If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of plans to get into the studio to paint. But somehow, doing the work doesn’t come easy!
It’s a priority right? Well you wouldn’t think so most days. I blog weekly, I’m active in my HTP Facebook group (where we are all posting out 31-in-31 images), I post on social media, I continue to work on my next online course (almost finished the final edit – stay tuned!), and oh yes, there’s living my life! So where’s the time for actually painting?? I know you also have many things that keep you from doing the work too right?
Then along comes the 31-pastels-in-31-days challenge.
I remember last year, I was desperate to paint. Thus the Challenge came about through a desperation to get in the studio and put pastel to paper. And it worked! So there was no hesitation about running it again this year. And going by what’s happening with everyone who’s participating, it’s going to become an annual event!
So this year, with planning time and the idea (thanks Julia and Cam) to sell the work on my gailsibley.com website at a reduced price for the limited time of October and November, I was determined not to miss a day.
Because of the Challenge, doing the work has become a habit through October, one I’m so grateful for. Hey, it’s only 31 days, not 365, and that makes it seem much more doable. And painting everyday? Gee willikers, does that feel good! And to have that feeling every day??!
Doesn’t get much better.
One of the things I have done this year is work in series. I wrote about the benefits of doing this a couple weeks ago. The 31-in-31 challenge offers an opportunity to explore things that you may want to paint but you just don’t get to them. That’s what happened to me.
I love laundry and I love watching people look at art. I’ve sooooo wanted to paint both. The blog on working on a series shows many of my laundry pieces (although there are more and you can see them on my website!). This time, I want to share with you some pieces from my Watching People Looking At Art series with a step-by-step progression through the last one.
I’ve restricted myself to a limited palette selected from Unison’s 36-piece set, and that’s a challenge in itself!!
Here are the five done so far:
So let’s have a peek through the progression of the painting above. Once drawn up, this pastel took about an hour.
And the final again:
So that’s it.
And the main lesson here about doing the work? You can watch all the videos you want, read every pastelling book, attend workshops, but until you actually paint and paint fairly consistently, you won’t learn and develop as an artist.
So away with the excuses, the fears, the resistance to actually painting. Get in the studio and PAINT!!
If you’re participating in the 31-in-31 challenge, I’d love to hear the best thing it’s done for you!! And please let me know if seeing the progression was helpful.
Until next time,