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30 Paintings on 30 Panels

When I can, I enjoy participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days event. Leslie Saeta, the creator of the Artists Helping Artists podcast, started this bi-yearly event. You can listen to her explain why you should participate in the recent podcast episode:  "Ten Benefits you will  Gain from Participating in the February 30 in 30 Challenge"

For me, I've found that painting consistently for a period gives my painting skills a noticeable boost. It's that practice makes perfect thing. The best way to learn to paint is to, well.....paint! So, the more I do it, the better I become at solving painting problems and the better my paintings look.

This year I'm prepared. I've stockpiled a small mountain of 6 x 6 inch panels,  just the right size for a daily challenge. When painting small, panels are great because there's no texture to compete with small areas of detail. I've used both Ampersand Gessobord and Richeson Premium Panels and both work quite well for me. They're convenient to use and a nice size to hang in a group. To finish my work, Ambience Gallery frames are really great little inexpensive frames that come in this hard-to-find size. I love that they're deep enough to stand on their own and that they're conveniently sold in sets of eight.
This month my theme is "in my viewfinder". In other words, I'll be painting from life rather than photographs for this challenge.

So for me, this is an opportunity, a whole month, 30 days of possibilities. Will I get to 30? Probably not, but it's certain that I'll paint a whole lot more than usual and I'll be better for it. I'm hopeful that at the end of this challenge, I'll have a nice group of 6 to 8 small paintings that I can hang together. I have some lonely blank walls needing company!


  1. Thanks for sharing all of that--and wonderful work!

  2. Oh, and PS--just looked up the Ambience frames and the 6 x 6 is not listed?!

    1. Thanks so much Carol! (Hey, you're my first comment on my new blog! :-D)
      Also, appreciate the catch that the frames weren't listed. I had linked to the wrong sizes. I updated it and now if you use the link in the post you can see the 6 x 6's. (They come in different finishes too!)

  3. How I love this post! Thank you for sharing your tips, Julie!

    1. Oh Thank you so much Martine! Love your artwork so much, it's a pleasure to "meet" you!

  4. I'm delighted to be the first. I think it's hard to find your new blog. In fact, if you are participating in the challenge I still can't find your post for today. The new link works.

  5. Thanks so much for the feedback, Carol! I only had my daily challenge paintings on my facebook and instagram account, but today I did add them here to the blog too! :-)


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