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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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10-Minute Studies

This is one of my favorite exercises, both for myself as a way to get moving and as a subject I teach in workshops. I originally began thinking of a way to loosen up for painting the landscape. I recalled my experiences in life drawing classes, where most sessions began with 30-second gesture drawings. I loved those; in many ways, I thought they were much more fun than longer poses with the figure, and that some of my best work came when I had only 30 seconds to draw and no time to think.

So to translate this to using pastel and painting landscapes from photographs as a class exercise, I came up with the following rules:

  1. Pick a photo. Pick a photo of a landscape subject. Simpler photos are easier than complex ones, but just ...

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