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Friday, January 31, 2014

30 in 30 Challenge Wrap Up.

Looking Back on the Last 30 Days

I really can't believe it's over.
I made it through another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

This is the third one and before it began I was sure there was no way I could do it.
And yet, I did.

Need some proof.

They're not all on here.
The template I use for these does not have one with 30 spaces.  

But it has been great
and I learned more this time than the other two challenges I participated in.

I learned to draw or sketch out my painting first.
I changed the composition of several paintings once they were on paper and I could see some of the problems.

I learned a lot about brush strokes in oil,
I learned a lot about shadows in acrylic,
I learned to let go and have some fun.
I can almost look at every painting and point out something I learned.

I even have some I want to explore further and others I want to go large with.

This month has been stressful with the marriage of my daughter,
5 family birthdays, and the final days and death of my sister in law, Ann.

But painting every day actually kept me focused and on track to not waste my time.

Thank you all so much for following me on this journey, for commenting about my art and encouraging me to keep going.  Every single comment lifts me and makes me want to keep working.      


  1. Congrats Sharon! These look great altogether...well done!! You did extremely well considering all the stress you had during the month. I'm not sure I could have managed it!

    1. Thanks Karen. I've loved watching everyone's paintings. I really think the challenge helped me get through all the challenges January brought me.

  2. Sharon, if only I could tell you how bursting with pride I am over your accomplishments in the 30 in 30!!! You amaze me each challenge with your perserverance, your determination, your willingness to try new things, and your PAINTINGS!! Your collage looks great... P.S. I sent you a comment on the last painting, did you not receive it??

    1. Meredith, you are just too sweet. I so appreciate your kind remarks and comments. I'm going back looking for a comment I missed and so far I haven't found one. I'll keep looking for it. But I think you for it. I can't thank you enough for your support.

  3. I was hoping you would write a review of the challenge. So impressive that you painted every day with some ups and downs. Great job and I bet you feel really great about completing it.

    1. you're so right Barb. I haven't painted for a few days now, and I NEED to get back in there. I need to paint every day if possible and I know many things I need to work on. Thanks so much for support.

  4. Hi Sharon - congratulations on your acomplishment. After completing the previous two myself I truly understand the dedication and commitment it takes. All of your life events added to the pressure and I am so sorry to hear of the death of your sister-in-law. I hope your husband is okay. My condolences to you all.
    But on to brighter things. Your beautiful paintings! I loved watching your posts and seeing the variety of subject and media. Awesome output. I feel proud we are blogging friends.
    Thanks for your wonderful comment on the Art Room.

    1. Thanks so much Julie. This is my 3rd time in the challenge and it was truly challenging, although I really think painting every day kept me focused. Ann is actually my brother's wife and we've been great friends since we met when I was 13. I appreciate your comments and your support.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.