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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Eleven

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Wow, only one day until my Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway is over! I can't believe it. Merry Christmas Eve! 

Many of you know that I am doing another "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge. It starts on January 1st and all of you are invited to join me! We are going to paint 30 paintings in 30 days and you can post your painting on my blog if you choose to participate. It will be fun and it is a fantastic way to start of the new year. I think it's a great chance to try some new things and also get in the habit of painting more often. Think about it. Give it a try. What's the worst thing that can happen? Perhaps you paint 15 paintings and after 15 days you can't continue. At least you will have painted 15! 

Some of you may want to decide on a theme for your thirty paintings. That's great. You can also  choose a size and paint that size every day. Or paint 30 value studies. Maybe you will paint 30 larger versions of paintings you have already done. Or paint 30 paintings that each represent a month of the year (then you can print a 2016 calendar right away!) Maybe you want to paint the same painting but just vary it each day. It's up to you! Just make sure you are ready by the first day of January ...

Today's Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway is one of my handpainted/handmade canvas bags. 


They are made out of cotton canvas, fully lined and have a zipper with a piece of sea glass pull. I promise, you will love it. When I posted these on facebook they were very popular. And they are not for sale to the general public (yet)!

To qualify for the Eleventh Day Giveaway all you need to do is share a theme idea for the 30 in 30.  A have a lot of artists looking for theme ideas so please help them! Share them here or on my Facebook pages. 

The winner of the Day Ten free workshop giveaway is Karen Fedew. Congrats! Be sure to email me so we can get you all signed up for one of my South Pasadena workshops.

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 2016! It's a great way to start out the new year!


I have a lot of great workshops scheduled in 2016. I will be teaching in Cape Cod, Richmond, Atlanta, 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 traditional oil paintings and abstract paintings with a palette knife. Click here to sign up.

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