I've tried to do the "one painting a day" challenge but it was a complete failure
DMP members have posted their painting a day challenge paintings, you can check them out:
Excellent work by all of them
It's not an easy challenge since there are days u feel super excited about painting and other days u just feel like u wanna spend the day doing nothing.. and the worst feeling is how bad u feel about yourself for not painting.
Meh anyway, I got over the fact that I actually could not paint every day, simply because I was too tired and any time I was attempting to paint feeling like that it would immediately show on my painting.
- If you're tired, negative, careless, or any bad feelings u have, it just shows on the painting.
- A Painting a day is about getting into a routine of painting as much as you can. I doesn't have to be necessarily painting, it can be any type of media. As long as you're doing something that engages you to think about values, color temperature, and edges you're getting your daily practice.
- The less you paint/draw, the more difficult it is. Of course like everything practice makes perfect. Simple things like, how much paint to lay on the palette, what kind of surface to paint/draw on, what brushes help you express more of yourself, how to set up a simple subject, and a lot more that you'll only find out if you paint regularly.
- Color mixing gets easier. It actually does, you're not spending too much time to think what color u need. I got into the habit of thinking of color relationships. Cool and warm. Understanding a bit more about color relationships made me know before I even started what colors I needed to mix.
- If you can paint from life, please do. A picture is nothing like our own eyes. You can see all the color variations and nothing can reproduce life through our eyes. If you have to paint from a picture, use a screen(wish I knew that earlier), it actually makes a big difference. If I could, I would only paint from life. Prob when I get older i'll walkabout with an easel
- Lastly, at the end of the day, you feel better. You learn how to deal with failures and move on. Failures are something you have to embrace and learn from your mistakes. Don't just get annoyed like me . Observe your failure, stare it out and see what your "mistake" was, and learn from it. Sometimes we think we need other people to tell us if something is wrong but the truth is that we already know if something looks right or not. We just don't like the truth . That sometimes we paint shit
Anyways, I don't wanna tire you out with my long message. If you haven't done it before, I really urge you to do so. I will do the challenge myself again when life gets a bit less stressful and less busy
Here's what I managed to do so far. Most of them are from reference photos from the internet (Unfortunately i don't know the creator of them, they'll not be sold anyway. They end up primed to be re-used for painting). Rest are from life.
Feel free to post whatever u like, even if it's a critique.
FROM REFERENCE IMAGES
The following photos are taken by myself.
PAINTED FROM REAL LIFE
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