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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Looking Back at 30 Paintings

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30 Paintings in 30 Days
"My Favorite Things"

Here is my "collage" of the 30 paintings I completed in January. I created it with an on-line program called picmonkey. Just go to PicMonkey and select "create a collage". You can use one of their designs or you can design your own. To make a collage with 30 photos you will need to design your own. Then you can drag your uploaded photos in to the collage until you are done. 
It's a fun tool to use. You can change the width and color of the grid lines between the photos and then save the completed collage as a jpeg on your computer. Post your collages here! 
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30 in 30 - Day Thirty - SOLD

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Sunny Day", Oil, 12" x 6"
$350.00 with display easel.
Sold.

Day 30. Holy smokes. 

There were many times this month when I thought this day would never come. And now it's here and I am really sad. As you know I had a hard time deciding what to paint on the last day of this challenge. Next to painting boats, umbrellas are my favorite. So I tackled a striped one and I am really happy with it.

So 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 already this year. 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 all of last 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 spent most of the day today writing the show notes for this week's "Artists Helping Artists" radio show. The show is all about the 30 in 30 Challenge and my co-host Carrie Waller and I will be sharing many of the wonderful comments you have all sent me about your experiences. I am thrilled with all of your stories and astounded at how much we have all grown ... in just 30 days! To listen to the show click here.

If you weren't able to participate in the Challenge I do hope you will will listen to the show. There are so many great stories and suggestions as to how we can all benefit from painting every day. 

I do hope that you will want to continue to share your art on my blog. Every weekend you can go to my blog and upload two paintings. Hopefully they will be ones that you painted that week as I do want this to be a motivation for us all to continue to paint and share! (In order to upload two paintings you will need to have two different links for the paintings. You can't use the same link. I suggest you use the link to the exact page on your website or blog where that painting is featured so you don't have any problems trying to use the same link. If you don't yet have a website or blog, then you can always  just upload the image with no link.)

I encourage you to upload your paintings even if you haven't participated in the 30 in 30 Challenge. It is never too late to start painting more often. And be sure to listen to Thursday's AHA show. It's going to be fun!

I hope you are following my blog posts so you can receive my updates in your email inbox. There is a chance I might create another one of these "Challenges" again soon. I do have a few more things up my sleeve that you might want/need to know about. So just scroll up on this blog and find the box that looks like this. Enter your email address and you are all set!
Finally, I promised I would show you all how to create a collage of all of the paintings you have completed for this challenge. I will add that in tomorrow's blog post and leave a place for you to post your collages! So see, you are not finished with me yet!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-Nine - SOLD

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"A Girl's Best Friend", Oil, 8" x 6"
Sold.
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Day 29. Really? It just can't be.

And all of a sudden I am feeling this inordinate amount of pressure to come up with some "kick-ass" painting for the last day. I guess you could say the pressure is back. Ugh! I feel like it has to truly be "one of my favorite things". Sadly I don't paint people because I would paint a painting of my absolute favorite thing ... my three boys. Oh well, maybe in my next Challenge (of course I would have to title that challenge "Paintings that you have no clue how to paint!"). 

I am also thinking about painting boats. But that seems dumb and way too easy. I think I can wait one more day for that. And one "boats relapse" this month was enough.

I have already painted my favorite food, drink, cocktail, vegetable, college, flea market find, hobby, silver goblet and on and on. I guess I just need to keep thinking. But don't hold your breath, my last painting in this challenge may be something really anti-climatic.

What are you going to paint on the last day of the Challenge? And what are your plans for Day 31? And Day 32?

* A quick note - I have a spot open in my Atlanta workshop. The workshop is February 11 - 13 and includes a home cooked gourmet dinner by yours truly! Follow this link for more information. Just email me if you are interested.
I also added a two day workshop in Indianapolis on March 26th and 27th. This will be my first time teaching in this part of the country and my only chance this year. So sign up if you are interested! Click here for more information.




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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-Eight - SOLD

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Skinny Carmel Macchiato", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
Sold.

Starbucks is one of my favorite things. I love their coffee. And I love the whole experience of walking inside the store, smelling the aroma of delicious coffee beans and the "always cheerful barristas". The concept just works. Every time.

