Continuing my floral series on canvas today. I have decided I need to plant some of these spiky flowers seeing they generally bloom from midsummer to first frost, when many other plants are past their best.
Yesterday my family and friends surprised me for my birthday at the lake. Feeling grateful and looking forward to another year of watching my creativity enfold. According to a traditional story, the more muddy and opaque the water, the more beautiful the Lotus flower when it emerges.
Continuing my play with texture, but now with a stronger use of line and pattern.
Kicking of this September 30 in 30 painting challenge with my latest exploration of patterns and textures found in nature.
It is time to pick my themes for this September’s 30 paintings in 30 days.
First, making sure all my supplies are bought, then plan some meals, cleared my calendar, and most importantly deactivate those pesky phone notifications.
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Learn more about the benifits of a Painting Challenge from a previous post of mine: 30 in 30: Top 10 Learnings for Artist
Did you know that just the sight of a lavender plant or the color is calming?
This year’s Pantone color offers some refuge from the over stimulated world of today. https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018
Maybe this is the color I need to revisit as I recharge from working a week-long camp for 300 cub scouts, or just from driving in our thick Dallas-Fort Worth traffic. Either one is enough to make this artist long for a calming lavender bubble bath at the end of the day.
So, with all these soothing thoughts of botanical bliss I find myself marking my calendar to visit our local lavender festival http://www.lavenderridgefarms.com one of these memorial weekends for some calming inspiration.
In the meantime my calming blues are my current craving, and wonder if the use of certain purples might be in my future.
I shared with one of my son’s classmates today how my paintings simulate the feeling of flying like a bird. Her face light up when she learned this about my work. Earlier in the day, I had the joy of encouraging her to face some of her fears on their class fieldtrip. I hope she continues to feel her efforts of bravery each day like that of a bird taking to flight for the first time.
“Country Churches in Winter” | Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha | 8″×10”
Wow! The buds are already sprouting on our trees here in North Texas, and our daffodils are blooming. So, based on these clues it must be time for spring break. My husband and eight-year-old son, and I are looking forward to enjoying our local parks and museums this coming week.
Today’s painting features our local garden, The Dallas Arboretum in springtime. The children’s garden is a must-see for your little one.
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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.