My drawing and painting life
I am counting down the days for my Year of Daily Art Making to begin! These two weeks to come I am using to collect my supplies and decide on what subjects to paint. I was thinking about how to keep it interesting and how to keep going. Choosing a subject to work on for a period of time, seems the way to go. I already received some helpful responses when I wrote about that last week. Kathrin, Jill and Laura: thanks so much!
Kathrin suggested perhaps working 101 days (or 100) on one subject, taking a short break and then starting again. There are two suggestions actually, choosing themes and sticking with it, and going for a longer period of time making something every day , but allowing for a short break (stop making and going offline) every 100 days.
I decided that for the time being I will work on themes that will run one month at a time. If after three months I feel I want to change that, I may just do that. For the moment it seems a good idea to go for the monthly theme. It will help me get into a kind of rhythm. After all, I always know what the next painting will be about. That’s one question out of the way!
The question becomes what theme or subject matter to work on for the first month. It has to be interesting enough to stick with it for a month. I am undecided whether to just go for a subject like Faces (I really like to investigate that) or Flowers (I know I can do flowers, but it would be good to make so many that new things can come up). I even thought that the first theme might be Flowers and Faces. I will be pondering that for the next few days.
PS The face above I made in response to a lesson on using your sketchbook by Juliette Crane, in Life Book 2015 – a year long class hosted by Tamara Laporte. There are lots of chances to draw and paint faces in that class.
I’d like to mention Tamara Laporte in more depth here, because I owe her: Tamare Laporte is working under the name of Willowing. She developed the year long online art course Life Book that started in 2012. Almost every week there is a new lesson on her online platform in which we learn about mixed media techniques. I took it in 2014 and did about 80% of the lessons and enrolled again in 2015. Tamara teaches this course with an amazing line up of about 20 to 25 guest teachers each year. She also teaches shorter online courses. Look her up on her website! I’ve learned a lot about mixed media and drawing and painting faces from Tamara and other teachers on Life Book.
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