I have created a YouTube video on this topic - if you prefer videos, watch it here.
Now that I had a subject, I decided to give myself a few other parameters:
- Size - each painting would be 4x4 inches
- Materials - acrylic paint on paper
- Time - limit to approximately one hour
- When - every day (usually at the same time)
- Where - I didn't have a studio at the time so I used our kitchen table and left my supplies on a cart nearby and my easel pushed off to the side of the table we didn't use
- Process - take a photo each day of my morning coffee to be painted later in the day
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Each piece of my watercolor paper could fit 2 paintings. I even drew the 4x4" frames in pencil ahead of time. I numbered and dated each painting upon completion. When each page was done, I stuck it on the wall, documenting my progress as I went. This is also when I started sharing my work on Instagram every day.
By the end of the 30 days, I didn't even consider stopping. We had a road trip coming up and to not disrupt my project, I decided to invest in a tablet computer so I could make digital paintings. Digital paintings then became another way for me to make a daily painting if I wasn't able to use my acrylic paints.
I believe the key to achieving my goal of painting every day was having a plan. Knowing what my subject was going to be, well in advance, saved me from wasting time making that decision every day. It taught me to keep an abundance references at hand and to work in a series.
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