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!