Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday and Day #6 Send me your stuff!!

 A few FB friends and artists who follow my blog have expressed interest in doing this project too. If you are doing a small piece of art, any piece of art for the next 102 days, (until March 11th), please share with me some of your output! It doesn't have to be any big deal, just a thumbnail sketch a doodle, a zen doodle, or a full blown painting works too! Send images to I'll post it here and we can all share in the joy! Wouldn't that be great? Think of all the work we could do!! I'm not going to post every day; that's annoying, but every few days. Send me your story too!

I'm six days into a new journey. I am sooo happy to have given myself this gift of commitment. Already I see the wisdom of this discipline. The first night, I was all gung-ho about it, spending over an hour on the little vase sketch in my last post. The second night I sat in a favorite local spot, had a bowl of soup and sat quietly in the corner and sketched.
Day #2
 So far, so good. By the third night, resistance and procrastination had already set in! On the third day! But a commitment is a commitment, so I stayed downstairs and worked on a sketch that I needed to get done for a client.

Day #3
As soon as I started I was hooked! I love working late at night alone and although I know this, I sometimes forget and let myself be lazy.
Day #4
I am rediscovering my love of drawing. I'm rusty at it, but it feels so completely wonderful to dip back in!
Day #5

Day #6

It is also giving me an opportunity to do some writing with my sketching which is something I really haven't done much of and have long admired of other artists. So I'll see where that takes me too.

I am so happy, overjoyed really to be doing this. Please join in on the joy!!

Ok, now for the part where I make a living do this....Tomorrow is Cyber Monday so I'm discounting selected works, posters and miniatures on Daily Paintworks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

108 Days

It's the time of year for gifts and today certainly didn't disappoint. I received a lovely phone call from one of my sons; the second call in as many days!

I also received two books in the mail. One was Carol Marine's fabulous new book, Daily Painting - Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive and Sucessful Artist. What a great title! It's full of wonderful stuff to delve into; beautifully designed and of course filled with her work and I'm sure will be inspirational throughout the winter. The other book was The Journal of Eugene Delecroix, which also looks to be inspirational and fun to dip into.

Carol's book is especially timely. I've been immersed in developing my online courses and spending soooo much time on the computer getting up to speed with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. I like working on the computer so although this project entails long concentrated days of work, I'm comfortable with it.  But I don't want to lose sight of just why I'm developing these courses and how I accumulated the content over the years; many years in front of an easel making stuff. Developing these courses is demanding but feels rewarding and timely.

Last week I made a commitment to begin a project along side the online courses. I'm impulsed to create and have decided to do a piece of art every day for 108 days. One hundred and eight is a sacred number and I wish these small pieces to be a gift of commitment. They might be only a tiny thumbnail sketch, a drawing, a collage, or perhaps a finished painting or maybe photograph. It doesn't matter. I just want to stay connected to the process of art making. Thinking ahead to what it might feel like 108 days from now,  it feels rich and sweet and comforting. Giving myself the latitude to have it be just about anything, no pressure,  just a sense of doing outside myself.

I invited a couple of my students to join me. You can too. It would be great to have the company of fellow artists and see what we come up with, don't you think? It will be March 11th in 108 days.