I set myself a few 'art to do's' this year and one of them was to complete four instagram challenges of my choice. I completed a leaf a day painting challenge back in January and enjoyed this format so I decided to stick to the same format for my 2nd challenge. I chose 'landscape' because I love to explore my local environment. It was a great excuse to get out on those coastal paths again after Lockdown and experience the weather, the views and take in the colours, shapes and patterns around me.
I started out with very simple black pen drawings like the one below and then introduced some colour because I just can't help myself!
On day 10 I decided to try out some watercolour brush pens that I have had in my supply stash for a while. These produced some pretty vibrant little paintings which were fun to paint.
Wow! It's amazing how much artwork you can produce in 30 days if you just do a little a day. The hard thing is committing yourself to the time. Once you have done that then the art has space to flow.
Many of the landscapes were inspired by the coastal walks we have been enjoying recently especially the views along the Praa Sands to Rinsey Head pathway. Others featured Godrevy, St. Ives, Bedruthan Steps, St. Michael's Mount to name a few. I also took my challenge to my doorstep, trying some plein air painting whilst perching on the granite step and looking across our local countryside.
To end the challenge I had a bit of fun cutting up some of my paintings to produce some tiny compositions. These may well be jumping off points for larger paintings to come!
And that ends our little peek into my 'landscape a day' for 30 days challenge. If you want to see all the landscapes that I created then head on over to my instagram account @suziecumming where you can see them all in my highlights.
Bye for now!