- Do a quick sketch on your canvas (about 5 minutes), then paint in the basic shapes.
- Use the two-value statement technique. Create a light value and a dark value of every color, and use only those two values. Then add details as your time limit allows.
- Block-in technique. Don't sketch, just block in the various color masses, then refine as your time limit allows.
- Use brush strokes to define masses (he calls them control strokes).
Another technique I'd like to add is one to help with the "limited time to paint" factor. Or maybe I should call this the "limited time to paint for cheapskates" factor. To prepare for creating quick studies, I am doing two things, both of which will likely be frowned upon (but that's ok, they're studies!):
- Premixing some basic colors and storing them in a pill box. I think I'll target two or three greens, which I can modify quickly depending on the subject matter.
- Here's the cheapskate part -- Instead of preparing canvas, I'm gessoing some watercolor paper and painting my studies on that.