One New Year's resolution I've made is to paint from life more. Much more. Why? It's more pleasureable, and easier to generalize. Colors are richer and more interesting.
So I'm starting the year off by painting a series of little interiors around my house.
One of the downfalls of the "Daily Painting Movement" is that its original intention backfires so easily. To my understanding, producing many small paintings, day after day, is supposed to cure perfectionist tendencies- to free artists up to experiment, and to take risks. After all, if you aren't investing a month on one painting, it shouldn't matter so much if you mess up, right?
Well, I think the way things work out for many of us is that we start thinking that every single small painting should be good. The tightening grip of perfectionism still shows up. Taking risks becomes unusual.
So that's one of my resolutions- to try and take more risks in my work. Also, to sometimes paint larger, and spend more than one or two days on a painting. What's yours?