It's HERE! The Final Week of the 365 Project! (plus some announcements)

It's here! It's the LAST WEEK OF MY 365 PAINTING PROJECT! "What are they talking about??", I sense you are asking yourself (#realtalk I haven’t posted in this section SINCE THE FIRST DAY of the project, so… I don’t blame you). ANYhoo, lemme let you about it!

I started this project in 2018 with a big goal - to FINALLY FINISH a 365 art series. So, I dissected what held me back in previous attempts and I identified the following overarching theme - I need to make it easier on myself. Lower those barriers that got in my way *just* long enough to have doubt creep in and spoil the party. 

The creation of the art was not the stumbling block... it was the practical parts:

  • having paper at the ready

  • giving myself a time constraint (so I didn't lose steam day-after-day creating paintings that took 3+ hours)

  • subjects chosen ahead of time

To that end, I broke down the world of potential subjects (because it is really nearly an *endless* supply of ideas out there) into seven distinct themes for each day of the week. I spent a bleary hour standing at my sink scrawling them into my journal (see image below):

  • Morgue Mondays (body, medical)

  • Junk in Your Trunk Tuesdays (toys, random lost bits, ephemera, knick knacks, tchotchkes)

  • Weed, et al. Wednesdays (plants, plant parts)

  • Taxidermy Thursdays (animals, creepy crawlies)

  • Foodie Fridays (food, drinks)

  • Sashay Saturdays (fashion, stuff you wear)

  • Side-Trip Sundays (landscapes, destinations)

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Has it been an unbroken road? Heck no! I stopped for nearly two months around Nov-Dec 2018. I stopped again in May of THIS year - right at the finish line! I really thought it was over during that first one, if I’m honest. I’ve blown five (?) finish dates, I think? But you know… eventually… just one mark at a time - hell, one butt cheek on the chair at a time, it was that hard to re-start - and I got going again.

So, what’s happening NOW? Check it out!

  • The paintings are on sale! Since July 11th, SIXTY (6-0) of them - a sixth of the project - have new happy homes. If you want one, please drop me an email ASAP!

  • A gallery show is happening! For one night only, on First Friday here in Ypsilanti MI (Aug. 2nd), all of the paintings will be hung at Pearl Street Studios! Here’s the Facebook event with all of the details.

  • The photo book is almost ready! This little piece is actually a big reveal as I haven’t publicized it before now. It will be sold through Blurb in multiple formats INCLUDING e-book (!!) - stay frosty for the announcement with the link to purchase (which should be within the week).

  • A few more surprises I’ll roll out very soon too!

Lastly, enjoy a little grid of 365-related images from IG:

The New 365 Days of Painting Project is LIVE!

Hello! It's an exciting time in the chilly Mitten! I've begun a brand new 365 days of painting and I can't wait to share it with you! Below is a synopsis of what I'm up to; as outlined below, you can always keep an eye on THIS PAGE (or FACEBOOK) for updates as well. 

What's the Process? 

  • Create a realistic painting on 4x4" rounded-corner "coasters" (heavy card stock) every day for a year. 
  • The maximum (creation) time limit per painting is 1 hr. & each are done a day ahead of posting.
  • Every day of the week has a theme with occasional (saucy) bonus paintings thrown in on Mondays (see below).
  • Daily posts are made to new dedicated IG (address TBD) & Twitter accounts, my established FB page & a page that lives here. 

What's New?

In the past, I'd just wing my 365 projects and rapidly run out of ideas. Devising a new object every day becomes exhausting fast, leading to dread, and that doesn't jibe with happy art-making. This time I'm out-smarting myself with several pre-emptive moves - a one-hour time limit per day for painting creation, creating the paintings a day in advance (so I'm not posting them the day-of at 11:59pm), a stockpile of 400 sheets of paper already "torn down" to the perfect uniform size, the themes you see below, and a veritable cornucopia of references that I amassed before the project started. 

What are the Themes?

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What's the End Game? 

  • Gallery show(s).
  • Selling the original paintings, prints, posters of each/each theme.
  • Authoring a Bored Panda article.
  • Pitching a coffee table-esque book to a publisher.