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I used acrylic paints on Crescent illustration board to paint this likeness of Speed. Fittingly, I did this as a speed painting exercise. I completed it in about 2 hours. I then came back to it a few hours later to make some tweaks. All total this is about 4 hours of work. It’s not my speediest example but for me time is not the only point of the exercise. I also strive to push beyond certain tendencies I have, certain stumbling blocks I encounter when painting: the tendency to over-work things; the tendency to get too focused on one particular part of the painting thus losing an overall view; the tendency to work too carefully and not take risks.
Doing speed paintings also helps me to be more prolific than I would otherwise be. I have a lot of ideas for personal painting projects, but with my schedule being what it is I tend to put off doing them because I think about how much time it will take for me to get them over the finish line. If I can block-in a few hours on a Saturday to pound through an idea and also build some speed of execution in the process then that’s a big win (checkered flags all waving) for me.