One new thing I'm super excited to do this year is a "Painting a Day" project. I'll be attempting a 30-minute sketch each day, and decided to find inspiration for the paintings on Instagram.
DAY 1 - @pvedesign
Patricia van Essche of PVE Design has been an incredible inspiration for so long - a true champion since back in the days spent dreaming of quitting my job and becoming a full-time artist. When she wrote about her goal of tackling a 30 minute painting a each day in 2015, it hit just the right note.
DAY 2 - @zhush
Patricia was inspired by the amazingly talented Jennifer from August Wren, who painted 365 days last year. Jennifer said that keeping a sketchbook for the year was one of the most rewarding things she's ever done. (You can read about it here). I love her work, it has such a fun energy.
DAY 3 - @vickiarcher
Starting out last Monday morning, I couldn't decide what to sketch. Fidgeting a bit, picked up my iPhone and scrolled through Instagram - favorite form of procrastination - and there it was.... photo after photo of inspiration in my hand. My very own twist on the project - sketch a favorite Instagram image each day. It seemed only fitting to begin with PVE's gorgeous amaryllis post from that morning - a blooming start.
DAY 4 - @dumbwittellher
Five days in now and loving it. Of course, there are still 355 days left. I'm a little unsure how this will unfold, we travel a lot, so it could get complicated. So far, so good, though. There are few a specific goals in mind... be spontaneous, be fast (have to be with 30 minutes), don't be afraid to make mistakes... and let them be when they happen, let the paint flow. I'm hoping to find a freshness and lightness that carries over to my other work.
Thanks so much to everyone who already chimed in with support and kind comments on Instagram - you can follow along there, I'll post daily at @idreamofjeanne and will keep you updated here on the blog, too, from time to time.
So here's to a new year, to fresh starts and fresh paint! Happy weekend, friends! XOXO