Twenty Minute Art is my home for the projects I do that are focused around keeping up a consistent art practice, no matter what. I work a full-time day job and enjoy about three million hobbies and I believe it’s both important and possible to enjoy art in a serious way while balancing all the other priorities in one’s life.
All the projects featured here will have a theme, some kind of constraint and focus on consistency. I started with “Twenty Minutes With Nature” which was a series of paintings I did of the natural world, every day, in 20 minutes or less. I completed 600 paintings for “With Nature” and I believe the secret to my success was the very carefully chosen time constraint of 20 minutes. I was always able to find 20 minutes. A couple of times, I couldn’t find 20 minutes until 11:40pm, but I did it!
My current project, Abstracts, is another daily mixed media piece focused on non-representational art. I’m not setting a specific time constraint for myself but they are to be short meditations and not fully composed pieces. The goal again is consistency, but it’s also to force myself to play, experiment and express myself in new ways that can feed back into my other art pieces.
Art is flexible, and I’m making it fit into my life instead of making my life fit around it. I encourage everyone to do the same with whatever passion they’ve been ignoring for fear of never having enough space.
Kathryn Lancashire is a web developer, artist and bird enthusiast living in Victoria, British Columbia. She primarily works with gouache paint and other water-based media combined with pen and ink. Kathryn’s pieces often revolve around bird life both realistically and in fantastical ways. You can see more of her art at http://klancashire.com and please enquire about shows and commissions either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or using the contact form.