These are some of the more frequently asked questions about my 1 hr daily paintings. If you have a question I don't cover below, write to me.
Why did you start doing 1 hr daily paintings?
There are a several reasons.
- 1) Ever since hearing about the concept of daily painting, I've been intrigued by it. I checked out Carole Marine's book some time back, but it wasn't until the confluence of these other factors that I thought I could do it. Of course, I'm not doing my daily paintings the way she originally suggested, but that's okay.
- B) I lack patience and therefore like working small and quick. I wish I could do large paintings, but I lose interest in finishing any painting that takes more than a day or two. Therefore, I'm (probably) sticking to pieces smaller than 9" x 12" in all mediums from now on.
- iii) I actually started almost accidentally, though, when I was trying to paint a skull in acrylic on a larger piece and hated how it came out. I decided that I should do what 'real' artists do and try a few smaller studies of a skull. So I did the skull a couple of times. The next day, I didn't want to do a skull again. I already had a stack of cut 6" x 8" paper cut and a bajillion reference pictures that I'd taken over the years, so ...
- four) Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa, who I follow on YouTube (and most other social media places) mentioned in a video (which video? I don't remember. It was sometime around October 1st.) that doing a daily painting practice was the best thing someone on an art journey could do; the process would teach her so much about herself as an artist. That was added encouragement to start and keep going.
If you like working small and quick, why don't you do ATCs?
- I have done ATCs. In fact, at the beginning of 2017, that was all I did as an low-pressure way to get back into doing art again after a break. I even participated in an Instagram challenge in June called an 'ATC a Day 2017.' And although I haven't been active on the forum recently, I have a presence on ATCsForAll.com. You can see my gallery of ATCs here.
Why do you work on watercolor paper instead of canvas?
- The texture of canvas drives me crazy. Rough or cold press watercolor paper annoys me, too. I love the smooth surface of hot press watercolor paper. (The only minor exception to my 'smooth surface' preference is for colored pencils and oil pastels; I use a sanded paper for both, but the surface is still uniform and predictable.)
Why do you prefer fluid acrylics to heavy body acrylics?
- I like putting down thin transparent layers. I don't care about building up impasto effects.
So why not work in watercolors then?
- I prefer acrylics because the results are more permanent and predictable. Lower watercolor layers typically lift and shift when you add upper layers. Once acrylic dries, it's not moving. Plus in acrylic it's easier to get bold, saturated (some might say garish) color and opaque color when you need opaque.
Where do you get your photos?
- I take them myself, usually on my iPhone.
How do you create the traceable?
- I trace the photo in Adobe Photoshop, on its own layer, then export it as a .jpg.
How long does the tracing take?
- Depending on the complexity of the image, anywhere from 30-60 minutes or so.
Do you work out your colors before starting the painting?
Do you use gesso or matte medium to seal in the drawing?
- In a few of my early videos, I used clear gesso. I didn't realize how much that daily habit would ruin my brushes, but it did. So now I only use matte medium to seal the paper and the painting prior to putting on the paint.
Do you always use Golden Glazing Liquid?
- Almost always. It thins the paint and slows the drying time. I sometimes use airbrush medium to thin paint. I'm not really averse to using water to thin acrylic paint (and sometimes do), but I find it less predictable, so I don't rely on it except to keep my palette moist. So I spritz the palette if I have to step away. I also have a Masterson palette box to keep my palette moist if I am interrupted for more than a few minutes.
What kind of palette do you use?
What sort of brushes do you use?
- Most of my brushes are Simply Simmons. I prefer filberts and angles, although rounds are sometimes useful. I have all sizes, from 10/0 to 1" wide, or so. My most used brush is the Simply Simmons Size 10 filbert. I use inexpensive synthetic brushes 1"-3" wide to apply the gesso.
- In October 2017, I also bought some of The Art Sherpa brushes through Jerry's Artarama website; I got the detail pack and so far these are the best detail brushes I've ever tried if for no other reason than they've kept their shape after the first use.
How long does each painting actually take?
- After I pick out a photo (or take a new one), then trace it, then work out my palette, the painting itself takes about an hour. I usually set a timer. The whole process can take 3-4 hrs; more if I have video footage to edit for YouTube.
Why don't you have videos for all the paintings?
- Because it takes extra time and effort, and sometimes I just want to paint.
Why don't you have paintings for every single day listed?
- Occasionally life gets in the way and I don't make a painting. Sometimes, I just forget to upload the files. If there's a particular one you're looking for and it's not shows, let me know.
Why do you give away all the references, traceables, & supply lists for free?
Did you go to art school?
- Nope. My B. F. A. is in creative writing. I learned the basics of visual art theory and studio painting by taking a weekly class/workshop with a local artist, Michele Frantz, (who did go to art school) for about 5 years. I explored all kinds of media with her assistance and loved that experience until I felt I outgrew it. Then I painted off and on for a long while, trying to my way through my own art journey. It wasn't until I began playing in mixed media, ATCs, then these daily paintings that I feel I've really found a path in art that I could both enjoy and do well.
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