We all get into our own comfort zones don’t we? However, comfort and familiarity are not places where growth occurs. If you want to grow, learn and get better as an artist, you need to be bold and try something new. My work is normally very detailed and precise in nature. This takes time to create a painting in this way. I also rarely paint nudes.
So, I thought I would challenge myself this Sunday and try painting a nude, in watercolour (not oil) and importantly…in 12 minutes and not 12 hours!
What do you think? It turned out alright really and I might list it on Artfinder and see what happens. Be bold, be brief…be gone!
Thinking about escaping to Cuba!
A week passed rather fast. I found my old art journal in a storage box recently and one can see things changing, not just time, but skills and interests. You remember what you were like as a person when you entered that material in that journal.
This journal is from 1997. From the images below, I was always interested in anatomy and structure of the human body.
Ii is for this reason that I thought I would share my thoughts on why one should keep an art journal. These books allow you to prepare small sketches of ideas for paintings. They are small enough to be portable so you can capture ideas on the run, but you can also keep small clippings from magazines etc that inspire you. Most of all, they keep a record of you are an artist…how you grow and develop and how your interests change and how your skills improve over the years.