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.
I allow myself to feel like it's good enough so I can move on.