This was basically an exercise to do a large landscape (18″x24″) in only 200 strokes. As a person that gravitates to pointillism, this was certainly a challenge. I made myself work only on the base coat for the first 100, allowing no dottiness until almost half done.
You can see the progression below, which took all sorts of restraint. Note that it took 50 generous strokes, just to cover the page! For this exercise, I counted a stroke as lifting my pastel off the paper, which it why I went for the scribbly continuous lines, to get more milage out of each stroke, which is something I don’t usually do.
The idea is to curb detail, go for only the more abstract essence of the scene, and to avoid over working the piece. I do tend to tidy and refine my paintings as they near completion, but with only 200 strokes, there is no budget for that.
What do you think?