Here are a few of my learnings from this past 30 in 30-day painting challenge. I think you’ll be amazed both at how it pushes you to re-evaluate your use of time and makes you a better painter with a daily painting. I enjoyed using Leslie Saeta’s challenge available on her site at www.saetastudio.com.
- Organize your studio. A challenge motivates you to organize your creative space, inspiration, sketches, and photographs.
- It motivates one to prepare and refresh their website for their own daily blog too.
- Check supply levels such as canvas, paint, brushes and other necessary supplies. Leave a fresh canvas on the easel at the end of each day. I also liked having fresh water and clean brushes waiting for me the next day.
- It is okay to experiment. Pick two or three different themes and be ready to shift and finesse evolving unforeseen ideas.
- Start painting 2-3 days earlier to the challenge.I came close to skipping two different days during this last challenge, and a few at the ready would have helped ease the schedule’s demand. It is a deadline that keeps you accountable.
- It pushes you to paint in different locations. Create a studio in different rooms, or on different floors in your home.
- Use a Journal and planner. Checking in on Monday and daily with a journal and planner to note what is working. Monitor if you are on track for the coming week.
- Meet other artists and give support to each other during the process via Leslie’s site or on social media.
- Ideas evolve. The process of creating allows the artist to grow and experiment with the variety of series. Trying mixing and apply previous ideas to the next piece.
- It becomes a ritual. Life happens, and one will find the creative process is always waiting there for you.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment if you are interested in the pieces created during this challenge.