Since I was out of town, I’m starting my November art marathon ― KarPaiTwenMo: my art version of NaNoWriMo, otherwise called “Karen Paints Twenty in a Month” ― a little late. I’ll have quite a few days this month where I wouldn’t be able to work on this stuff, but I still plan on getting it done. Somehow. Gonna need more coffee this year.
Hope you’re having a successful start to November, no matter what challenges you’re facing!
Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. ― Al Hirschfeld
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While the writing world wrestles with NaNoWriMo, I’m going to spend November much like last year: creating twenty different pieces of artwork.
I call it ‘KarPaiTwenMo‘ (Karen Paints Twenty in a Month). Five per week, gallery print size. This year, I’ve got distractions in November that might overwhelm me somewhat while I try to make art, but I’m certain I can do it.
I may not post five times per week. Still, I’ll share the results here as frequently as possible, and will share all twenty in time.
Best of luck to all of you participating in NaNoWriMo―and a successful November to everyone, no matter what your plans and goals are. Have fun and keep the coffee pot brewing!
Turbulence – Created with Adobe Photoshop. This is the tenth of twenty pieces from my NaNoWriMo-style month-o-artwork. Some of the styles are more traditional and some of them are wholly digital, but it was challenging to create twenty share-worthy designs. Hope they’re bringing a little color to your day!
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. — Pablo Picasso
I’ve pulled together twenty pieces of art in a month. If this were NaNoWriMo and I’d written 50,000 words, I could call myself a winner. *toots horn*
Much like my NaNoWriMo novels—I’m not entirely thrilled with the quality, even if the ideas work. I only like half of the artwork I made; the other half is draft zero and would be cut in editing. Art and writing have a lot in common.
Still: I’d do it again. I’d do NaNoWriMo again too.
Because—thing is—these marathon events remind you of what you can do with your time when you set your mind to it. And you get a deadline, which is key. Plus, telling others that you’re doing something drives you to complete the task.
All good stuff.
I’ll share the artwork (minus the ones I’ve already posted) in a the next bunch of blog posts instead of all at once—because, hey—having content ready will help me stay sane in December. ;) All of the pieces are pretty large, but until I decide on a company for printing, they’ll remain blog-width here.
Whether you wrote or painted, made music, danced, cooked, crafted, or built robots (totally awesome) or whatever hobby you enjoy—I hope you had a great November and know this: I consider you ALL winners. Cheers!
Added note: I’m happy with what I created this month, but some of it needs more work to be what I envisioned. No different than early drafts of a novel—no different than NaNoWriMo. And, so: that’s why I don’t like all of my paintings this month—yet. With editing, I’ll love them.
Color is the fruit of life. — Guillaume Apollinaire
Between my computer having problems and my own creative indecisiveness, artwork in the final stretch of November has been a slow process. I paint one thing, hate it, paint another, like it that day, hate it the next, and try again.
With NaNoWriMo, no one has to read your novel at the end of the month. With this painting thing, I’m all too aware I’ll be sharing. I promised I would. So—I overthink and sigh and meh. Now that time is running out, I’m starting to accept that some things might have to be ‘good enough’ and that’s okay.
I’ve discovered a bit about what I like to paint and how much I love vibrant color. Too much, probably. But hey—color makes me happy. More in a few days!
Wow. Is it the third week already? Yep.
I did a lot of artwork this week and knew I needed to post something, but I wasn’t sure what. Then, Suzy mentioned seeing flowers in the last painting I shared. Which was cool, since I love flowers.
There are a lot of florals in the stuff I did this month, but they’re not exactly still life. Some of them are a bit of a mess, since I’ve experimenting with fractal-ish things and symmetry, yet quite a few of them are floral.
So… although I was going to share a painting, I’m instead sharing a digital artwork that started out meant to be ice crystals and morphed into a strange floral design. Creatively (ha ha, right), I’m calling it Ice Floral (for now).
Yeah. I need another cup of coffee. Or tea. Mm, tea.
Hope you’re all having a lovely and productive November!
Green Fish, Yellow – Completely different style of painting, but one I really like and want to share. Created with swift brush strokes in Corel Painter, I meant it to be the movement of fish so fast that you don’t catch their eyes. Abstracts can be different things to the viewer than they are to the artist. What do you see?