I am now over half way through my 30 Day Painting Challenge. I think I am enjoying it too much as it no longer seems like a challenge!
I have gained some further understanding of my process and the pleasure I get from drawing and painting. I really enjoy working with a time bound immediacy, responding to a subject or theme spontaneously, then taking time to evaluate, select and ponder the outcomes. Sometimes the paintings have felt like a sketch of a future more sustained painting and sometimes the images have inspired me to paint more, especially the Corvids and the Hares.
I like to set myself constraints, rules and boundaries, this time I don’t think there hasn’t been enough, I am not feeling the pain!! It is good to reach a point of boredom, frustration or irritation with a subject, push through it and reach an undetermined unexpected outcome.
I feel maybe, I should have set myself the task of painting to a theme or idea, something that I may not do without the challenge, maybe 30 birds or 30 en plen air paintings, 30 with a palette knife, 30 houses or people, 30 human animals or something I will do soon 30 activists (with animals)…but maybe I don’t always need to really challenge myself and maybe I have. I would not have painted everyday without it.
It has also made me rethink my freelance work and embrace the idea more fully. I have simplified my fee structure to an hourly rate and will now basically draw, paint or collage pretty much anything, because working instinctively with a sense immediacy is what I love to do.
My next challenge will be painting extinct birds for the amazing Ghost of Gone Birds project at the Migration Festival in Camden and this has been an excellent precursor for that. This is what I will be doing.
Ghosts of Gone Birds Live Art Studio, The Foundry Room
Resurrecting extinct birds can be hard work. And now you can see for yourself as we invite 11 very different artists to each dedicate a day to breathing creative life back into the birds we have lost. But we’re not just setting up a special pop-up Ghosts studio for the artists in the Foundry Room upstairs at The Forge – we’re also adding a real old, weather-beaten bird hide from RSPB Coquet Island for visitors to use to quietly observe the artists at work. So this is your chance to see extinct birds resurrected before your very eyes. Eleven days. 11 artists. Working hard to create a new Ghosts Gallery of Gone Birds.
If you would like to see the paintings that I have made so far since the 1st September please go to my website here 30 DAY CHALLENGE.