KarPaiTwenMo: My Painting Marathon

KarPaiTwenMo: Karen Paints Twenty in a Month

After much pondering and meditation on my emotional state and current drive: I’ve decided not to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Yeah, I know I’d shouted about how I would. But, like I said in my last post… writing isn’t where my heart is right now. Grief will bring unexpected things; for me, my outlet has been painting. After all, it’s what my mother spent her time doing.

Don’t get me wrong. I love NaNoWriMo and I love the community there. I encourage any of you inclined to write to give it a try at least once. Seriously, it’s awesome fun. But this year, I’m doing something else.

Oh yeah, I’m not slacking out here. I’ve decided to do a PAINTING MARATHON.

Goal: completing 20 paintings (5 per week) in the month of November.
Rules: all must be at least 11 x 14 inches or larger. Also: colorful. Idea is that at the end of November, I should have a nice collection of colorful artwork that I can put up as my new portfolio, all large enough to be printed and framed.

Trick is: half of what you’ve seen here isn’t nearly as big (outside of commissioned artwork, which can be very large, even if the final product is only printed book-sized) and designed solely for the blog or only for online viewing. Larger paintings take longerβ€”I’ll be clocking a lot of hours to pull this off.

So… this idea is crazy. And yet perfect for an art version of NaNoWriMo.

Karen Paints Twenty in a Month: KarPaiTwenMo!

Yeah, that works.

The first paintings will be shown once the first week of November ends. Same goes each week. Show-as-I-go for each painting would make-me-crazy. Even NaNoWriMo participants aren’t required to do anything along the way except update word count. I’ll write a few updates on the painting process as I go.

Hope those of you who expected me to write aren’t too disappointed, but I’ll strive to bring you some bright and interesting visuals. Cheers!

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29 responses to “KarPaiTwenMo: My Painting Marathon

  1. Just as good, I think. πŸ™‚

  2. I hope everything goes great for you with your painting marathon – wow you’ve given yourself a real task there!! πŸ˜€

  3. Words going to get out. There’ll be a new November contest. I bet when you’re in the zone, creativity flies off your brush. I can’t wait to see what you produce.

  4. I wish you all the best. You got to post some of the pictures for us.

  5. Wow, this is an awesome idea! I’m looking forward to seeing your paintings.

  6. Wonderful idea Karen :~} Valz β™₯

  7. Well done for deciding not to participate in NaNo. If you’re not feeling it then the best thing to do is not take part this time. You can always get ready for next time.

    KarPaiTwenMo sounds like a great idea. Good luck πŸ™‚

  8. Absolutely no reason to apologize for not participating in NaNoWriMo! If it’s not the time, it’s not the time. This painting challenge sounds remarkable, good luck!

  9. Glynis

    You are so creative, I wish I could do this.

  10. you have a fan base here πŸ™‚

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