Making Painting an Everyday Habit

by Mehran Rashidfarokhy in Miscellaneous

I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with blog posts! Truth is, I’d much rather spend my limited time painting instead of writing, but I know it’s important to write about what motivates and inspires me. Because sometimes it helps my friends and fellow artists who are struggling with motivation – and sometimes it serves as a reminder to me when I’m facing my own struggles.

So today I’m writing about the plan I have to paint every day for 30 days. I’m calling it my 30-day painting challenge, and I realize it’s not an entirely original idea. Someone told me – or maybe I read somewhere – that once we do something every day for at least 30 days, it becomes a habit. This was probably in reference to exercise, or cutting sugar out of my diet, or maybe watching M*A*S*H reruns, but I’m going to try it with painting. Because in my hectic, stay-at-home-dad-with-three-kids-all-on-different-schedules life, I have a thousand excuses for why I don’t have the time, energy or motivation to paint on any given day. I need to make painting an everyday habit.

Beginning on May 1, I committed to creating one painting a day for 30 days and posting each day’s work on my facebook page. When I started the challenge two days ago, I posted my plans on facebook because I knew that making the commitment in a public forum would force me to be accountable and stick with my plan – or face the wrath of my friends, family, and followers.

So here goes. I’m not sure if I’ll keep up with blogging about it in addition to doing the actual painting, but I’ll be sure to post a few of the new pieces here on my website, for all the world to see.

Wish me luck!