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 #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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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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