I have been able to finally start doing a few quick things in Jan 2015. I attended a drop in water color class with Deann Kennedy on Monday
and then a meet up with our local Urban Sketchers at The Local coffee shop.
We had 14 sketchers in there, many of us sketching Micah :)
What I am really wanting to do this January is to keep practicing plein air painting. So the minute there is a bit of sunshine, I rush out for a few hours of painting. A group of us are trying to capture the Amon Basin before it turns into a housing development :(
Apparently doing a painting a day no matter how simple and small it looks was a bit ambitious ;) I am still plugging away and I am enjoying getting to work on these simple small panels of 5x7. They are small and inexpensive and therefore I do feel like I can experiment away and try what ever.
Last week I did one watercolor landscape of the Yakima River looking out from Red Mountain.
Today I finished up a small little basket of roses done in oils. I am having fun and I think that is the point. It also helps to have the time and freedom to try and be a little consistant.
I had an interesting offer right after the holidays this year to join a group of local artist's . They are committing for 30 days to do one piece of creative art work a day. Hence the name ART A DAY. My first reaction was no way could I even imagine myself pulling this off. Then as I thought about it I eventually decided what the heck this may be the motivational factor I really need. So here we go =) My main goal is to try a bunch of different techniques and just let it rip. I will hopeful gain some skills over the month and some good habits of creative disciple...haha that doesn't even sound like it goes together. Creativity for me is usually a spur of the moment inspiration not a planned activity.
I did actually have an idea on how to do this and set myself up with 30 squares of masonite boards I had cut at my local Lowes. (bless that young man's heart who so patiently made all my cuts for me on a very slow day) Then I came home and sanded and gessoed and rabbit skinned glues some of my boards for oil paints and some for watercolors.
These are 5x9 little panels so I am limited right off the top... simplifying is also a challenge =)
Day 1 oil
Day 2 watercolor
Reference photo's by my good friend Nancy Richter at Traveling Light
My goal is to do at least something 5 days a week. So I will be playing catch up this weekend to get two more pieces done for this week. I am not thrilled with what I am turning out, but as I keep telling my students it is the process of creativity we really need to value not just the outcome.