Helena Renwick gave herself an artistic kick in the butt when she decided to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.
And to ensure she keeps up the self-made promise, Renwick has been posting each of her paintings on social media to share with friends, family and acquaintances.
Plus, on Friday, Feb. 10, Renwick is hosting an art exhibit and sale of said 30 paintings at The Other Side Gallery near River Mill Park in Huntsville. The one night only event is a cocktail reception which is set to include live music and run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Renwick says she had been thinking about challenging herself to paint a painting a day for quite a while, but it was after receiving a book for Christmas by a woman named Carol Marine. The book is entitled Daily Painting.
“She has been making a living doing this exact thing for around 10 years,” says Renwick of Marine creating a painting a day. “So, I thought, I’m going to do it to. Just the discipline of making a painting a day is what I wanted to try. I said to myself I’m going to try 30 days and see how it goes. The fact that I’m posting it on Facebook every day makes me accountable.”
At times in an artist’s life creative inspiration presents itself suddenly from an unexpected source. It can be a person, place or thing which catches the eye and instills a desire to capture its essence.
But sometimes an artist needs to provide their own inspiration and find their sources from relatively simple things such as fruit, vegetables, chairs or even a pair of red shoes.
This is what Renwick has found herself doing as she fills her canvases with painting after painting after painting. The size of paintings are six-by-six inches or six-by-eight inches, even though they look bigger in pictures on Facebook.
“The subject matter can be absolutely anything,” says Renwick. “Fruit, shoes, you name it. And they are oil paintings. I haven’t used oil to paint with in nearly 20 years because when you have young kids, it’s not ideal to do so.”
Not only is 30 Paintings 30 Days a chance for Renwick to showcase her paintings to the community, but she’s using the show as an opportunity to raise funds for a good cause. Renwick is donating 20 per cent of all sales from her exhibit on Feb. 10 to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
All this painting has Renwick feeling more relaxed and tapping into her creative energy is putting a smile on her face.
“I’m much looser since I started this project,” says Renwick. “I’m really enjoying it . . . This is something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s really exciting.”