30 Paintings in 30 Days

This January I took Leslie Saeta’s “30 Paintings in 30 Days” Challenge.  You may know, I write a blog every Friday called “The Art of The Well Lived Life.” I decided this challenge might be just the thing to prod me to create illustrations based on my blog posts. I’m thinking there’s a book in there, somewhere. After 11 days, I tired of perusing past posts to find appropriate blogs and following with an illustration that represented them. I had collected several of them and the energy behind my project was waning…but I still wanted to finish 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

Art Challenge 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Collage of Illustrations for “The Art of The Well Lived Life” Blog

I decided if I wanted to be successful with the challenge, I’d better find a project that engaged me. I have a show in June using words and collage…so I chose to start a series called “Sisters” of women’s faces with collage backgrounds. Here’s a peek at a few of of them.

30 paintings in 30 days art challenge

Collage of “Sisters” series for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

I’m having a great time creating a painting a day. I find it really pushes my need to work on something to the point of perfection. These are all small works and the idea I need to do one per day is more of a “warm up” exercise to get my daily studio practice going than trying to create masterpieces, but I do think some of them are very sweet. I’m also learning and exploring some new ideas and techniques.

Leslie Saeta hosts these challenges twice a year. You can also post your pictures on her website – something I had a challenge doing, so I’m not posting daily. I’m posting on social media and here. I hope you enjoy them and stay tuned for more updates! By the way, I’m continuing to work in my studio, so be sure to check the galleries on my website for new abstract paintings.

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