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.
Acrylic on Canson Watercolor Paper – 12″ x 6″
charcoal sketch 11″ x 8 1/2″
along the Denali Highway, AK
Charcoal Sketch – 11″ x 8 1/2″
A collapsed permafrost mound along the Denali Highway, AK.