Wednesday, January 1, 2014

#1 - Shell Game - January 2014 Painting Challenge

One of my 2014 art New Year's bucket list items was to try a 30-day challenge (and to get back to blogging!)  

A number of art friends participated in Leslie Saeta's challenge last January.  Leslie, the host of podcast "Artists Helping Artists" (AHA) started this challenge last year, not as a must do 30 paintings to participate, but to get people to kick off the year painting more paintings in January than they did the previous January.  It was also to help them get back into painting after the craziness of the holidays.  

I will admit one of the hardest things for me is deciding what to paint.  I'm hoping this challenge will get me over that block and quite agonizing over subject matter.  Hopefully I can learn to pick anything in the house or in that hoard of pictures I have taken and just paint.  I'm also hoping it will get me to paint faster and over my compulsion to go back and "fix" paintings. I bought thirty 6x6" boards before the holidays so we'll see how it goes.  

Yesterday, I pulled out a few beach photos I took last Feb and have been meaning to paint.  

Day 1

Shell Game
6x6" oil on gessobord (sold)


  1. Good one, Lydia! Glad you joined the challenge. It's fun and I will look forward to seeing what you paint. :)

    1. Linda, Thank you for your encouragement. I'm looking forward to this being a great learning experience.

  2. Nice painting, Lydia. Looking forward