Nobody knows I paint. It’s not something I have ever done on a regular basis or talked about much. But although it’s not a frequent pastime of mine, it’s something I’ve always enjoyed. My grandmother is a professional artist, and I’ve participated in some of her painting classes over the years. This year, I decided to “paint more.” For me, that meant finding an online painting challenge in which to participate. I found “30 Paintings in 30 Days,” and thought, “Oh, that sounds nice. I’ll do it in…August, maybe.” Then I saw that it was starting on January 1st! Nothing like diving right into your New Year’s Resolutions! I took the plunge.
Every evening with trepidation and fear that today my painting would surely suck, I set up my painting station—put down my protective plastic sheeting and newspapers, grabbed a blank canvas, and perused the web for ideas centered around my chosen theme, “Writing.” When my painting was finished, I had my boyfriend hold it up for a picture, which I posted on my blog, along with a short description of the process for my readers’ enjoyment and my future reference. I was blown away by the positive response I received from my friends and family. My grandma, who is my best and most honest critic, said, “You’re getting better!”
I finished the challenge with 30 paintings—more than I think I’ve painted in my entire life put together. You can’t help but improve at something you dedicate yourself to every day!
I put together an art show to celebrate and share my accomplishments, and honor and appreciate my friends for their continued support in many areas of my life, especially all of my crazy experiments and challenges.