A few days ago I started a little project I’m calling DailyScapes. Every day I’m creating a little landscape of some kind in a square sketchbook I found on sale recently.

I’d been feeling a bit sticky in terms of painting ~ as always I have a few canvases on the go, but have not felt in any way called to work on them, and I needed something small and quick that would provide an element of challenge, and ideally move me forward in my abilities.

Thus, the DailyScapes; imaginary landscapes that allow me to play with different materials, marks, colour combinations, shapes and ideas, and a subject area I am not familiar with, without the pressure of individual works on canvas. My main desire is to develop my colourful ‘abstractifying’ style and transfer what I learn onto my larger figurative and abstracted pieces. I am totally excited just thinking about where this could lead!

I’m not known for delighting in daily repetition of things {some days the morning routine nearly kills me}, but this feels manageable because it’s small, quick, fun and I’m not putting a time limit on it. I’ll go as long as it feels good to do it.

Feel free to follow along {or join me!} on Instagram and Facebook, where I’m sharing my daily efforts. I have a hashtag and everything. :)

The image above is Day 3’s scape, and went down unexpectedly well when I shared it. So I made a ‘how to’ video for anyone interested in how it came together and with a desire to try it themselves. It’s under 5 minutes long and includes notes on what I used and how I built it up.

If you are inspired to have a go yourself, please let me know! I would love to see.

Here’s a landscape done by Sarah Pickering after watching the video. Isn’t it gorgeous?! I love how she made it her own. If you make one as a result of the video and would like it shared here, email it to me at [email protected] {please make sure it’s in focus, light and clear!}.

Sarah Pickering

And here’s another from Brooke de Canha:

Brooke de Canha


Hello artist friend!


Want to stay in touch the easy way? Artnotes are email letters full of personal stories, tips and ideas, course updates, and blog post links. If that sounds good, pop your details below.

Too soon to decide? Simply click the X and enjoy your visit! 

Yay! You're in! Check for a confirmation email in your inbox shortly, and in the meantime enjoy the rest of your visit. :)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This