During Studio 53’s Winter Open PV I was chatting to a fellow artist who was also extolling the virtues of painting everyday.
“Sure, I paint everyday” I thought.
“Well I sort of do” I reviewed in my mind.
“Well I definitely draw everyday”.
That at least is true.
I had excuses.
Tonnes of them.
I’m a solo entrepreneur, I do everything for my business, my website, my twitter feed, my facebook page. I run workshops, I blog, I research, I’m an oil painter which is hard to do on the run, quickly or in a hotel room….la la la.
All these excuses have faded away, because in-between Christmas and New year I read, a much recommended book - “Daily painting” by Carole Marine.
The basic premis is simple. Paint every day, or at least most days.
Minimum 4 times a week.
Paint small so that it’s manageable.
The benefits are huge and varied, amongst them:
You’ll be painting in an experimental way, without fear.
You’ll improve your skills rapidly. If you're already a pro you'll find your artistic voice.
And you’ll have loads of paintings from which to learn, or if they’re good, to sell.
The book has a wealth of information for the amateur and professional alike, as it covers media, composition and colour. I recommend it.
So trying to get one up on a new year’s resolution I started my Daily painting habit just before new year's eve.
When the weather (and light) is good I want to be outside painting, as a landscape artist it's essential. My years of teaching have led me avoid relying heavily on photographs in the studio, and will only work from them if accompanied by my sketches.
So, inspried by the book, I felt some small still life paintings, in oil would be the way ahead.
I painted the inside of a box with black acrylic paint.
Used a little box inside it and covered it with an old shirt of my husband’s rather than cutting up a big white table cloth.
I cut a hole in one side of the box and stuck an angle-poise lamp through the hole.
Then I picked up a lovely handmade golden pear off of the Christmas tree.
I placed it in my black cardboard box on my old-shirt-tablecloth.
There it was. A simple, lit still life.
I painted two in fact.
So here are my first two paintings using the Daily painting habit.
Both are oil on canvas.
Can’t recommend it enough.
I’ll be posting more.
Many many more.
The best examples of my daily paintings are available to buy from my shop.