30 Paintings in 30 Days

February 02, 2018

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Or, more accurately, 30-ish paintings in 30-ish days. 

I started listening to the podcast Artists Helping Artists a little while ago and one of the recurring topics that host and artist Leslie Saeta discussed with her co-hosts was the 30 day challenges she hosts a few times a year. 30 paintings in 30 days? I have to say...I was hesitant!

A lot of the participating artists seem to have themes or ideas for their work, they'll paint miniatures or studies for larger paintings. The idea is not to necessarily have 30 stunning, finished works of art, but rather to get into the groove of painting every day and to push yourself a little. I love working within a theme, but I admit I have trouble coming up with one with enough space to keep me interested.

 

So, instead of giving myself a rigid, structured theme to work in, I've decided to focus on two things I'd like to improve on: looser brushstrokes and color selection. My paintings tend to be pretty tightly controlled...I find the looser style much more difficult, but I love the look of loose florals and especially the speed.

My paintings can take a long time to complete because there are a lot of inky lines to draw and a lot of layers of paint to add...those kind of paintings wouldn't work for a challenge like this, where I need to have a painting done start-to-finish in one day. And as for color? PHEW. I find color theory slightly baffling and I'd like to work on picking limited palettes and gorgeous color combinations. 

The two pictures above are the extent of my preparation: I've made color swatches of all my watercolor paints in order to facilitate choosing new color palettes, and that painting above is one of my first attempts at looser strokes. It'll be interesting to see what the next thirty days bring!! 





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