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This plein air painting was done on pastel mat. It measures 19"x25". It was done with soft pastel. As with all of my recent plein air paintings this one was done in under 2 hours. My goal is to work as quickly as I can to get a complete painting within a short period of time. There are several reasons. I have never entered a plein air contest and I want to. By painting quickly I have to sharpen my ability to see the subject and put it down is such a way that I am saying what I want to. I believe this will also sharpen my compostition skills. I want to get to the point where I see the best subject and to be able to touch each area once and step away. There will be time later for the paintings where I go back to the same spot over a period of time. I think pastels have a distinct advantage for quick draw contests. Most of the contestants are painting on a rather small scale. I want to paint larger and better. Right now I am painting larger. I want to get up to some really large plein air paintings. I also think that the more paintings I can crank out over the course of a week the better chance I have of creating something worthwhile. When I finally enter a contest I will have some stupid goal for the number of paintings I will want to crank out. If I have 8 hours of painting in a day I could go about it in a couple of ways. I could work on a large number of paintings on a daily basis for a short period of time or try to complete 2-3 paintings per day. I will have to build up to that level of skill and concentration. So for now I am working on speed.