31 in 31 (almost)
Well, the January 31 paintings in 31 days was a success in many ways.
Making art on your own is one thing, but its a whole other animal when you have a "tribe" of friends who support and encourage each other, share challenges and successes together. We had about 11 members, each making a daily "practice" of something. We had painters, writers, yogis, walkers, a classical guitarist, meditative coloring, a photographer, and a "Whole 30" participant!
Despite the variety of people and practices from different places, ages, and vocations, it was remarkable to come together at the end of every day and see what everyone accomplished that day, or hear a story about where some of us were getting "stuck", or celebrate somebody who hit it out of the ballpark that day. The community we became was a surprise to me. I got to "know" these people, looked forward to seeing what they were doing, and felt a part of something bigger. Even when I didn't get a painting done, I felt okay about it. If I posted a painting that wasn't perfect, I didn't mine. These people really were my "tribe", they had my back and I had theirs. No judgement zone. It was really pretty fabulous.
I will be doing this again, and I can't wait. Every time I do it I learn something more about myself, my art, and the art community that is as close as my computer! (Besides my beloved St. Louis art community) I am motivated and excited to continue my daily painting. "You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily." - John Maxwell
2/6/2018 06:30:28 pm
Every day during the challenge, I looked forward to seeing your beautiful, expressive art. We all did!
2/7/2018 03:08:39 pm
Thank you Butch, I miss reading yours already. Hope you'll post every once in awhile until next time!! :)
2/6/2018 06:31:51 pm
Such beautiful paintings! That bottom left is calling to me pretty hard! So lovely.
2/6/2018 10:22:09 pm
I love your lnspiring art,Gretchen. I enjoyed your article too. Hugs!
2/7/2018 03:09:50 pm
Thank you so much , Linda!! Hugs to you too!
2/7/2018 11:05:30 am
I loved seeing your work spread out across the 31 days. But, it is so powerful to see it all together ... you are an amazing artist. What I find so compelling about it is that it is so strong and so hauntingly gentle at the same time .
2/7/2018 03:12:44 pm
Donna, thank you. I love that you see those things in my artwork, and appreciate you saying it. I want those things to come through my paintings, but it's difficult to look at your own stuff objectively. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the 31 days. I looked forward to seeing yours daily. You are so versatile and good at everything you try!!
2/7/2018 05:51:52 pm
I find your artwork to truly be breathtaking. I literally sighed at every piece you posted. It was pure joy to see your art. Cece
2/11/2018 07:32:43 am
I was having a rough morning and came to the comment section and wow- day made, Cece!!Thank you for your wonderful complement, I so enjoyed participating in our 31 group together . I hope we meet in person one of these days!
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