Keep it small.
Think of these 10-minute landscapes as vignettes. All of the examples that I show in this post are about the size of a postcard. This small size allows me to paint quickly and freely without worrying if I make a mistake. After all, there’s not of time and emotion invested in a 4×6-inch painting.

Keep it simple.
Any elements requiring details should be kept to a minimum. Two to three foreground trees, a couple of fence posts, a few grasses or a scattering of snow are all the details needed to set the foreground scene, so don’t overdo it.

Work in multiples.
It’s not a bad idea to paint two or three of these vignettes at the same time. While waiting on one to dry, feel free to begin another. It’s not about being productive. Instead, this helps lift performance pressure—if the paint doesn’t do what you want in one, simply move onto another. Also, working on another painting helps distract an impatient artist (like me) from going back into a painting too early and mucking it up.

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