Well, I got the dates all mixed up, but it's still a painting a day so I'm not going to spend time fixing it all up... I'll talk about being creative everyday in the sketchbook. Its hard. I had many days this week when I really had no idea what to paint. I got frustrated and tired. My fingers felt like they couldn't even hold a paintbrush. But I find its really helpful to just put on the timer go. I don't always love it, or even like it, but I did it. I guess its just about showing up. Some of my best ones have come out on a morning like that. You just never know.
Welcome Autumn and the cooler weather. So far this week I've been inspired by fashion on the street, crowds of people flowers and my selfie.
Whoa, I got way out of control with posting my sketchbook. But I've been doing it everyday still.. The 3 faces at the top of this post are the 3 days of migraine. I really like how on the red/black one the paper tore and it looks like I'm crying. I don't usually cry during a migraine, its just something I've learned to live through but its not unreal that that could happen.. Otherwise this month is about farmers markets and flowers and stylizing faces and animals which is something I'm interested in exploring more.
I went on a 2 week vacation with my Mom at the beginning of September. It was a cruise, not my personal choice of vacation travel but I was with my Mom and we went to beautiful places, so I just went with the flow. I don't like getting off a boat and seeing a place for a few hours with hundreds of other tourists.. but I found those were some of my favorite paintings.. All the different faces and bodies and expressions. I could have painted everyone. I got to see the Dalmation Coast where I've never been before so I can decide if I want to go back for an extended stay. I think I still need to wind down from this before I can make any real decisions on that. I used a new sketchbook, as I didn't want to take the other one in case something happened to it. I made a few mistakes here, leaving a page blank here and there.. It's always a bit odd to be out of the regular routine.
I'm leaving on vacation in 1/2 an hour but I wanted to get these in before I go. These are photos from my iphone of the book rather than scans so I'm interested to see how they look on the website. Next batch of work should be coming from inspiration in Italy, the Dalmation Coast and Greece. I'm, going with stacks of sketchbooks, paint and pens. I'll be posting on Instagram @augustwren if you'd like to follow along!
There is a big range of subject matter the last 2 weeks. I have to say I feel I'm slumping as far as inspiration. I need to get out for some different visual stimulus to make this feel exciting. I've been busy with a big illustration job and Lilla Roger's global talent search. I'm feeling super tired right now. Will write more later.. :)
I finished Month 7! It's becoming a habit now. I still have days where it's really hard. I sit down and my mind is a complete blank. But I push through and something happens. I may not like it but I've done it. But more times than not I surprise myself and in that push I discover something new and I get excited. There are also days where the painting just flows out but it can't be perfect every day.
More than 1/2 the month has gone by so quickly. I was on Cape Cod for a week which was so glorious. Beautiful weather, cool breezes, good food, the beach and relaxation. Every morning I set up my paints on the screened in porch and painted . I could be happy doing that more often! This month my sketchbook was featured in Uppercase Magazine! What a thrill. I'm so happy and grateful that my project this year has turned into something so special that resonates for many. I hope I've inspired others to start this practice, It's a life changer in so many ways. The most basic being that I can see that I can create something every day in such a short time. It has built alot of confidence. I recommend this for everyone.
This week is the 6 month mark of my daily paintings. I've learned so much from doing this project already. I learned that I can be disciplined (I wasn't so sure about that), I can come up with an idea every day, which has been a problem for me in the past. For the most part I feel I have found who I am as a painter..This quirky, whimsical, painterly realism, with a decorative touch. The book has been amazing for finding reference for other projects, playing around with color combinations, paint techniques,. I've painted from life, from my imagination, from reference on the internet, they all have something great to offer me. Best of all I've made so many virtual connections through this. The support has been outstanding. Thank you all very much.
12 days go by so quickly. In another 12 I'll be at the beach for a week which I'm really looking forward to. I spend alot of time in my studio. Just to be in a different place and be able to breathe deeply. (Please follow me on instagram @augustwren if you are interested in seeing my daily progress. I also have prints of some of my pages in my Etsy shop, link to both in left column.)