Hey there, lovely souls! Can you believe it’s already February? Time seems to be sprinting by, doesn’t it? But fear not, because I have just the thing to slow things down and infuse some creative magic into your days: another painting challenge!
Now, I know some of you might be new here, so let me break it down for you: a painting challenge is all about carving out a little slice of time each day to put brush to canvas. It’s not about the end result; it’s about the journey—the process of playing, experimenting, and honing your skills.
But why should you bother painting every day, you ask? Well, besides the obvious benefits of growth, experimentation, and play, there’s a whole host of other goodies waiting for you. For starters, painting daily can help reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood, and even improve your focus and concentration. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to express yourself and tap into your inner creativity.
Now, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to last year’s challenge, shall we? Remember when I delved into the world of classical earthy colors and dramatic lighting, channeling the spirits of Rembrandt and Caravaggio? Ah, those were the days! Their painting style, characterized by deep shadows, rich tones, and a mastery of chiaroscuro, truly captivated our hearts and minds.
But this year, my dear friends, I'm switching things up a bit. My focus will be on portraits, using a minimal color palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue. Why portraits, you ask? Well, besides the fact that they’re endlessly fascinating, painting portraits can help us better understand the structure of the face, increase our speed and efficiency, and ultimately, improve our ability to capture the likeness of our subjects.
It never gets old seeing the array of colors you can mix with just a few colors
So, who’s ready to dive headfirst into this year’s painting challenge with me? Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just dipping your toes into the world of creativity, I invite you to join me on this journey of exploration and self-discovery. And if painting isn’t quite your cup of tea, fear not! You can still tag along on Instagram as I document my painting adventures throughout the month.
Here’s to a month filled with color, creativity, and endless possibilities. Let’s make February one to remember!