Friday, February 11, 2011

Quick and Delicious - 10 Minute Challenge

 oil on canvas
2 panels - 8x8 each

     This is my version of the 10 minute challenge for the Daily Paintworks Blog.  The challenge was to select a simple subject and paint for only 10 minutes in each small square section.  I took this challenge one step further by limiting my palette to just 3 colors plus white, and wiping my palette clean after each section so that I was mixing fresh color and not dipping into the mixtures I made for the previous section. I was strict with myself and put the brush down when the timer went off - resisting the urge to make any adjustments beyond the 10 minutes. 
     I highly recommend this as a fun challenge to all painters.  I think even doing 2 or 3 sections would be a great warm up exercise before tackling larger studio work.  It was a great practice in pacing, loosening up, and letting go of the need to refine everything.  I have taken many classes to try to loosen my style...but all I really had to do was to set a timer.
Visit to see the challenge results.


  1. Great great work Julie.Painting in 10 itself a huge challenge and then you further challenged yourself by using minimum colors.Applauds!!Bravo!!It turned out beautifully.

  2. Thanks Yasha! It was a fun should try it!

  3. What a great challenge. Absolutely beautiful! I remember taking quick sketch in interior design school (my only formal art training) and it was amazing how good drawings would turn out when you didn't give yourself time to think too much.
    Thanks for swinging by my blog...and I'm so happy you are enjoying the podcasts! We recently recorded one on synesthesia. Hope it'll be up soon.
    Happy Monday.

  4. OH! These are beautiful apples! I love that shade of grey behind them and the slight outline on some of them. I'd love to see more.

  5. Thanks Kelly and Michelle! Nice to hear from you both!