I’m painting almost every day. In fact whenever it’s possible. But most of my work require quite some time, normally several days, to accomplish, so by the end of a day I often get the feeling I haven’t done much, couldn’t finish anything anyway. Thus, I have been cherishing the idea of making a daily painting, a small piece of art for each day, that wouldn’t take too much of my time. Many daily painters put their (daily) art on sale, and that certainly could be a good idea, but I was thinking more of an opportunity to make something without the pressure that comes with commercial work. Just painting for fun, or to try something different, new media, technique or style. My problem is that most of the time I can’t afford to waste even a minute (or at least I feel like it) on anything else than my routine work. But now, the great thing with digital painting is that I can reuse my paintings; a small painting can later be incorporated in a bigger composition. If I have a plan for a more complicated painting (and there’s no rush to get it ready) I can paint parts of it “alla prima” and save them as individual small paintings, and put them together later when I have more time.
I made the little snow-covered pine tree with this in mind. It’s a fairly modest painting, documenting a day this winter, a moment we actually had some snow. Now I have it stored on my computer, and if I happened to need an image like this as background in an other painting, I can make a copy, and continue painting on it (after expanding the canvas if I need more space).
This is a nice, practical solution, but not exactly painting “just for fun” and there’s still not much room for experimenting. Simply playing with paint is always fun, even my kids like it a lot, and it can be quite refreshing. However, to add a little seriousness to it I might include small amounts of Goethe’s color theory in my doodles every now and then.
Or I can do whatever falls into my mind as long as it’s not the usual.