Week 4 of the 30 in 30 challenge + some real life events

Week 4 of the 30 in 30 challenge + some real life events

Last week was one of those life changing weeks...

I didn't write a post last week because life 'round here was C-R-A-Z-Y. but it was one of those happy and exciting kind of crazies.  Every member of our family has been promoted with another role/ title.  What ever do I mean, you ask?


We welcomed the newest member in our family resulting in my daughter becoming mom, my other daughters becoming Aunts, and my husband and I becoming grand parents.   I'm still trying to get used to the idea of being a grand mother or should I say "Nonna".


It was an experience I will never forget!

If you knew me better, you would know that I am very squeamish.  Seriously, I stopped watching these Dr. type shows because I spend over half of the time watching with my hands covering my face while instructing my family to tell me when the graphic scenes are over. So, I never dreamed that I would be present during a birth other than when I was the one giving birth, and even then I wouldn't be there if I didn't have too. The nurse was great at giving me "jobs" to keep my mind focused on tasks rather than what was actually going on, and that really did the trick.  I also made sure I turned my body away from the Dr's territory and focused on my daughter.

I feel so blessed to experienced his time with her, and I know we both will always treasure the memories of that day.


Needless to say, week 3 of the 30 in 30 was very unproductive...I was able to paint 1 of the seven days not counting the quick sketches I did in my sketch journal while in the hospital waiting for labor to progress, therefore; week 3 and 4 will be combined in this post.

Week 4

 day 14  30 in 30

  Day 14:  With this painting my goal was to continue to play with color while paying attention to placement of warm and cool colors.


Day 16 30 in 30

Day 15:  My mind was on the upcoming birth of my grand daughter, and I added this mother with her little lamb to the landscape.  I continued with the use of my palette knife for the sky.


Day 16 - 18 30 in 30


 Day 16 &18  Monday (Day 17) I spend most of the day with my daughter.  She was instructed to go to the hospital to be monitored.  We thought she would have her baby earlier than expected.  I stared this painting on Sunday and completed it on Tuesday... Still had sheep on my mind.

Day 17:  I took my planner to the hospital on the Monday she had to be monitored, and found a blank sheet of paper tucked away between the pages.  Looked through the photos on my phone, and began to sketch this goat with a blue ball point pen.


Day 23

Day 23:  This was my first day back in the studio after all the exciting events, and I can truly say that it is my happy place.  It felt good to be back in there after the few days away.  In this painting I continued with loose brush strokes, but went back to more 0f a realistic color palette.


Day 24

Day 24:  Loose strokes and touches of fall is how I would describe this one, and that is where we are in the fall season here.  We are just seeing small hints of fall with faint color changes happening in the trees.


Day 25-26  Beverly Gurganus

Day 25-26:  This little fellow was sketched on canvas earlier this month, and I kept setting him aside while I worked on my landscape studies.  Maybe it's all the baby vibes going on around here, but I couldn't resist him any longer.  Day 25 was the under painting, and Day 26 he was completed.


Day 27  wheat botanical

Day 27:  I had a small panic attack (figuratively speaking) when I realized how close we were to the end of the month.  I say this all. the. time... it's crazy how fast time goes by.  I mean, it gets faster year after year no matter how much I try to slow them down.  Anyhoo, today I used my day to work on this watercolor print. (heads up, this will be up on my website on or before Oct. 1 as my free October digital download so keep your eye out if you like botanicals.)

We only have a few more days left of the challenge so I want to take this time to thank all of you for following along this journey.  It has been one of my favorites out of all the other times I participated in the 30 in 30 challenge.  You guys are the best tribe ever!!!

Welp, there is a roundup of the past two weeks of the challenge.  It has been a wild ride, and I love it.  I'm a little bummed that I don't have the complete 30 paintings, but family and sweet babies come first.

My goals with this challenge was to play with color, loosen up with a more painterly style, and create some studies that will inspire some new collections.  Larger landscape paintings will be coming atcha very soon!


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