Today was the last day of a class entitled "Big Paint" that I was teaching for The Art Center Highland Park in Highland Park, Illinois. It was fun to paint along with class and make some larger-scale studies from the still life set-up each week.
In class we used one-gallon cans of acrylic house paint in only five colors: primary red, yellow, blue, black and white. It was based on a class that I took in 1982 at CSUC in Sacramento, Ca. with artist Oliver Jackson. My only real innovation was using Tyvek as a ground as opposed to brown butcher paper. It works really well in that it doesn't bubble up like the butcher paper. Also I had a roll in my garage left over from a home repair project.
The original class with Oliver was a real breakthrough for me as it was the first time I got to freely use large amounts of paint. Paint ain't cheap as they say, but with house paint it isn't that bad. The large house painting brushes make you simplify things and that forces you to be more deliberate in your approach.
Just a great technique that I never saw employed in any other school - big thanks to Mr. Jackson!