The 30 in 30 challenge is right around the corner. I am busily prepping all of my surfaces, and hoping that I’ve budgeted enough time to complete the tasks leading up to September 1. In order to get ready for this paint-a-thon, I need to think through these items:
Theme - For these works I’m looking to build a bold body of work with small paintings, my working theme is “Lucky Paintings” and I'll get more into that later. I plan on having some serious hits of pink in the work, odd little trinkets and close-ups of women I j'dore, including Maria Bamford, Joan Rivers, Hillary Clinton, Honey Boo Boo and Nene Leakes. There will be still lives of ridiculous trinkets as well, giving off good luck, with a sticky sweet sense of humor.
Medium - Will this message resonate most clearly with oil, egg tempera, acrylic, ink, gouache, or watercolor paint? Oil paint is so luscious, and classic. For these locket photo-like paintings, oil is my medium of choice, with the caveat being that I’ve never worked so quickly with oil, and am wary of how this medium may hinder my efforts. We shall see!
Surface - Am I going to make the surface myself? Prime the surface myself? What does this involve? After much research and debate, I’ve decided to purchase pre-cut high quality maple panels and treat them myself. They have a lovely little keyhole for hanging on the back, and I thought the keyhole matched the “locket/ good luck charm” vibe. The panels are cut finely, and realizing my skills are not in this area, outsourcing this effort seemed the best choice for the work. I have to decide how to best spend my time, and for this it was on the actual painting portion.
Dimensions- Between 6” square and up to 12” square is where I’ve landed for the dimensions of the work.
Supplies- I have not yet done an inventory of paint, but did pick up some oil ground with the panels so I should be fine there. Off the top of my head I’m sure a tube of white (always handy) would be good.
Limits (internal + external)- Because this project is everyday for a month I will need to focus on my time management skills, and since I have a full-time job this may mean that I will only have a precious few hours per day to paint. Having only a few hours a day to paint is nothing new, it’s actually finishing a painting in a day that I’m a tad anxious about. Anxious and very excited. My goal is to finish a painting everyday, but even if I just get to paint everyday I would be happy with that as well. Whatever gets me to the studio.
With the panels arriving just recently, I’m hoping to go through the four layers of gesso speedily so that I will have everything ready in time to begin the project. Wish me luck!
Ingrid Victoria Wells lives and works in San Francisco. Her studio practice centers around oil painting.