The past week has been hectic. Too hectic to paint, though, after spending about an hour on this little guy, I realize I probably could have squeezed an hour in somewhere to keep on schedule. Some days it is hard to take the time to paint because that feels like selfish time and there has been so much "stuff" outside of "me" that has required my time this week. I love my full life but some days it is hard to keep up with the maximized schedule I make for myself. If I challenge myself in this way again I don't think I will chose the month of August. July would probably be a better month to work on this type of project because the school year is still far away.
Critique of today:
Kachina is centered and as compositions go that is boring.
I do like the minimal inclusion of the guitar but the more significant inclusion of the other object shadows. I think I will play with that idea more in the future - 'other' shadows in the space of the object. Kachina itself looks a bit flat and non-dimensional. Not exactly sure what happened there... I think I should have looked more carefully at this board before painting and oriented it differently to minimize the large knot.
My BIG Dilemma:
Today is 8/31, the last day of August. This project was stated to as a one month painting project. The month is over, but due to missed days, I only have 25 paintings and not 31 (or 32 which is the number of boards I started with). I'm really not sure what to do now. Do I finish out the boards and paint one more week of kachinas? Or do I call it quits on the kachina because the month of August is over? To complicate matters more, school starts on Tuesday and I am not sure I will have the time to paint with the added demands of a new school year.
If you have been reading/watching this as it unfolded I am curious to know your thoughts. Keep going? Stop? Finish at my leisure due to school demands? Paint two-a-day between now and Tuesday? Comment, help me decide what to do.
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time in the painting studio working with traditional oils. Teaching middle school art for the past 12 years has taken me away from those roots. This "one a day" project is aimed at re-inspiring that creativity and technique.
Other "one a day" painting blogs to check out:
Kellie Marian Hill
The usual Subjects