Notice I did not say 30 Paintings in 30 Days in my Subject Line? Most of my artist blogger friends are doing a 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I'm along for the ride, but my intention is to have 30 painting days in 30 days, not to complete 30 paintings in 30 days. I would LOVE to do 30 paintings in 30 days, but I quickly figured out last time that with my schedule, I would be placing myself under far too much stress to make myself do an actual 30 paintings. After all, I don't want to come out of the challenge hating the act of painting!
Leslie Saeta is once again the initiator of the challenge, and you can follow the challenge on her blog. Over 200 artists are participating. So many great things happened to me the last time I joined the challenge (read about it here), that I just couldn't resist saying "YES!" again. "Why don't you dance?"
Leslie has encouraged us to have a theme for our paintings. I have decided that my theme is "joy and learning." I want to paint subjects that bring joy when I see them and be in joy when I am painting. I hope to learn more about my preferences for applying paint, and maybe I'll even learn how to take better photos of my art. If I do, I promise I'll replace the above photo! I also learned I'm going to put a timed limit on each painting. The above painting took a long time, longer than I have to spend daily.
What did I learn from the above painting? I learned somethings about applying brushstrokes that I like, especially on the right side of the painting. I learned that a different crop might have been better. And I used a new brush style for some of it--a dagger! I painted this yesterday, but it was too dark out to get a photo...and I haven't had time to blog it till this afternoon.
Thanks for watching! I'm off to paint....