My Daily Art in January

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I did it! I successfully painted (or drew) every single day in January. For the first time in my life, I produced 1 acrylic painting (and still not a fan of acrylic!), 13 oil paintings, 8 watercolour paintings, and 5 line drawings in 31 days. Yay!! But, I am not finished. My goal this year is to paint every single day in 2016.

While I am still inspired, I am quite concerned whether I can think up enough subject ideas to keep painting for the rest of the year or if I will have time to create something when I move houses this month. I am going to keep my sketchbook close in case I find a spare time to sketch something. Regarding subject ideas, I will ask around for help if I ever run out of ideas. Wish me luck!

I constantly surprised myself that I can paint from still life (although not as brilliant as the ones I painted from photos) and complete most of pieces in about an hour. Three of my paintings I didn’t finish and continue the day after. I especially spent the longest with this self portrait that I painted using a mirror – which was so hard, good hard though.

My thoughts while being creative every day in January:

  • I love painting food, especially fruits!
  • I really enjoyed drawing in my sketckbook with my fine liner, and pleased to see that they were well liked.
  • I need to learn not to waste the paints so this month I am going to be intentional with how much paint I am putting on my palette for one little picture.
  • When my canvases were running low, I came to the realisation that I won’t be able to afford to paint oil most of the time so I am going to recycle my least favourite paintings monthly, or try to sell my best ones.
  • I learnt to share my work anyway if I don’t like what I have created. It is liberating once I got used to the idea of people seeing my weakness as an artist.
  • Following other artists’ work on social media is so inspiring – check out Amanda‘s cute little drawings, Joanna‘s abstract pieces and Brittany‘s paintings of the elderly.
  • I paint better in the mornings, even if I am still tired.
  • I post my paintings on Instagram daily, not every day on Twitter and Facebook. Should I post on all of them daily so that no one miss out or is that too much?

I hope you have enjoyed following my year of creative habits adventure and I’d love to hear your thoughts about my daily art!

31 comments on “My Daily Art in January

  1. jess @ creative index

    I’ve loved seeing your daily art posts on insta…. especially the simple line drawings! you’ve inspired me to break out the sketchbook and just start doodling and creating more!

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  2. Luisa

    Wow, I love this. I want to be able to paint or draw every day, but I also feel that it’s difficult to find subjects to paint. I tried the 100 day project one time, but it became a drag because I was too scattered and lost interest. I couldn’t see an improvement. In January I did a pattern challenge but I couldn’t keep up.
    I find that practicing one thing over and over is when one really makes improvements!

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    1. Katrina Post author

      Yes that is quite difficult to come up with subject ideas and keep up with the daily project. I have found it helpful that before I start, I make a brainstorm and then write list of subjects I would paint. As the list gets ticked off, I spend five minutes every day to think about for more (it really help when you put all of your paintings together and you will spot a recurring theme or colour) and it will get easier and easier over time.

      Thank you for visiting, Luisa and I am glad you like my art <3

    1. Katrina Post author

      Thanks so much for believing in me and I think fish & chips is my favourite too, Alice! Thank you for stopping by too <3

    1. Katrina Post author

      Thank you so much! I love exploring every day food – I appreciate small things in life and I like to express that through art :)

  3. Angelina

    I love your style, and it’s so impressive to paint every single day! I tried to do that as well, and I think I only made it 3 or 4 days. It can be hard to feel inspired, I try to stop when I still feel like I could keep going, so I don’t hit that wall. Excited to see more of your work!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

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    1. Katrina Post author

      It is a difficult challenge. But it is rewarding once you get into the rhythm! I have learnt so much from being creative every day and the struggle I have is so worth it. :)

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