14 Day Mindset Challenge

14 Day Mindset Challenge - student project

This 14 Day Challange is the longest streak that I have accomplished in my art practice and I hadn't expected that I could make it every day. Having planned all the items to paint beforehand helped me save time and fight resistance. I also really liked the caring critique techniques where I took a break and then looked at my work for insights or lessons. Below is the journey that I want to share with you guys:

 

My theme is objects around my working space. My work is a combination of analog (watercolour) and digital (Procreate app).

 

Day 1: A small Candle Jar

Enjoyment: 7/10

Confidence: 6/10

Progress: 7/10

 

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 1 - student project

 

Day 2: Mini Succulent

Enjoyment: 7/10

Confidence: 7/10

Progress: 7/10

Key takeaway: this one may sound obvious, but using a smaller brush helps me make the leaves more pointy. Also, painting small gives me more control.

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 2 - student project

 

Day 3: Pencil Holder

Enjoyment: 9/10

Confidence: 8/10

Progress: 8/10

Key takeaway: with objects that have many parts, in this case, the various pens, it helps to have rough outlines to guide where I should paint.

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 3 - student project

 

Day 4: A small bottle of sanitizer

Enjoyment: 8/10

Confidence: 8/10

Progress: 9/10

I was very happy with the results I got on Day 4

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 4 - student project

 

Day 5: A desk lamp

Enjoyment: 8/10

Confidence: 7/10

Progress: 8/10

Key takeaway: try painting small and be mindful about how much paint/water the brush can carry in order to create the desired outcomes.

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 5 - student project

 

Day 6: A framed souvenir

Enjoyment: 8/10

Confidence: 7.5/10

Progress: 8/10

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Day 7: Delta maidenhair plant

Enjoyment: 9/10

Confidence: 7.5/10

Progress: 8/10

Key takeaway: don’t cover everything with paint. Leaving some empty, unpainted spaces makes the whole painting look more interesting.

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 7 - student project

 

Day 8: A mug

Enjoyment: 8/10

Confidence: 7/10

Progress: 8/10

After painting this mug I wanted to quit. I ran out of the heavy paper (300 g/m2) and had to use this light 185 g/m2 paper. It was a real challenge for me because I couldn't handle well the buckled paper. But on later days I got used to this paper and really liked painting on it because I loved its texture. If I had quit after day 8 I wouldn't know I could create good work with this lightweight paper. 

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 8 - student project

 

Day 9: Pink Polka Dot plant

Enjoyment: 7.5/10

Confidence: 8/10

Progress: 8/10

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Day 10: Another bottle of sanitizer

Enjoyment: 9/10

Confidence: 9/10

Progress: 9/10

This is where I discovered that I love painting packagings and labels. I also saw that I did make some improvements and I got more confidence in my ability to paint with watercolour.

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 10 - student project

 

Day 11: My jade plant

Enjoyment: 8/10

Confidence: 8/10

Progress: 9/10

Key takeaway: Take it slow

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 11 - student project

 

Day 12: My humidifier

Enjoyment: 10/10

Confidence: 10/10

Progress: 9.5/10

Since Day 12 onward, I got 9/10 and 10/10 in confidence with watercolour. I am really happy about this. It couldn't have been possible if I hadn't put in the hours and worked through my disappointment and frustration on the previous days.

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 12 - student project

 

Day 13: My zz plant

Enjoyment: 10/10

Confidence: 10/10

Progress: 10/10

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 13 - student project

 

Day 14: My bottle of eye drops

Enjoyment: 10/10

Confidence: 9/10

Progress: 10/10

14 Day Mindset Challenge - image 14 - student project

 

After 14 days of working with watercolour, painting various objects I have gained some insights and a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. Some of them are:

- I realized that I loved painting packaging and labels and did them better than other objects. I got more confidence and enjoyment when painting these.

- Painting small gave me more control. Sometimes it was harder to paint small (especially if the objects are plant or complex) but I can give them several attempts.

- We WILL definitely make progress if we are willing to experience the disappointment and discomfort when the outcomes are not what we expected. Don't be deterred by these feelings because we can always look at our work later to see where it went wrong and how could we improve next time. 

- I came to value each day's efforts. They seem insignificant when they stand alone, but in the long run, they bring great results. 

 

Thank you Ohn Mar for this class. It has helped me improve my skills and my perseverance and brought me so much fun. 

Mixed Dog
Illustrator