Twice a year, I commit to painting one painting a day for 30 days. Even though I usually paint everyday throughout the year, I don't always have a painting to show for it at the end of the day. Some days I work on several paintings and some days I scrape everything off the canvas in disgust. :)
I do this twice a year because I love a challenge. Because I enjoy pushing myself towards what some days seems like an insurmountable goal. Because I like to see what I'm made of. Although some days are more successful than others and I'm usually exhausted by the end of the challenge, I always learn something from it. Even if it's something as simple as perseverance.
The month of September, I have chosen to paint plein air everyday. I enjoy painting outside and the challenge of trying to capture on canvas what I see in front of me. Trying to compose a painting while I am faced with endless possibilities of what to paint. Trying to convey the feeling, the light and the spirit of a place while Mother Nature constantly changes the scene in front of me. It is so hard and most of the time, I fail. But those times that it works....there is nothing like it!
So tomorrow I begin! I will post every day and all of my little plein air studies will be for sale at a special price for the month of September.
I hope you follow along on my journey and maybe see a little painting that speaks to you.