Peggi taught us a couple more tools for painting. This was an interesting idea: paint a study with as few brushstrokes as possible. You design and then draw a composition that allows you to paint with as few big shapes as possible. This is a great exercise for a couple reasons: first, it’s always a good design practice to divide your space in as few big shapes as possible, no more than 5-7. This forces you to do that. Second, because each stroke must be continuous, you learn to really load your brush so the single stroke will cover as much area as possible. For the large background, for example, I loaded the brush (with marbeled color, to make it interesting) and sculpted around objects and covered the space in one go. I think I painted this in about 13 strokes.
I was very happy with this study as well, although it doesn’t seem to photograph well. I’ll try scanning it when I get home.
And finally, this quick figure study