Daily Painting challenge, 30 paintings in 30 days. Day 5

Fast food, 8"x8", acrylic on canvas, © 2014 Donna Grandin. Sold
Fast food, 8″x8″, acrylic on canvas, © 2014 Donna Grandin. Sold

Choosing what to paint next is starting to get difficult, but not because I don’t have lots of ideas I’d like to try out. There are sooo many things I could paint – from life or photos, or even just a concept, but it can take a while to find a subject I can connect to at that very moment. The other ideas that come up may eventually get painted, but for now they just don’t have that spark that excites/motivates me, even though they could well make a great painting. I guess I’m more concerned right now with personal development, than painting something I think people might want to buy (shh, don’t tell my husband)! I’m enjoying journalling here even though I don’t have a clue if anyone’s actually reading this.

With this painting I retreated back to my comfort zone … plant life/landscape, but it’s still new territory. I’ve never painted this type of plant before, I’m ashamed to say I don’t even know what it’s called. That surprises some people, they think somehow I should be an encyclopedia on the plants I paint, but really I’m just in it for the eye candy. The shapes & colours & patterns that light creates when it falls on or through the leaves and petals. That, and the connection to Nature, that feeling you get when you’re alone in a wooded area or garden and you can breathe deeper, think clearer.

If you can just be in the moment, push aside thoughts of to do lists and listen … you’ll hear the sound of your own inner voice. And in my life, that’s reason enough to choose to paint Nature, to have to go outside to seek inspiration, to gather reference material. I have to admit, I do wish I wasn’t doing this challenge in the middle of winter, because it would be fun to paint outside. I think I will carry on after the 30 days, and maybe I will devote one day a week to painting something small.

I would never give up my large paintings though, there is something cathartic about throwing your whole body into it, and many of my fans/collectors say it’s the big works they love. However, as an artist it can be useful to try out ideas on a much smaller scale. I’ve never been a doodler, my sketchbooks turn into journals, and  I am more of an alla prima painter, thinking through the paint, so the ritual of daily paintings has always appealed to me. Taking it the next step and putting it out there on the internet – instead of just a censored collection of my best work – takes some courage.

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10 thoughts on “Daily Painting challenge, 30 paintings in 30 days. Day 5”

  1. Leslie has over 400 participants in this 30 in 30 challenge and boy did your painting grab me today, just beautiful! I am just a beginner in this world of art, but I love everything I am learning every day! I decided to do Leslie’s challenge as I want to paint more loosely, but then order over 30 6 x 6″ gesso boards from Jerry’s …haha! What the heck was I thinking??! So….it’s turned into a lesson for me in mixing paint, getting my colors right…the looseness will come in time (and with bigger brushes and bigger canvas, so I am told!) your work is just so beautiful and inspiring, thank you!

    1. Aww, thanks Yasmin. I’d love to be an “artist in Barbados”, it is just so beautiful, full of inspiration. I was there for a week in August, took paintings in to Tides and Champers. I look forward to returning, and I always love meeting new artists! 🙂

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