I have found that one of the best ways for me to keep motivated is to have a set goal or deadline. This ‘forces me to do it’ as such and since I have not been painting nearly as much as I'd like to, I have decided to commit to completing a painting a month for the next 6 months as part of about.com’s monthly painting projects.
For January the task was to create a painting, in any style, using a limited palette of 3 colours being a blue, a red and an earth brown (and white). I chose to work with cadmium red, raw sienna and ultramarine blue and decided to keep the subject matter simple and paint a couch and vase in my room (as I only set myself an afternoon to complete the task).
|real life setting vs style influence|
These elements turned out to be more subtle than originally intended but I don't mind the final outcome and like the feedback I got in that this "gives an edginess to a serene domestic scene".
|Couch in My Room|Oil on Paper|(c) 2012|
I was pretty excited to get some feedback on my work and the submission was a great way for me to step back and critique the final outcome. Click here to view complete submission featured on the about.com website