Practicing Fast and Loose

This week’s class was more practice painting fast and loose. We did two pictures instead of the usual one, because we were so dang fast!

These images are copies of another artist’s paintings, and as such these are not original work in any way. We’re learning, and I wish to make certain no one thinks anything more of these than that.

For both exercises, we mixed are paint really juicy and full of pigment, and just slopped it in the areas we wanted to cover. There was no tracing, no real plotting, just trying to paint as we saw what the original was. The #14 brush was super fun to use here, just kind of flying and dancing about for the flower head, and using sumi-e style strokes for the leaves.


The lily (or something) was done in two parts.

part 1

First, a base of bright aureolin went down for the flower head, the stem, and the leaves. This was followed by the perm. alizerin for the flower head, and sap green for the leaves and stem.

part 2

After letting part 1 dry down, the darker blue and purple were added to the head, and sap green and phthalo green added to the stem and leaves, mixed on paper.


The rose was done all in “one take” without any more work. I think I like it best.



  • Raw Sienna
  • Permanent Alizerin Crimson
  • French Ultramarine
  • Cobalt Blue Violet
  • Sap Green
  • Quin Burnt Orange


  • Arches 140lb cold press 9×12 block


  • Dreamcatcher #14 round
  • Dreamcatcher #4 round