The first week of my January Painting Project - Part 1

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This is my first painting finished on January 1st. Like all the work this week it is acrylic on birch plywood. In an ideal world I would be creating a painting a day but this being winter the days are really short! I have other commissions to produce for customers this week so I am accepting a daily painting isn't going to be possible but painting daily is. Which is the main goal!

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To get back into painting on a regular basis I decided to concentrate on still life - objects that appeal to me and are to hand. I used to look at stylised paintings with flat bottomed cups and wonder why artists distorted what they saw when I was little.. but I always loved how that looked. My son laughed when he saw this because it looked wrong to him :) For me it's simply a way to paint something from two angles, it just looks more interesting and you aren't limited to exactly what you see. The background I imagined. One of the things I love about East Anglia are the skies and particularly the clouds. When I get around to painting some landscapes again you can expect to see more.

 It's been lovely to see other painters joining in too, this particular hash tag on instagram shows the work of Penny Lindop in the middle and bottom right. Penny is setting a time limit of 20 minutes each day and creating expressive, pattern like work. 

It's been lovely to see other painters joining in too, this particular hash tag on instagram shows the work of Penny Lindop in the middle and bottom right. Penny is setting a time limit of 20 minutes each day and creating expressive, pattern like work. 

I have managed to prepare a few backgrounds to work on top of in the coming weeks too using a variety of acrylic colours, gesso and a textures acrylic ground by Golden paints. I usually only use water to dilute my paint but I have some soft Gel (semi-gloss) which is really useful to knock back brighter colours and yet not lose them completely. I will point out where I use that on future posts. 

Happy painting! Let me know if you want to know anything about my process - I'd be happy to answer any questions here or here: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellabuckingham/