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Speed painting is an artistic technique where the artist has a limited time to finish the work. The time can vary, usually a duration is set from several minutes to a few hours.

Unlike sketches, speed paintings may be considered "finished" after the time limit is up- it is generally accepted among painters that if a piece is altered after the allotted time, it can no longer be truly considered a speedpainting.

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Speed painting is particularly common among digital media artists, because digital painting mediums allow for a work to circumvent drying times of traditional media.

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Digital media artists primarily use speed painting to practice working quickly and efficiently.

Speed painting techniques are also frequently used in concept art, particularly in the early stages of a production when the polish of an individual image matters less than a clear basic presentation of many candidate concepts for consideration. Traditional media artists also use limited-time pieces as a challenge of skill, and an exercise in not over thinking their work.

Speedpainted pieces both digital and traditional are considered by artists to be an excellent exhibition of the subjective skill of a painter, as the time constraint requires efficient rendering of form and detail and a deep understanding of their chosen medium to capture a complete, strong image, and leaves little time for noticing and correcting mistakes.

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Denny Dent is recognized by many to be the pioneer of speed painting in the United States, introducing speed painting in live performances in 1981. In the past few years, the term "speedpaint" has also come to be known as a single session of a visual art program, usually sped up and set to music, showing an artwork quickly made within the program.

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The "painting done with great speed" term you are looking for is 'Alla Prima'. meaning 'all at once' See more speed paintings by Atlanta artist: http://www.coreybarksdale.com


Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried. It may also be referred to as 'direct painting' or the French term au premier coup (at first stroke).

Wet-on-wet painting has been practiced alongside other techniques since the invention of oil painting, and was used by several of the best Early Netherlandish painters in parts of their pictures, such as Jan van Eyck in the Arnolfini portrait, and Rogier van der Weyden. In traditional painting methods new layers were applied to most parts of a painting only after allowing the previous layer to completely dry.

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This drying process could vary from several days to several weeks, depending on the thickness of the layer. Work done using "alla prima" can be carried out in one or more sessions – depending on the type of paints used and their respective drying time – but it is mostly done in one session or "sitting" only. Among the many Baroque painters who favored an alla prima technique were Diego Velázquez and Frans Hals. In the Rococo era, connoisseurs appreciated bold alla prima painting, as exemplified in the works of artists such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Francesco Guardi, and Thomas Gainsborough.

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Since the mid-19th century, the use of commercially produced pigments in portable tubes has facilitated rapid and on-the-spot painting. Impressionists like Claude Monet, post-Impressionists like Vincent van Gogh, realists like John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri and George Bellows, Expressionists such as Chaim Soutine, and the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning have each in different ways exploited the potential for fluid energy in the application of oil paints. In the medium of watercolors, wet-on-wet painting requires a certain finesse in embracing unpredictability. Highly translucent and prone to accidents, watercolor paint will bloom in unpredictable ways that, depending on the artist's frame of mind, can be a boon or a burden.

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Television exponents In recent years the wet-on-wet practice has become well known as the primary method of painting used by such television artists as Emmy award winner Bill Alexander, Lowell Spears, Buck Paulson, Diane Andre, Tom Anderson, Bob Ross, Robert Warren, and many more.

Complete paintings, using this technique, only take a relatively short period of time. Alexander and Ross could produce an entire landscape in under half an hour on their respective television shows, The Magic of Oil Painting and The Joy of Painting.

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