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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirty

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Summer Shores
Abstract Acrylic, 36" x 36"
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In case you need reminding (ha ha), today is the 30th of September. It's the last day of the 30 in 30 Challenge! We. Are. Done.
This is my last abstract painting of the challenge. It was a commission and I love the finished painting. I am not sure if you can see all of the "scratches" where I took away some of the light gray color. It's good to know the palette knife works so well at this!

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 my continued love for painting abstracts. Painting big, painting with acrylics, following my heart and having fun are the best way for me to describe the last 30 days. I am so lucky!

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. Most of you are painting better. 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 January of 2016. In the meantime I will be busy painting and teaching and enjoying the beach house (I have a workshop there in October and 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 still have a few workshops left in 2015 in South Pasadena and Ventura. Click here for more information! I am also offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, abstracts, etc. with a palette knife. Click here to sign up.
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