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!
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!