I have been a Starbucks fan for a very long time. In fact, I was the first person (of all of my friends) to get a latte/espresso machine. Most of my friends thought I was obsessed with my preference of lattes over an "ordinary and boring cup of coffee". And everyone knew about my obsession with Starbucks. When we got married, Dave and I received 14 coffee grinders as gifts. I have five Christmas ornaments of either a Starbucks latte machine or coffee cup that have been hostess gifts we have received over the years. 

So I couldn't imagine going through an entire month of highlighting my favorite things without painting a Starbucks cup. I thought about painting a red one, which is my favorite, but I think that will be for another time.  We painted these at "Monday Night Studio" in the Carriage House today which is gradually becoming "Monday Afternoon and Night" at the Carriage House. When you are having fun it's just too hard to stop painting!

As I mentioned, I have two spots in my Atlanta workshop as there were some last minute cancels. The workshop is February 11 - 13 and includes a home cooked gourmet dinner by yours truly! Follow this link for more information. To register, just email me.

I also added a workshop in Indianapolis on March 26th and 27th. It's through Renaissance Fine Art and Kathleen O'Neil Stevens is awesome! This will be my first time teaching a workshop in this part of the country and my only chance this year so if you are interested, please don't delay to sign up. Click here for more information. 


Enjoy these last couple of days. We are almost done and it may seem that the Challenge is coming to an end. But really, we are all just beginning. I promise!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-Seven - SOLD

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Hoover Tower", Oil, 6" x 6"
Sold.

I think I am in a bit of denial. There really can't only be four more days left in this challenge! I am sad and cannot believe it. I still feel as if I am just getting going. Please don't end!

Of course, all of us shouldn't need a "challenge" to paint every day. But I do have to admit, it's been an awesome kick in the butt. And a great way to start out 2013. I can't help but wonder where would I be had I not done this challenge? The thought kind of scares me.

In four days I am going to continue to paint. I am going to paint and post as often as I can. But since I want to paint bigger and more complex paintings, the pressure of having to "paint everyday" won't be curtailing my painting dreams. And hence, I can reach out of my comfort zone once again. I am hoping you can expect to see something on my blog about five times a week. 

And I have just realized ... that means I can paint some boats again too! (OK, truth is I didn't really miss them as much as I thought I would. Hmmm.)

On another note, if you would like me to share your experiences with the 30 in 30 Challenge on the "Artists Helping Artists" radio program this week please email or call in live to the show. The show airs this Thursday at 9:00 am PST and 12:00 noon EST. 

I also have two spots in my Atlanta workshop as there were some last minute cancels. The workshop is February 11 - 13 and includes a home cooked gourmet dinner by yours truly! Follow this link for more information. To register, just email me.

I also added a workshop in Indianapolis on March 26th and 27th. It's through Renaissance Fine Art and Kathleen O'Neil Stevens is awesome! This will be my first time teaching a workshop in this part of the country and my only chance this year so if you are interested, please don't delay to sign up. Click here for more information. 


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-Six

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Waiting for Sundae", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.


Usually I am a day ahead in the Challenge and able to post my painting in my nightly blog. But we just arrived home after spending two and a half days in Arizona cheering our son and the Stanford swim team. It was wonderful but the eight hour drive home today was especially tough with the rain and fog. I really hate driving in thick fog!
So, I will be painting two paintings tomorrow (I hope!) so I can get back on track. 
Update - my painting for today is posted!
I wanted to mention that I have had a couple of cancels in my Atlanta workshop so there are a few last minute spots open. The workshop is February 11 - 13 and includes a home cooked gourmet dinner by yours truly! Follow this link for more information. To register, just email me.
I also added a workshop in Indianapolis on March 26th and 27th. It's through Renaissance Fine Art and Kathleen O'Neil Stevens is awesome! This will be my first time teaching a workshop in this part of the country and my only chance this year so if you are interested, please don't delay to sign up. Click here for more information. 
I cannot believe we are on day twenty-six. We are almost done. Wow.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-five

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Look, I'm taller!", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
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For some reason, in my family being tall became important. My boys are therefore lucky because they are 6'7", 6'5" and 6'4". Since my husband is 6'2", I am the "shrimp" in the family. And that's unusual because I am 5'11". If you look back at out Christmas cards often the tallest son is not the tallest one in the picture. Tip toes can be a huge advantage. In fact this year I heard from many of my friends that the boys height didn't seem right. Funny.

So after I painted this painting, all I could think of was my boys. 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty - Four

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Pick me!", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
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I have been asked a lot about what my plans will be when the "30 in 30" Challenge is over. My plan is to paint. A lot. Hopefully every day.

But I am not going to start another "30 in 30" Challenge in February, I promise.

There are so many positive things that have happened to all of us this month. My blog this month had over 40,000 visitors. That's right, 40,000. I am shocked and completely blown away. I am most excited that there were so many people looking at all of your art! For those of you that participated in the challenge, I think we are more motivated, confident and feeling like we are better painters. Of course, the dishes are piled up and our families are neglected. Ha ha.

Seriously though, January was a fast sprint for all of us to get back in the studio and paint. I think it worked and I know many of you are excited from all of the new exposure and sales.

I think February will be a good month to slow down a bit, relieve some of the pressure and start painting bigger and more involved paintings. But I don't want to lose the momentum. That's why I will paint every day. I just might not finish a painting every day.

In order to keep us all motivated and working together, I would like to invite you to visit my blog every weekend (in February) and post two of your paintings from that week. Just be sure to include a different link for each painting. (I recommend that you put the link to the page on your website where the painting is for sale. Makes sense, doesn't it?) Knowing that you can post two paintings every weekend should keep you on track to continue painting. But give you the flexibility to try different things and have a life at the same time. Ha!

As you can see from my painting today I am still painting spools. For some reason this painting reminds me of my three boys. Very similar but different. Built the same but with different personalities. And very colorful personalities ...

So just when you thought you were done with me I hope I have enticed you a bit to keep the momentum going ... in the meantime, we are getting close to Day 30!
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-Three

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"In a Row", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
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The spools of thread are back! I took a lot of photos of these spools last week and I love the reflections on the glass. I intend to paint a few more because I am completely addicted to these colors! Who would have thought I could get so much pleasure from four $1 spools of thread! Hopefully they will keep my occupied until the next swap meet. Ha ha.

Tomorrow's "Artists Helping Artists" show is going to be a great one. It's titled "Tips to Creating Dynamic Paintings" and I am really excited about the information written for the show.  We are also going to cover tips on how you can use your ipad/tablet in your art studio. I think you will love the ideas! To listen to the show just follow this link. It airs live at 9am PST/12noon EST or you can listen anytime after the show airs as all of the shows are recorded.

Next week's show, which airs on Thursday, January 31st, will be titled "30 Paintings in 30 Days ... So What Did We Learn?".  I would like to share on the air many of the emails I have received from all of you regarding  your experiences. So please email me if you would like to share. You can also call in to the show live as we will open the phones for the last 30 minutes for guests!

It's weird but I feel like an entirely different artist than I was a month ago. It's hard to explain but I have more confidence and I am enjoying painting about 1000% more than before! I don't want this feeling to end! Ever! So what can I do to make sure that doesn't happen?




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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty-two

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Radishes", Oil, 6" x 8"
$250.00 with display easel.
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This painting was completed at my Monday Night Open Studio event. Most of us painted the vase and pear painting I posted yesterday. But we still had some time left so I thought it might be fun to paint some radishes.  I think this painting would look so great in a kitchen! Perhaps mine?

enjoyed painting the radishes so much that I bought some beautiful orange beets at the market. I will try to paint them next week. Or the week after ... I am loving painting every day so much that I think I am going to continue this phase for a long time. I hope you all do too!

The AHA radio show on Thursday, January 31st will be all about the 30 in 30 Challenge. I'd like to encourage many of you to call in to the show to talk about the experience. I'd also like to share some of the great themes you all have created for this challenge. If you have a theme you would like to share, could you email me or leave it here in the comment section? Thanks!







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Monday, January 21, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twenty One

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Duo Reflections", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
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My internet was down all evening but it's finally working again. I have no idea what was wrong but it's fixed and I am not going to worry about it.  
We had a great time painting in my studio today. I finished two paintings so I am ahead for a change. I have been thinking a lot about what to do when the 30 in 30 Challenge is over and I have some fun plans for the months to come so stay tuned for how you can be involved! I promise it will be great for all of you.
Have a great painting day!
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30 in 30 - Day Twenty - SOLD

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"Baby Pomegranates", Oil, 6" x 6"
Sold.
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This silver dish with pomegranates is another one of my "finds".  Although, it's kind of hard to call it a "find" since it's been sitting on a shelf in my powder room for 12 years ... But it's funny how I forgot it was there. And yes, the pomegranates were a bit dusty. 

When I set up the photo shoot I used a very direct light coming in from the left side. Hopefully you can see the light depicted in the painting although the photo doesn't quite depict the light as well as the painting.

I am hosting my first Monday Night Studio this week. It's an open studio concept. Artists just need to bring supplies and a photo inspiration and I'll provide easels, glass palettes, wine and cheese and crackers. You can paint the same thing as me or I can help you with your own painting.  The session is from 4:00 until 8:00 and reservations are required as we are limited to 8 people. Email me if you are interested.

I must say that thanks to this Challenge I am in a really good place. I love painting more than I ever, I am painting better than ever and painting every day has finally become ... a habit! I am so excited! I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am!



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Sunday, January 20, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Nineteen

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Bright Reflections", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
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I went on a scavenger hunt throughout my house yesterday and found about twenty things that I thought would look good in a painting. The silver cup in the painting above was one of them. I then had a "photo session" and took another 250 photos. My photo set up looked like this:


It's nothing fancy, just an old desktop easel, clip-on light, glass palette and scrap book paper (for background colors).  But I have my next ten paintings already planned out! And I have all of my first day "painting exercises" ready for my next workshop.



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Friday, January 18, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Eighteen

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"Blocked", Oil, 6" x 6"
$200.00 with display easel.
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This painting is inspired from another one of my findings from the Rose Bowl swap meet. (I loved playing with blocks like these with my boys when they were younger.) I found these baby blocks at the same booth as the spools of thread.  And once again, I am wondering why I didn't buy more of them.

I do think this painting would make the perfect baby gift. So if you know a mother to be with a baby boy on the way then this might be the perfect gift to give! I will be painting some "pink versions" and can also paint commissions featuring baby initials if wanted!

I am getting a bit sad that this month is going to be over soon. But I have a feeling there will be quite a few of us painting A LOT in the months to come! I am thinking five paintings a week might be my February my goal. Maybe more? How about you?


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30 in 30 - Day Seventeen

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"Silk or Cotton?", Oil, 6" x 6"

Before I discovered oil painting my favorite creative passion was sewing. At about the age of ten my mom taught me how to sew. Before too long I was making all of my clothes. Eventually I was working part time in fabric stores, making model garments, entering sewing contests and making my wedding dress! I always imagined I would be making adorable "girl clothes" for my kids. But three boys later and all I could really do is make cool Halloween costumes ... and costumes for the school musicals.

My fascination with sewing is what attracted me to these adorable spools at the Rose Bowl swap meet last weekend. At $1.00 a piece I cannot understand why I only bought four. I should have bought all they had! I am going back next month on a mission to find more.

One of the things this challenge has done for me is open my eyes to all of the fun things to paint. I was in a bit of a "boat rut" and am so thankful that with the exception of one day, I have reached out of my comfort zone to find new things to paint.

So I am curious, what have you learned about "subject matter" while participating in the 30 in 30 Challenge?




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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Sixteen

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Buoy, buoy, buoy", Oil, 6" x 6"
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I just finished an amazing three day workshop. There were eight wonderful artists here and for the first time in a very long time all were from California. We braved the cold weather but had a magical three days. Most of the students finished four paintings in three days but a few actually painted seven! I am jealous.

Here we are in my backyard ...

My April workshop is sold out and there are only two spots left in my May workshop.  
Sign up now if you are interested.

I am loving painting everyday. We are on the back half of the Challenge so enjoy these days. They will be over soon! I feel like I am painting with 250 artists in my studio everyday. Thank you for sharing your wonderful paintings. And thank you for keeping me motivated.
Leslie







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30 in 30 - Day Fifteen - SOLD

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Waiting For the Ride", Oil, 12" x 12"
Sold.

