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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

30 in 30

"Glee Drive-By" - Oil on Linen - 8x6"
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Leslie Saeta has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging any takers to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. I believe she means in January and I have a couple of other demands on my attention this month so almost passed on this one, but she's inspired me so  I've decided to modify the challenge - 30 paintings in 30 (non-consecutive) days. This will be a great opportunity to take a run at some of the New York reference I have been avoiding getting my teeth into.

The Bigger Challenge

The main concern has been how to paint this subject matter loosely as it seems to compel me to put on my crash helmet and seat belt and hunker down in the back seat when what I really want to do is take a battle stance on the hood with a sword or some other equally daunting  weaponry raised in the air - charging down the highway at breakneck speed slaying dragons and conquering intimidation.

The Plan

So the plan is 30 New York paintings in 30 days, no bigger than 9x12 and mostly 6x8 or smaller, to see if I can't find a way to tackle this subject matter in a fresh, loose way. This first one out of the gate is still pretty tight, but the intention was loose, which is half the battle, and there are some loosey goosey bits, so overall I'm calling it a win. On to the next!


  1. love this! the light play on the front of the figures is wonderful. good luck! looking forward to seeing more.

    1. Thanks Suzanne, it's good to be up and running after a long hiatus...

  2. It seems very interesting... I;ll follow...
    Wish you happy painting!!!

  3. It looks great to me Liz! Love the subject...can't wait to see the rest!! I've a wee bit of anxiety to overcome myself!!

  4. The exciting thing about this is the composition and color contrast. That blue and yellow sign is so dramatic and screams NYC! Can't wait to see what happens next.

  5. Thanks for the comments guys, and yay to those of you who are joining in for the challenge - seems there are close to 300 on board!

  6. this is fantastic. I like your idea of 30 in nonconsecutive days. I couldn't paint yesterday and it throws the whole thing off...but I want to do it.