My friend Donna Vines introduced me to artist Mary Gilkerson's 20-minute challenge, which means doing a small painting in just 20 minutes. Here is my first attempt, a scene in Florence, Italy. I learned from this one that the subject was a bit too complex for a 20-minute execution!
This was my second attempt, and it went much easier. No buildings or people!
I was more deliberate with this last one, and stopped panicking over the time ticking by.
If you want to paint more loosely, this is a great exercise. One important tip: mix up your paint before you set the time.
Below is a page from my sketch journal, starting with my gym class the other day. Jean Thomas's class really inspired me to sketch more about everyday happenings.