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." Each artist was asked to complete a painting in 20 brushstrokes. It forced me to keep big areas of shadow and light together, so that each area read as a big block of value. It also forced me to use a lot of paint on the brush. For example, to cover the whole background with the same color of paint - in one brushstroke - I had to REALLY load up the paint on my brush.
I highly recommend Peggi's workshops. She's an excellent teacher and extremely knowledgeable about figures and still life painting.