To keep from delaying the actual painting any more than I already had, I sat down with paper, paints and brushes and a model plucked from the front steps.
I've been wanting to paint some maple seeds for weeks and weeks. Charlie ate my first models, others wrinkled and dried up before I got to them. I photographed some and I sketched some in my sketchbook, but hadn't painted any. This little model was less than ideal, but still in my pajamas, I didn't want to traipse around in the rain looking for the perfect maple seeds to paint.
I painted them lighter than my model because they're not supposed to be wet seeds plucked from the front steps at the last minute. I used a spiral bound pad of watercolor paper because of the small size of the paper and then afterwards decided that I was going to cut paper for this month's paintings. I have a pad of watercolor paper and a pad of acrylic linen that are both 12 by 12. So I cut them into quarters, moving my ill-fated quilt to the side first (finishing it is another goal for the coming days).
I cut enough so that I'd be able to alternate between watercolor and acrylic.
Making one painting on a 6 inch by 6 inch square each day seems doable to me. And then I can bind them together in a book or hang my favorites in a grid or collage them or something when the month is finished. My maple seeds are on a 6 by 9 sheet that I can cut down to match.
I love prep work like the cutting of those papers. I feel such a sense of accomplishment and I feel ready when I've finished.
I like how my painting turned out. No fussing. No lingering. Just painting.
Not a bad start for the month.
Do you want to try doing a painting a day (or just painting each day)? Stop by Dana's blog for some inspiration and camaraderie.