AEDM November 2015

Day 24-30:  Art Every Day Month

What a week!  I knew it would be.  I took on a seasonal job working 9-10 hours every day, yet I was determined I would make art every day.  We also had a wonderful house full of family and family pets for 3 days!  Our visiting family was the best part, and I actually worked on a few sketches while “on the job” for the 3 days they were here so I wouldn’t miss an available minute with them.

 

I started an acrylic painting on paper and worked on it the 24th and 25th.  But I did put away the paints while the family was here.  On Thanksgiving day, I sketched out “Collapsed Pingo” while on the phone at work.  Friday and Saturday, I worked on the “Caribou Hills” sketch.  I think this one could make a nice painting.  Then Sunday morning, everyone went off in different directions to find their way home, so I pulled out the paints on Sunday evening and painted, and then again this morning on “Another Turn” (the acrylic on paper).  I had tried this one with a coat of gesso between my paper and paint and learned I liked working on the paper better without it.  Lesson learned.

 

This month was great; an exercise in discipline that allowed me to work out a lot of issues with my methods and taught me what I still need to work on.  I read one time that if you do something for 30 days, it becomes a habit.  I believe that.  After doing this every day, I’ve learned not to be afraid to fail when I go to the canvas or paper, I’ve learned to enjoy the challenges as well as the pleasure of it. It’s a great stress reliever at the end of the day, and if I paint at the beginning of the day, I feel better from then on throughout the day!

 

And it hasn’t been tiring. It’s just thrown the door wide open.  After a month of going to it every day, I don’t want to slow down.  I have so much to build on with what I’ve learned this month and so much more I want to do.  Thank you Leah, for AEDM.

 

Revised Another Turn

“Another Turn”

Acrylic on Canson Watercolor Paper – 12″ x 6″


Caribou Hills

“Caribou Hills”

charcoal sketch 11″ x 8 1/2″

along the Denali Highway, AK


Collapsed Pingo

“Collapsed Pingo”

Charcoal Sketch – 11″ x 8 1/2″

A collapsed permafrost mound along the Denali Highway, AK.