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January 2015 Thirty Paintings in 30 Days

January 2015 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Eight!

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If you haven't figured it out by now, there is a method to my madness in asking you to do certain things to be eligible for my 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Most of them are to prepare you to get ready for 2105. By having to go back and decide on your favorite painting for this past year, I am hoping the process will lead to some good things for 2015. The same goes for having you choose your greatest success, biggest marketing challenge and suggest a topic for the AHA show. I am hoping the process you had to go through to identify these things will help you with your goals for next year.

The winner for the 12 Days of Christmas Day Seven giveaway is Eileen Wuenstel Taylor. Congrats on winning a set of 20 notecards. Email me with your address so I can send them off to you later this week. I hope you all read the great APPs that were mentioned on my blog yesterday. I can't wait to try some of them out.

Keeping in the AHA spirit, to be eligible for the 12 Days of Christmas Day 8 giveaway, all you need to do is share something you do to stay organized. This "tip" can occur in your studio, your office, your computer or when you are painting plein air. Just think of a tip, website or great tool you use that helps you stay organized. I can't tell you how much these ideas will help every single one of us! I will be forever grateful.

The giveaway for Day Eight is a repeat gift ... another Private Marketing Consultation. It's a pretty cool service I offer that's valued at $250.00.  If you want to learn more about what happens in one of my marketing consultations, just go here. So, start thinking about those organizational tips. Post them here on my blog or either of my Facebook pages. Thanks!

If you really want to start out the year right, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!


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!  www.dickblick.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Seven!

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Yesterday's blog post was all about selling your art. I asked all of you to identify the biggest marketing challenge you face as an artist. The response was amazing as there were 101 comments! Many of you want help marketing on social media, getting in to galleries, pricing, building a better website, duilding a mailing list and just balancing marketing and painting at the same time.

I have tried really hard these past few years to answer many of your marketing questions through the Artists Helping Artists show. But I realized earlier this year there was a need for more detailed information. 

I posted this question on yesterday's giveaway post because I wanted to get an even better understanding of what artists need to help make them more successful. That's why I have committed to finishing my marketing book in 2015. I am very excited to create a step-by-step marketing guide to help artists answer all of their marketing needs. All of your comments from today will have a big impact on the content of the book! So thank you for sharing and I am going to do everything I can to help all of you!

Now ... The winner of the Day Six Giveaway is Carol Pighin. Carol has won an entire year of my online palette knife painting classes. Please email me Carol and I will get you all signed up for the classes. Congrats!

Today's giveaway is a set of 20 of my notecards (valued at $60). To be eligible for the giveaway, all you have to do is tell us about your favorite App! I love sharing information with students in my workshops and apps are a great resource. My two favorite apps are Pinterest and Waze. Pinterest was a very helpful tool for our beach house remodel this past year. And Waze is the best app for navigation and traffic. It's free and everyone should use it!

Be sure and sign up to receive my blog updates so you will be the first to know about the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!


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!  www.dickblick.com

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Six!

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I loved all of the posts today highlighting all your art successes this year. It's so great to read all of the great accomplishments so many of you have achieved. And, hopefully most of you have figured out that taking the time to think about your year to recognize your accomplishments is a great experience. I hope you enjoyed the process!

The winner of my calendar for the Day Five Giveaway is Laurie May. Just email me your address and I will send it off to you later this week!

The Day Six Giveaway is one year of my online Monday Studio classes, valued at $300.00.  The course consists of twelve monthly classes that have 10 - 15 videos in each class! I am so excited to be able to share this with the winner!


To be eligible for this giveaway I would like to get your input about marketing your art. I'd like to know what areas in marketing you would like to know more about. Is it your website, blog or Facebook you would like more information? Is it getting in to galleries ... pricing your art ... or building your client list? Give it some thought and post on my blog what you think is the most important marketing need for you, as an artist. I'd really appreciate your input. One of you will win the free Monday Online Studio year long class for giving me your input. Thank you!

Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops. I have space in my workshop this January 14th - 16th in South Pasadena. We will be spending a lot of time talking about your art career and what you can do to have a very successful 2015!

