It's day 200 of 365 days of daily painting and I am happily exploring watercolor. This is a luminous and unpredictable medium, I love the loose freshness and I get a thrill every time the colors touch and change. In preparation for today's milestone I went through about 170 paintings, sorting them into 4 piles, discard, save, use the other sides, and add pastel. The biggest stack by far, was the use the other side pile, which is fine with me. I don't expect to make 365 keepers. This project has become about turning the page each day and starting again. I just paint. I try not to focus on the final product, and concentrate on the process. I work quickly and make as many paintings as I can finish in one session and post one on Instagram. The next day I do it again. That is my only goal for this project, to paint everyday, 200 down 165 to go. Follow my Instagram - Maryann Didriksen to see how it goes.
Or more accurately, my first 115 days of the 365 days of creating art project.
I have been quietly immersed in daily painting this year. No speeches, legislation, or controversial appointments. However, many people are saying that I do watch much too much cable news.
What do I have to show for just about one third of my year long project?
I have a couple of decent oil paintings, two acrylic paintings, many watercolor studies, one sale and a small pile of art carnage. Committing to daily painting has helped me to focus and solidify my studio practice while allowing me to try new things. It's just enough structure and it encourages play and studious exploration.
I started in January with the 30 in 30 challenge, making 30 small landscape paintings.
For February I decided to continue on and work on 365 days of painting. With all the art making, I put writing on hold posting only one blog post.
In March I participated in two painting projects, A Slice of Life and Into -Yellow.
April - So far 115 days in, I have found a comfortable pace to my work. On the downside I haven't had time for documenting or writing about the project. That’s OK, there is always tomorrow. To see what I am up to daily, follow me on Instagram.
It's cold and gray outside. The holidays are a memory. I had the flu, the body aches kind and the political kind. So to force myself back into painting mode I took on a 30 day art challenge. I spent January working on landscapes using acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas. I chose this direction because landscape painting scares me, I hate painting small and I have lots of acrylic paint hanging around. Turns out it was a pretty good way to get in the swing of things. It also helped me:
Here are my 30 paintings. For larger images go to http://www.maryanndidriksen.com/30-in-30