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September 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Ornaments and Monday Online Studio

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"Holiday Ornaments"
Oil, 12" x 12" on canvas panel.
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I just finished painting this painting and it is the demo for my December online painting class. It took me all day to complete as I find it is much harder to paint when you have to think and talk! There is something about filming a demo that causes me to paint slower! I absolutely love this paintings and look forward to finding a wonderful home for it. What a great painting to pull out every year and display with your holiday decorations!

If you would like to learn how to paint this painting then sign up for my online classes. You can sign up for the December class or all twelve months (and enjoy a special discount). Plus, you can watch the videos over and over as you will have access to the classes for one year! Click here to find out more about my online classes.

Finally, don't forget my 2015 calendars are on sale. Click here to purchase.
Leslie

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Painting Flowers

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"Blue Hydrangeas"
Oil, 12" x 12" 
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At last week's Monday open studio we painted hydrangeas. I set up the still life using one of my older vases and used my $5 clip on light from the hardware store as the light source. The background is a  white posterboard but I love how the flowers cast so many incredible shadows! I think it's what makes the painting!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

Looking Ahead to 2015

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It's that time of the year when I get to look back at my paintings for the year and choose the twelve that I think should be included in my annual calendar. It's always fun to look back at all of my paintings! I must say the paintings from the 30 in 30 Challenges and the ones painted at my workshops are by far my favorites! 
My calendar is available for purchase. It makes a great holiday gift and you can purchase one here!


Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Painting with Friends in Charlotte

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"Colorful Boats"
Oil, 24" x 36"

I spent last week in Charlotte teaching an amazing workshop! We painted four painting in three days, including a large one! It was an incredibly productive workshop and we had so much fun! This painting is the demo I completed in class. It's 24" x 36" and I love it! (Of course it's still in Charlotte drying and waiting to be shipped!). 

I will post the other paintings from the workshop in the next few days. I am back in Ventura (which is becoming my favorite place in the world) spending five days with another amazing group of artists. Those paintings will follow soon too!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looking Back at Thirty Paintings

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Here is my "collage" of the 30 paintings I completed this month. I created it with an on-line program called picmonkey. Just go to PicMonkey and select "create a collage". You can use one of their designs or you can design your own. To make a collage with 30 photos you will need to design your own (or you can use one with close to 30 spaces and just add the additional ones). Then you can drag your uploaded photos in to the collage until you are done. (When you drag in a photo, you can see where to place the photos as you move them around. If you move them around carefully a small gray bar will appear and you can create columns and rows by adding more photos.)

It's a fun tool to use. You can change the width and color of the grid lines between the photos and then save the completed collage as a jpeg on your computer. Post your collages here! And it doesn't matter how many paintings you completed. Create a collage to show off the paintings you created this month.
Thanks to the 1053 artists who painted with me this month. You rock!


I have released my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.
www.dickblick.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirty!!!

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"Hawaiian Palms"

Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me


#30 - I have been to Hawaii over 70 times.

It's true. I have lost count but I know I have been there at least 70 times. I spent over thirty years working in marketing and corporate event planning. Fortunately many of my clients opted to host their incentive trips in Hawaii. In fact, my favorite client is hosting their event in Hawaii this week. And I leave tomorrow!

Now ... about the 30 in 30 Challenge. There were many times this month when I thought this day would never come. And now it's here and I am sad. I am going to miss the pressure of finishing my painting every day. OK, so maybe I will miss the pressure just a little ... or not at all ...

I have thought long and hard about what was my favorite part of this month's challenge. Aside from painting every day, it has to be the great emails I received from all of you! So many of you had breakthroughs and incredible traffic to your blogs. Many of you had tons of sales. And for some of you there were struggles. Regardless, we all learned a lot.

Technically the challenge is over for now. But we all know, of course it's really just the beginning. 

This is the time for all of us to build upon what we have accomplished this month. Whether you painted five or thirty paintings, it doesn't matter. We have all learned something from painting more often, from blogging everyday and sharing our art on Facebook. The results have snowballed and have been amazing. Many of you told me that you have already blogged more times this month than the entire  year. Most of you have found a way to leave "the stuff" behind so when you enter your studio it's all about painting. A lot of you are painting faster and having little trouble finding inspiration to paint. It's been a great 30 days and I thank you all for joining and inspiring me to paint every day this month.

Tomorrow we will head back in to our studios and paint some more. We will continue to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and take some risks. We don't need to feel rushed and we don't need to ignore our families anymore (haha). Just paint what you want, but take a little more time to build on the momentum you have created these past few weeks. 

I promise we will do another 30 in 30 Challenge in 2015. In the meantime I will be busy painting and teaching and enjoying the beach house (I have a workshop there in November!)

Tomorrow I will post a collage of all of my 30 paintings. I will also post instructions as to how you can create one too. You can post your collage on my blog on October 1st. So be sure to check back tomorrow.


I have released my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.
 www.dickblick.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty Nine

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"All Measured Up"
Oil, 6" x 6" on stretched canvas
$200.00
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me


#29 - I love to cook. In fact a few years ago, I wrote a cookbook!

Many of you know how much I love to cook. Actually I like to entertain more than I like to cook. There is a difference.
A few years ago I decided to put together a cookbook of my favorite recipes which include some wonderful family recipes. I hope to one day offer the cookbook available for sale. But I haven't found the time to get that organized yet!
Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge ... I truly cannot believe it. 

My 2015 workshop schedule is here! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. 
Click here to register for one of my 2015 workshops.

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.
 www.dickblick.com

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