January 1, 2016

Painting With The Girls 1   

January 1, 2016.

Introduction

Day 1 -  (365  to go), it’s a gap year.

 

Postcard 5X7 matted collage, watercolor, block printing


I am an empty nester. This is how this whole thing started.

I dropped my second kid at college last August, right after finishing a big art project I had been working for eight years.

You must be thinking a masterpiece? A giant oil painting? Well no, but I was proud I finished, because it brought me here.

I cried a lot saying goodbye to my daughter. Came home and cried some more.

My husband asked me if it was because now I was stuck with him. “No I’m stuck with me”, I thought.

Right at that moment, I decided I needed a new project. Not a eight year project, but something completely different. A challenge. I needed something to do everyday.  365.

I went to my computer to search for what other painters, artists, illustrators and writers were doing in terms of daily art projects.

I decided that since I am my own boss, and have to be very disciplined, I wanted to know what other female painters had done in the past. When woman were not career-oriented.

I was interested in Frida Khalo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Mary Cassat, and whoever else was out there. But I found only the usual famous male painters. Not too many girls. How disappointing.

As a past oil painter, I had run here or there into some art history. From the best list I could compile of female artists, I only recognized a few more. Not many women became famous as painters.  I picked only 7 from the list because I wanted most people to recognize their names: Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Beatrix Potter, (as an illustrator), Frida Khalo, Grandma Moses and Georgia O’Keeffe.

I wanted to know what were their life struggles. How did they cope and manage?

I wanted to learn more about them while I challenged myself to paint every single day.  I decided to do a post card everyday from wherever I am, no matter what. I know this is a small format, but it is what I can promise myself to do on a daily basis.

I will post it everyday before midnight. I will be talking about my day and about what I found out from each painter.

I hope 2016 is special and happy for all of us!

Paint away, and enjoy your day!