Happy New Year Friends!
About a week ago I was listening to the Artists Helping Artists podcast, and the hosts were laughing that once again, there were no people from the midwest joining in the 30 in 30 Challenge – a kick-off-the-new-year party that invites artists from around the world to paint one painting per day for the first 30 days of the year.
I logged into the 30 in 30 website, and sure enough, there were no little markers on the map in North Dakota, South Dakota or Montana. I couldn’t resist; I had to sign up. I have a hunch that it’s going to be hard for me to complete one painting per day in January, especially at the end of the month….. but on the other hand, what better motivation to try?
I will be on the road for much of January, away from my studio, so while I’m away from home I’ll work on watercolors or create sketches on the iPad, something I started doing over the Christmas break thanks to a commissioned project from a coworker. When I’m at home, with access to the studio, I’ll probably go back to acrylic paintings.
After posting information about the challenge to facebook, a few of my artistic friends decided to help me populate the map for the midwest and joined the challenge as well. I will share their paintings periodically on my Sketching Spot facebook page.
Day one was off to a rocky start. After starting, and failing two paintings, I decided to sketch the picture out in pencil first, something I rarely do anymore. After that I was off to the races. Well, slowly. If these were actual races I would have finished last, because it took the entire day to finish this painting (including drying time.)
But hey, I’m really happy with it, and day one was a success in more ways than one.
1) I participated in the challenge as I said I would, for at least one out of 30 days!
2) I’m blogging about it, and in doing so I am actively updating my website, which is another New Year’s GOAL.
3) I can get a good supply of original watercolors built up to put out for sale at art festivals next spring and summer. I didn’t realize that my stash had gotten so low! I guess I sold more than I thought I would over the course of last year.
And…. 4) I can use this paintings in my Animals coffee table book. More information on that will continue to be released as things progress. Stay tuned!