30 IN 30 PAINTING CHALLENGE – FEBRUARY 2018
I don’t normally paint, I’ve only produced about 12 paintings since I started drawing, so I have very little experience. Traditional Painting’s something I’ve always wanted to jump into, but truthfully, I’ve always been scared … OVERWHELMED:
- WHERE DO I START?
- HOW DO I PAINT?
- WHAT SHOULD I USE?
My heart’s been wanting to start playing with colours for a while though, so that’s what I’m going to do :)
I’m going to play along with this 30 in 30 painting challenge, via oil paints, I haven’t used them before, but I remember Proko saying how one of the best types of medium for a beginner painter is oils, as they’re more forgiving.
I’ve been raiding my cupboards and working out a blueprint for how I’ll tackle the challenge ever since signing up; the blueprint’s simply to stop me getting overwhelmed. I’m not going into this painting challenge expecting amazing paintings, all I want, is to HAVE FUN … oh, and to make a bit of a mess, aka LOTS OF MESS :)
I already had a lot of tools actually, and it hasn’t been that expensive to fill the gaps with new equipment. Like most Artists, I buy supplies, than stick them in the cupboard saying, “I’ll use that one day,” well, that day has finally come for my paint supplies :)
I didn’t really need to buy anything, but in typical Sophie fashion, I couldn’t help myself. I watched a few YouTube videos for advice, and picked up a few things. Below is most of the tools I’m starting this painting challenge with.
FANCY SEEING YOU HERE
I already had
• a tin of Gamsol Oil •
• a tabletop easel •
• 16 canvases •
• a box of oil paints •
• brushes •
• disposable palettes •
• and a pad of oil paper •
A FEW BITS AND BOBS
The main things I purchased, or made, were:
• a big tube of Titanium White paint •
• a tub of white Gesso •
• a tub of black Gesso •
• an Apron – wahooo, I’ve always wanted to wear an Apron :) •
• some more canvases •
• a silver palette knife •
• strong tissue paper •
• a white sheet for the ground •
• a glass pallet •
CLEANING BRUSH TANK
This thing seems pretty cool. I had a glass jar in one of my cupboards for cleaning my brushes, but on a YouTube video they said about cleaning brush tanks. I found this one on Amazon, it seems pretty cool, so I picked it up :) After the challenge I’ll write a little review of it; hopefully it’s cool.
OWW, THAT'S A BIT POSH
I was on GumTree and this Easel was advertised, with a big 30 x 20 Canvas board, for only £10. I couldn’t resist picking it up, proper bargain. The lady was moving abroad so had to get rid of it quickly, she even threw in a drawing book for free :)
Feels like I’m becoming a proper Artist working on this thing, especially in my Apron. Aha, I’m so excited!
That might look and sound like a lot, but the truth is, it was relatively cheap. The most expensive thing was the tube of Titanium White, which cost about £14, everything else was bargains. The glass palette for instance, is just an old photo frame I had under the bed, with some tissue paper to create a grey background; so that was free. The big white sheet I got, was in the second hand shop for 99p :) The Apron was £4.85 on eBay, the Gesso was £7 and £12, the cleaning brush tank was £8, so, in total I’ve spent about £60.
I’m only going to be working on small canvases, but I expect my paints will run out pretty quickly. I’ve found some 500ml tins for £15, so I’ll be picking up a blue, red and yellow one next week when I get paid, and hopefully that will last the 30 days :) I’m only going to be using those three primary colours, and white, as I’m going to try and mix all my own colours. I already had this book on my shelf called Colour Mixing Bible, so hopefully that’ll help :)
“All I want, is to
oh, and to make a bit of a mess, aka
LOTS OF MESS :)“
Leslie says it’s good to have a theme for the 30 in 30 painting challenge, to help with focus. I’ve been thinking the past week, and I came up with five ideas, but I couldn’t decide, I kept going back and forth when I thought, do all of them, apart from one of them, which was lilSOPHIE paintings, but who knows, I may throw her in near the end just for fun, but my blueprint now is:
- WEEK ONE: Abstract paintings, based around a different colour each day
- WEEK TWO: Still lifes, using my Heels, Dresses and other various girlie bits (eww, that sounds rude lol)
- WEEK THREE: Figure Paintings, using some of My Photos as reference
- WEEK FOUR: Landscapes on location at Saltrum – my local woods
Abstract Painting I think will be freeing and fun, a good way to start. Still life should be creative creating the compositions, but than technically challenging trying to paint what I see. Week three I feel will be the toughest challenge, trying to capture the essence of the photo, while still having it be technically as good as I can made it, while week four should be a nice way to end the challenge, out with nature just going for it, painting what I see :)
While doing all this painting, I’ll also be putting together a weekly blog post, detailing how I’m finding it with photos … a bit like The Digital Dream Challenge I did in 2017. I find writing as you’re learning, a really good way to truly understand what you’re learning. I’ll also be recording a daily audio diary type thing, which will take the form of the first five episodes of the So Free Art Podcast, episode zero should be on the site soon :)
I’m really looking forward to this painting challenge, but I’m also realistic enough to know MY PAINTINGS WILL MOST LIKELY SUCK lol But If I end the challenge having had fun, it’ll be happy :)
The 30 in 30 Painting Challenge starts on Thursday 1st February 2018 … I hope you play along too, if you do, be sure to send me a little message or send me photos of your paintings and I’ll share them on the blog :)
Until next time, I’ll leave you with this Bob Ross video … which always makes me happy.
“EVERYDAY’S A GOOD DAY WHEN YOU PAINT.“
– Bob Ross
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