I was in my studio today for TEN HOURS. These daily paintings are definitely a challenge...but the kind of challenge I enjoy. I was listening to "Artists Helping Artists" on Blog Talk Radio with Leslie Saeta. I've been enjoying hearing these radio shows while I work. She keeps talking about the #30Paintingsin30Days and how there are no rules and the best advice is to "paint ahead"...meaning, be ahead on your paintings so that you don't have the pressure to come up with a new painting on the due date (a lot of artists, like me, don't do their best work under pressure). I started out ahead, and maybe got a little too relaxed plus went on a college trip, and BAM, I'm behind. I attempted to get a lot done today...ten hours later...and I'm a little further along but, though not really. I think it's officially time to keep paints both at home and at my studio for those days that I can't be at my studio. I'm hoping to speed up my work, work more loosely, trust my first instincts, and try painting some new subjects, color palettes, and techniques.
Check out my Facebook page for updates on the two holiday sales that I am participating in (btw, the timing of doing this 30 paintings challenge is definitely interesting as I am also preparing work for these holiday sales - small paintings on board and on paper, cards, and a small selection of handmade jewelry). Good thing I love what I do!
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