New Year’s Resolution: A Watercolor a Day

Watercolor Birds by Laura Bray

I've found that I struggle to work on my craft. I spend my precious work time doing online marketing or writing tutorials, but I don't make time for a daily practice. In my heart I know I won't be able to bring my art to the next level unless I practice. But I get caught up in a little game I like to play myself. One where I tell myself that drawing and painting are "play" and I cannot play until my "work" is done. That's one of the biggest problems I've come up against since I started working at my craft on a professional level. I can't seem to grasp the idea that my play is my work!

This year, I've decided to do one small watercolor per day. I try to do it first thing, before I turn on the computer, before "work" gets in the way. Each month I've decided to work on a theme. This month, I'll be focusing on birds. I figure that, by the time I draw and paint 30 birds, I just might be a little better at than I was before.

I've cut small, index card sized pieces of watercolor paper and designated an old recipe file box to hold my daily drawings. I  started my resolution a few days before the new year, so I have a few birdies already and I'm loving my new practice. It's also inspiring me. As my little pile of paintings grows, I find I'm motivated to find new ways to use them. Gift tags, cards, mugs, embroidery patterns are all swirling in my head and I'm more excited about my art than I have been in a really long time.

I'll try to share my drawings each month (here and there) and share some of my finished craft ideas too.

What is your New Year's Resolution? Share it in the comments below!

4 Responses to New Year’s Resolution: A Watercolor a Day

  1. chark says:

    this is a great idea and lovely watercolors! I've decided to try to create more and submit more to mags.

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  3. iHanna says:

    Oh these are beautiful, what a great idea to do bird drawings! I love year long projects, so much fun!

  4. debbie says:

    Hi Laura-I enjoyed your website and give you a lot of credit for the one a day paintings.  I'm doing the MATS Bootcamp class and wandered over here from the site–Your work is really nice–and you've inspired me to keep going.  I also struggle with what to call myself but about a year ago I made a decision to call myself an artist/designer.  Now I need to fill my own shoes!  To me, you are definitely an artist/designer or whatever you would like to call yourself.  Again–very inspiring 🙂 Best of luck on your journey!

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