My drawing and painting life
On Monday I talked about themes for my Year of Daily Art Making. I am pondering what theme to take on in the first month. Yesterday I talked about faces and flowers. Another theme I have been thinking about has to do with the workshop on Narrative Painting I took in June of this year. It was a four day art retreat in Tusany Italy, hosted by Niya Christine. I just have to mention this narrative painting workshop for two reasons.
One: I am very inspired by the example of Niya Christine to do this Year of Art Making Daily. I witnessed part of her journey when she was doing a year of 365 paintings through her blog. Niya is a writer and painter and branding specialist. She decided on making one painting each day for a whole year starting January first 2013. She found that she started adding stories to her paintings, often little fun stories about fictional characters, full of life. Sometimes emotional ones – when life threw things at her that aren’t easy. In the course of this year she developed several ideas, teaching narrative painting was one of them. When I started thinking about a year of making art daily I ordered her book The Art of Daily Cultivation. It’s a fun book, lovely paintings but also wonderful reflections on the process of making art during that year.
Two: I decided on joining her on her art retreat too. Turns out it was a good choice. It was great fun and inspiring to look into stories during this art retreat in Tuscany. And now I get to a possible theme for My Year: I ended up with a beginning narrative on a Pig and a Horse. The narrative seems to call for further developing. Also I’d like to develop my ability to make narrative paintings, to have them come more easily, to understand what they are about (for me). That’s why I think Pigs and Horses might be a good idea for one of these months ahead.
And OK. I have one more reason, I would really love to paint more horses, is that we saw so many horses on holiday in Iceland recently. They looked amazing with their thick mane.
You don’t see a horse in this painting, I know. We made a series of three paintings – there is definitely a horse in there that will end up having an important role in the story I’m sure. 🙂
Niya Christine is a painter and writer. Niya has a background in both writing, painting and brand design. As a designer and consultant she has worked with many leading companies. She also makes lovely art, fine art cards and books. I highly recommend her work. Personally I am very inspired by her book The Art of Daily Cultivation, it’s rich in lovely art work and stories, wisdom about building a daily creative practice and much much more.
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