Sunday, January 31, 2016
Summing Up 30 Paintings in 30 Days, January 2016
I didn't think I would take the time to do a collage at the end of this 30 in 30, but I guess it's somewhat of a ritual I didn't want to avoid. So there you have it, 12 paintings that probably never would have been painted if not for this 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!
I hope at the outset of this Challenge, I announced that my intention was to work on mindset, because that was what I held dear during this 30 in 30. I did not let the Challenge, or my paintings, stress me out very much. During past 30 in 30's, especially the first few I did, I truly put pressure on myself and ended up feeling badly when I couldn't post a painting to Leslie's blog on time.
This time, when I was too exhausted after work to paint, I didn't try to paint. When family time was more important, I spent family time. When my beloved art group had a meeting after work this month, I went to the meeting and enjoyed my friends there instead of painting. I often forgot altogether about posting to Leslie's blog. I think the forgetting was a really good sign!
So, I didn't force myself to paint when it would not have been sensible to paint. I didn't exhaust myself. Instead, what I did do was create habits that are sustainable for the long run. I currently have four paintings in various stages of completion. I now know about myself that these four will be finished in their own time, it's not good for me to hurry them, and rotating through four will help keep me from getting into battle with any single one of them.
When I feel too much tension while working on a painting, I now MOVE ON to another one! And know that I will cycle back around to each of them.
As always, I thank you for your kind feedback and support. You all have been great! For those of you in the Challenge, doing this together has made this Challenge all the more worthwhile.
See you SOON (instead of disappearing like I often have after burning out during these things!).
Thanks for Watching... Carry on! (oops, just noticed I put one of my paint ahead paintings on the collage, something I intended not to do. oh well...told you I was relaxed :)