Daily Painting Update
Back in December, I listened to a wonderful interview with the artist Lisa Daria Kennedy on the Smart Creative Art podcast by Monica Lee. In the interview, she talked about her daily painting project, which she has been doing since 2009. I have been interested in the daily painting movement for a while now. My friend Lisa Cohen is a daily painter, and her social media posts are what initially got me thinking about the idea of daily painting. Up until now, the traditional 6x6" size of the daily paintings stopped me from giving it a try, because I felt it was too small for me. After listening to the interview, I was inspired to try it with a bigger size canvas panel. I may use that 6x6" size at some point, but for now, I'm content with 8 x 10".
Over the last month, I have painted with my glasses on, and with my glasses off. I always have only 7 colors plus white on my palette, but sometimes I change out one blue for another. I've painted from life, and I've painted from photos. My favorite is painting a bunch of fresh flowers - which gives me a great excuse to buy some every week!
I won't pretend I paint every single day. My weekends are family time, and if I get a chance to paint on the weekend, I do, but if I don't, I don't worry about it. Some of the paintings I'm happy with, and some are experiments that don't work. Most are painted in one sitting, but some get finished the next day. I think the reason I'm enjoying this so much, is because I've been flexible with the parameters I've set for myself.
The main idea of this is to experiment, play, and warm up for work on my larger paintings. It is to focus my mind on the present moment, to just experience the joy of painting with no pressure on the outcome. Along the way, I have stumbled into the incredibly supportive network of daily painters, and have made a few new online friends. I hope you have enjoyed seeing these paintings, and if you are tempted to give it a try, I encourage you to go for it, because it is a lot of fun. I have some exciting new plans for these paintings, and newsletter subscribers will hear it first - so if you haven't already signed up, you can do so in the subscription form right on this page.