"I wish I May, I wish I Might" -mixed media on cradled board, 12" x 12". Ready to hang. Available on Artfinder.
Only TWO MORE DAYS! Another 30 Paintings in 30 Days September is nearly upon us. And in the studio, that means wild chaos and piles of supplies everywhere. Because you never know what you're going to feel like painting, and a girl's got to have art supplies.
So just in case you aren't aware of this particular phenomenon, here is a recap: twice a year, artist Leslie Saeta (check her out here) hosts a creative challenge - create something every day for a month and post it online. Simple, right? An each time this event comes around, over a thousand artists worldwide sign up. (you can peek at what they do each day on the official page: www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog) This is an extra special treat for art enthusiasts, as it's like extreme arting every day for a month. You might need an art detox afterward . So many goodies!
But for artists, this challenge is a game-changer. First, it makes you create every day. Now that is a big hurdle in a busy world. Most people will find the more they create, the easier it is to fit it in. It's like magic that way. Secondly, the challenge makes you post your work to the public daily. This is HUGE! Over time, your fear of what others may think disappears as you rush just to get it done. And once that inner critic is quiet....you art begins to soar. And this leads to number three: by creating every day and putting it out in the world, it changes you whole discipline, your practice, your pace and your approach until you very art itself begins to change into something you never would otherwise have achieved. That Leslie...she's a smart one.
This time around will be a particular challenge for me, as September's schedule includes special events and a bit of travel that will eat up a ton of time. For me, this is ideal. Because it forces type-A me to relax and go with the flow, maybe miss a few days (feel my face freeze in a panic grimace? MISS DAYS? aaaaack!) and be less than perfectionistic. Hmmmmm.
Let's give it a go, shall we? On your mark, get set....PAINT!
Jen Walls and her imaJENation