That’s a little over a week of speed painting done. What, if anything, have a learned?
Firstly, I’ve missed it! Whatever the other benefits may be, it’s very rewarding to set aside a little bit of time to paint for the pure pleasure of it. I’m very lucky that most of my work is fun, but there’s a brief to be considered, a deadline to meet, a style to adhere to. Removing all that stuff and just letting loose is a different sensation.
The time limit feels great. Knowing I’m against the clock keeps my arm moving and that adds a physical aspect to the work that’s not normally present. It’s not exactly a workout, but there’s a definite buzz from a more intense process.
I’m not as loose as I used to be. There’s distinct feeling of wanting to make something feel finished, or at least fully resolve whatever idea I’m exploring. That’s led to me spending an extra few minutes on some of the pieces once the album I’m using to time the session has ended. If I can see a few simple touches will make a difference that’s OK but I don’t want that to become routine. It defeats the purpose of the exercise. I feel like I’ve been easing up as the week has progressed so hopefully that trend will continue.
Finally, I’m not happy calling them speed paints. Digital sketches from now on, I think.
Here’s everything I did this week.