As of Thursday, there were 750 artists signed up to participate in the latest "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge.
The whole idea was born in the never-resting mind of Leslie Saeta a few years ago, and it's the best motivational tool I know of.
That said, I am so relieved to find out that there are 31 days in August.
I need one more day to organize my thoughts and get psyched up for the next four weeks. Because when you work full time and paint at night for 30 days, there needs to be some pretty serious prep ahead of time.
My theme is guilt.
The good kind, mostly. The guilty pleasures, the daily tasks that are required yet undone in the course of life. The things or actions or memories that involve a little bit of remorse. Or not.
I'm not trying to get heavy here, friends. Just thinking that the feeling of guilt is pretty unavoidable for most of us, and often it can be resolved with a bit of humor, or the stroke of a brush.
I'm going to place an additional restriction on myself during this challenge.
I am going to set a timer, and spend exactly one hour, i.e. a measly 60 minutes, to do the painting.
Paintings will be posted, and I am asking for your feedback!
Buckle up- if nothing else, it's going to be an interesting month.
I know that everyone is tired of hearing weather reports, especially from the Northeast, but I am thrilled to see bright blue skies this morning. After a quick blog, I'm heading into the studio to continue working on this still life. I'm operating on the hope that painting flowers will prime the pump, and get Mother Nature moving.
It's March, after all.
This month and last, I've been co-hosting Artists Helping Artists, with Leslie Saeta. I have to tell you, doing the research on the topics, and especially on potential guests, has been a pleasure. We have spoken with Robert Gamblin, (who changed everything I ever thought I knew about oil paints!), Joe McGurl (who got me thinking about painting in a 360 degree sort of way), and we've discussed the challenges and rewards of working a day job while trying to develop your art at the same time. Hey, no one ever said it would be easy.
The next AHA show will be a conversation with Don Demers. Do yourself a favor and check out his paintings ahead of time… www.donalddemers.com
Think of it as a little homework assignment, with big payoffs. He is just amazing, and a great guy as well.
I promise you all a fantastic show this week!
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