Little by Little

A quick floral study only takes minutes- and being able to dash off a little painting is a great skill to develop.

A quick floral study only takes minutes- and being able to dash off a little painting is a great skill to develop. I am developing a workshop to teach this style of painterly sketching in 2016.

 

     I love the challenges that artists and other creatives take on to boost their success. A painting a day for thirty days (or three), writing a page a day for a year, or one new show entry a month– all those incremental goals feel manageable, and in fact make a huge impact when completed. Anything that conquers the clutter of worry and negativity, or inspires you to create is welcome!
     I have not chosen a new goal since my 30-Day blogging challenge concluded in December. When I am very busy, I don’t begin a challenge.  I know it will add stress and muddle priorities. But if you are stuck, bored, feeling that you can’t do the right thing, sometimes doing ANYTHING is a good idea. Get your oldest, ugliest, failed paintings out and gesso over them. Find a photo you took because you were dying to turn it into a painting, and paint it. Find some things to gift or donate in your dusty art collection and make room for the new! Sometimes it is the old stuff that is keeping you immobile.
     If you feel up to it, go into production mode and take on a challenge. Thirty small paintings in thirty days may equate to a few gems that you love, a great batch for a show in a gallery, a few sales, and absolutely better paintings at the end of the month. You might even want to make it a practice to start each session in your studio with a quick painting or drawing. Many great artists do. Start with a small 3-day challenge, then take a break. If it feels right, see if you can go further. And remember, you set the rules, so make them fit what is realistic for you. I go to the studio every day, but if I  had a day job, I might choose weekends only, or have my own Friday night sip-and-paint ritual. It’s supposed to be fun! If you have done a fun challenge or have an idea for  one, please leave it in the comments – maybe I will join you!

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