January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 26-30
Oh, man. The final 5 paintings are done. This challenge is finished and I’m spent. I don’t know how people paint every single day all the time. It’s a lot harder than it looks, but I imagine it gets easier with time. The first day I didn’t paint I wandered around my house not sure what to do with my hands. I eventually started cleaning, but I had painting on the brain.
I sincerely, with all my heart, thought the first painting in this challenge would be the absolute hardest to paint. But there I was at the end, struggling with paintings. Ellipses are apparently the bane of my existence. I never really mastered them way back when I used to draw all the time, and it came back to bite me in the ass in the camera painting. It was by far the most frustrating and difficult painting of this entire challenge. My husband actually sat down at my easel and started painting them for me at my lowest point. This was really something since he hasn’t ever actually painted on one of my paintings before. He usually just gives me critics. He did a good job with the ellipses and the little time out really helped me take a breath and get it finished.
My frustration carried over to the next day and I couldn’t for the life of me get a painting finished. The stress of getting a painting finished each day was definitely getting to me. It was getting later and later in the day and I hated everything I was painting. I wiped my canvas a final time and called it a night. The next day I was able to finish two paintings that both turned out nicely. The second one was even my best painting of the challenge. It just goes to show, a little (or a lot) frustration paves the way to better art.
Number 29 is actually a commission for my mother-in-law. She saw the other glass fishing floats I had painted and asked if I could paint her’s. Of course I said yes. For one, I needed another subject, and two, I love commissions. I think it is the best one of the bunch too. I’m a little sad I can’t keep it for myself.
Finally, my last painting is a repainting of the first glass fishing float I painted. I thought I could have painted it better so I gave it a shot. I think it did turn out better than the first one, but it isn’t as good as #29. That one I knocked out of the park.