Pastel Dust..keeping focused

The challenge…keeping focused.  It is so easy to stray from tasks and it takes some discipline to stay focused and manage your time and talents!

I decided to do a painting a day for the month of January…it might be a pastel, an ink painting, an encaustic, a pencil drawing…the important thing is to complete a piece each day.  So far so good.  I will probably extend that into February and beyond…at least doing something with my art daily; a finished painting or not.  As I work on more complex paintings, I realize that it is impossible to finish a large one on a daily basis.

Next, I love to participate in plein air events and enter juried competitions.  Both of these have time restrictions on the entry process and dates of delivery, etc.  I build a calendar that allows me to keep dates chronologically for these time lines.  What I don’t do is paint specifically for each event (juried shows).  I try to spend painting time painting the best I can each day…then I have group of paintings to choose from for a specific event.  For me, it takes the pressure off the entry and focuses the energy on the paintings.  I do however, when scheduling a solo exhibition, paint for that event.  I try to schedule those exhibits out a year or two, so that I have time to dwell on a body of work and paint it!  So with this sort of approach I feel I’m most productive!


About bonnie griffith

I am a landscape artist who works in pastels, oils and acrylics. My work focuses on representational studies of the western US. I am basically self taught with lots of workshops and studies with several landscape artists such as Bruce Haughey and Clark Elster. I live in southwestern Idaho, am a native Montanan with a strong connection to the land. I spend as much time as I can in MT painting as well other parts of the northwest. I appreciate getting out in the field and working plein air because there is nothing like completing a painting in the true light of day and visually not being compromised by the use of a photo. In my work, my goal is to produce a piece of work that draws the viewer into the painting and challenges them to explore the scene; get a sense of the time of day, the temperature, the light or lack of. If I have gotten that viewer to step out of their reality and into that painting and enjoy it, then my work was accomplished as I wished. View all posts by bonnie griffith

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