I really enjoyed my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' in 2016. This year I'm going to do another 52 Weeks of Paintings, but I'll choose a different theme each month.
Does anyone want to join along?
I'll post my theme, and the photos I plan to use as reference each month. You wouldn't have to use watercolor - just try to do something each week that's close to the theme. If enough of you seem to be interested, I'll start up a Facebook group where we can share our work.
I'm switching to a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook. Much better paper, and a larger size. It only has 50 pages, but the 9 x 12 is big enough that I can do a couple of two-to-a-page paintings.
I had to photograph this at an angle because of the metallic paint I used, and the colors shift a bit if you turn the book in the light, so it's kind of cool, but not easy to photograph.
I painted the cover using Daler-Rowney metallics & Golden acrylic paint. Starting with metallic green, I squeezed a little color directly on the cover, then spread it thin with a paper towel. This was repeated with metallic yellow, pearl white, then ending with Golden's Ultramarine Blue. I dotted on the stars and sun with Sharpie paint pens and used the white one to write my title.
I think it took about 1/2 hour actual work (more like 2 hours time with wating for layers to dry in-between).
I used a photo from Pixabay as inspiration. My theme for January is Fiddlehead Ferns!
My reference photos are: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4