Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Art Every Day Month - November 2

Spotting Red
November Crackerberries  -  Detail of 11" x 15" Watercolour on paper - Study in saturated/ unsaturated colours

 Source Photo
 This month's AEDM has turned into a personal and professional challenge for me.

My overall intention is to loosen up my painting style by painting abstract images every day this month. "Abstract" means that from some source material, the artist extracts some theme and elaborates on it in the work.

Now, as a life-long realistic painter, I have come to rely on Image as a necessary part of the picture, and including detail and references is a tough habit to break, I am finding. Will I have enough time in November to show some progress with painting in an abstract style?

I have told my Inner Critic to take a month-long sabbatical, and so far I have been able to work uninterrupted. But old habits are hard to break, and this is "loosening up" is proving to be more of a challenge than I expected.  


Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

We all tell ourselves certain rules and realities and it's always hard to break. This project has been wonderful for me already. I had no idea what I was capable of. But like you, I find the mental habits to be the challenge.

Mavis said...

Hi Ginger:
Thanks for checking in... and for pointing out that the "rules" are all in our heads... and yes, we can shake them loose!