I did it!!!! I made it through a whole week of creating a painting a day. This wasn’t such an easy task — just getting back from a two-week vacation, diving back in to my decorative painting business (translation: during the day, painting clients’ homes five days a week; in the evening, catching up on e-mails, taking care of marketing and everything else associated with being an entrepreneur). That leaves little time for the discipline of creating a painting, and even less time for writing a blog post about it! If I was able to sit in my studio all day and work on a painting, this wouldn’t be as big a deal to me as it is. But to not even start thinking about what my day’s creation will be until usually no earlier than 10:00 p.m. each night, I’ve impressed myself a bit. That usually translates into blogging at about 2:00 a.m. (it’s currently 1:48 EST). I may be even more excited about being consistent with my posts than the paintings! Actually, I’m equally happy about both. I was a bit nervous about publicly declaring that I joined a 30 day painting challenge. That meant I actually had to do it!! I couldn’t slack off, or let all the other “stuff” get in my way. I’m doing a happy dance right now; I’ll be happier when this post is published, so I can throw myself in bed, grab about 5 hours sleep, and get to my client’s house.
Today’s painting was supposed to be an American flag on a tall flagpole. I took a photo of that image over the summer, and sketched it tonight on a 6 x 8 museum quality panel. I started painting it, and after I laid everything in, I completely changed direction! I felt like painting a landscape instead. Coulda saved myself some sketching time if only I thought about that first! I created the scene intuitively, and I’m pleased with the results. And at this time of the day (or should I say night?), that’s all that matters! Enjoy!