Creating fun patterns with my daily paintings

I’ve been making 30-minute paintings every day since mid-November of last year.

(You can learn more about it here.)

Having a daily painting practice has been great after not making art consistently for a while. I look forward to my time to paint every day, and it’s definitely strengthening my creative muscle!

One day I was picturing a serene wintery forest scene and painted trees in a simple blue/green/pink-ish color palette.

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This painting put me in a Christmasy mood, and I liked it a lot, so I kept painting similar images for the next few days.

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with subjects to paint, so when I get an inspiration, I like to explore and play with it over and over. 

After I finised 4 of these little forest paintings, I made a tile and really liked the effects. They created a fun pattern together even though it was not my intention to create a pattern at first.

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I enjoyed creating a bigger piece by combining 4 small paintings, so I worked on 2 more similar patterns with pomegranates and oranges.

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Fun pomegranates!
Did Santa bring you oranges for Christmas??
Did Santa bring you oranges for Christmas??

For these two patterns, I did intend to create a tile with the 4 paintings, so that’s why they match up pretty well.

When I first started my 30-minute painting challenge, I quickly discovered 30 minutes go by very fast!

I get a little overwhelmed when I work on a bigger piece anyway, so I enjoyed creating smaller, manageable paintings and then putting them together to create a larger piece. It also encouraged me to stretch my imagination further when painting the same subject with a fresh perspective each day.

I’m sure I’ll be working on these tiled patterns more in the future! After all, I need to come up with so many things to paint to keep my daily challenge going, and when I work on these tiles, I don’t have to think of new things to paint every single day 😀

If you have any suggestions on what I should paint, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for different ideas.

Happy creating 🙂

xo Yuko

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