Be sure and sign up to receive my blog updates so you will be the first to know about the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!
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!  www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Five!

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I am thrilled with the response to my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. I am so inspired by your paintings from Day 1, your studio tips on Day 2, the artists that inspire you most on Day 3, and your awesome ideas for an AHA show on Day 4. If you have missed any of these be sure and go to my blog posts and check out all of this wonderful information. And, just so you know, all of your studio tips from Day Two will be shared on this week's AHA show!

I love the fact that we are sharing resources and I think today's posts will continue to inspire us all! Plus it's always fun to giveaway stuff! I am excited to announce the winner of the Day Four 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Congratulations to Lori Reynolds who was the winner of the Marketing Consultation! Just email me Lori and we will get you all set up. Thanks to everyone for submitting 82 ideas for show topics for the AHA radio show. I am set!

Today's giveaway is another one of my 2014 Calendars. It's a wall calendar and features 12 of my paintings. All you have to do to be eligible for this prize is to share here on my blog (or on my facebook page) what you consider to be your greatest accomplishment this year. Ideally, I am hoping it will be related to your art career, but we will see!

Finally, if you went to the trouble on Day 1 to select a photo of your favorite painting be sure to post these photos on Facebook, your blog and your website. Photos are a great way to tell your followers more about you and your art!

 Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops. I have space in my workshop this January 14th - 16th in South Pasadena. The workshop is all about color and using different color palettes!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!


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!  www.dickblick.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Four!

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What a wonderful thing to share during the holidays ... and it's been wonderful reading about all of the artists that inspired so many of you. There are a lot of artists mentioned that I know very well. And I love the fact there are so many others that I do not know. Clicking on the links of all of the artists is like Christmas! I can't wait to spend more time following the links and getting to know many of these new names. Thanks so much for sharing! 

The winner of the Day Three Giveaway which is one of my Online Painting Classes is Marion Hedger. Email me your contact information and I will get you all signed up for the class!

Today's giveaway is a free one hour marketing consultation. (The value is $250!). You can find out more about my consultations here. It's easy to become eligible for the giveaway. All you have to do is leave a suggestion here on my blog (or on my Facebook pages) of a topic for the Artists Helping Artists radio show! Every month I struggle to come up with topics for the show so your input would be greatly appreciated! I am looking for NEW show ideas. So please try to read the entries ahead of you and not duplicate ideas that have already been submitted. Thanks.

Be sure and sign up to receive my blog updates so you will be the first to know about the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!


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!  www.dickblick.com

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Three

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I really enjoyed all of your "studio tips". There were over 60 posted on my blog and facebook pages! And just so you know, this week's Artists Helping Artists radio show will feature all of these wonderful studio tips.

The winner of the Day Two Giveaway 2015 Calendar is Polly Madel. Congrats! Be sure to email me with your mailing address. 

Today I am pleased to announce that the Day Three free giveaway is one of my on-line painting classes which are called Monday On-line Studio. In fact, the prize will be the January class! The class will be launched on Monday, January 5th and includes 10 - 15 demonstration videos. You also have access to the class for one year so there is no rush to complete the class.

To be eligible for the Day Three Giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment here (or on my Facebook pages) telling us about an artist that you admire. Perhaps you love an artist's art, teaching style or daily blog posts. Just let us know. And be sure to include a link to their website so we can learn more.

Be sure and sign up to receive my blog updates so you will be the first to know about the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!
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!  www.dickblick.com

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Two!

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I am so happy it's day two and I get to give something away!

I loved visiting my blog yesterday to see so many BEAUTIFUL paintings posted by all of you! There are so many talented artists out there and thank you for sharing your art! I can't think of a better gift for the holidays than a piece of original art. So think seriously about painting, giving or buying a piece of original art. Of course if you would like to see some beautiful paintings, check out all of the wonderful artwork on yesterday's blog post. There are tons paintings posted and I promise you all of these amazing artists have artwork for sale.

