I really love painting this way. I put on a wash, then wipe out the highlights and some mid-tones, then go straight for the dark areas. I can’t believe it only took me 30 minutes to do this much painting. Of course I was coping off a master painting who has done all the work for me, but I still fill that its fast and accurate.
The one thing I learn most from this is how great the compositions of these paintings are. I just did a quick sketch of it, taking care to get the drawing and values close, and I’m already looking at my painting and saying that it’s great. I feel like I could do this with any of my still life setups and know within thirty minutes if I have a great painting or not. In fact I think I may continue to do this in the future.
If I wasn’t so tired I would have done more on this painting tonight, but it will have to wait till tomorrow.