30 Things You Didn’t Know About Me
OK, so I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. I admit I can be late to certain developments in technology, and I never “got” what all the fuss was about when it came to podcasts. I mean, I already have audiobooks and lots of music playlists on my iPhone and computer. Why did I need to listen to people yammer on about different things?
Then, one day I had a long drive to an art workshop, and with three hours of driving time ahead of me, I figured it would be a good idea to listen to a podcast or two on, well, art. I did a Google search and discovered Artists Helping Artists (aka AHA). The host, Leslie Saeta, has a different guest host every month, and every week, they discuss different topics related to painting techniques, practical tips, and the business of being an artist. Every once in a while, they interview various well known artists as well. All very interesting.
But the one topic that kept grabbing me was the 30 Day Painting Challenge. So many times, the hosts talked about how much they gained from participating in the challenge, like how they grew as artists, how their paintings improved, that kind of thing.
I was intrigued. So, I decided to go for it. I’ll start off 2015 by participating. Every day, I will upload what I paint, whether it’s good or not, because I feel it’s important to share the artistic process and dispel the myth that we artists are special people who get hit by bolts of inspiration lightning and produce stupendous works of art that no one else possibly could. I call bull hockey on that. It’s all about working every day, making mistakes, learning, improving, being surprised, and starting the process all over again.
My theme will be “30 Things You Didn’t Know About Me,” which I got from Leslie Saeta. A theme will help keep me focused, and this theme will be open enough to allow discovery, both on my part and yours.
So, we’ll see what happens. This process will also make me write a blog post every day, which leads to another goal I have for 2015: blogging more regularly. I figure if I write daily for 30 days, well, blogging weekly after that should be a cinch. Right?
Stay tuned. And please do post your comments if you’re about to undertake the challenge or have anything else you want to share about painting every day.