Last night, Julie Ward posted this screenshot on the NaMoPaiMo Facebook page.
People are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it's exciting. Shia Vandione shares: After many hours working on my Mini Sharif, he is entering his final phase of detailing. Today I used pastels for the pinking, shading on his legs and doing the base for his hooves. Next will be finishing the details on the hooves with pencils and painting his eyes with acrylics. Not too far from reaching the deadline now! I'm super happy that I've gotten this far in just about a month!
It was a timely share. Today, is the first day of the last week of NaMoPaiMo, and people - myself included - are beginning to worry less about making it perfect in favor of just getting it done. As a result, great things are happening! Jay Kennon writes: Sometimes you have to give up a little bit to make progress. You have to accept that the work you have done is good enough to move forward. Let go of perfection, it is only holding you back. I've been struggling with prepping this horse. I was ready to give up and put him back on the shelf and forget about him. Then I did one last coat of primer and decided that was good enough. You can still see a bunch of minor prepping issues if you look closely. I don't care. The important thing is that I kept going.
This is by far the best horse I've ever painted. He's not perfect, and that's okay. I achieved depth in his color I didn't think was possible. I also did a bay for my first NaMoPaiMo. Both are done in hand painted acrylics. The difference is amazing.
I've learned so much through this group over the years, but the two biggest lessons are: never give up, and let go of perfection.
People are surprising themselves in all kinds of ways. Ilona Himmelman says: After four years of participating in NaMoPaiMo I *think* this is the first year I'll finish. Only hooves, eyes, manes and details left. I'm thrilled!
Ann Hudson is also thrilled. Today she finished her ever custom model. She writes: Hooray! I finished, and I didn’t even turn him green! He is far from perfect, but I am pleased with my first completed horse, and only the second one I have attempted. I want to thank this group for your support and for all the great tutorials that artists have been so willing to share. I especially want to thank Shauna McDaniel and Shane Langbauer for their advice on supplies, and Hannah Hounshell for creating sample jars of pigments. However, I want to thank most of all Jennifer Bray Buxton for creating this wonderful event where newbies can feel safe to try and share what we created. With all the amazing artists out there, I found the idea of sharing my brand new “skills” to the world very intimidating and the fact that I have posted photos of what I did is a testament to how wonderful this group is.
Veru Hroudová is another NaMoPaiMo participant who has exceeded her own expectations. Here's her story: Okay, honestly I thought I wouldn't make it, and I wanted to just give up. I had two oil layers on, and no desire to finish it. But today, I decided I have to do it. Here is the result. Do you remember when you were a child and drew picture you were really proud of? Adults knew it's nothing special, but you liked it a lot. That's my feeling right now. This is my first horse I'm painting and I'm so proud of it even I know it's not any good. My goal is to paint a pure white horse, but with dramatic shading since I love contrast and make fur texture. I still need to seal him, give him a mohair and some finishing touches.
Alexa Wellington is yet another happy NaMoPaiMo winner. She writes: This little guy has been fighting me the whole way, but I’m really happy with where we are now. Not really so much because I’m thrilled with the paint job, but because I have been able to really embrace this experience and community in a way I haven’t been able to before. It has been so amazing seeing everybody else’s progress, tips, tricks, and struggles. It really helped me through the ugly phases. I always struggle when things get ugly with wanting to rush (which obviously doesn’t help), so my goal this NaMo was to slow down and really challenge myself to fight my inner critic telling me it’s too ugly. The inner critic was (and still is honestly) strong and vocal, but I’m so proud of myself for holding true and not rushing this guy – being able to see others going through the process/struggles as well during this event is such a gift!
Not every piece is going to be the most favorite or wonderful thing ever, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. The inner critic doesn’t need to win just because what you created isn’t going to win a contest. I have always known this, but I think this is the first time I’ve really been able to feel it. The journey was just as important as the destination. Thanks everybody for being part of this community and journey!
Today's NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day is someone who took the idea of "just doing it" to the extreme. Tamzyn Revolta and her husband moved from the Netherlands to Massachusetts on January 30th. She shipped all of her hobby stuff except for a few tiny models and just enough prepping and painting supplies to get her through NaMoPaiMo. She spent the first week of February recovering from jet lag, moving into a new home, assembling furniture and experiencing her first big snowstorm. If anyone ever was too busy to paint, it was Tamzyn.
And yet, here is Tamzyn's 2021 model, looking amazing even without eye gloss and sealer, which are still in transit.
Congratulations, Tamzyn. You may think your horse looks better when not zoomed in, but I think he's amazing as is. Congratulations on getting him done. You are a true winner.