As I prepared the image above for posting I realized I had painted more than I thought during this round of the 30in30 painting challenge. While one of the challenge goals is painting 30 paintings in the month, I had personal goals which were I used the challenge to achieve.
One goal was to have a painting to submit to an exhibition by their deadline and I wanted the piece to be LARGE. I met this goal although it took several days to paint it, putting me behind.
The second goal was to have new pieces for outdoor shows starting January 7! I accomplished that by going back to a smaller format. And while I planned certain subject matter to be painted, I quickly realized I didn’t enough planned. However, a customer of mine asked about painting her cat and a friend’s dog. I painted these two in my small format. Mission accomplished and everyone was happy.
Finally, I wanted some larger paintings, though not as large as the first to fill out my sea turtle inventory and add an additional horse. At this point, I had to stop and prepare for the two shows back to back in 4 days.
I have mentioned before the time preparing for shows, whether indoor or outdoor seems to eat up a lot of admin time, framing time, packing time. And keep it all straight in ones mind.
The 30 in 30 challenge is terrific. I had to accept the fact that I did not paint all 30 days, and that in itself is a learning experience. I don’t like ‘dropping out’, but I know I really didn’t. The challenge pushed me to successfully accomplish my art goals and that was what was important.
An my last words are about Leslie Saeta. While no one knows where she gets the energy AND time to do all she does and then share it with us, she is a great inspiration. She becomes the invisible mentor for all aspects of ones art business. While it can be overwhelming, she actually feeds us small bites of information that we can line up and gradually accomplish, of which I have many. Thank you Leslie.