For a while now, I've been intrigued by the daily painting movement. These artists commit to creating and posting one small painting every day. I've toyed with it before, but the traditional 6x6' size is too small for me. Since its difficult for me to do anything that small without incurring wrist pain, I'm working with a slightly larger size. I've set myself a few parameters for this project, and will continue with these guidelines for as long as they are continuing to work for me. When they stop working, I will either change it up a bit, or take on a new project. If you would like to join me, (and I hope you will!) here are my guidelines.
I've chosen to limit my palette for this project to only seven colors and white. The colors I chose to work with originally included Pthalo Blue and Pthalo Green. Both those paints quickly fell out of the roundup because they were too strong, and Pthalo Green was replaced by Green Gold. The colors that remain are: Cadmium Yellow Primrose, Hansa Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Pyrrole Red, Vat Orange, Green Gold and Titanium White. I have decided for the time being that I will work on inexpensive canvas board. The idea of this project is to loosen up and experiment, so I don't want to work on anything too precious. I'm keeping my size to either 8x10" or 8x8" because its big enough for my wrists, and yet small enough to keep to my time limit.
This first week, I have worked with the same small bouquet every day. The idea was to force myself to see it in different ways. I turned it around, lit it differently, and changed my focus flower. The idea was for me to force myself into seeing things from a new perspective. Have you ever been in a painting class where everyone is working from the same subject, but each painting is vastly different? This is what I'm going for - making myself see the same thing in new ways for each painting.
I imposed a time limit on myself, because I frequently get lost in the details of a painting. So each painting is completed in about an hour. I don't actually set a timer, but I do keep an eye on the clock. Midway through the week, I started taking off my glasses, but my eyesight is so poor, I have to "peek" by putting them on from time to time. I found that with the white flowers, they looked like giant cotton balls without my glasses, so when I'm painting white flowers, I keep my glasses on.
My original plan was to only do these little paintings for the remaining studio days before my boys are home for winter break, however, I've been enjoying them so much, I plan to continue. I don't want you to think this is the only thing going on in my studio these days. After I finish these small paintings, I go on to work on some larger paintings. I've just begun a new series of animals that I'm very excited about and I can't wait to show them to you. Keep an eye on my social media accounts over the next few weeks to catch some sneak peeks amongst the daily paints!