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Letting Loose

16 in 16 (My version of 30 in 30)

What is “30 in 30?”

In my art class coaching group, someone brought up an idea of doing 30 small “paintings” in 30 minutes. Basically 1 minute per painting.

The idea is to learn to move fast, let loose and not think too much about what you are going to do next – just be doing something to each painting over the next 30 minutes.

My studio is in our family room and occupies a small corner next to the counter by pass to the kitchen. There isn’t room to spread out 30 pieces of paper to do this.

Still wanting to do this 30 in 30 challenge, I figured I could do it outside on a portable table, lay out all my supplies throw down a paper drop cloth to protect the patio, set music and go.

Here’s how it went:

Prepped papers

Using a pad of mixed media paper, I cut each sheet in half creating 18 pieces of 11 x 7 papers. I taped them down to a large piece of cardboard with painters tape. I also used an old piece of foam core board for six pieces so I had 16 total for this session.

I wondered about putting gesso on some backgrounds to prep the paper. You can see in the photo how the color is different for half of them – the darker papers have gesso on them.

When I do large paper pieces, the paper will often be treated with gloss gel to protect it from oil paints that I typically use to finish paintings. This can be done at the beginning, or any time before using oils.

Here I wanted to see what happened to paper with and without gesso used as a primer, not a paper protector. I learned some things of note.

Inks perform better on bare paper – the issue is being patient enough to let them dry before moving them. Unless you want that effect.

I wanted this session to be free and loose so I brought out as many of my supplies as I felt like carrying back and forth. I needed a big basket!

Available supplies clockwise:

  • Water soluble graphite in 2b, 6b and 9b
  • oil pastels
  • Modeling paste
  • Gloss gel
  • acrylic flow improver
  • various stamps
  • color changing inks from Culture Hustle
  • stencils
  • Amsterdam acrylic inks
  • various brushes for both acrylic and oils i(keep them separated!)
  • Acrylic paint including metallics of gold, copper and silver
  • Spray paints – Montana water based
  • collage materials
  • powdered graphite
  • charcoal
  • Under the plastic lid is oil paint on a glass palette
Lots of art supplies
Once I had supplies handy, papers prepped, I put on music, set the timer and started painting.
After 16 minutes I still had about  pieces that had nothing on them, and some marks on some – nothing could be called “complete.”
After all it is only one minute, how could anything be considered complete?
I set the timer again for another 16 minutes.
Below are the results.
4 abstract results

 The Insect Group

4 abstract results

The Purple and Green Group

4 abstract results

The Collage, Modern Group

4 abstract results

The Red Group

What was most interesting of all is how each of the groups were not anywhere near each other when taped down. Not one of these were side by side. It wasn’t until the project was finished and were laid out, did I notice the groupings.

Notice any patterns? Themes?

After these dried, I flipped them over, taped them down again and painted the backsides.

Once each page was dry, I matched pages and piled them together and bound them with mini binder clips, removed the flanges for a secure bind.

Now I have all 16 pages in a book I can use as a sketch book with the pages as backgrounds.

I’ve titled the book “32”

Art supplies

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