Jun 2011 – Commit to Something Big

I’ve been thinking lately of ways in which to produce more work to build my portfolio and provide more opportunities to learn more through a variety of works.

Since I work full time, and along with life’s other responsibilities , I  need an idea that “reasonable/feasible” for me. All of this pastel and charcoal dust has to amount to something! So I’ve decided to Commit to Something Big !

“Big ideas motivate us to take action, and each action builds momentum toward a larger goal. ”

Source: Commit to Something Big – Alyson B. Stanfield

I recently viewed the blogs of artists Duane Keiser and Judy Palermo who often work on small canvases and are big names in the “a painting a day”  revolution. I was inspired to challenge myself similarly. I certainly won’t be completing “a painting a day”; however, I’ve decided to try something. I’m going to commit to doing one mini painting (8 x 10″ or smaller) each week, and I’ll post the finished piece weekly.

What I’m attracted to and looking forward to the most is the opportunity this creates for me to become more disciplined towards painting.  When you don’t paint frequently, artists risk producing a body of work that is inconsistent in style and varies greatly in quality. So by painting more frequently, I’m hoping that I will be able to address a greater variety of subjects and techniques while solidifying my own personal style.

So what do you think of this idea? Fellow artists, feel free to join me in this challenge or share any of your own. We all need some encouragement along the way. I’ll post my first mini art piece soon!

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8 comments

  • Ben June 25, 2011   Reply →

    It’s a good idea to have scheduled goals like this, it does keep one creative and flexible. I’ve recently committd to several long term projects and things like a weekly (or even daily) goal to get some other work done from start to finish helps keep one optimistic about ones art, I find work that takes a long time drags you down and narrows your perspective after while.

    • Vanessa June 28, 2011   Reply →

      Hi Ben, thanks for passing through my blog. Had a look at some of your work online and you definitely have a unique style. Nice work!

      In terms of time consuming work, I have definitely found it to be difficult because as you have stated, it can narrow your perspective and drag you down a bit. The next time I work on a large piece, I want to have some other things going in between so that it doesn’t seem like I’m staring at the same thing constantly.

      Hopefully I can get to yoru stage where it becomes habit.

  • Terrill Welch June 25, 2011   Reply →

    Excellent idea! I was able to create a body of work consisting of 15 paintings for a solo show that opens June 30 by a similar kind of commitment to painting each week. So go for it! I am sure you will be thrilled with the results.

    • Vanessa June 28, 2011   Reply →

      That’s pretty cool Terrill! I’d love to create that many new pieces in a reasonable span of time. Hopefully this allows me to do that or something similar. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • Beth West June 26, 2011   Reply →

    I think anything that gets you painting regularly is a great idea! I really like the whole “painting a day” concept, but I paint way too slow. Sounds like you’re committing to a painting a week and now you know we’ll be watching for it. I hope it works out great for you!

    • Vanessa June 28, 2011   Reply →

      That’s the part that will hopefully give me the extra umph to do it, knowing that someone will be checking in on Thursday looking for that post! Like you I definitely can’t do a painting a day so though the idea sounds great I would be setting myself up. Have you managed to start any new portraits Beth?

  • deb reardon June 30, 2011   Reply →

    I’ll be checking in on Thursdays! I try to put at least two canvases (sanded pastel paper) on my easels, most of the time one larger and 1-2 smaller. When an idea hits me, I can quickly sketch it out, study it, work on it, change it, etc, and then finish it. I guess my promise would be to “always keep two going”. I also work full time and sometimes it is not very conducive to creativity.
    Can’t wait to see your Thursday postings! /deb

  • deb reardon June 30, 2011   Reply →

    I’ll be checking in on Thursdays! I try to put at least two canvases (sanded pastel paper) on my easels, most of the time one larger and 1-2 smaller. When an idea hits me, I can quickly sketch it out, study it, work on it, change it, etc, and then finish it. I guess my promise would be to “always keep two going”. I also work full time and sometimes it is not very conducive to creativity.
    Can’t wait to see your Thursday postings! /deb

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