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365 Day Challenge 2015
1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015 – 365 PAINTINGS

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You can check out the whole challenge by clicking on the months below.

The Challenge Completed...

I can’t believe it’s a year ago since I set myself this challenge! And what a challenge it has been!! Every day for the whole year I vowed to paint – in the studio, on location or on holiday; no excuses... even when I was working away either teaching or taking part in art fairs or exhibitions. And to be honest, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it!

Throughout the year I have exhibited my daily paintings at events and they have been well received - I guess £45 for an original is affordable. Some people have been buying them just because they love them, some have searched out theirs or family birthdays and other special dates; they have marked all sorts of occasions... graduations, moving house, wedding anniversaries, travelling and holidays. Some people have bought several and made a montage out of them, and others with ‘hardly any wall space’ have managed to find just enough space to hang one... scroll down.

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365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 335-365 December 2015
365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 305-334 November 2015
 
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365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 274-304 October 2015

365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 244-273 September 2015
     
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365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 213-243 August 2015
365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 182-212 July 2015
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365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 152-181 June 2015

 

365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 121-151 May 2015

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365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 91-120 April 2015

365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 60 - 90 March 2015
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365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 32 - 59 February 2015

  365 DAY CHALLENGE:
DAYS 1-31 January 2015
 
       
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Thursday 31 December 2015 - celebrating Day 365 with a glass of bubbly!    

They been a great talking point... Have you kept up with the challenge? How do you know what to paint every day? Do you cheat and paint 2 on one day so you don’t have to do one the next day? Plus lots more questions! For those of you who have kept in touch via Facebook or Twitter or indeed my website, you will know that I have kept up with the challenge, even if I can’t update the website, I posted the daily painting on my Facebook page - Art of Carole Baker. With regards to knowing what to paint - my head is full of stuff... so many images stored away, and no I didn’t cheat, that would have defeated the object.

The subject matter for the paintings has been whatever I fancy on the day. Some days I would pick out a sketchbook from say 10 years ago and use that as inspiration, so I might have a few days in succession from Cornwall for instance; some days I would just play with paint - letting it flow and move around until I found an image; other days I would plan paintings for future canvases and they would count; and completing large canvases as part of new collections also counted. Or just looking out of my studio window.

I used whatever medium took my fancy - watercolour, watercolour + ink/pastel, acrylic, texture, collage, or iPad. Providing I created every day, I considered that to tick the box.

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Thursday 31 December 2015 - final day and painting of the year!
     

Of course, it wasn’t just the physical job of painting... in order to get it on social media and my website I had to photograph it, load it on the computer, square it up, size it up, watermark it, post it and upload it. Then, in order to sell it, I had to mount it, sign it, label and wrap it. There was quite a bit extra to do over and above the actual painting.

What have I learned? Discipline!! Each small painting didn’t take long, although some took longer than others. I learned to use my source material in a creative way and to use my time ‘imaginatively’ no matter what. Yes, some days it was very difficult and I would be painting maybe at 5am or at 5 minutes to midnight. But I wasn’t going to fail and what kept me going was the amazing, encouraging comments I received from people and followers from all over the UK and indeed from people around the world on Facebook and Twitter. Without that feedback, I’m sure I would have given up. A huge thank you goes out to them.

     
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Thursday 31 December 2015 - in the studio
     
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Thursday 31 December 2015 - here I am pictured with the Day 365 having just completed it.