January 13, 2019

30 Days of Christmas in watercolors (challenge)

On Friday, October 12, 2018, I took the day off since I was sick all week and had a bad cough. I woke up early as usually (at 7:30 am) and I thought to myself: “What better thing to do today than paint with watercolors and read books at home?” And what initially started as a very happy and creative thought, quickly turned into a nightmare.

Having no idea of what to paint, I searched into my stuff and picked up a Christmas drawing of 2017 (!) that I had not yet finished coloring (surely lack of time was not a legitimate reason). I then started beating myself up for not creating consistently and ended up feeling sick from flu and guilt.

And then on the spur of the moment, I vowed to commit to a 30-day greeting cards challenge which involved painting Christmas/ winter illustrations on 4” *6” (10*15 cm) paper with watercolors daily. And of course it is no challenge, if you are not held accountable, so I decided to post my paintings daily on Instagram (mardatha).

The challenge lasted three months (13 October 2018 – 13 January 2019) instead of one. I broke the only rule (i.e. paint a greeting card with watercolors daily and post it on Instagram), 300% of the time. Nevertheless, I was in a creative mood every single day during the challenge, either painting, drawing, developing new art projects, preparing new blog posts, creating my WordPress website, researching for inspiration, learning photography etc.

Below are 16 of the greeting cards I painted.