I picked yesterday's winner by using www.random.org. It's so simple, as you just type in the number of entries and the website picks the winner. The lucky winner of the custom embroidered Artists Helping Artists apron is Carmella Tuliszewski. Congratulations! Please email me your choice of a white or black apron, the name for monogramming and your mailing address.

The giveaway for the "2nd Day of Christmas" is one of my 2015 Calendars. 






To be eligible for this giveaway all you need to do to is post here on my blog (or my facebook page) a great studio tip (or tool) that you think other artists might like to know about.  I have a feeling there will be some great ideas here (and potential holiday gift ideas!). 

Be sure and sign up to receive my blog updates so you will be the first to know about the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!

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!  www.dickblick.com

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day One!

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Day One!

Giving gifts during the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. Just ask any of my family members and they will gladly share a long list of the homemade, mostly "nice" gifts that I gave out every Christmas. Over the years there were some duds and quite a few that were given when "still unfinished"! It's time to continue my holiday tradition of gift giving!

The Day One giveaway is an AHA embroidered apron. The lucky winner can pick either white or black and I will embroider your first name on the apron! (Embroidery colors are blue, red and green.)

To be eligible for the Day One prize, all you have to do is click below and add a photo of one of YOUR paintings that you consider is your most favorite from 2014! If you are not an artist feel free to upload any painting that you love! Just click the "Add Your Link" Button. You can link to a painting on your website or you can upload a photo. Have fun! This is my chance to say thank you by showing off YOUR ART to my friends!

Be sure and sign up to receive my blog updates so you will be the first to know about the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!

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! www.dickblick.com

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas Starts Tomorrow!

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It's that time of the year again!

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is my favorite time of the year. It's my chance to say thank you to all of you for supporting me, my art, the Artists Helping Artists Radio Show and my workshops. It's my chance to give back. For twelve straight days I will be giving away prizes (which are valued at over $3000.00). There's no catch, it's just free stuff. Everyday for twelve days. And you can enter everyday and win more than once, so don't be shy!

I will ask you to complete small task each day to be eligible for the prize. This year you will even have a chance to post on this blog, so stay tuned to see some really great things shared right here by all of my art friends!

The contest starts tomorrow, December 13th and continues with the last giveaway on Christmas Eve. Be sure to make sure you are receiving my daily updates on my blog so you don't miss anything. Fill out the box below!
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Meanwhile, you might want to consider signing up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge which is scheduled again for January 2015! It's a great way to start out the new year!

Follow this link to Amazon to do your holiday shopping. Just by clicking on the link you will help support the AHA show!

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! www.dickblick.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

Join the Thirty Paintings in 30 Days Challenge in January 2015!

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It's that time of year again! January is the perfect month to start off your art career with a bang so why not join me to paint 30 Paintings in 30 Days? It's the best thing I have ever done in my art career! And this is my fifth Challenge!

To find out everything about the January 30 in 30 Challenge visit the website. I think all of your questions will be answered on the site and there is also a link to join the challenge. When you sign up, you will be added to the map shown here! Let's see if we can get over 1000 artists and top the 1063 artists that participated in September 2014!

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!  www.dickblick.com

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy December!

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It's December and my favorite month of the year is here! It's going to be a crazy month as I have a lot of things on my plate but this year I am going to slow down and enjoy every day!
I have a Monday Open Studio tomorrow, plus my December online class just launched. I head to Ventura tomorrow for a three day retreat and when I come home it will be time to start cooking for our annual party. I need to cook enough food for 300 people! The party invitations have already gone out but I have done nothing about our family Christmas cards. I need to get on that soon!

My kids will be home on the 16th and 19th and that's when the most fun starts. I cannot wait ...

The "trailer" above was created from all of the videos from my December online class. I love creating these videos for the class but the editing takes about 15 hours for each one. It's a labor of love!

I hope you all will enjoy this month as much as I intend to!

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 26, 2014

Holiday Ornaments and Monday Online Studio

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"Holiday Ornaments"
Oil, 12" x 12" on canvas panel.
Click here to purchase.

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" 
Click here to purchase.

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
Sold.


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

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