Whenever I find myself overworking my paintings,
I force myself to do this exercise.
I mixed up piles of the correct values going from dark to light.
Then I use a #12 (inch and half wide) brush
to do the whole painting,
never allowing myself to paint over a stroke.
It forces me to be more decisive and to plan each stroke.
Brush handling and paint application come in to play.
NO noodling, dibby dabbying, titching,
fussing, going back over and over.
What ever you call it,
it doesn't make for good paintings.