I am on a journey. Not only to connect my friends and family with my artwork, but to also paint daily. I recently picked up the book Daily Painting by Carol Marine. She says that daily painting is not a literal commitment, but to paint often. This keeps us in our studios and keeps the ideas going and keeps us from procrastinating.
I also read the blog by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer who advises to work in your art journal everyday and my teacher Christy Sobolewski always tells her students that practice, practice, practice is the only way to move forward.
Having a daily art practice not only improves your skills, but keeps you in touch with your artistic self. Now everyday I am sure is not possible with work and other commitments, but I would like to strive for that goal. Even if I paint 5 times a week I think that would be a great success.
Last July I tried painting everyday with my faces. I wanted to improve my face drawing and it really helped. Now there were days when it just wasn’t possible to get to my studio desk and that was ok. Working at my craft often helped me to get better acquainted with my supplies and my technique. I would not be where I am today with my art work if I had not just sat down and put the work into my art.
I have a ways to go to where I am satisfied with the art that I want to do. I am really looking forward to Flora Bowley’s class tomorrow and discover the journey she is going to guide us through.