Friday, 31 January 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Summary

30 Paintings in 30 Days Collage

I remember starting this challenge at the beginning of January, wondering if I would be able to paint 30 paintings. I am a procrastinator and often put off what I need to do.  Working full time and painting in my spare time can be difficult, so this was a challenge that would test me in ways I had yet to encounter.

I chose the toughest subject for this kind of challenge. Portraits!! Now that it is over, I am glad I did. I can see improvement in my work and it has been very rewarding to see all these faces come to life on the little 6x6" boards.  Painting on this small size was a challenge but I have adapted and will certainly be doing more paintings on this size board.

Thank you so much to Leslie Saeta for creating this platform for artists from all over the world. I have also started listening to her weekly online radio show, you can listen to her shows here at  If you want to save the audio file, look for the download link just below the player. She gives excellent advice to artists on many issues.

One thing I have learned is that as artists, we are all so different in our mediums, styles and subject choices, yet most of us have the same fears when it comes to our work. The best thing an artist can do is to keep on painting and creating. Your own style will start to show through the more you work.  Don't try and paint like somebody else, just paint!

Some people have asked me what am I going to do now that the challenge is over.  Well, carry on painting of course! But first I need to go grocery shopping, and give my house a good clean. Then I will work on some orders that I got through this challenge.

Please go and have a look at the collages of all the other artists who took part in the 30 in 30 challenge, Looking back at thirty paintings

Until next time
                Vanessa xx


  1. Vanessa, I've been looking forward to seeing your collage, in particular. Your paintings have raised the status of so many who may otherwise have gone unnoticed and have brought out their dignity and serenity. What a triumph to use your gifts and skills so honourably... and you completed all 30 with a full-time job! What can I say but well done! xx

    1. Thank you! I am so humbled by your words. It is so amazing to know that what I try and put in to my work can be seen and felt by someone else.

      Thank you again

  2. Beautiful collage and great portraits...Congatulations!

  3. The collage looks great and immediately caught my eye, what, all portraits? Bravo and congratulations to you!!


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