My friend, Linda McLaughlin, does several daily projects for the year, as well as weekly and monthly. Rachel Teannalach, a Boise painter, also just finished up a 365 day project. She did a small painting a day (about 3" square). Rachel invited people to come watch her paint her last 365 painting and to help her celebrate.
Rachel is a plein air painter, so we met her at the Foothills Learning Center and walked a short way on one of the trails. She said it would take her about 20-30 minutes to paint the piece. But to me, it really only seemed like 15 minutes or so. She was fast.
Rachel with her dog, Blue.
The area she was painting.
The group that came to watch and she also had someone videotaping.
It was amazing to watch Rachel paint. She was using oil paints and already had a palette ready so she didn't have to spend a lot of time getting set up. On her blog here, she talks about her system set-up for the 365 project. She will sell all the small paintings together as one piece.
This is inspiring and I have been thinking about doing a 365 day project. It is a real commitment, but would help me get into the habit of creating something everyday. What I like about what Rachel and Linda both did was that they didn't start their 365 project at the beginning of the year. That is wise, as there are so many things I think about doing at the beginning of the year.
The other thing is that the projects are small and portable, which I think is necessary as one may be traveling at some point during the year. I'll think about it. Maybe a drawing a day? What would you do everyday for a year?