Tomorrow I am going to start another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I’ve played along on a couple of these in the past, when another artist has announced a challenge and invited other people to participate. They were both really good experiences that advanced my work, and I’m glad I did them. The last one was in November of 2016, so it was almost a year ago.
So lately I have been in a bit of a rut and thought I would give myself a personal challenge. The parameters are pretty broad – the paintings just need to be watermedia. Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, ink, mixed media, whatever.
To get a little jump start, I’ve prepared some paper and panel supports. I really like starting with a surface that already has some color or marks on it for several reasons:
…I paint more loosely than when I start with a pristine white surface. This is probably related to the blank page paralysis that many people experience.
…a base tone with some texture to it gives me something to react to.
…colored paper for midtones with dark and white chalks is a classic drawing technique and a way of thinking that helps me organize my compositions.
I’m excited to get started. I have some new materials and heaps of ideas to try during the 30 days.
My journal is more like a series of small plein air paintings than sketches or visuals that include words. Usually I have worked in watercolor or gouache. Since I’ve been working more with acrylic I thought I’d give it a try, and have really enjoyed the results. The results look quite different from the other water based media – richer and juicier. You can handle it dark to light, like oils, and sometimes that is just the easiest way to go.
The featured image is from the dog park. That dog isn’t mine, and it wasn’t hers, either. I liked the two furry coats together.
Here is another acrylic page.