I'm feeling the need to shake off the metaphoric cobwebs that form from being in the studio, for what has seemed like a very long winter, and to get out and enjoy the spring weather (if it shows up... winter isn't letting go yet!). In light of that, I’m embarking on a one month project that I'm calling “My Painting Marathon”.
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2009 and continuing until April 30, 2009, I will be painting four (4) small paintings every day and posting them on my website blog. I do have a three day workshop scheduled the middle of April and won't be able to paint the 4 per day during that time. In order to keep the total number of paintings at 120, I'll be sprinkling one in here and there on other days throughout the month.
Why do this? A few years back, about 2005, following artist Duane Keiser’s 2004 ‘A Painting A Day’ lead (which became a world wide phenomenon), I like many other painters started a similar project. Mine didn’t make it too far. I painted daily anyway, whether working on a larger painting in the studio or completing smaller pieces en plein air. I’m a full time artist, that’s what I do! The one painting a day for it’s own sake seemed redundant for me so I let it go.
Now I’m feeling the need for a serious challenge, like being an artist isn't enough of one already. None the less, I think that I’ve found one. 4 paintings a day for 30 days should do it! Admittedly, it's a spin off of the Daily Painting movement, that's obvious. Even while just sitting here typing out this post about the project, the word "DAUNTING" is flashing like a migraine induced - kaleidoscopic image in my head. Committing to 120 paintings in 30 days is A LOT of commitment!
Maybe I should be committed?
Seriously... at the same time I'm eagerly anticipating how much this is going to teach me about painting. Subject matter is in existence all around me that I probably walk or drive past daily without noticing. This will give me more than enough opportunity to pay a little closer attention to my world. In addition to learning to understand how to see otherwise neglected subject matter, I suspect that the experience will build a pretty good card catalogue in my mental library on the subject of atmospheric mood, and seasonal color and texture in the landscape. Then there are all of the discoveries to be made about the tools and techniques that I use from painting this many paintings in such a concentrated drop of time. Efficient use of time! That might become the biggest lesson of all. I don't really know what all of the benefits will be, but I look forward to discovering them all.
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