|Lonesome Highway, 18x36, oil|
As I had just started the challenge I wondered how fast I could paint this large canvas and gave myself a week. I painted the majority of it in two half days, while also working on the smaller paintings for this challenge as well as a couple of other larger pieces I had going in the studio. Faster is not necessarily better, as we all know, but my goal right now is to paint more expressively. Painting in a shorter time frame allows some of that to show through as well as to train myself to let go of my "need" to make things tidy. My block-ins are usually very expressive and free. I realize this painting still reads rather tight in this image, but the landscape is loosely rendered, and for me the car is not as tight as I am wont to do. Baby steps!