I've picked a subject to stick to for 100 paintings, as to perrfect technical aspects fo my painting skills. Starting this project I didn't know what I'd like to improve on specifically. The general study stopic is "Realism".
I've decided to start to keep a detailed journal to help me solidify my exact goals, and to showcase my progress.
The first day, Dec. 5th, I had the idea, so I just set up and started painting, without a clue as to what I'd learn.
#1 It was clear to me as I painted that no matter what happens, I will no doubt improve. Not much happened the first day, except I was full of excitement. Actually something did happen. I totally let go. I realized I had developed a very tight, and a little too exact style. I'm always making sure my lines are straight, etc. Which doesn't allow for a very painterly style. To break the bonds I didn't even know I had self-imposed, I felt liberated. This feeling gave me even more excitemnet, for the fact that I had just commited to 100 of these. lol.
In my excitement to get started the only thing I had to paint on was the back of an already finished painting. As I applied the first few brush strokes I could feel how detrimental this would be to the process, but alas I kept on going. I remember watching a Francis Bacon documentary where he discovered he enjoyed painting the unprimed side better, and that's how he painted from then on. I didn't have such an enlightening experience, but I got the painting done.
One last thing to mention was that the day I started this project also for other reasons I had chosen to change my medium. I've always used Liquin, now I've switched to Linseed Stand Oil and Turpentine at a 50/50 ratio.
"Not conceded, just better than jail" - Dr. Spawk, FPC