Day 20: revisiting Wienerplatz

Painting: Munich Wienerplatz study #3
Wienerplatz Study #3, 18 x 24 cm, oil on canvas, ©2011 Julie Galante. [SOLD]

I am really enjoying painting every day, even though some days I sit down at the easel and feel a bit idea-less. Nothing sounds appealing to paint. None of my reference photos look interesting, none of the still-life objects I have in the house look painting-worthy. I hate that feeling. But, the commitment I made (however non-binding) to post a new painting each day of November is usually enough to get me to do some painting anyway, even on those days when I’m resisting it. That is what I love about Art Every Day Month – it pushes me to create paintings I wouldn’t have otherwise made. Some days the muse just needs a good flogging.

This painting is a variation on a scene I have painting a couple times before. Today was one of those idea-less days, so I decided to go back to a scene that I knew I liked.

How do you get going on days when you don’t feel inspired?

November is Art Every Day Month. I’ll be posting a new small painting here each and every day. After they have had time to dry (a couple weeks), the original paintings will also appear in my Etsy shop. Paintings from the beginning of the month are already there! Christmas cards, too.

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6 Responses to “Day 20: revisiting Wienerplatz”

  1. Serena says:

    This is beautiful, Julie! You do so well for having an idea-less day. I also like AEDM for all the reasons you mentioned. I’ve come close to bailing a few times but the commitment I made to AEDM seems to be holding on strong. :)
    Serena recently posted..Day 20 – AEDM & Nablopomo – mandala & paperbark

  2. Gwen says:

    This si a wonderfully atmospheric paainting. It feels like a scene after rain.
    Gwen recently posted..Saving and Twiddling

  3. Kara says:

    Hi Julie, thanks for sharing that you sometimes feel idea-less or that nothing feels worth painting. I admire your commitment to AEDM and believe that the practice of being regularly creative is good for you!
    For me, when I am not inspired with a particular creative idea, I start with just drawing or painting how I am feeling. I find that it helps to move the feeling within myself and can lead to new ideas and inspiration!
    I offer the suggestion of perhaps painting what ‘idea-less’ or ‘resistant’ feels like and see what happens =)
    Good luck on your journey xo

  4. Lia says:

    Fabbo! I love Wiener Platz. And isn’t it great how AEDM is making us produce works we otherwise wouldn’t?
    Lia recently posted..Day 20 "Art Every Day Month" – Learning by copying

  5. When I’m in a funk I either work on all the nonart things I have to do (chores, marketing, etc) or I force myself into the studio and just work on something quick and brainless. I know that once I start making, the motivation will come to me. Or at least I’ll have some more cuffs to show for it.
    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin recently posted..Three Awesome New Rings!

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