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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirty!!!

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"Hawaiian Palms"

Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel

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.

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