In November I was all about mushrooms! I started a watercolour painting series of British woodland fungi. I researched the most common ones found in UK and then painted several of them. I will be turning them into a print like my British Butterflies and Culinary Herbs, if they go together well, that is!
I also did an oil painting and experimented with looser style. I am not very good at painting flowers (in my painting style especially) and this frustrates me ever so slightly because I love flowers so much that I want to be able to paint them! I like how it looked in the end but it doesn’t feel ‘me’ due to its departure from my usual style. But it is all about the process, right?
Again, like in September and October, I didn’t paint as much as I wanted – I was busy prepping for Handmade Nottingham winter market event where I was on a reserved list and got called to join with very very short notice. (It was worth the effort as my stall was a triumph!)
I try not to beat myself up for not committing to painting and sharing every single day as per my 2016 goal. My commission work and other business related committments do get in the way and sometimes I just had to pritorise them over my personal goal. I want to keep looking forward, and try to do better and better.
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If you were following along, you will know that I tried to be a ‘wild sketch-er‘ (e.g. 4th picture above) using pro markers I very rarely use and fine liners, without overthinking and using pencil as a guide. Naturally I went for abstract and doodle style. I had so much fun! I am still uncomfortable doing this kind of thing but I know that it is important to grow as an artist by challenging myself constantly. That’s funny, doing something I feel uncomfortable with always turned out to be a fun thing to do.
I did another countryside painting but I wish I did more. My creativity is not particularly great in October, I was away a lot and was quite poorly most of the time. Really, I should have just found time to sketch something quick! That is something I need to work on at the moment.
I also did my InkTober project during October, drawing mini portraits of inspiring women every day. In case you didn’t know, I have blogged about them in details – Day 1 – 10 | Day 11 -20 | Day 21 – 31.
June was a good month but I noticed that my collection of work is lacking development. I’ve just realised that from reflecting on my work, which I do monthly. I don’t really love anything I painted and I feel my painting skills haven’t improved. It is like my art practice got stagnant – I was enjoying painting the natural world and everyday life but I wasn’t fully satsified with the finished pieces. Perhaps I need to change things up and get excited about my new work again.
As this project is about learning as an artist and getting into the habit being creative every day, I am trying not to feel bad about it and figure out how to banish the stagnancy.
Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas – please share with me! Thank you for sticking by me and rooting for me.
I mentioned in My Daily Art In April post that I struggled to come up with subject ideas but things got easier in May as I found my rhythm again after adjusting my new life in Nottingham. I seemed to be more inspired to paint botanical related subjects and the sun that finally came out got a lot to do with it!
My thoughts on being creative every day in May:
- I have started to paint with my black indian ink. These ink paintings might not be my best work but I really enjoyed using the medium and want to continue experimenting. In this quick fern painting, I diluted the ink with water to create light grey colour for the shadows.
- I still haven’t painted with oil that much and I have no idea why.
- Most of my best original art are listed on the shop.
- I still haven’t got the hang of filming myself painting but I uploaded a new speed painting video on my new YouTube channel!
- I love that just one painting could lead up into something bigger. I painted a sprig of basil and it was received well. I then painted more herbs afterwards and with the encouragement from my audience, I turned them into a ‘Culinary Herbs’ print, and you can buy one of yourself over at my shop!
In related news, Crystal Moody – a founder of year of creative habits – launched a brand new website and picked me to be interviewed! People has been very kind saying it is great to know more about me as an artist and my work. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it too – check it out here.
You can keep up to date with my daily art by following me on Instagram or using this IG hashtag – #ksdailyart. Thank you for your support!
April is my hardest month to date. I struggled to come up with subject ideas to paint, but this has led me to explore my surroundings and draw from life more, such as my daffodil, fern leaf, passion fruit, periwinkle, dandelion and flat leaf parsley pieces, so it is not all bad. Although I didn’t do as much oil paintings as before, I really enjoyed doing watercolour paintings and line drawings, which I like to think that I have improved!
