The idea is to make time - the five minutes - and the size (9"x12") the only defining parameters. So I set up my palette, get my brushes and other tools ready, and then hit the timer. A few things I've noticed:
- This is not about painting fast; it's about getting a clear idea down in five minutes.
- The time parameter makes me focus much more strongly.
- I make marks that I would not make if I didn't have the timer on, so I develop some new things.
- I also make marks that are familiar to me. Start with the familiar.
- Sometimes the painting "finishes" before the five-minutes are up, and my rule is to paint up until the last second. So this challenges me to do something in the remaining time, choose an area to enhance or add to.
- Bubblegum pink: napthol red light + quinacridone magenta + white (just magenta and white is not enough, it makes it too sweet. A little of a more primary red gives it the edge).
- Acid green: nickel-azo yellow + celadon + white (optional); then add to that some turquoise for a greener green.
Here are a few of the individual paintings:
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Try it, and let me know what you experience!