Sunday, December 08, 2013

Things I learned...

...from my 100 Paintings Project.

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

100 Castlewood Vista

100 Castlewood Vista by luv2draw
100 Castlewood Vista, a photo by luv2draw on Flickr.

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.

99 Valley colors

99 Valley colors by luv2draw
99 Valley colors, a photo by luv2draw on Flickr.

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.

98 Harvest Colors

98 Harvest Colors by luv2draw
98 Harvest Colors, a photo by luv2draw on Flickr.

1/4 sheet with gouache. I wanted to play with a gouache set.

97 Sunday Morning in the Valley

1/2 sheet watercolor. I sketched it while sitting in the car, made note of colors, and painted it later that day back in the art room.

96 Final version

96 Final version by luv2draw
96 Final version, a photo by luv2draw on Flickr.

Had to tinker with some color. Not sure how many times I have painted this barn, but it's gone now, victim to a fire.