Often while teaching a class, I'll set up an easel and start painting whatever happens to be around. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. so that I'm not hovering over students constantly, making them feel self conscious, and 2. to show them that getting to the essence of the subject can be accomplished rather quickly, without sweating the details. Doing this gives them the choice to either watch me do a few demos, or they can continue working on their own paintings and just glance up every now and then. Sometimes I have to reiterate that we are not trying to paint fast to get into the Guiness Book of World Records. We are doing this to accomplish, in as few "choice" economical strokes as possible, the shapes and values that are important to communicating our subject and its form, and eliminating everything else that isn't contributing.
Another reason, come to think of it, is that sometimes we just don't have much time to paint!
Acrylic 11x14 Price on request