I had big dreams for the month’s challenge. I was going to do some research on other artists, look at their color usage, mimic their forms and integrate their work with mine somehow. It was going to be oh so educational. Fate had other plans, per usual.
November and December were two of the busiest and emotionally stressful months of my life. Still, I managed to show up with a paint brush in hand, ready and willing to create. This is how I know artmaking is how I need to spend my life. It’s inevitable.
Of course, I would pick the busiest month of my life to challenge myself to create A LOT of work. Typical. In spite of the time challenge, I feel like I managed to do pretty well. Not all the pieces were winners but I created so much I had to push my boundaries a bit to prevent things from getting repetitive.
This recap is a little different because its the bread on a travel sandwich. I spent September traveling with my sketchbooks so that earned its own solo recap but August and September deserved something too so I just thought I would share them together.
Fresh off my month-long adventure, I was eager to get back to my work in the studio. I was ready to dive in and make all the things having filled my sketchbooks full of inspiration but I looked at the challenges I assigned for myself this year and October was something I did not expect. Go slow. What was January me thinking?!
A month of traveling… AMAZING! So many different sights and foods and people but mostly I was excited to see how changing my surroundings in such a dramatic way would impact my art. And boy did it!
Everyone always thinks of January for new beginnings but even a few years out of school I still think of August. That’s why I wanted my August challenge to be something really good. Since moving to New York, I’ve been working mostly in watercolor and pen and ink. This month, the challenge was to change that… for good.
I had high hopes for this challenge, I saw myself taking trips up to Bear Mountain and painting or sketching on Rockaway Beach. As usual, though reality didn’t live up to expectations and there were no nice little jaunts into nature.