Here is a nice way to make a quick impressionist still-life.
1) After still life is set up, cover the white by applying a tone. In my case, I chose yellow because it was a key color in my work, and I used acrylic for fast drying.
2) In oils I made a thin darker color and sketched in the subject
3) blocked in with the lights and establishing color balance
4) finished with small brush and palette knife to indicate details and bring edges more clarity