painting, painting.

Aaaah! What am I doing?? I’ve never been comfortable painting, and here I am, simultaneously working on 30 8×10″ canvas boards, to be finished by the end of October, eventually to wind up in the TK Artist Lofts in Pioneer Square for the 30 Day Art Challenge show on December 6th. Pfhh, why not? 30 days, 30 paintings, no problem – right? Entries are now closed, but I invite you to join me on your own – get yourself 30 little canvases, or 30 pieces of paper, or take a photo every day for a month.

^ Two in-progress pieces.

Originally conceived as an exercise to combat procrastination, the 30 Day Art Challenge (formerly the Forgotten Works 30 Day Art Challenge) has been going on in Seattle for 10 years, and this year I hear 110 artists have signed up. Providing we all finish our pieces, that means the gallery space will house 3300 paintings at once! How cool is that? Sign-up was open to artists of all levels, and pieces will be hung with all information on the back, so while up for sale you technically won’t know who did what. Andrew Buckles, the coordinator, tells me that last year an 8-year old and her professional-artist mother both entered, and the daughter sold more pieces than her mom! Awesome!

I agonized for a few days over what my attack plan for this project was going to be. Blank canvases are so scary! I knew I had to give myself some parameters – a framework – in order to stay focused. I began by covering up that terrible brand-spankin-new-gesso-white, with a range of blue-grey-greens. Today I finished painting in the white “ghosts” which I will begin to fill in, probably jumping back and forth between pieces till the 30th of the month when I’ll have to go drop them off.

So, how about it, artist friends? Join me in fighting proctrastination! Ok, go!!

On an unrelated note, voting is still open for this year’s RAW Awards. You can vote once-per-category-per-day, so you can still vote for me – if you feel like it. Or not. Just throwing it out there. 🙂 Okay, now have a fun, creative day!!

3 thoughts on “painting, painting.

  1. Ooooh, I really like the ‘ghost’ girls just plain white! Although I know you’ll do amazing things with them by the end. Where did you get the canvas boards? Were they fairly cheap? I would do this with you if I could find a cheap way to do it! I haven’t painted in soooo long! Love you lady! xoxo -Jenn

    • Well, for this project I paid a fee and got the canvases directly from the organizers for the event – so I didn’t have to worry about finding them. I do think you can get them at Michael’s, or at most art/craft supply stores… usually for a couple bucks a piece. I haven’t worked on this type of canvas on so long! Normally I hate it, so I’m really trying to get past that by forcing my way through them. I’d love to see what you could do with 30!

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