Back in March I completed my first personal painting project (My Winter Distraction) where I committed to 3 drawings or paintings per week centered around a weekly theme. In July wanted to try a daily challenge, so I committed to one painting every day. More recently I’ve been doing a black and white drawing in my sketchbook every day, which is now so ingrained in my daily routine that I can't imagine stopping. I've really enjoyed these projects for a variety of reasons. They weren't always easy, that’s for sure, but I proved to myself that I could do it and I ended up making work that I wouldn't have made otherwise.
Most importantly, I’ve found that these projects are the best way for me to commit to trying new things. Through consistent routine and habit, they push me and force me to work, even when I may not want to. Even when it was hard, even when I wasn’t particularly pleased with the outcome, I was still happy I did it, and it always made my day better.
I also continue to be inspired by other people’s daily projects (I talked about that a bit here when I was still thinking about how to do one myself), and now I think the time is right for me to start another one. So without further ado, here are the details of my next daily project: The 6x6 Project.
Size: All paintings will be 6 x 6 inches — I like adding in the constraint of a consistent size. And as a bonus, it's small, so I won't be overwhelmed each day by a big, empty canvas or sheet of paper.
Medium: I will be using watercolor or acrylics — I’ve been taking Mati Rose’s Daring Adventures in Paint class and I am completely inspired. Watercolor is still my primary medium, but I want to continue to explore with acrylics and push myself and my style. Speaking of which…
Style: These 6x6 paintings will largely be abstract or pattern-based. My primary illustration style is very controlled and detailed, so I want to use this as an opportunity to loosen up a bit, and do more abstract, painterly work. I've found that I need this balance. Undoubtedly I'll still incorporate some more structured work and lines, but I want to also soften the edges from time to time.
Where: I'll be posting daily over on Instagram and you can follow along there (I'll be using the #sixbysixproject hashtag) but I'll be posting some here as well.
When: I'm starting today, but I'm not putting an end date on this one, which may or may not come back to bite me.. In July I was able to look ahead to the finish line and sometimes that helped me push through... Hopefully the daily momentum will be enough to carry me along this time.
I am looking forward to getting started!