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.

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