Time’s Up!

This is the time of year when resolutions abound, maybe even a few haven’t already fallen by the wayside! This year instead of promises to myself I decided to take a cue from Christine Kane and adopt a word to carry me through the year in all aspects of my life.

Just one.
The problem lie in picking just one word. Simplify, explore, nurture, journey, listen, ask; they all have endless possibilities. For better or worse I decided on “challenge.”

So in the studio this week I decided to challenge myself to doing a painting, start to finish, in an hour or less. At the end of 60 minutes it is what it is. Needless to say, the time flew.


I began with a found piece of prepared board from my stash. No telling how long ago I prepared it and I am not  even sure what I had used to make the surface. But heck, this is suppose to be a challenge, remember? It is 8 x 8″ illustration board and perhaps I coated it with just Golden’s Acrylic Ground for Pastel. As I began working with it it had a different feel than my usual pumice mixture I sometimes use.

I chose a scene I had painted previously on a recent plein air excursion, hoping that would help with the time constraints. I did a watercolor underpainting after a quick test with water on the surface to see if the surface would even hold up to this approach, Clock’s ticking, yikes. I dried it with a hair dryer, no time to let nature takes its course.

Bee Boxes, 8 x 8″ prepared surface
©2009 Marianne Post

Time’s up! Not the best painting but a good lesson in seeing what you can do with less time, less detail, less marks.


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6 Responses to “Time’s Up!”

  1. kseverny Says:

    for the time limit. that is very impressive

  2. Loriann Signori Says:

    Quite beautiful and with a real feel….. no fluff, more mystery. Keep that timer ticking.

    • Marianne Post Says:

      Loriann: There is real value in less time. Brevity and simplicity a mantra that I need to listen to. As a designer by profession, where “deadline” is the operative directive it translates well into capturing the essence.

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