The idea behind this massive project was to post to Instagram a sketch, painting, drawing, collage and the occasional photograph of Thomasina every day throughout 2020. It was to be a celebration of Thom, She was 7 in January and I was aware how quickly time is passing and considering all the other dogs I paint I hadn’t painted Thom that much in comparison. I thought it would be great to have so many paintings of Thom and at the end of it I would have a new daily drawing and painting habit…It was a huge challenge that I brushed off thinking I’m always doodling Thom it’ll be easy to produce something every day, this is what I learnt;
- I need to be far more organised if I’m to attempt something like this in the future, start small (7 days for example!), build up and plan for it properly
- Putting pressure on myself to ‘create’ daily actually stifled my creativity instead of inspiring it, I found I was drawing less than before
- It’s a rubbish way to start a new habit, piling a huge amount of pressure on yourself to perform, perform well and share your results with everyone daily, it was doomed to failure!
- Once Covid-19 had arrived, I don’t think anyone else really cared if I was painting every day and that included me, we had more important things to address
So this is how it ended up, I changed the Instagram handle to @mydogthomasina, I am still painting her, but as and when I want to and I’m using the page as a celebration of her life with us and I’m only posting work that I do, that I love, be it a small sketch to a more detailed painting to a photograph
Follow @mydogthomasina on Instagram, or the hashtags #josketchbook #mydogthomasina