.
It is simple. Just set a timer for 15 minutes get your palette ready and a small canvas. Paint for 15 minutes, completing the painting in that time. No talking, music or distractions. Do nothing but paint. Do them on Index paper, save them in your notebooks and you will begin to see great improvement over the months. You can use them as preliminary studies for composition, color and values, saving many mistakes by working out problems on the quick draw.

The other reason for doing the quick draw is that it allows you transition time from your everyday life and problems to the focus you need to do good work.


E. Floyd said...

Thank you for the valuable advice. Next time I enter my studi to paint I will start off with this exercise!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Excellent suggestion, Linda. It truly sounds like a great way to transition from "life" to painting.
Again, I thank you for your always sharing nature!

Linda Blondheim said...

E, I'm so glad my suggestion was helpful. :>)

Jan, You are so welcome. We are all in this together.