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Monday, August 22, 2016

Artists - Start Gessoing

Better Get Motivated For The 30 in 30

 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Yep!  I'm going to do it again.

Leslie Saeta, an artist, blogger, and pod cast host from California is hosting the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge again in September.
There will probably be around 1,000 artists world wide participating in the challenge. We'll all be making an effort to paint a new painting every day for 30 days.

(Here's my stack of panels)
 This time I'll be painting on 10" x10" 1/4" Masonite panels.  We bought the masonite and my husband cut it into individual panels.  
Next week I'll be giving them at least 3 coats of gesso.
I'm still working on my themes for each week.
I have never painted figures before,
but I want to,
so I think at least one week will be dedicated to figures.
For at least one week, I'll be working on skies.
(Bet your shocked on that one).
I also want to do some plein air painting of local scenes here in Kentucky.

But, that could all change once I get into the challenge.

To be successful in any type of project like this,
I'll really need to be organized,
make sure I have my panels ready,
all my supplies purchased,
and my subject matter nailed down.

You can spend a lot of time just looking over reference material trying to decide what to paint.
That's why I need to get each week planned out.

I've done this challenge at least 4 times in the past and I really learned a lot each time.
I learned the most about me.

That I can set a goal,
plan my work
and work my plan.

One thing that makes the challenge so hard,
isn't just the painting,
but we're supposed to blog about the painting and then post it to our own blogs and then to her blog.
You'll be able to see everyone's art that is participating on Leslie's blog every day.
I've met and followed some wonderful artists on the challenge and hopefully you'll follow me as I work through the challenge and find a few artists you like also.

If you have a suggestion of what I should paint during the challenge, please post it in the comments below.l

September is also my blogaversary and I'll be giving away lots of art and art products to my followers.
If you're not signed up and receiving this blog in your inbox, you won't be eligible to win anything.
I'll be giving away some small paintings,
some large paintings,
several of my online iris classes
and one of my full beginning painting courses worth $179.

Scroll back up to the top and put your email in the box on the top right that says subscribe to my blog.
Then, you'll get an email to confirm you signed up.
Click that and you'll be entered to win everything I give away, and you'll be able to follow along on my 30 in 30 journey.

   I'll be giving this 8" x 8" original painting away at the end of August.
Get signed up now.

Click HERE to look over my online beginning painting course.  I'll be giving one away in September.

Thanks for stopping by and
have a great day.




  1. Sounds like a plan to me! :o)

    I look forward to seeing your work. I've tried the challenge but have never been able to keep up. Might try again, though. Happy painting!

  2. Thanks so much Sherry. Whether you do all 30 paintings is really not that important. The main thing is to learn something and get in there and paint. Even if you only finished 5 that would be more than you would have done. Hope to see you there .

  3. I have done the challenge several times, Sharon, back when there were only a few hundred doing it.
    Wishing you happy days doing it - don't let self-pressure ruin the fun.

  4. I think that's how we met Julie, on the challenge. I did the first 4 and then I missed two. I am ready to get back in. I will remember your wise words.

  5. You are going to have a great time doing the challenge. Congrats on getting prepared ahead of time and I can't wait to see your paintings. I have not decided if I'm going to do it again. I think I've done it four times, also. I have been enjoying all your posts this summer.

  6. I think that's how we met Fay was during the challenge. I did the first 4 but haven't done the last 2. Looking forward to it but haven't nailed down my whole month yet.


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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.