Having been a devoted "painting a day" practitioner for over a year when I started blogging in 2006 and learning, through that, the benefits of regular "training" I have continued to paint on a very regular basis. At the beginning of the year I made the decision that I wanted to shake my inner artist up a bit.
I like to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone, for me it helps me to learn more and more about how and why I paint. I want to be fluent and fearless, I want to improve my language of looking. I really wanted to paint for the sake of painting. So I settled on a challenge of painting one view as often as I could for this coming year. I wasn't sure how much I would get out of painting the same view every day. I wasn't sure how I felt about painting in all weathers, rain and cold included. I wasn't even sure if I would be able to fit it into my working day. But just over two weeks into the project I am already finding huge benefits.
I have found that even when it is pouring with rain I can paint, I put the actual painting inside my bag and make a tiny tent out of it, I get wet but the painting stays mostly dry.
I have a small home made prochade box that I have used for years but am considering buying a proper wooden one. You see, it has been so good that I have fallen back in love with plein air painting, I want to do more.
When I have completed a month I shall post up a slide show, for now, if you are interested you can see them all on my blog. The Red Shoes