January 1st I joined a 31 daily painting challenge hosted by Strada Easel.  I wanted to jumpstart my painting and had heard of this challenge last year.  The rules are paint from life (no photos) everyday.  It was an extremely challenging process to figure out a subject to paint.  Some paintings were started and abandoned due to time or work, which meant if it was plein air, I had to start all over again that evening.  During this challenge I learned that I really should embrace still life subjects more as they are a great way to study light, composition and values when I can't be outside painting plein air.  Most of the paintings were done in an hour and half to two hour range.  After getting home from work, cooking and getting the kids to bed it usually was 10pm.  Some of the paintings I wouldn't considered finished paintings but astute life studies.  Not all of them are successful, but the constant painting everyday has greatly improved my confidence and helped me rely more on intuition an instinct.  If you have not considered this challenge, I would highly recommend you should if you are looking to improve upon your painting skills.  Below are the paintings in chronological order.  For those that followed me on Facebook and Instagram, thank you for your daily support and encouragement!  Thanks to Bryan Mark Taylor for hosting this challenge, I really enjoyed the process and challenge of daily painting.  

 

 

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Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4

Day 5

Day 5

Day 6

Day 6

Day 7

Day 7

Day 8

Day 8

Day 9

Day 9

Day 10

Day 10

Day 11

Day 11

Day 12

Day 12

Day 13

Day 13

Day 14

Day 14

Day 15

Day 15

Day 16

Day 16

Day 17

Day 17

Day 18

Day 18

Day 19

Day 19

Day 20

Day 20

Day 21

Day 21

Day 22

Day 22

Day 23

Day 23

Day 24

Day 24

Day 25

Day 25

Day 26

Day 26

Day 27

Day 27

Day 28

Day 28

Day 29

Day 29

Day 30

Day 30

Day 31

Day 31

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