All throughout August, I have been on the fence about participating in this super cool art challenge. I am in the midst of preparing for a new school year, and trying to get work ready for three local art crawls, all which take place during September. Just when I thought I had decided that I couldn't add another commitment to my plate, I listened to the latest episode of Artists Helping Artists and realized that the stress this challenge may cause me will be better than the inevitable FOMO (fear of missing out) that I would feel if I didn't participate.
For those who haven't heard about the 30 in 30 challenge, check out Leslie Saeta's blog, and feel free to play along! Realistically, I have, on average, less than an hour per day to create a "finished" work, which is drastically different than my current process. I love small detail, but sometimes feel that I work the fresh, spontaneous life out of my paintings. I hope this challenge forces me to do less of that. My "30 in 30" theme will be "Of House and Home". I'll focus on using a gel medium transfer method, (already present in most of my work), to depict places, structures, and scenes that I regularly see and interact with. I'll be posting my paintings on this blog, as well as on my Instagram page.
My first piece is an 8'' x 10'' painting which depicts Minnesota farm fields, late in the day. I never tire of this scene, and am happy that I can see imagery like this for miles, just a short drive down the road.