Thursday, December 29, 2011


"Carmel Mission" 12" X 16" oil/linen

Here is the second painting from yesterday. Southern California is dotted with Spanish missions and this one is obviously located in Carmel. Over the next couple of weeks I plan to push myself into areas that make me uncomfortable. That would be looser paint, thicker paint, closer values and quicker block ins. The problem with painting in the studio is it slows me down meaning I take more time to make decisions and I lose the spontaneity that is an inherent part of my outdoor work.

So the plan is to paint larger canvases with bigger brushes and with a cooking timer sitting on the shelf so I have a set time to finish a painting.
This could be a huge experiment that ends in disaster, but we will see. I will post the paintings here so you can see the results.


Pam Holnback said...

I want to hear what you do when that timer goes off....if you're not "quite" finished, will you just stop, or keep going!

Catherine Twomey said...

I took a class recently where the oil painting instructor used a cooking timer to keep us from belaboring an otherwise fresh painting. First painting about 3 minutes, second about 5, & so on. I hated it at the moment, but when I look back at the results it worked wonders for my approach and instinctive reactions to the subject(s). Have fun!

headlinesmaren said...

GREAT idea, Rusty... the timer will make you see quicker, get to the meat of the work immediately. Try set minutes for each stage... 3 minutes for sketch, 10-15 for block in, up to an hour for the finish and detailing. Last semester in my MFA classes, we did timed paintings. Nothing longer than 90 minutes, most under 45 minutes. Nearly 100 paintings in 3 1/2 months!

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