10 Minute Challenge
For Christmas I received Carol Marine’s book Daily Painting and immediately read it cover to cover. I really enjoyed the book and fell in love with the idea of doing 10 minute challenges.
The idea is to divide a canvas or paper into 6 to 8 small sections and paint the same subject in each square. You can only spend 10 minutes on each square, stopping the moment the timer goes off, no matter how far you got. By painting the same subject over and over, you gain both speed and accuracy.
As you can see by my first attempt at this exercise, I definitely improved from the first painting to the last. After I finished the third square, I almost didn’t want to continue because all three were so bad. Luckily, I stuck with it and I’m really happy with the final square. I think I could easily do this every week and see dramatic results.
I didn’t want to waste a canvas on this exercise so I dug out some old watercolor paper and it was definitely interesting to paint on. The paper absorbed the paint in a weird way and I didn’t like the texture. Investing in some paper specifically for oil paint once I run out of watercolor paper may be a good idea. The tape I used was no good and ended up damaging the paper when I tried to remove it so I’m really glad I took a picture before I tried to remove it. Next time I’ll just draw some guidelines with pencil before I start and skip the tape.