90 From Life A Challenge to make 90 Paintings from life in 90 Days

The Three Latest Paintings in the Series

The Background

I’m stuck.

For some time now I’ve been on a plateau as an artist, and not growing in the way I’d like.  My process has also become heavily reliant on photography.  It’s starting to feel like an unwanted restriction, and I’d like to lessen that influence.

So… I need to shake things up and open the way for a step forward. I’m doing a 90 day challenge, in which every single day I make one new painting from life – no photographic aid whatsoever.

While this might sound like a painting-a-day project, I have quite different goals in mind.  This is not an open-ended exercise where the goal is simply to produce one painting each day.

Instead, I’m thinking about it more like an educational course, and I have a rough outline for it in mind.  Some of the paintings will even be designed to solve specific problems or learn new techniques.

I see this as a 90-day exploration where I roll up my sleeves, work hard, and deepen my understanding of this craft.  After I finish each day’s painting, I’ll make a short video where I discuss and critique the piece. Your feedback will be very welcome and actively encouraged.

Tackling a big project that is intentionally designed to push the limits of my ability after I just asked everybody to watch makes me feel somewhat vulnerable.  This is good.  I’ve learned that’s where the real opportunities for growth lie.

So, I’d like to invite you into my studio and follow along on this journey.  It begins Saturday, August 12, 2017, and goes through Friday, November 10, 2017.

Please bookmark this page to see something new every day!


The Gallery All the paintings in this series