Sunday, December 08, 2013
In July 2011 I decided to paint 100 pictures, with no deadline for completion. I just finished the 100th painting, so it took 2.5 years. Someone asked me once what I was learning from doing a project like this, so here are some things I learned.
Doing a value sketch beforehand is very helpful.
It's ok to do a 2nd or 3rd or 4th (or...) version of a subject. The old masters did this. And you can even change the medium. I did watercolor, oil, acrylic and gouache paintings.
If you go to a workshop or a paint-out, you'll get several pictures to count towards your goal.
It's nice to have others join you on their own big number projects. I had a few people join me along the way.
Sometimes you can have a mini project with the project: I set a goal of 20 paintings in 20 days at one point, just to make some headway.
It's ok if the paintings are not as successful as you envisioned them.
It's ok to play and experiment with media.
Goals are good.
You have to commit yourself to working, to showing up.
You get to 100 one painting at a time. One step at a time.
I think it was a very worthwhile thing to do, and I'm thinking of setting a goal for the next year--maybe 50 pictures in a year? Not sure. I also might consider a broader definition of what kind of a piece I am creating. My painting project competed with other creative endeavors--I make my own birthday cards, I did some experimental drawings, I was involved in 2 art camps and taught several painting classes, I took a mixed media class. Maybe it will be 2D paintings/pictures.
One of the reasons I did this project was to just force myself to paint, to produce work and learn from each painting and have fun doing it. I would encourage anyone to consider setting a goal and then going for it.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
8x10 acrylic on canvas. I HAD to finish the 100 paintings, so I found a sketch in a sketchbook and painted it. I think the tree foliage could be better as well as the distant beach, but maybe I'll tweak it another day.
8x10 acrylic on canvas. I'm almost done with my 100 Paintings Project. I tried out a homemade pochade at home under predictable conditions. I wanted to make sure it "works" before I take it outside. It works well enough.
Monday, September 02, 2013
If you get a chance to visit the mobile library, do it. It is a delight! And take friends!
More trying to use the workshop lessons. Value patterns, temperature changes. Omitting what is not essential to the picture. This is a 1/4 sheet watercolor. The barn burned down several years ago, I was told. I have fond memories of painting it on the side of the road with my mom and sister.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
I took a watercolor workshop last week with Carl Purcell in St. Louis. It was lots of fun. Now if I can just put what I learned into practice. This was from day one. 1/4 sheet. Learning to paint values, not things.
Late in the afternoon of the Prairie Foundation's paint out in June, a strong storm moved in. I captured the colors in a very wet-in-wet application and took cover indoors. Later I went back and tightened things up a little. This is the final look.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
From a painting challenge I saw online months ago. Cars have lots of reflections in them. It was a challenge to be content painting the shapes, but it did work. My colors need to be stronger, methinks.
At the plein air paintout at Bethany Springs, second day, I realized doing 1/8 sheets would be more fun. I managed 4 that day before the rain stopped us. I should probably add more color to the people in the prairie.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I just got my copy of The Art of Urban Sketching and am loving it. But I have to admit that I'm wishing I lived in a more urban setting so that I could be an urban sketcher. However, today I went Suburban Sketching. Perhaps not as glamorous but it was fun to sit in the shade and draw.