Day 8 – 30/30 Challenge

I used as photo reference, again via Pinterest, a beautiful black and white photo of a Native American male. I noticed as I do more and more of these small pencil portraits that I’m using less white.

Day 8 - 30:30 Challenge
graphite on toned paper, 7 x 5 inches

Photo reference: via Pinterest


Day 2 is a small pencil portrait done with mechanical pencils and charcoal white on Strathmore toned tan paper. It’s 7 x 5 inches.

I’m reorganizing my studio so I did not have time to paint. But working in pencils was easier to get done, more portable. Plus it’s practice for two upcoming events this year where I volunteer to sketch portraits.

Bushy Hair Day2 250dpi.jpg

Photo source: via Pinterest

“Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days” Challenge

I will soon be participating in the “Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days” Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. I had been listening to Leslie’s Blog talks, AHA (Artist Helping Artist) where she and a co-host offer business advice for the working artists. What I like most of all is her interviews with well known artists such as Paul Jackson, Greg LaRock, Randall Sexton, Carol Marine, Karin Jurick….and the list goes on and on.

The challenge is a way to get artist motivated to paint more if not every day. A theme is recommended. A fellow of artist that I know is painting portraits for the challenge. For myself, I thought at first doing small watercolor abstracts but then I paint almost everyday. So I’ll just post what I had painted that day. Leslie encourages everyone to post their art for the day in her blog. It’s amazing to see the different paintings for people all over the world.

So to my fellow artists bloggers and followers, join in the challenge. Note things do come up where you are not able to paint. So no worries about failing. Just pick it up the next day. Also Leslie encourages not to do a complete painting or it doesn’t have to be perfect…the purpose of the whole challenge is to get into the studio and paint.

Would love to hear how everyone will be doing in this challenge..

And oh the challenge begins in January.