I was wondering if other artist here do “daily paintings” ?
So much of what I paint is from photos, I paint a lot of horses and dogs and for some reason they just wont stand still!!! so what I also do is paint still life objects from life. They give me the opportunity to paint from life and keep things real. Sometimes I even limit myself to one hour and occasionally they even end up as wonderful little gems.
I will try and post a few of them and would love to see others “daily paintings”
I was not sure where to post this, my daily’s are still life objects but others may paint anything, since I paint in acrylics I posted it here. If it should be someplace else please let me know
Now on Facebook as Dawn Melka Fine Art
I cant seem to post more than one image at a time so I will just add a few separate
One more then lets see what all of you have.
These are wonderful Dawn! I was going to start a “painting in a day thread” but you beat me to it - hooray! I think it is a great way to not only build your skills, but your collection as well. You do very nice work - and I can completely agree with your love of drawing horses and dogs. I used to sit for hours and sketch my horses in the pasture. Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks Barbara you are too kind.
These are fun for me and I learn a lot. They are also very saleable and make awesome gifts for family and friends.
I am really rusty but forced myself into the studio yesterday and actually started two daily paintings, both got a coat of gesso when I was done, they were really bad!!!! I am going back down this afternoon so maybe today will be better.
By the way I love your work as well !
Beautiful little works, Dawn! Yep, I'm another one who paints a lot of animals, & I must admit that much of my work is done from my photos. Like Barbara, I tend to do a lot of sketches of moving horses, but nothin' that's worth really keeping. More of an exercise than anything else.
The daily painting exercise is a great idea! One of my psychological problems (read: block ) is the thought of wasting materials. I think I've found an answer to this though, as I finally have some of those small canvas pads available, as well as 5" x 7" Claybord panels.
I usually gesso my own panels, but geez, by the time you get them all ready, the last thing you wanna do is use them for exercises.
Nature knows no borders
I just buy the small canvas or clay boards, another thing to use is a heavy watercolor paper, you can cut them to any size before or after you paint and don’t have to feel so bad when you want to trash it.
I am hoping others will post some of there daily’s, remember they don’t have to be finished paintings just works that you did in a day, perhaps in one or two sittings.
well I was going to post a painting I did yesterday, I am actually pleased with it, maybe out of my funk!!! but what is coming up on the screen is far different than what I am scanning. I noticed it with the dog painting , does not look anything like the painting but I don’t know if its just my computer screen or something with the scanner. Will work on this
is there no one else with daily paintings?
I will try and get into daily paintings when I can. Right now I work a full time job as a graphic designer and by the time I get home I only have a one or two hour block to squeeze in time for studio work. I am usually working on a larger project, but hopefully can start getting some smaller pieces done daily. You have inspired me Dawn with your daily paintings and I have wanted to do that for some time. It is easy to get bogged down on a large project and the daily idea will keep things fresh. So… I picked up a tarnished teapot from a friend’s moving sale and will begin with that piece and go from there.
That’s great! Don’t but to much pressure on yourself that wont work. Even if you say I will paint one daily once a week. The idea is to start and finish a painting in one or two sittings but in one day. Even if its not done to your liking you just move on. I found that as time went on I was getting really good at it. Because of time I often put an hour limit on myself and it is amazing how some of those come out. I am posting the one from the other day, looks bad on my computer but I am not sure why. Hopefully tomorrow I can find someplace around here that sells the ink for my printer and when I print it out I will know if its ok. I am new here and there are not the same stores!!! I am going to head down to the studio in a bit hopefully I can get another daily and I am wanting to start a major painting as well. Its really hot and humid and I am so not used to this.
These are awesome little gems!
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Well here is today’s daily, when all else fails make it up. It’s a long story why I have been painting heart but now I do them when I am not in the mood for anything else and or when I need to cover up a painting that did not work, LOL
Again I don’t know why the images look so bad not sure how to fix it but you get the idea
I mostly paint from pictures I have taken or others I see as well. Your right the animals just don't hold still long enough!
Hi Dawn2 - Love your Little Daily Ditties but it seems you have been busy because there are no new posts. I, too, create Little Daily Ditties; it's fun, keeps me loose and from getting bogged down with larger projects. I also create animal portraits (dogs and cats). I'll have to get out the digital and get them posted here.
BTW, posting your dailies, whether oil or acrylics, is perfect here I think.