"Alice" is a 6"x6"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. I've taken a several-day break from my daily paintings to rest and refresh. Alice is my first painting back, and I adore her overlapping layers of florals and greenery. I experimented with mixing succulents and flowers together (a huge trend I see in bouquets right now), and I think I'll be exploring this more in the coming days. She's available here in the shop.
"Melia" is a 8"x8"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. Today I had some extra room in the background, so I played around with thinner drybrush strokes of light pink that allowed the more intense coral background color to peek through. I like how the spontaneous, atmospheric effect contrasts with the thicker-painted succulents. She's available here in the shop.
"Justina" is a 6"x6"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. These little potted plants are so cheerful, they just make me smile! Today's painting is named in honor of Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow whose boho style and love of succulents has been a huge source of color happiness and inspiration for me. "Justina" is available here in the shop.
"Isabel" is a 6"x6"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. More succulents! It was super fun to experiment with a few different containers of these little plants, and to stray a bit into still life. More may be coming... She's available here in the shop.
"April" is an 6"x6"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. This is my first 6-inch piece, and there are more to come! I'm finding that I really love square canvases - they don't put any particular constraints on the design of the painting and feel fresh and modern. This little canvas gave me just enough room to not feel cramped, but was small enough to finish in a single painting session. She's available here in the shop.
"Beatrice" is an 8"x8"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. More thickets of jungly leaves! It was an unexpected surprise how the dark teal background added drama to the piece, and I love how it sets off the bright pops of chartreuse nicely. She's available here in the shop.
Here's a progress shot in the middle of the painting.
"Ophelia" is an 8"x8"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. Because of the slightly larger size of the canvas, she took two days to complete. It felt so great to take a bit more time to think through her composition and colors, and I love how she turned out! Still full of thick, exuberant strokes, but a little more polished. She's available here in the shop.
Here's how she looked after my first day's painting session.
"Marie" is a 5"x7"x1.5" acrylic painting on canvas. It felt amazing to pile up thick strokes of paint and to work and rework areas without worrying about leaving too much texture behind. My favorite part is how the dark-centered flower pops against the turquoise background! She's available here in the shop.
Today marks the first day of my new painting-a-day project! I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts and motivations for doing a project like this.
IT WILL CHANGE ME
I’ve read and listened to many creatives who have come away from a sustained daily practice like this saying that it was an amazing time of exploration and growth. I have no idea what my end result will be, but I know that in the end I’ll have grown because of it.
Ok, I’ve always secretly longed to be that painter who lays down thick, buttery strokes, and whose images appear loose and spontaneous. These daily paintings are my playground for experimenting with new types of acrylic paints, mediums, and styles of strokes. Impasto, here I come!
Recently, I’ve been feeling very tight and restricted by my painting style. I want my painting practice to feel refreshing and freeing again, so it’s my goal to have fun, paint loosely, and embrace - not battle - imperfection in my paintings.
My few rules for this project:
- Complete one painting every weekday
- Weekends off
- My goal is 30+ paintings, but I’m flexible about the number
- Each painting will go up for sale in my shop the day after its completion