Tim Eden. Gas Plumbing. 2014. Charcoal on paper. 295 x 400
Tim Eden. Gas Plumbing. 2014. Charcoal on paper. 295 x 400

While catching up on some of the older Artists Helping Artists podcasts, I was intrigued by a particular episode about a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

This particular podcast was actually about those who participated sharing their stories and the benefits they received from completing the challenge. After listening I vowed to complete 30 ‘pieces’ (as opposed to paintings) in 30 days myself, starting last Friday. My major challenge was always going to be how to juggle a 9-5 job, 3 kids and pulling my weight around home while still finding the time to complete a piece every day (read: probably at most about 2 hours in the evening) for 30 days straight. Luckily for me my wife is a fantastic woman and was very supportive of the idea.

In terms of what I want to get out of such a challenge, I see it as perfect opportunity get into the habit of regular studio practice and focus on subjects and techniques I want to have a bit more of a dabble in.

I didn’t want to waste time each night um-ing and ah-ing about what to create so I started with a list of of 5 subject areas (portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, figurative), and while I want to work mainly on my acrylic painting technique, I also would like to keep up with my charcoal illustrations and experiment more with watercolour and palette knife painting. By cycling through 6 medium options (acrylic, charcoal, acrylic, watercolour, acrylic, palette knife) for each of the subject areas – I have the basis for 30 pieces, plenty of opportunities to experiment with different mediums while also exploring how I feel about working on various different subjects.

For the first cab off the rank I chose to do a figurative charcoal illustration of some gas plumbing that I came across near my work.

Now six days in – so far so good.

Tim Eden

Tim Eden is an Adelaide based figurative artist who paints mainly in oil. The principle theme throughout Tim’s art focuses on our existence and shared connectedness within a universe of energy. Tim’s work has been described as thought provoking and emotive.

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