Never before could I have imagined that I would stick with a daily art project for a whole year! Taking part in The Painted Diaries with the ever inspiring Riet Poch has not only helped me to keep to this goal but also to expand my art making skills and have a lot of fun in the process.
I had tried to stick with a daily art project in 2018. Even though I really enjoyed it, I found myself running out of steam by the end of April. So what is it that helped me stick with the project for an entire year?
I think the biggest thing that kept me going was being part of a community of fellow artists all working on the same themes. This gave me the energy and inspiration to keep going and also added an element of accountability which is so helpful when attempting to stick to an art goal. I also loved how adaptable the project was. I could spend just a few minutes a day when things were busy or get really stuck into the page when I had more time.
Having a different theme or material each month also really helped me to keep expanding my skills into unfamiliar territory. Even with materials I thought I knew, focusing on them for a month at a time helped me to expand the ways in which I was using them.
It’s was great not knowing what new themes were coming in future months. This helped me totally dive into each month without distraction plus I loved the element of surprise when the coming month’s theme was announced!
In many ways, The Painted Diaries has become the backbone of my art practice. I would be sad this wonderful year of making art is over, except it is now beginning all over again!
But before diving in to this new journey, I would like to take a moment to celebrate The Painted Diaries 2019. Here is a video showing a flip through of the entire year. I’m turning the pages pretty fast here! If you would like to take a more leisurely journey through the images, you can find links to all of the posts from each month’s Painted Diaries here.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
January: Blind contour drawings
February: Colour assemblage
Combined with found poetry.
Subject: an oracle of queens.
May: Artist Inspiration
Artist: Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
June: Mark Making
Material: Sumi ink
July: Choose your own theme
Chosen theme: the five elements.
September: Scavenger hunt
Combined with the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace.
Focus: drawing animals.
December: Found words
Source of words: my writing notebook.