Jan. 9 - #2hrchallenge

What goes into creating a painting? Brushes, canvas, and paint are definitely a necessity, but how do artists even get to a point where they feel ready to pick up their materials and create? Inspiration and creativity are fostered and developed in each artists life in many different ways.  Events, places, politics, and people around them might spur their work. Other times its the process of picking up their medium, making marks, and seeing what emerges. I think for most its a process of trying, searching, learning and growing and then figuring out how to communicate that visually. For me ideas for artwork are always bombarding my mind usually in relationship to life experiences. It's for this reason that I need to have a notebook or sketch pad handy to record the ideas.

Recently I started to paint little studies exploring the relationship between animals and people. I've always loved animals. Having two dogs of my own, I love to watch and evaluate their behaviors. They are like people in so many ways. Loyalty in pets is something I've been intrigued by. My pup Asher, has become more loyal since I've become pregnant. Subtle shifts in her behavior show me that she knows theirs a little one growing in me. She makes sure she's always by my side to check in on me. It seems like animals are capable on some levels to connect quicker and deeper than some human relationships. I've started to use these small studies to develop some of these ideas.

Since starting the 2hr challenge I've allowed my self to jump in and play a little. I'm not worried about the outcome as much as I am worried about spending time mixing, evaluating, observing, and feeling. However that doesn't mean I don't need time to think, plan, and ponder. For today's challenge I spent time in the development phase. I planned, read some art literature, looked through photo references and did some color planning.

Jan. 2 & 3 #2hrchallenge

Day 2 of the 2 hour daily challenge. Everyday for the rest of the month I will be spending 2 hours everyday in the studio working on my art. The idea is to get back into a daily routine and challenge other artists to join me. I know I'll grow and learn more by painting a little bit each day than long periods once or twice a week. As a teaching artist its a good balance for me since a lot of my time is spent in the classroom or planning lessons. Below are pictures from Jan. 2 and 3 of the challenge.

Jan 2. - 2 hour daily challenge

Jan 2. - 2 hour daily challenge

I've been working on a few new small paintings. These small works are a reflection of people and their pets. I have two dogs who are definitely a part of the family. I want to paint works that reflect the connection and love between man and animal.

Jan. 3 - 2 hour daily challenge. Still a work in progress but getting closer. I can already tell I need to trim a bit off her head. Sometimes its easier for me to see changes after I snap a picture of the work and view it on a computer.

Jan. 3 - 2 hour daily challenge. Still a work in progress but getting closer. I can already tell I need to trim a bit off her head. Sometimes its easier for me to see changes after I snap a picture of the work and view it on a computer.

My messy studio, but what a sweet art companion keeping me company!

My messy studio, but what a sweet art companion keeping me company!

I hope you'll jump into this challenge and join me. It's for any artist - any craft or medium. Post your work online everyday after you complete the 2 hour challenge. Remember to use hashtags (#2hrchallenge, #sacto2hrchallenge, #dailypainter, #paintingNY2017) so its easy to find those who are participating. Feel free to comment below and let me know if your particpating. Happy Arting!

New Year - 2 Hr. Challenge #2hrchallenge

As a painter and instructor I am always looking for teaching and growing experiences. Inspired by the Daily Painters and Quick Studies groups, I am proposing a 2 hour daily challenge for the month of January. This challenge will take quite a commitment, but its the jump start for the new year that I need to get back on track and I suspect for many of my students too. 

#2hrchallenge, #sacto2hrchallenge, #dailypainter, #paintingNY2017

#2hrchallenge, #sacto2hrchallenge, #dailypainter, #paintingNY2017

 

Here's what the 2 hour daily challenge is: Work in your studio on your art for 2 hours every day for the month of January. You can spend the time prepping canvas, painting on a large work, speed studies, sketching, planning new work, editing photos references or varnishing canvas'. Anything counts as long as its directly related to your art. You can work in any space, but put on your timer and make sure you log your hours. Save the last 10 min. to document your work for the day and post it to whatever social media page you use. If you don't have social media or don't feel comfortable posting it on your page, then post it on the comment section of this blog. Or do both. To gain some momentum online I am requesting that with every post you also use the hashtags #dailypainter #Sacto2hrchallenge #2hourchallenge #paintingNY2017

#2hrchallenge, #sacto2hrchallenge, #dailypainter, #paintingNY2017

#2hrchallenge, #sacto2hrchallenge, #dailypainter, #paintingNY2017

 

It's great if you can commit to everyday, but if you can't then do it as much as possible and keep posting. You'll see growth by the end of the month and I know have a new perspective on your art practice. Want some feedback on the work your doing? Join me Jan. 5, 12, 19 at Patris Studio and Gallery in Sacramento. Class runs from 10-2pm with a new painting lesson each week. You can also bring in your in process pieces to receive feedback and help. Cost is $35 per session. Email Vancannonart@gmail.com for more info and to RSVP.

More questions? Email me at Vancannonart@gmail.com or respond on the comment section. I look forward to seeing your progress - Happy Painting!