June 3, 2009

The last painting in the 30 Day Challenge

Southwest Colors May 31-09

This is the last painting done for the 30 day challenge.  I didn’t create 30 paintings in 30 days but I was very happy with the 17 I did paint.  That is the most I’ve ever done in 30 days and I think my skills increased somewhat. (if I do say so myself, haha)  

However, the biggest lesson was to paint and not worry too much about mistakes.  Knowing that paper can be thrown away and canvas can be painted over with gesso is very freeing. It allowed me to let go knowing that I could cover all the mistakes with gesso if I wanted to get rid of  incriminating evidence of my painting ineptitude.  :-)

The second lesson was to learning to like abstract paintings, mine and others.  I learned when some are done and when they need more work.  A few of the 17 do need more work but I was working with the rules of the 30 day challenge, which was one painting a day, no going back to finish it.  OK, I admit that I broke that same rule a few times when the painting was going well but I didn’t have time to finish in one sitting.

If you ever have the opportunity to try a challenge like this, I recommend it.  I admit that it was hard trying to paint every day  especially when I wasn’t particularly inspired.  Some days I just sat there with paint brush in hand wondering where to start.  But all in all I enjoyed it and will do it again sometime.

Thanks again to Gary Reef for the 30 day challenge.  If you haven’t been to his site yet, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s now called Art from the Heart. He keeps changing the site’s name but I adore him anyway.


  1. Hi, Linda! Another lovely painting. What a fun challenge. I have painted a lot over the course of a month or two, but I don't think I have painted every single day for any length of time. So cool to hear about your results! I think it is a great exercise to help you move past "artists block" when you don't know where to start. Just start moving that brush and see where it takes you! :-)

  2. Hi again, Linda! I've nominated you for an award on my blog. Hope you'll stop by to check it out! :-)

  3. You've most definitely made more progress than I would have in thirty days. I think you HAVE made progress in the last month. Your a lot of your paintings aren't as structured as they normally are and you can tell you are starting to relax a bit with the technique.

    I look forward to seeing more from you!

  4. OMGosh, you rocked this and the entire challenge. Very proud of you! xoxo


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