Every once in a while, I really get a fix for quick live study painting session. This kind of an exercises is really wonderful for every artist because you have to be quick. Besides the fact that your live model can only physically sit there for so long, painting at a fast pace sharpens your hand-eye coordination and helps the painting to have more unity. Sometimes painters will produce work that is patchy, because they have focused on sections of the painting at a time instead of building the painting by working all over the canvas. One of my art professor's favorite reminders to repeat in his broken-record way was, "Paint all over the canvas. There should be paint all over the canvas." Some painters are perfectionists and they are unable to move on to a new section until they are satisfied with the details of that section. I am guilty of this sometimes. Live study sessions force the regular time for a painting to be cut in halves or even thirds. This painting took me 4 hours, when I would normally spend 12 hours on it. Because I worked on building the whole scene from chunky to detailed, the painterly qualities of brush strokes and chunks of color are more obvious. Its actually a look that I have to deliberately aim for sometimes, and live sessions help me a lot. Thank you Jenn for sitting for me late into the night and being the inspiration for this!