Many moons ago I would challenge myself in January to do 30 paintings in 30 days…My January Paintings Challenge. This was created to get me back into the studio and “working” after the holidays. The past 3 January’s there have been deaths or crisis’ that have kept the January challenge from happening and that’s ok…getting into the studio isn’t an issue like it used to be, but I admit that this year I’m feeling that a little structure or focus could be helpful.
Sooo, I’m modifying my challenge. I started on February 1st and promised myself to work every weekday. I always pick two themes to work on and usually swap them out every other day. This is a personal preference and keeps me interested. I always enjoy painting my studio but this year I may expand into the house. We'll see what happens there.
Some works in progress...
The 2nd theme will be my abstract studies in gouache. These have been a lot of fun for me and I can see that they may be inspirations for larger paintings down the line, so I'm excited continue with these. Here’s an example of one sheet I've done. Check out my You Tube Channel for videos of me working on these abstract gouaches sheets.
I am limiting myself to weekdays because I know of a few conflicts already. That gives me Saturdays to catch up if need be. I reserve Sundays as a day-off these days.
This does not preclude me from working on other things. I have a few other ideas I want to develop also but this is bare minimum. When I originally did this type of challenge, just getting into the studio was a challenge. That is not the case so much anymore. This is more to help me focus on something in particular. Feel like I am accomplishing something, have something to show after a few weeks in the studio. I think it will help. We will see.
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