Daily Painting: Why Start A Practice
What are some of the reasons you should think about starting a daily painting practice? Pull up a chair and watch today’s video to find out how painting daily can impact these three things:
- How productivity can come from small blocks of time
- How painting regularly creates flow: freely & loosely
- How unique style happens effortlessly
I ask people joining my email list and facebook group what their biggest issues are with painting.
So many have said that time is it. Making time to paint when they’re overwhelmed by an already full schedule.
Others have said painting more loosely, loosening up so they don’t feel trapped in the details.
And finally, the last big group said developing their own style. What’s the magic bullet for getting your own style of painting?
The answer to all three lies in a relatively simple practice – painting every day.
Before you tell me you just don’t have time, let me point out a couple of things.
Consistency over quantity. Consistency matters. Doing a small painting daily is better for your growth than 5 big paintings a month.
20-30 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
- Your work improves.
- You stay motivated because ideas flow easily.
- Small daily steps move you closer to your goals.
- Muscle memory takes over and the difficult things become easier.
- You paint faster with more ease.
- You paint more intuitively and responsively rather than consciously.
- Your own personal style will develop without your even having to thing about it.
We’re focusing on exactly this in the upcoming ART + WORK + LIVING 5 Day Painting Challenge starting January 18th.
So what’s involved in the challenge?
It’s really super simple, to make a 20-30 minute painting for 5 days straight. Each day set a timer like the one on your phone for 20 minutes (paint mixing time doesn’t count), grab your largest brush or knife, and let her rip! Keep it simple and look for the big shapes. When the timer goes off STOP!!
Subject matter, medium, and size is completely your choice but I’d suggest staying smaller.
Then if you’d like you can share your 20 minute painting with others working on the challenge here in the group. We’re also setting up a collaborative Pinterest board for participants so that you’ll also have a chance to pick up some traffic to your website.
Are you in?