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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

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I am starting a 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge on January 2nd. I think this is a great way to kick off the New Year and I invite you all to join me. It's very simple and easy ... all you need to do is paint 30 paintings in 30 days. You can post your paintings daily here on my blog to share and I hope my blog will offer encouragement for those of you who might fall behind, need inspiration or have no idea what to paint!
I am doing this challenge for a lot of reasons. Personally, I need to paint more so I know this challenge will get me in my studio every day. I also firmly believe that if you paint more regularly you will improve your painting skills in dramatically. I decided to share this with all of you because I think it's a wonderful way for all of us to start off the year ... together!
So, what do you need to do to accept this challenge and stay on track? Well, here are my steps ...
1. Post a link to your blog below to say officially that you are in!
2. Make a commitment to yourself to enter this challenge and understand there may be days when you need to paint more than one painting to "get ahead" or "catch up".
3. Understand there are no real rules for this challenge. If you miss a day, then paint two the next day. If you fall behind stay in the challenge! No one is counting how many paintings you have completed (except you), I promise! The only rule is that you must have fun and enjoy the process.
4. Tell your art friends about this challenge and get them to join in so you can share your experiences with your art buddies!
5. Decide in advance on what you want to paint for the month. You might select a theme (such as painting still life, reflections, glass, flowers, landscapes, value studies, portraits or as in my case "no boats"!) or a particular size or different medium. I do suggest you paint fairly small as a painting a day is a big commitment.
6. Get organized. Go through your photos and pick at least the first week of inspiration or plan out your plein air locations in advance. Check your supplies to make sure you have enough canvas(es) for at least the first week. 
7. Spend an hour organizing your painting area. If you studio looks like mine from crazy holiday deadlines, a bit of organization is a good thing.
8. Tell your friends and family you are doing this. They can provide great support.
9. Blog about it. Be sure to upload your daily painting on your blog and put it on your blog and website. Talk about the experience, what you are learning and the fun you are having! Be sure to include prices (and please charge a price that makes it worth your while ... paintings listed too cheap seem too cheap) and an easy way for someone to buy your paintings (i.e. buy now buttons ...). Then share it also on Facebook.
10. Post your daily painting on my blog and include a link to the page on your blog featuring that painting. I am hoping the visibility here will help you sell your paintings! Who knows. I will also teach you how to create one of these collages (as seen above) featuring all 30 of your paintings when the challenge is over. You can post your collage to my blog too!
11. And most importantly, have fun. If you get behind no one will notice. If you do paint all 30 paintings then you will know you accomplished an amazing goal and have started off 2013 with a bang! If you reach some hurdles, talk about it on my blog as all of us are here to help. We will support each other, I promise.

This is going to be fun.

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Unknown said...

Hi Leslie,
I just want to say thanks for making this a group-collaborative effort. It's so much more fun doing this together!
For me it's perfect timing, I'm on the last month of a 120 daily painting project, now I can finish with a bang.
You're right, it's the perfect way to gear up and take off in the new year.
I'm looking forward to all of the daily paintings.

Lisa Daria said...

Great idea for a challenge, I will look forward to following it!

Kellie Chasse said...

Hi Leslie, Just listened to your radio show on Blog Talk - it was perfect timing! Trying to get organized and really looking forward to seeing everyone's work on here. Thanks for putting this together!

Sonja Caywood said...

This is so cool! I'd just decided yesterday to paint 300 small (mostly daily) paintings over 2013, so your challenge is the perfect encouragement to get me started. Thanks!

Unknown said...

I don't have a blog. It won't let me join.

Connie said...

Leslie, such a wonderful idea to get us all started on the right track for 2013. Thanks so much!


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