Have you been wanting to do art but your current circumstances don’t allow you the time to commit yourself to it? Busy with your day job, full-time mom or college student? I want to show you that no matter how busy you are, you only need to set aside 30 minutes to an hour in your day to do a daily painting.
So in this episode, I want to share with you how I accomplished my daily paintings while still doing my biz and homeschooling.
So let’s get to it. Here’s what I did to set myself up for the challenge to complete the 100 Daily Paintings.
Number 1: Subject Listing and Photography
I began by brainstorming what subjects I wanted to paint and wrote them in my planner. Then, if I didn’t have enough photos of subjects in my stash, I went for a walk to take photos of new subjects. Also, I would look through my reference photos of subjects that didn’t make the cut for my large paintings.
(FYI: To avoid copyright issues, only use photos that you shot.)
I gathered the materials for my daily painting sessions like papers, paints, brushes, a water pot, and a kitchen towel. I made sure they were within my reach at my crafting desk. For paper, I used artist grade papers, Stonehenge, and cut them all down to just a little over 4x4 inches. I batch cut them, giving myself enough for a week of paintings. For the paints, I used artist’s grade watercolor, Winsor & Newton, and a set of brushes ranging from 003 - 2.
Record Every Painting
To do this challenge consistently, it’s crucial to choose a place that will motivate you to paint daily. Plus, it will let other people in your home know that you mean business when it comes to following your strict routine.
I created my paintings at my craft desk in my studio so I had no excuse whatsoever not to do it. I also set up my tripod and camera permanently at my desk so it would be easy to record my painting process. Recording this daily painting series and publishing the videos has helped increase the view counts of my videos and brought in more new subscribers to my YouTube Channel.
Paintings Post Production
The best part, as an artist, is to see your completed painting behind a mat or frame. Once my paintings are complete, I photograph them so I can create prints. Then, I carefully place the originals behind white 8” x 8” mats and seal them in clear bags. Both the originals and prints are available for purchase at my shop.
I hope this inspires you to start your own daily painting routine and increase your collection of paintings.