Training Journal: Janary 2013
One of my ambitions for 2013 is to oil paint at least once a day. Since I took over 3 weeks off in December 2012 from paiting, I knew I had to start January right.
“30 Days of Oil Painting from Observation, January 2013″, oil on canvas.
I truly believe that in visual art training, it’s better to practice a skill everyday consistently, then it is to practice sporadically with long breaks in between. Even if you can only draw or paint or study for 5 minutes, as long as you are consistent and can maintain that everyday, it will add up very quickly and the results can be astonishing.
The purpose of this challenge was to copy Animated movie stills for 30 consecutive days. This challenge was completed during the same time period as the 30 day plein-air challenge. Needless to say, this was a month of tremendous growth.
The intent behind this exercise was to study the color, design and composition from two of my favorite Animated movies, Kung Fu Panda and Puss in Boots. Of course I’m a little biased to Puss in Boots because of Nathan Fowkes, who was the lead color stylist for the film, and was also my painting teacher. In fact, I have to credit Nathan for inspiring me to do this challenge. He always credits his color skills to hours of consistent master studies.
I’ve also described my thought processes, color choices, material choices and general tips below for those who may want to take this challenge themselves. Scroll down to read more about the insights and lessons learned during this month of intensive color studies.
Last month, I was able to oil paint at least once a day for 30 consecutive days. Once I knew I had the right resources and systems to be able to paint everyday, I was confident that I could take on a 30 day plein-air (outdoor) oil painting challenge. The image below is a snapshot of my outdoor paintings from the last 30 days.
I also show my outdoor painting set-up, and how I was able to complete the challenge. If you want to learn how to do it for yourself, scroll down to read more.
“30 day plein-air challenge”, began Sep. 11th, 2012.
- How to Take the 30-day Plein-air Challenge -
Plein-air and landscape painting in oils is not easy. The challenges of the medium, travel time and unfavorable weather conditions can make outdoor painting even more difficult. Despite the effort, the benefits of being out in nature and gaining expertise in color is invaluable. In fact, it was this need and desire to improve my color skills that motivated me to commit to painting everyday. To begin the challenge, I had to first assemble the right tools.
One of the ways I like to stay motivated to practice something for 30 consecutive days. I call it a ‘30-day challenge‘. This last challenge was 30 consecutive days of oil painting, for at least 1 – 2 hours per day. This challenge took a lot of discipline and preparation. Anyone that oil paints, knows how time consuming and tedious the set-up and clean up can be. Of course, it was well worth the effort and a tremendous growth experience. What will your 30-day challenge be?
“30 Days of Oil Painting, 6/20/12 – 7/20/12″, oil on canvas.
After waiting years for a chance to study in-depth with legendary Artist and teacher, Steve Huston, I finally headed to the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) to take part in Steve’s annual workshop. This workshop was a 5 day intensive focused on drawing and painting the figure. Although it was taught as a figuartive class, I learned so much more. I learned about art, myself and how Steve, aka “The Man” thinks, plans and executes his renowned gallery work.
The event was held at LAAFA in Van Nuys, California, from March 24-28th. This is a breakdown of the class each day and my thoughts going through the workshop.