Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- The Final Five!
Take a look at the final five paintings and a couple of lessons learnt
The daily painting challenge is officially over although its taken me a while to post the pictures! I decided to do a painting challenge called a Painting a Day for 30 Days. Well its taken a little longer than 30 days but I have got 30 artworks to show for it. You can read about the start of it here in this post .
I have super enjoyed and hated the daily painting project. I went through stages of excitement, boredom and depression about it! So dramatic;)
I guess the challenge was an internal one and more about getting on with something without listening to the ego voice in your head than about creating 30 paintings in 30 days.
A few things I realised along the way:
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- I realised I have been using time and the amount of time it takes to complete a painting as an excuse not to create as much as I should.
- I realised I can produce art at a steady pace but need concrete goals and time limits to do so.
- I realised I should paint and make art even during the times when I don’t feel like it (the feeling usually passes once I get started).
The hurdle was not creating 30 paintings in 30 days, it was and is to overcome my own mind, the feeder of thoughts and ideas but also doubts and insecurities.
The greatest challenge and exhilaration is when I can simply ignore the thoughts, feelings and subtle suggestions that make it appear as though I am stuck, unable to create anything, and discover the total tranquility that is there all the time but shrouded by thought.
So without further a due here are the final five paintings from the painting a day challenge!
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #25, Rapunzel
Rapunzel- Inktense on canvas
Painting a day challenge number 25, only five more to go! This daily painting is called “Rapunzel”. Rapunzel was born out of flowey lines and a feeling of monumentality. She seems to tower over everything. Well that’s the impression I get of her:) So here is the whimsical “Rapunzel” in all her greenish blue glory, but first a short paragraph from the story of Rapunzel from the Brothers Grimm:
“Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower in the middle of a forest. The tower had neither stairs nor door, but near the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath it and cried:
Let down your hair to me.’
Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress, she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it.” Rapunzel, Brothers Grimm
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #24, Crack
Crack, Inktense on canvas
Daily painting number 24, “Crack” is somewhat inspired by “Nude Descending the Staircase No. 2” by Marcel Duchamp. I wanted to create the impression of many bodies or parts of bodies within the one figure. Where Duchamp’s painting is about movement, mine isn’t about physical movement but more about emotional movement. This figure is abstracted and broken to portray the loss or breakdown of identity and its unreliability. So inspired by Duchamp, here is “Crack”:
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #23, Seeding
Daily Painting challenge number 23. This painting is made up of a strange column-like structure made up of body parts; boobs, buttocks and hints of arms and wings (?). Could be. A very warm and vibrant piece with lots of lime green and yellow. It reminds me of the moment right before an insect takes off. Except for the buttocks being firmly rooted in their place 😉 Here is “Seeding”, I named it thus because of the seed of life geometric symbol at the top as well as it reminding me of a seed pod about to burst and dispurse it’s seeds everywhere 🙂
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #21
Daily painting number 21. Down to nine more artworks for the painting a day challenge! “Flower Bloomed” was a kind of automatic painting, I wasn’t really thinking about where it was going, but before I knew it I was seeing themes of growth and progression of the female body coupled with the ideology of youthful sexuality and innocence and a comparison of this growth to a “blooming flower”. So here is painting a day #21!
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #22
I titled this painting for the daily painting challenge “Grasp”. I wanted to give the impression of a body unconfined, uncontrollable and disturbingly soft, unaffected by the lame attempts of the hands to grasp or keep it together. So this is “Grasp”, painting a day number 22 🙂
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #20
Fleshy Boulders no.2
Daily painting challenge. Day number 20. This challenge has been just that, a challenge, but with only ten days to go I have realised that it has been rather eye opening and is a practice that I would like to continue, although maybe with less pressure next time!
In the same vein as the painting a day #19, this piece is also a mound of fleshy, oozing , melting bodies that seem hard and soft at the same time. To show the amazing qualities of the water soluble pencils I’m using, I took some progress pics. All I have used here is the pencils and water nothing else was added from the first drawing! It was at night so the quality and colour is not the best but here they are:
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #19
Fleshy Boulders – Inktense on canvas
Today’s painting a day challenge culminated in this piece called “Fleshy Boulders”. They would still hurt if they landed on you!:) To feel compressed, stuck or inhibited by your body is something everyone feels at some stage in their lives and the wish to break free from bodily constraints as well as the sobering realisation that your body is an experiencing vessel for your being, the thing that feels stuck is your ego brain not your being. Death to the ego brain!!!! ;). Here is daily painting number 19:
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a day for 30 Days – Day #17
Study of Brugmansia
For this daily painting I decided to do a study of one of my favorite flowers, Brugmansia, or “Angels Trumpets”. These are commonly mistaken for Datura or ” Moon Flowers” although they are just as poisonous! I am including these flowers in a painted surfboard I am working on and I wanted to practice the flowers before attempting them in oils. So here is my painting a day for day 17, a study of Brugmansia amongst dripping globules. Drawn in Inktense pencils (water soluble) on water colour paper:
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A painting a Day day for 30 Days – Day #13
Daily painting number 13! I fell a bit behind with the daily painting challenge! But I have picked myself up and started again from daily painting number 13. This oil painting is called “Bug” very simply because it reminded me of one after looking at it when it was finished. I thought it looked like a praying mantis. It was going to be something else entirely but it wanted to be a “Bug” so there we go.
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