In January 2018 I participated in the Strada Easel Challenge for 31 days. Each day I created a brand new piece of art and posted it on Facebook with the hashtag #stradaeasel in hopes that at the end of the month I would be one of 5 winners of a new Strada Easel, worth $269-299. The challenge started with 550 artists from all around the world and at the end of January there were 343. In all, over 11,000 paintings were posted from all participants!
Alas, I did not win an easel, but I learned some valuable tidbits about myself in the process. On days that I did NOT want to do any art - whether I was tired, busy, just not feeling creative - those days turned out some of my favorite pieces. I think it’s because I just didn’t really care how it turned out that day and so I was looser and making more random or devil-may-care strokes. I feel I really pushed myself and even if some of the pieces are just drawings for my sketchbook, I wound up with some new energy in my paintings and my art practice. Thank you, Strada Easel, for hosting this wonderful challenge!
You can see all of my artwork for the challenge on Instagram.