So, last month was very interesting. I completed a painting everyday for 28 days, without any real idea what i was going to do at the start of each painting. I set the challenge for a few reasons. For one, i wanted to do something different to my usual art practice which can be a long process of planning, thinking, more planning and more distraction…ur, I mean thinking. Secondly, i wanted to do something that would help form the habit of a consistent, daily art practice. So, to challenge myself to complete one painting everyday for one month seemed like a good start. Posting the work on Facebook was very helpful due to people getting involved with discussing the work. This was a lovely surprise actually and quite a few people remarked on how they looked forward to seeing what i would come up with each day.
I think the biggest thing i have learned is that i have been harboring a lack of self confidence in my own abilities. There has been a big need for control in my work and i feel slightly daft for not recognizing it before. This need for control and the lack of confidence is actually something i can trace back to childhood. It was born out of trauma and it creeps in through the cracks and glides past, in plane sight because it probably knows I’m not paying it a blind bit of attention . It was right.
Completing this work in a short space of time was sometimes frustrating but it was mostly very enjoyable. There was a sense of freedom and a very different energy about the work, which must have come from being in the moment with the paint and my thoughts. I was very aware of time during this challenge and I had to stop myself from being too fussy and hesitant. There were times when i completed a painting so quickly that i was very surprised with myself. Other times, i had to reassess what i was doing and change things to make them sit better on the canvas.
I very much enjoyed painting straight onto a blank canvas without any prep work. I think this was the thing that surprised me the most. In my usual art practice, i meticulously plan a full size drawing of whatever I’m doing. I plan it all out so i don’t have to worry about mistakes when it comes to transferring it into paint. There are positives and negatives to this of course. It does create a beautifully detailed and refined piece of work. What it doesn’t do is allow room for happy accidents and things that might surprise me. On the other hand, i could say that i go through that process in my planning stage but there is a very different energy between the meticulously planned and the unplanned.
I loved every minute of this challenge and i think it shows in the work. I also loved interacting with people about the work. It was very interesting to hear how other people interpret some of the ideas and eight of the paintings have already been sold. Wonderful!
‘February’ – 28 paintings in 28 days, will be on display at DKP Gallery, Hereford, from Friday the 10th March till Friday the 17th March.
Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny. Only joking! Here’s painting #25 in my February Challenge. This painting took 3 hours (UPDATE: This painting has now sold). Whilst i was working on this piece, I made the decision to keep the last remaining paintings in this challenge under wraps, because…..
This is happening and I’m so excited about it!
All the paintings will be for sale along with some limited edition prints. I can’t wait!
Another simple idea came out this evening 🙂 3 and a half hours. UPDATE: This painting is now sold.
Soundtrack for this evening was Kate Bush, Before The Dawn.
It felt like i was lacking in, one of my five a day. This little poisoned apple took 3 and a half hours. I don’t think I’ve ever painted fruit before! Weird. I’m actually really fond of this one 🙂
Soundtrack for this evening was more Muchuu and some Cherryshoes.
This painting was slightly more fiddly than some of the others. It took 5 hours to finish. UPDATE: This painting is now sold
Soundtrack for this evening was Muchuu, Dream Wife and Eels
Today’s image was a flamingo. Yay. I went with some more swirly vibes for this one, which also sits well with a few of the other paintings in my February collection. This one took 4 hours.
Soundtrack for this evening was the Yeah Yeah Yeahs 🙂
Painting #20 in my daily painting challenge is ‘Venus’. This one took 4 hours. I started painting pretty late this evening! 10pm start time. Definitely time for bed now.
Soundtrack for this evening was, the inside of my head, telling me to go to sleep!
This painting was Inspired by tonight’s soundtrack and song lyrics by the wonderful Raymond Weatherill AKA ‘Dirty Ray’ ( i hope you don’t mind Ray x x ) This one took 3 and a half hours. Ray’s Original lyrics are:
Put all your sins in a basket, far too heavy to hold, find the beauty in your sadness, when you’re alone. Taken from the song ‘Old Man In Young Mans Shoes’.
Dirty Ray – Big World For A Little Man.
I see a rainbow! This one is quite a simple effort for today. The white background is actually the white of the canvas which seems to work quite well. It took 2 and a half hours to paint.
Soundtrack for this evening was Goldfrapp .