September wasn’t my good month in terms of painting every single day. I had to miss 5 days because of my road trip to Idar Oberstein, Germany with my sister – she needed to collect her stuff from where she used to live as she now lives in Bristol working as an Assistant Producer for BBC See Hear (read her awesome article on BBC Blog). As it was just me driving 10 hours each way, I didn’t find time to draw – I was too focussed on resting my eyes and stretching my legs when I wasn’t driving.
However I do really love what I’ve painted throughout September. I continued painting countrysides from my Peak District photos, and challenged myself to paint portraits in watercolour (I usually paint portraits with oil so for me painting portraits with watercolour is SO hard!) Like many, I am obsessed with the new TV series, Stranger Things and thought it’d be fun to paint the characters. Portraits above are two of the main characters, Eleven and Joyce Byers. I’ve got Barb, Chief Hopper, Dustin and few others on my list waiting to be painted! I am also making it my ongoing project – to paint my favourite TV characters with watercolour.
I’ve been sketching mushrooms too. I am warming up to start painting a series of british wild mushrooms, and I might turn them into a print if they go well. Keep your eyes out at my Instagram for work in progress snaps!
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.
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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 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!