I just finished a brief oil painting class taught by Jennifer Balkan.
What we did:
1. No preliminary drawing with charcoal -- everything worked with that unfamiliar tool, the brush.
2. Most work was done in 15 minutes per still life set-up -- go fast fast fast, block in value/light.
3. Not much work in "full color" -- lots of exercises in monochrome to sharpen our ability to see and recreate value/tone.
How it felt:
1. Yikes! Clumsy, like typing while wearing woolen gloves.
2. Double yikes!! You know those dreams where you want to go fast, but you're only able to run in slow motion? That's what the fast fast work felt like.
3. Triple yikes!!! Monochrome meant massed tone, and those who've seen my sketches in archive know I'm most comfortable with line.
What I liked about it: