I Can’t Believe It!

I can’t believe I have actually completed another

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge….

but I really did!

Final graphic for 30 in 30 for blog 9-30-14

Many thanks to my “art mentor”, Leslie Byrd Saeta. The 30-in-30 challenges are her idea. She challenges me on to do the almost impossible. Leslie is my “best friend I’ve never met!” She lives in California,  paints with palette knives only and is the age of our children. Regardless, she inspires me with her beautiful artwork, contagious, can-do attitude….and hard work.

What an adventure it has been! This is my third 30-in-30 challenge and when I finished the first two I promised myself…”Never again!” But this time was different; I switched mediums, from all acrylics to all watercolors with some ink and/or pencil sketching techniques. It was refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to draw. Sure, an artist can draw with a brush, but I draw best with an ink pen, graphite or charcoal pencil.

Prior to beginning the 30-in-30 challenge, I spent some extra time this past summer “practicing” watercolors and thereby produced 15 paintings….(which I did not post as part of the challenge…to be completely fair.) Watercolor was my medium of choice a few years back, but I switched to acrylics because I longed for rich, vivid colors. Maybe by now I’ve learned a little about painting rich, vivid colors in watercolors as well.

One more thing; I painted all the above mentioned paintings with only one brush….just one….and I’ve had it for years. It has a pretty blue handle and was sitting in the little brushes jar waiting for its chance to shine.

One brush & cheap watercolors

A couple of years ago I gave all my watercolors to our eldest Grandson, Stephen, (an incredibly talented artist). Now I needed some watercolors and ordered this little pan of 24 watercolors thinking this would just be a temporary medium choice! It cost only about $30 on Amazon. Oh yes, I had to run to the art supply store for two additional colors to supplement my palette.  The photo shows the amount of watercolors  remaining after creating 45 paintings. Wow! I thought sure I would use them all up in a short time. Not so.

Now the real challenge is carrying on with my ever-present question rattling around in my head….”Which medium do I like best?” I still don’t know.

Ever onward,

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At Kemah, Texas

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 24

24-At Kemah, Texas

“At Kemah, Texas”

10″ x 8″ Original watercolor and ink painting on watercolor paper.


I love Kemah, Texas; all the rides, the restaurants, the palm trees, Galveston Bay, the gaudy lights, the music, the Boardwalk,  happy people on boats heading out for a day of fun on the Bay, the fragrant Oleander trees, the sounds of laughter and a few screams coming from the roller coaster, the coffee shop, the picturesque stores….all of it.

But I have fond memories of the Kemah that was…before all that; the quiet little town, the cattails along the shore, the shabby bait shops, the old boats mixed in with the occasional new and flashy ones, a restaurant perched on rickety posts right on the edge of the Bay…all of it.

My father was an artist and we often took sketching/photo trips to collect references for his paintings and Kemah was a favorite spot.

I’m lucky to remember and love those days and thoroughly enjoy the Kemah of today…at the same time…all of it.

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30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 23



12″ x 9″ Original watercolor and ink painting on watercolor paper.



According to my old “Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary” the first use of the word random is:

“Random adj.- lacking a definite plan, purpose, or pattern.

While staring at the sheet of bright white, BLANK watercolor paper, I lacked a definite plan and therefore I had no pattern in mind.  But I had a purpose; I needed another painting for the Day 23 slot. I randomly selected my unusual flower/stick arrangement (one planned randomly) in our den as my subject and randomly selected the colors.

But out of all the randomness I found the inevitable title, Random.

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Laguna Sunset

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 22

22-Laguna Sunset

“Laguna Sunset”

8″ x 10″ Original watercolor on watercolor paper.


Hooray! I need to paint only eight more paintings to complete this project. This is my third 30 in 30 challenge and true to the others, the last week is the most difficult. I’m tempted to post “old” paintings I’ve done, but I want to stay honest to the exercise….an original painting each day. However, I did bend the rules a little; I painted two in one day including “Laguna Sunset” so I could watch the Houston Texans football game yesterday afternoon. Considering the outcome of that game, I’m not sure I’ll do that next week.

I’ve always been interested in sunsets and how they create dark silhouettes of objects in the middle or foreground of a scene. Our daughter and her family spent their spring break this year in southern California and sent photos.

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Fragrant Beauty

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 21

21-Fragrant Beauty

“Fragrant Beauty”

10″ x 8″ Original watercolor on watercolor paper.


Creamy white blossoms, shiny, dark blue-green leaves…..and an exotic fragrance. What more could you want from a flower? Gardenias have it all. I enjoy all this beauty right in my front flower bed and take many photos to paint.

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Cooling His Heels

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 20

20-Cooling His Heels

“Cooling His Heels”

10″ x 8″ Original watercolor on watercolor paper.


During our day-trip to Galveston Island one day last June we spent some time strolling around Moody Gardens. Apparently this handsome guy had the same idea. We spotted him cooling his heels in a small part of the lake by the parking lot. I wonder how far he had come? Was this his day-trip? Does he have heels?

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Recital Excitement

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Day 19

19-Recital Excitement

“Recital Excitement”

10″ x 8″ Original watercolor on watercolor paper.


Dance recitals have been a part of our lives since our daughter was six years old and we attended her first one. We were so proud of her. She was and still is a talented dancer. Now she and her husband own their own ballet school and we continue to attend recitals, this time it’s their recitals. We love them. We have beamed with pride as both our granddaughters danced in those recitals.

When our daughter first began her dancing career, attending her recitals was not at the top of the list for fun things to do for her two big brothers.

Sisters-ballet recitalThey suffered through several years of recitals until the inevitable day arrived when they noticed all the pretty girls on stage. “Hey, Mom, when is the next recital?”

Our daughter once asked me if it was her idea to begin dance training or mine. I couldn’t remember; I think she and I were both born loving ballet.

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