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What I Learned From My Sketchbook

What Inspired Me To Work In My Sketchbook

Like most artists I love sketchbooks! They often have beautiful covers, lovely paper and beg to be worked in. Like most artists I have many sketchbooks that don’t get used. Recently I was on instagram and I came across this 30 day sketchbook challenge by Cheryl Taves
https://www.instagram.com/insightcreativecoaching/  I had participated in a 30 day painting challenge at the beginning of the year and thought this might just do the trick. 

Why Timing Is Everything

This sketchbook challenge started right when my three month online course ended.  I used my sketchbook as my warm up every morning, prior to going into the studio. I was loving working in my sketchbook but I couldn’t have picked a worse time for a 30 day challenge. With Covid many families have been isolated and unable to see one another. I hadn’t seen my parents for 4 months. Once I finished my course I took my family and we went to stay with my parents for a week. It was wonderful but of course my sketchbook challenge went out the window. Another thing I learned during this time was to be kind to myself and others,  so will start back into my sketchbook this week and keep going.

What I learned From My Sketchbook

Working in a sketchbook is often easier than working on a canvas or board. I find it’s not as precious to me. Using a smaller sized sketchbook makes a difference. I am able to work faster, make changes and finish in a shorter period of time. There is more experimentation, no fear in trying new ideas. I push my boundaries and will try things that are really outside the box for me. It’s a great way to warm up prior to painting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I recommend.

If you haven’t tried a 30 day sketchbook challenge I would absolutely recommend it.  If the timing is bad for you then start your challenge when your able, find some friends to participate with you or start one yourself! There is so much to learn from challenging yourself when doing something you love.

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30 Day Painting Challenge, January 2020!

Starting the Year with a 30 Day Painting Challenge!!

The new year always feels like a time for reflection, goal setting and new starts. This year I have decided to do a 30 day painting challenge. I have never done a 30 day painting challenge before and was excited and nervous all at the same time.

What I loved most

The thing I enjoyed most was being forced to go into the studio everyday. As a result of being in my studio daily I became focused on my other paintings in a way I hadn’t before. While doing the 30 day painting challenge consequently I learned to love a limited palette.

What I learned from doing a 30 day painting challenge.

Working in a series helped me see the development of the series and also see the contributions made by each previous piece. My 30 day painting challenge allowed me to work quickly, I had to stay focused and diligent but was able to complete a painting a day. The sense of accomplishment I felt was wonderful.  Picking a subject for a 30 day painting challenge that was close to my heart made this project  more enjoyable and I felt it showed in the work.  

What I recommend.

If you haven’t tried a 30 day painting challenge I would absolutely recommend it for many reasons. So much to learn from challenging yourself when doing something you love.

Stay in touch, follow me!

If you would like to stay current with what I am working on please feel free to follow me on my instagram page or facebook page.

https://www.instagram.com/nadinejohnsonfineart/

https://www.facebook.com/nadinejohnsonfineart/

One of the artists that has inspired me to do this is Janet Bradish. Janet has done 8, 30 day painting challenges. You can read more about Janet on her website https://janetbradishstudios.com/2018/09/12/thirty-paintings-in-30-days-4/

A few of the artists that participated with me in this challenge were

Andrea Slack https://www.instagram.com/andreaslackstudio/

Deanna Beaujot https://www.instagram.com/deannabeaujot/

Sheila Mitchell https://www.facebook.com/sheila.mitchell.7127

Barbara Davis https://www.facebook.com/barbara.davis.37051

Shan Thomas https://www.instagram.com/shanthomasart/

 

30 Paintings In 30 Days

 

 

 

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