Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tiny Treasure No. 16

So, today's tiny treasure is the little silver elephant at the top of this luscious (I mean, seriously yummy) cupcake from Starbucks that I procured this morning. I ended up painting this pretty quickly as I needed to get on another small project right away. I will be at a two day seminar tomorrow and Saturday, and then a camping trip Sat. and Sun... so you should see another painting on Monday! Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tiny Treasure No. 15

I like to call this one Little Lamby. It's a plastic figurine of a lamb on a piece of notebook paper. So, I took some time to reflect today on the last few months. I think that this 365 project has taught me a lot of things. This is what I discovered: First of all, painting everyday is pretty reasonable. Getting a painting done everyday is not easy at all. As a mom and a business woman, there are things that sometimes just can't wait (proctoring at my children's school last week for three days, for example.) However, having that commitment to producing a painting a day allowed me to not feel guilty about painting and making it a priority which is also something I really needed. When I felt like I was required to post every day or else, painting was more important than other things like cleaning. Also, painting every day did hone my skills and I like a lot of the paintings that I was making, while I feel a little rusty right now. However, I don't like feeling limited by time to either give up on a painting and call it finished when I don't love it, or to pick simple subjects knowing that their paintings are more manageable to complete in a short amount of time. What does this mean? I need to give more time to my art, and stay committed to painting every day, but sometimes, I may need two or even three days on a single painting to make it what it really needs to be. And sometimes, I will have a day that produces a crummy painting (which is really ok!) and sometimes, I will get to take my kids to Disney (yes, we are going in about two weeks) and I won't be painting. So, you may not see a painting posted every day, but I am still going to post 365 paintings - at least!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tiny Treasure No. 14

Whew! I am back at painting my daily paintings. I went through a little funk, but I am making a concerted effort to make art every day. This Tiny Treasure is a painting of a swan on a notebook sheet. I used a photo that I took of some local swans out with their signets when I was taking photos around town. On to today's treasure!