At the end of 2023, I felt a bit disappointed about how little I had done. It wasn't until I began looking for the work, that I could note in my 2023 year-in-review, that I realized how little I had drawn or painted. I must have spent a lot of time thinking about what I'd like to do, and perhaps, that deceived me into believing more work had been done.
When I saw Strata Easel advertise a January challenge I thought it could be an opportunity, one where I'd be held accountable (and would have a chance to win a Strada Easel). It kept me moving.
One of the constraints of the challenge was to work from life. This influenced what I could work on because the only consistent time I have is after everyone else has gone to bed. For this reason, I stuck to small objects that could be drawn or painted in an hour or two. Although I could have spent multiple nights on one picture I opted for more starts. I thought this would be the best way to practice and would allow me to turn the page on the last, especially if it wasn't working out.
I didn't win anything but I enjoyed the time to focus. The month went fast.