I Didn’t Have To – Final Episode

I didn’t have to paint 30 paintings in 30 days, but, t were some truly awesome outcomes from this series.

After posting one of my bird paintings on a local Facebook page, our local store, A Wild Bird Oasis, asked if I would like to bring my paintings in on a consignment basis.

Actually, I completed two other paintings on vacation, and some watercolor sketches for a commission during the challenge.

A small bird food store in NY state is possibly interested in licensing some of the images.

As I used a lot of photos from Paint My Photo, one of my images was selected to be In their Five Featured images of the day.

As of today, seven of my paintings have sold. One I could have sold twice.

I gained many new followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The support and encouragement of people I ran into later who followed along was a great encouragement. And it was a huge reminder of the great choice I made in a partner.

My husband is truly a gem for helping get my paintings done ahead of time, scouting photos for me to use, running errands and generally taking over lots of regular stuff I normally do, so I could get ahead and enjoy our vacation. His pep talk during the historic Day Twenty Five Meltdown inspired me to finish three days ahead of schedule.

Will I do it again? Stay tuned. If you asked me today, I would say no. Who knows by this time next year. Why? Because, I don’t really have to.

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I Didn’t Have To – Part Two

So what did I learn from my “didn’t have to do 30 paintings in 30 days challenge”? My competitive streak is a bit stronger than I would have thought. Driven to finish the challenge seems understated.

My capabilities were also stronger than I believed. Four paintings in one day? Seriously?

Found a new grey and brown. Historically, I have painted with an extemely limited palette. Daniel Smith’s Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Sienna, Phthalo Blue and Cadmium Yellow. My grey has always been Pthlayo Blue and Quinacridone Sienna. But on several paintings, I used Quinacridone Rose, Pthlayo Blue and cad. yellow to create a warmer grey with the ability to push the warmth. Using those three colors also produced a lovely brown, to compliment the Burnt Sienna.

My palette needs to expand. I need a true red. Sometimes the Quinacridone Rose would just not do. Not sure that the Permanent Red I used is THE red. I will experiment with others in the paint box.

My advice to my students that “they are not all masterpieces” is true. There were some paintings I was not crazy about, but I posted them anyway. A failed painting inspired my historic Day Twenty Five meltdown.

My computer skills need sharpening. Adding links somedays took way longer than doing the painting.

I didn’t have to do 30 Paintings in 30 Days, but I would have missed some great lessons.

Also painted during the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge, but not included.
Also painted during the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge, but not included.

I Didn’t Have To! Part One

Painted during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, but not included.
Painted during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, but not included.

Thoughts on my completion of the 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge.

Kudos to Leslie Saeta for her blog and the challenge. The amazing artwork produced during this 30 day period blew me away. Congratulations are due to all who persevered and finished.

Surprisingly, I did it. But, I didn’t have to.

At one point, around the 5th when I realized I was going away for a week on the 10th, I panicked. How could I possibly paint every day during vacation? My paints and supplies always travel with me, but are used when inspired by great beauty, or the addiction that keeps me obsessed with putting a mark on the paper. Did I want to “have to” paint on vacation? I just came off a “have to paint” series of commissions during Christmas.

What was I thinking when I signed up for this challenge? Of course, we were instructed to have fun with the challenge and don’t panic if you miss a day. Frankly, I didn’t have to even finish the challenge. There was no artist hell if I missed a day, or completely dropped out.

But I wanted to do it. And not only did I want to do it, I had it in my head that I would paint birds only. So how was I going to do this? After lots of angst, I decided I would paint ahead. Seriously, I had five days to paint ahead for 7, in addition to completing my daily paintings for a total of twelve paintings in five days.

If anyone would have ever told me I would complete three paintings in a day, I would scowl. Four…I’d say you’re dreaming. When I completed three paintings and four paintings on back-to-back days, I had to change my beliefs.  . My paintings were smaller than some, but still……who was that banshee with the brush? I even had my painting for the Sunday after our return started and about half way done. It went on vacation, and I finished it one lazy morning at the pool.

But I didn’t have to.