Wednesday, December 31, 2014

30 in 30 Begins Tomorrow!


Another year and another challenge!  Tomorrow is January 1st and so begins my 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  Deep breath! This will be the 5th month that I have done this challenge since 2013.

Each time I choose a different theme, usually something that gets me out of my comfort zone...a creative stretch. And this time is no different.  I will be painting from life again this month, like I did in September, but not plein air.  I will be painting still life.  Stuff.  Objects that tell a story.

As I was thinking through the month ahead, I knew what I DIDN'T want to paint.  I used to hate the still life set ups in my college drawing classes.  Random objects that were boring and dusty. Things I just couldn't get excited about. Lots of fabric draped about.  Even apples and pears.  I just can't imagine staying motivated and inspired to paint a month of them!

As I was thinking, I was absent-mindedly flipping through one of my favorite magazines, Garden & Gun.  A magazine of all things southern, chock full of beautiful photos, great articles on food and cocktails and music and dogs... (and of course gardens and guns:)).  Oh and the paper....I am a sucker for a magazine printed on good heavy luxurious paper stock.  Must be my journalism background.  Then the thought hit me... I will paint still life setups that I can relate to! Things inspired by my southern background, patterns and objects that are fun, quirky and tell a story.

So for the last week I have been assembling objects from my shelves and cupboards.  Scouring thrift shops, and grocery store and liquor store shelves for inspiration.  Such fun!  I am excited about the month ahead and hope you will join me to see what I put together!