Lesson: Limited Strokes
from Peggi Kroll Roberts' workshop
I just completed a three day workshop with Peggi Kroll Roberts. My favorite lesson was "limited strokes," you only have 20 brushstrokes to complete a painting. It forces you to keep big areas of shadow and light together, so that each area reads as a big block of value. It also forces you to use a lot of paint on the brush. For example, if you want to cover the whole background with the same color of paint - in one brushstroke - you have to load up the paint on your brush so you can keep going.
I highly recommend Peggi's workshops. She's an excellent teacher and extremely knowledgeable about figures and still life painting.