I just recently read Carol Marine's book, Daily Painting. Which, by the way, was a fabulous book with beautiful pictures and great instructional tips! An exercise she suggested was to take a canvas and section it off. Then, set up a simple apple still life and give yourself only 10 minutes to paint the apple. Move to the next square and repeat. After my timed still lives (confession time...I may or may not have given myself 15 minutes for each:)), I can see the progression from beginning to end. This exercise definitely made me think about each stroke and forced me to not "fuss" over the details. Believe me, when the timer got down to 5 minutes, the painting decisions got serious!
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