14 Jan What I learned from painting one Paint Study a day for 50 days
“Do or Do Not – There is no Try” Yoda
Back in November, I committed to painting one paint study, every single day, for 50 days. I called it my “50 Fascinations” because it was a study in painting anything I wanted, the things that fascinate me the most.
It’s been exactly a month since the series came to an end, and I want to give you an update (some have been asking).
But first – I would like one bit of feedback from you: What was your favorite paint study? Please share in the comments and let me know. (You can see all of them here on the blog, or for Instagram users, scroll through my IG feed here).
It was a challenge turning it “on” every day for 50 days, with no rest. But with collectors on my private preview list as my accountability partners, I had to keep to the challenge.
When doing a painting series, there are always paintings that stand out among the others. Overall, I’m happy with every single one of them, though I do have my favorites. (I’ll share that with you another time, I don’t want to influence your favorite).
Most of my art sales come from commissions, which means I’m painting what I’m asked to. This series allowed me to do something I rarely get to do: paint anything I want for 50 days. (And we sold every single one of the 50 paintings)
So, I tried a lot of different techniques, such as a more painterly style, and some of the painting themes were “far out there”. But most were my traditional surf style.
The biggest lesson I learned was to trust my gut and allow myself to be spontaneous.
I found that sometimes NOT trying too hard is the best thing I can do.
Just do, don’t try. Let the painting take me where it wants to go.
Also, something I always say was reinforced through this process: no matter what you create, there’s always going to be someone who loves it, and someone who hates it.
I hope for the most part, you loved it all. And I look forward to hearing what your favorite was.
Thanks for being a part of my story,
Life is Good – Drew
San Clemente, CA