I wish I could do one of these for every month this year! But alas, there are other obligations, needs, etc. I do hope to paint more regularly though…and also have time to work on pieces for longer than one day. I am very pleased with all I have learned this month.
So today is the last day of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I love where this has ended up–this zoomed out portrait of morning light on yellow daisies. My issue now is that I was so much waiting for this to be over so I could attend to everything else…but now I realize that has been part of my problem all along. I need to continue, but it does seem unrealistic to think I can keep this up. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I see how pushing myself to do “one more” has gotten me clearer on what I’m “trying to say” and “looser” in a way that I like. I don’t know if there’s really any other way to achieve “making it look easy” than doing the hard work of showing up as often as possible….rehearsing over and over until it looks effortless. But there are so many things I’ve had to push to the side…things I typically do to “take care of myself.” I don’t think it has to be all or nothing…but part of me does…I hate to break the daily habit, but I think I may need to do so, and then see if I can find a way to bring it back in a way that makes sense.
I came into the studio early (for me) this morning and the light was amazing! I knew it wouldn’t last long but I decided to try to capture what I could…This is as far as I could get before it was completely off of this set up. I’m reading a book about getting up early…which is a lot easier to read about than to do. Especially since it seemed like my partner would never agree to it…and then suddenly, he just decides to start getting up earlier without my even asking!!! Weird, but maybe a sign??? If I can get up and have longer with this beautiful fleeting morning light, I’ll do it!
This sounds kind of dumb, but this took a lot longer. And if I wasn’t doing the challenge, I might have tried to work on it again tomorrow…instead of spending so many hours on it today. Two left and I’m still asking every day “Really? Are you still going to do it?!” I could really use a break. This is such a challenge in every sense. I’m learning so much about art and myself.
Another small study with the yellow daisies. I hope they hold up for a larger try tomorrow.
I decided to do a larger version of yesterday’s piece…since I did not have to change the set up…and to see what would happen. Of course that allows for more detail, but I’m not always sure that’s a good thing. In this case I think it works.
Well, not to brag, but even with the painting challenge, I have now met with my accountant and taxes are all but done…just waiting on the W2. And that was with my modem dying! Anyway, I decided to try to just do a study since the light was going and all. I like how it turned out so I may try to enlarge it tomorrow.
I got up early to do this…Took the flowers out of the kettle and used a high sheen satin that was kind of a purplish blue. I’m not sure what I’ll do tomorrow…but I think if I do paint flowers, I’ll have to get a new bunch!
I turned the kettle, moved the flowers, and used a peach color background. I think this is probably the last of the series…at least of these flowers…but we’ll see. Tomorrow is another day….And another painting? It’s definitely going to be a challenge!
They are still holding up…Me, not so sure…I am feeling a rebellion coming on. Really hard to get much else done. But I do see progress…and that is motivating.