My thoughts on being creative every day in April:
- I really love painting/ drawing botanical from life and I want to continue doing this by finding interesting plants outside and growing stuff in my new garden.
- I want to get back at planning my subject ideas in advance again so instead of wasting time in the mornings to think about what to paint, I would be able to start painting sooner than later.
- I skipped one day but I painted more to make up for it as well as for two missed days in March.
You can see the rest of my daily art here. Thank you for your continued support – it is really great for my motivation!
We were still stripping wallpapers, painting walls and building shelves but as our to-do list got smaller, it got easier to stay creative every day. I managed to schedule my work wisely when I had a commission – I worked on my daily art in the mornings and commission for the rest of the day.
I did something different towards the end of the month when I took my colour pencils out and did mixed media paintings – watercolour, colour pencils and white gel pen, which I discovered that using these mediums together made my fruit paintings look even more realistic. Switching up mediums keep my daily project interesting.
There are still life drawings, i.e. the tulip sketch above and these herb drawings. Even though I am not brilliant at it, I enjoy it so much and I hope to find foliage outdoors to continue drawing from life this month.
My thoughts while being creative every day in March:
- I love pomegranates so much that I have painted it three times this year! I also made a video of me painting the latest one and uploaded onto my YouTube for the first time! I would love it if you take a look and subscribe if you are interested.
- The creative community over at Instagram is amazing. My art got featured on Maker’s Movement, Year of Creative Habits and Found Made Modern, and I am so grateful!
- I have found that if you are not inspired to create, it helps to stop and think about what is positive about your day. For instance, I had to spend most of my day in laundrette and I wasn’t exactly inspired when I got home but I remembered the positive bit, that there were so many beautiful plants in the laundrette so I drew this!
- It is amazing how the likes, comments and shares help my motivation massively – they keep me going when things get hard.
- This month I somehow have been striving for improvement. I found myself painting some subjects more than once, like these vegetable paintings.
I hope you are enjoying my daily art, especially my YouTube debut!
I started off really well on being creative every day in January and struggled a lot in February due to our big move to Nottingham from London and the fact we were decorating rooms straightaway.
If you follow me on Instagram you could see that the majority of work I did in February are line drawings. I carried my sketchbook and fine liner very close to me, and was able to find a little time to take them out and draw something whatever inspired me at that time. Being wiped out from driving for nearly 4 hours each way when we returned to London to clean up our previous property and hand over keys, I had to give myself a permission to skip two days of drawing and try not to feel too bad about it. I hope to make up for it by painting two extra pictures some point this year!
The collection got quite inconsistent in terms of topic because I have kind of lost my bearings as I got distracted and was only thinking about the new house. The drawings were quite random- from packing boxes to illustrative cat to house plants.
I did 7 paintings with watercolour, and oil before I got busy. I really like what I did with my Frida Kahlo painting, which was received well and I have sold two prints. I also like my watercolour Big English Breakfast piece that I painted from my own sketch in January!
My thoughts while being creative every day (almost!) in February:
- Trying to draw something and not feeling inspired while being super busy and distracted is pretty tricky.
- I really love drawing plants!
- Painting Frida Kahlo, I realised I’ve missed painting portraits (and I have been looking to book in some portrait commissions, get in touch if you’d like a beautiful portrait for yourself or as a gift!).
- I am so touched for the purchases of my Frida Kahlo prints. It is nice to have a bit of money to pay for canvases, which I realised that they actually cost a lot when I decided to paint with oil most of the time for my year of creative habits. Thank you!
- I could sense a decrease in excitement about my daily art from my followers and friends, I even lost a few followers (I try not to be too bothered about it!) and I worry that I disappoint. I also worry that I didn’t make enough effort to create something bigger or greater these days but I really feel that I tried my hardest. I am looking forward when I settle in fully and find my groove again.
I hope you guys enjoy my collection of random line drawings and I’ll catch up with you very soon!