A long time ago, I read that the daily practice of painting or drawing was a great way to improve creativity, imagination and production. I even ordered a book about it a couple years ago with the intention of starting a daily painting practice and stick to it.
Alas, this did not happen and just as writing every day improves your writing tremendously, painting every day defines your style after a while and something interesting emerges.
I finally took the plunge with drawing last week and am hoping to continue the practice for one year.
The year 2019 was busy and crazy and there came a point when I had to empty my studio and put my art on hold. This practice will get me back into it. I have been posting these explorations every day on my Instagram account.
The first series of drawings is all about food. I approach this as play time for myself and no pressure, setting the timer for 30 minutes maximum and whatever comes out is what it is.
For this first month, I am using colour pencils and black ink. Colour pencils are a medium I have not used since I was a child and the paper of the book I am working with does not seem to absorb the pigment very well. I am working in a book to keep everything together and I am looking forward to looking at a full year in 2021!
The key to enjoyment for me is to let go of perfectionism. When I thought of doing one painting a day, I felt it would take too much time to set up, get my paints out and clean afterwards, especially if I am using oils, my medium of choice. But with daily drawing, I don’t feel the same pressure. It is easy to carry everywhere, on vacation or to the country house and there is no mess to clean up afterwards.
Not knowing if I would keep on using colour pencils, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and bought a set of Staedler pencils, thinking they were a good compromise. Unfortunately, I am not that happy with them and will be getting a better quality set before the end of the month for sure.
I just discovered today I had a small set of Faber-Castell that I highly recommend and will start using these from now on but I still need a larger set.
Here are the drawings of the first week:
Maybe some of these will end up as paintings one day. In the meantime, I am having fun.
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