Friday, October 31, 2008

Time-limited Painting

original acrylic painting of marshland by atul pande
Putting artificial constraints on the painting conditions can have a simplifying effect on the composition and technique. Three Trees was completed with a limited palette and limited brushstrokes.

For Marshland, I set a time limit of about 20 minutes from picking up the brush to the finished painting. To be honest, I did spend many days rehearsing the painting in my mind. I deliberately chose a colorful palette so as to not to waste time picking the perfect color.

The time limit led to minimal working of the paint. This in turn produced freshness of color that would be easily lost by excessively re-working the paint.

Marshland, acrylic on board, 8" X 10", $75 (unframed)


  1. I like the wind swept look of this one. Good idea to do some time paintings. Will have to try that too.

  2. the pictures in your blog are incredible.