small painting still Life

10 min studies & back to basics

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10 min studies

Six 10 min (stop watch timed) studies. Same apple, moved around a bit each time.

back to basics

Last week I took a break from paint and yesterday I stood at the easel and went. “hmmmmm, what now?” Then I remembered that some of my friends from the daily painting movement are partiipating in the Daily Paintworks 10 min challenge. This week Carol Marine set this challenge.

The rules: Get a timer. Divide your canvas or canvases small squares (or rectangles). They should be smallish – a couple or 3 inches square or thereabouts  (mine where 4″)– they don’t have to be perfect. Now choose ONE object. Just one. Set your timer for 10 minutes. Paint your object in the first square. When the timer goes off – stop! I mean it. Repeat until you are done. You can rotate your object and/or change the light for each new square.

I haven’t painted a still life in months so it was a good back to basics exercise for me – perfect!


    • Hi Barbara, Thanks, yes it’s a great idea isn’t it. I used a brush with a flat finish! I more often use a palette knife on the bigger pieces tho.

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