Five Day Challenge – Day 5

After two false starts with acrylics, I went back to my watercolors today….this was the toughest day of all.

Maybe what I learned from this 20 minute painting challenge is that I really do enjoy my watercolors.


“‘Did You Art Today?”


Five Day Challenge Day 4

Watercolor, approximately 4″ x 7″

Done in 15 minutes on South Lido with the actual shell in hand.

Challenge is a good word for day 4. I had actually painted a disaster of a pelican on Day 3, as I knew we would be going to the beach on Day 4. You can see below, that didn’t work out too well.

Pelican, acrylic approximately 5″ x 8″ Done in 20 minutes

So I took my beloved traveling watercolor set to the beach. Lots of warm sunshine and a bit of a breeze didn’t allow for many soft edges. That paint dried almost when it hit the paper.

Posting both as a reminder they are not all masterpieces. And that’s fine in this journey of the creative soul.


“‘Did You Art Today?”

Five Day Challenge Day 2

Acrylic on Arches HP 140 lb. paper, approximately 6″ x 8″

A bit more organized this morning. Had my picture (again from the Paint My Photos site, this time the photographer was Rodney Campbell) already selected., and my desk a bit cleaner than yesterday.

I even set the timer for the allotted 20 minutes. If I’d had another minute or so, I could have fixed the top beak. But, I’ll do that later today. Not as much paint on as many things today. That’s progress. Still feeling my way around these acrylics.


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Day #29 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 29. Three Dollars.

This is actually the second painting I did for this idea. I like this one much better than the first – see below.

This challenge is about done. I’ve actually finished more than 30 Paintings in 30 Days. This do over makes 31. Then I did a rose for a monthly challenge.

And a Pelican to replace an unexpected sale of a piece I was going to put in the gallery.

If you counted the small polo painting sketches, the number is probably 37.

Every time I undertake the challenge, I swear I won’t do it again.

Then when the announcement shows up in my email, I think, “I should do that again.” Sometimes I try to bargain with myself. Entertaining the thought that no one really needs to finish the challenge. There are no painting police. Even Ms. Saeta says to just do what you can. Have fun, she says. But I know if I sign up, I am going to have 30 paintings at the end of the challenge.

It is an interesting process. Pushing and stretching. Disappointing and exhilarating. Hard to fit into this retired, “vacation all the time” life.

Will I do it again next year? Should I do it again next year?

Right now, I’m inclined to use one of my favorite saying. “We’ll see.”

“Did You Art Today?”

Day 28 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 27, Cockle Shell, side view.

Remembering the first time I did this challenge I came darn near quitting on day 27 after doing two paintings I hated. This is not my favorite painting of the challenge either, but my paintbrush is crying for a break, so I am posting it.

The paintings are done! Jim and I actually went birdwatching this morning! But I’m not going to post them ahead of time. You’ll just have to wait and see.

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Day 26 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Day 26. Starfish….a different kind than before.

While it’s day 26, I only have 2 more paintings to do, as I’ve gotten ahead a bit.

Once again, I’ve learned a ton, added some new friends, and even surprised myself…both positively, and sometimes not so much!

“Did You Art Today?”

Day #19 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 19. Sea Urchin, watercolor.

Yesterday’s painting was the sea urchin I painted with oils. Today we replicated it in watercolor. Frankly, I feel the oil painting definitely has more pop and excitement. This one fits nicely into the series of shells I’ve been doing for the challenge, but I still think I like the power of the oil painting better.

Which one do you prefer?”

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When the Going Gets Tough

And the waiting for Irma gets rough, creativity doesn’t stop.

My favorite brushes are packed in my “go” bag, my studio is buttoned up…but watching the Weather Channel is getting old.  Grabbing some scraps of paper and whatever brushes that are around (and believe me, there are plenty), I popped out some small paintings, that will probably be made into cards. 

Painting the angel was particularly calming.
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