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30 day challenge

As well as being an artist I work full-time, so I tend to spend quite a bit of time thinking about painting, but not much time actually doing it.  I tell myself I haven’t got enough time / I need better ideas / there’s no decent light during parts of the year.  Inspired by an article on daily painting in January's Artists & Illustrators magazine, at the start of 2016 I set myself a challenge to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  

 

I didn't set out to create a perfect series of work, but in the words of Andy Warhol, to 'just get it done'.  I also wanted to develop a more regular rhythm of painting that would last beyond the challenge.  

 

I successfully completed the challenge, despite several events that could easily have derailed me, such as our cat getting run over and being ill.  It took 31 days in the end as I had a weekend away towards the end when it wasn’t practical to paint.  Some days I only painted for 20 minutes, others for several hours.  Not every painting turned out well, some ended up in the bin!  However, I created more than half a dozen paintings I'm really happy with.  It's was great to be able to respond creatively to the day’s events and things that I’ve observed - from the colours in a colleague's dress and a vivid visual tribute to David Bowie to a piece capturing the essence of our little cat.  You can see some of the results below.