The Daily Painter - My Morning Studies

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Morning Study - 12"x12" mixed media, charcoal, graphite, gesso, mediums, watercolor paper, ephemera Marcy LaBella 2015

Daily Painting?

"Dont think about making art, just get it done. Let other people decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art"

Andy Warhol

Daily art practice can seem like a daunting prospect and it can be easy to procrastinate about doing it if you believe that every piece you are creating has to be museum worthy.

However, there is a movement over the last few years of daily painters and daily art makers.  Web pages based on that concept, 365 faces per year challenges, web groups that promote and sell work of artists that are working daily and making smaller scale work. How far would your art progress if you made just one small project every day? I can tell you that you would quickly find that you will almost immediately be spending more time in the studio then you believed possible.

What a lot of people are finding is that committing to a small window of time and a small project each day - vastly improves their work. Small projects are do-able, give a sense of accomplishment, and it's easy to see progress over a short period of time.  You may not be as daunted when facing a 6"x 6" canvas as you are when facing a 20"x 20" one. The same goes for sketching, drawing and collage or any practice from writing, to sewing, to songwriting or any creative endevor.

It may also be easier to market and sell your smaller scale art.  While selling larger scale paintings might take longer and you may need to go through a gallery or second party - you can easily sell and ship smaller less pricey art through your own web store or etsy.  Small works can be digitally photographed and made into greeting cards and sold time and again.  Getting together with other daily practice artists to sell together is getting more popular. Many groups and web pages can be found online to help you promote and sell your work such as The Daily Paintworks a website dedicated to promoting and selling the work of daily painters.

Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part - try setting aside just a half hour to draw, paint or collage and see what unfolds in your personal practice.













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