Last day of building a daily art habit. Today I will tell you what worked and what didn't. I will discuss the successes and the failures.
Painting done over the last 30 days
Why should you have a daily art habit? You don't have to be a professional artist to benefit from a daily painting habit. If you want to improve your painting then painting daily will definitely help you to achieve that.
They say Practice ,Practice , Practice is what you need. I agree to a point. I think it is also the quality of that practice that is important. Actively trying to improve your painting skills while you practice is more valuable than just doing the same thing over and over.
That is what I have tried to do here.
Firstly why did I start this daily art habit?
I had been away from painting for a few months and was really struggling to get back into painting at all let along everyday. I wanted to break that cycle and get back into painting.
This was my number one reason. Yes glad to say I have achieved this.
Doing this daily art habit has made me go into the studio everyday and paint something. As I went on, it became easier to think of what to paint, until I got to the point where I couldn't wait to get painting and I had to many ideas.
Learning new things as I went along also helped motivate me. I started with just general motivation to get me going and related it back to my art. As I got further into the 30 days I started to concentrate just on my art skills.
Without the combination of painting everyday and the learning I may not of had the continued motivation to stick it out. But the learning help to keep me inspired. Also the fact I was posting this to you keep me going. I had made a commitment and I was going to make sure I honoured that.
What else did I get out of it?
Well I honestly don't think I would have applied to those art shows if I hadn't been doing this. I would have been kicking myself down the line if I had missed those dead lines. Art shows are where I sell most of my work so it is really important and it's important for getting my work out there and seen.
Studying has helped to make, building a daily art habit an amazing experience. Building a daily art habit has exceeded my expectations because of that factor. I felt I have had some real breakthroughs in my art development and have changed my plans for going forward in the future. This is so exciting for me and I can't wait to keep going.
So if you plan on doing something similar for yourself then I would urge you to do some art study as well. All I did was actually watch YouTube videos to start with of whatever I felt I needed help with at the time. Easy to do and fun!
Now what didn't work so well for me.
There were some days that the quality of my painting was compromised by the lack of time and feeling rushed. On those days where I only could find half an hour for painting for example. Like with that painting fail of days 25 and 26. Some of that fail I think was due to my lack of time on those days and I was just trying to get the painting done and move on with the rest of my day.
Most of the other disadvantages have come from doing the filming and sharing with you. Although sharing what I have been doing has made sure I stuck with it I really haven't painting in a way I normally would. I was worried about doing the same painting to many days in a row or even just the same subject as I didn't want to bore you. So I now have to go back and finish a few of those pieces. You may have noticed the last few days I have worried less about that and I have started working in a more normal way for me. Properly because I was feeling more like it was a normal routine by then and I wasn't having to force it or think to hard about what I wanted to do.
Filming, editing, writing my blog and sharing on social media was taking a big chunk out of my day. I have been spending up to six hours a day on just the computer work along. Not even counting the time spent painting. This means other things have been neglected. I haven't been updating my website or doing my print on demand posting or my Etsy shop. But before I started I hadn't been doing that anyway and now I am feeling keen to get back into it all.
So to sum up It's been great and I'm glad I did it. It is starting to get quite tiring. I am getting restless to get into some other stuff.
I will be glad to settle into my painting and not change subjects as much. I can spend as much time on one subject and learning one skill for as long as I want. Doing this has shown me that I can put out a video and blog every week. If I can do it everyday for a month I can so do it every week.
Would I do it again? I think it would be a great challenge any time I found myself struggling to get into painting. Yes I would do it again.
If you have been trying to get back into painting I would love to hear how you are getting on and what strategies are working for you.
Just on a side note if you have followed this series, Yes I am still getting up early and getting more done in the day.