I know what you are thinking. Hmmm ... that painting looks a lot like boats. Now I could try to convince you that these aren't boats. But I wont go there, I promise.
Instead I am going to tell you the honest truth. In my three day workshop this week my students really wanted to paint boats. In fact, I always paint boats on one day of my workshop. I mean, that's what I am kind of known for. So it's Day Two of my workshop and we painted boats. And since I lead the demo I painted one too. Then tonight I cooked dinner for the class. Then we talked, had fun and at 9:00 tonight there was no way I was going to head out to the studio and paint a painting. Fatigue had set in ...
I kind of mentioned my dilemma in my workshop today and it was unanimous among my students that I needed to follow the #1 rule of the Challenge ... to have fun. It was also suggested that I give myself a break and post my boat photo from today. Needless to say, I totally agreed with them.
We are half way done with the 30 in 30 Challenge. It's been awesome. But I want you all to promise me that you will give each of yourselves a break. I am not suggesting that you skip a day.  But if you need to, then go ahead. Just get back on track as soon as you can. For those of you that haven't been able to keep up, no one knows but you! Just keep painting and post here when you can. And it's alright to push yourself. But no guilt, ok?
For all of you that have posted every day ... congrats! You are awesome and I hope you can keep it up for 15 more days. 
Finally, for any of you that want to paint boats. Go ahead ...



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Monday, January 14, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Fourteen - SOLD

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Fraternal Twins", Oil, 6" x 6"
Sold.

Today was the first day of my three day workshop here in South Pasadena. I am blessed this week with a group of wonderful artists. Some have painted for years, others never before. We laughed, shared stories and had a wonderful day painting with the palette knife. Our only issue was the cold ... 28 degrees in Pasadena last night. Seriously?
I like to start out on the first day painting still life. It's an easier subject and gives everyone a chance to focus more on the palette knife than the subject matter. We painted pears and the end result was amazing.

Tomorrow we are painting boats ... which creates a problem for me since I am not allowed to post a boat painting for my 30 in 30 Challenge. I am also cooking dinner for my students tomorrow night so I haven't quite figured out how I am going to get my painting done tomorrow. Any ideas???

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30 in 30 - Day Thirteen

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My Favorite Things - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Vodka, Diet Tonic and Plenty of Limes", Oil, 12" x 12"

Lucky 13. That's where we are in the 30 in 30 Challenge. Some of you are hitting "the hump" and others are just cruising along. I probably fall in the first group as I have already blogged about some of the trials and tribulations of getting my painting time completed in the studio each day.
The biggest problem I am having is that I have been finishing most of my paintings in the evening, so I have not been able to photograph them in the usual way. In fact, I will re-photograph this painting tomorrow and re-post the better photograph. This photo doesn't look a lot like the original and the painting is so much better!
I start teaching a three day workshop tomorrow so I have been busy printing packets, name badges and embroidering aprons. I have selected all of the inspirational photos we are going to paint but I haven't finalized the gourmet dinner menu that I will be cooking on Tuesday night for the class. It has been so darn cold here that I just want to cook comfort food ...
I did have a fabulous time at the Rose Bowl swap meet this morning. All of my purchases are on my facebook page so head over there to see photos of what I bought!



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Sunday, January 13, 2013

30 in 30 - Day Twelve

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I am not ready to upload for painting for Sunday. It needs a bit of tweaking but it is one of my "favorite things"! So you will just have to wait to see what appears here on Sunday afternoon.

I am heading to the Rose Bowl Antique Swap Meet in the morning. I haven't been in a few years, which is hard to believe, because I use to go every single month. For years I wouldn't miss it and my house has a lot of wonderful "finds" from the swap meet. I should do a "photo tour" of all of the cool swap meet items in my house. Many of you have seen my taboret in my studio. It's sage green and it's an old gardeners worktable. That was a great find at the Rose Bowl.  An old mirror, table lamp. old wire vase, picture frame, glass cup, chandelier ... I could go on and on. What's great is that each item was picked out by me, from thousands of others, with a special place in mind as to where it would fit in my house.  I am so excited for tomorrow as I cannot wait to find some cool stuff to photograph for my still life paintings. I am hoping to find something I can use in my workshop next week!

I hope you are all hanging in there and enjoying this new way of painting. Great job. All of the art is absolutely amazing!
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