Friday, January 9, 2015

4 Tips for Painting Everyday

Here I am in week 5 of my 30 day painting challenge and I've learned so much about the way I create. Painting everyday (or every other day) hasn't gotten any easier but I have fallen into a routine which helps me stress less and just get it done.  


Brainstorm - Sketch - Paint - Move On

Brainstorm - Although I'm following the 30 day list I created I still need to figure out how to make each painting my own.  Do I want to go abstract or realistic?  Should I use pastels or muted colors? Do I need reference photos or is this from my imagination?  I noticed in my previous art journals the same colors and ideas come up over and over because I wasn't painting from life.  Real life observations brings variety to your work.

#15 Abstract Purple flowers.
Sketch - I sketch with watercolor pencils.  They dissolve nicely under the acrylic paint and you can use a regular eraser as well.  If I'm doing a realistic painting I take my time sketching to get as accurate as I can.  I'm not reaching for perfection...it's not that kinda party.  I like when things are a bit off.

#16 Mason Jar and drinking glass.  I practiced on the right as I painted the left side.
Paint - This step takes long and longer each time.  It's good to stop painting and just let it sit for a few hours.  When I come back I can look at it with a new set of eyes.  If you don't like something change it.  For my umbrella painting, I painted over the background at least 3 times before I was happy.

#17 Umbrella of Hope.  Calm after the storm.
Move On - I learned in art school that a painting should have the whitest whites and the darkest darks (full range of values).  I don't always go by that rule but it does help me gauge where I'm at in the painting.  If I find myself painting highlights and/or shadows then it's about time to wrap it up.  Each painting is a bit different but the highlights are usually the last thing I paint.

#18 Mmmmmm...donuts!
I allow myself to feel like it's good enough so I can move on.

Hope this helps!  How do you keep your artwork fresh?  Sharing with Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, and Creative Every Day.

25 comments :

  1. You do some really good work. I love the umbrella painting! I just started learning to paint in April. I have been wanting to have more time at painting, however that really hasn't happened. I really need to make more time. It definitely is a stress reliever.

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    1. Any little bit helps. I work in a small journal so I don't get over-whelmed. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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  2. WOW! I love this! Just what I need to start doing. I love the mason jar one, such great tones and shading!!

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  3. Very nice work...those donuts look good enough to eat!! I used to paint in hs and college. You make me want to start again!

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  4. Beautiful work! Those donuts are making me hungry, yum!

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  5. What a great idea. I do not paint, but I am a photographer, and I like the ideas you shared here. Thanks and I look forward to more of your posts.

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  6. Amazing journal pages! The jar is impressing, colorwise the umbrella is my favorite.

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  7. Gorgeous! ...And now I really want a donut.

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  8. wonderful art Danielle! I admire anyone that can draw a glass so well. Really great tips too. Happy PPF!

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  9. My goal is to work in my art journal once a week. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Very talented! My daughter is a junior an planning on majoring in art in college. I admire those that can paint and draw, because I can't!

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    1. Thank you...Happy New Year to you too!

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  12. LOVE your paintings, particularly the umbrella with the lovely hightlights and doughnuts look like you want to pick one up and eat it!

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  13. Great tips and wonderful paintings...I particularly love the umbrella and donuts...They have the fun and whimsy I crave!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. Your paintings are so lovely, Danielle. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more!

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  15. This post was extremely interesting with lots of good ideas. The suggestion to paint from real life rather than imagination all the time is a good one. And until I read Giggles's comment, I thought the donuts were real. Thanks for the tips.

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