Periodically, I try to challenge myself to do more, do better, be different, or more creative. This past year, that took the form of trying to challenge myself to do more painting.
In July 2017, I tried to challenge myself to create 100 paintings or drawings by the end of the year. Needless to say, that was REALLY unrealistic. I was trying to go from 0 to 200 mph in 3 seconds. I needed something else.
Then I rediscovered the #apaintingaday movement. I had heard about it before, but it didn’t seem like a feasible option for me until I looked into it a little bit further. Around Christmas, I did some exploring and found that this movement was flexible in that it is more about doing as many paintings as you can, but that it also gives you the path to achieve a painting a day if that is what you so desire. Honestly, I had NO CLUE how anyone could create something they would be happy with in a single day and find their work progressing. That is the ultimate goal, right?
I started with a couple of still life set ups. The first one was an apple. I later called it “Space Apple”. Because.
Anyway, I started to do the painting in pastel, and I was not prepared. I have been drawing since I was a kid, and I have done some fairly complicated still-life paintings in my life. I was a little out of practice, and wanted to get this painting done in a few hours, but MAN…I had forgotten how much is happening with just an apple!
I did it. I completed a decent painting, not the best painting, or a masterpiece, not even one that I would sell, but it was one that I could feel like I had accomplished something REAL. I did a painting in a few hours. It was such a fantastic feeling. I wanted MORE.
See the next installment, “More Challenges”
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