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It’s back for 2020! #30x30DirectWatercolor!

May 15, 2020

It’s coming! The annual event where we paint thirty watercolor paintings, in thirty days – and invite everyone to paint along!

Watercolor is a unique experince.

I don’t believe there’s another artform where the color moves on it’s own? Why would an artist even want this?

As much as we try to control the outcome, at best, we’re partners with the pigments. We set the stage, direct the performance, but the water has the final say.

This is what makes regular daily practice such a tremendous learning experience for a watercolorist.

So much of the work is instinct. A gut feeling about timing on wet paper, about richness of color mixes. It’s painting by feel and by experience, and learning to live with the results.

Painting day after day, at least an hour or two a day – for a significant period of time – even a month is only a taste. This will hone your instincts like nothing else you’ve done as an artist.

I know it’s a lot to ask of yourself. It means sacrifices of your time, and your other interests. But honestly – isn’t art like playing an instrument, or excelling at a sport? There’s no replacement for committed, enduring, self-guided training.

So this year, for the third year in a row, we’re inviting you along for the journey.

Come join us in the #30x30DirectWatercolor Facebook Group.

The challenge is simple: For the entire month of June: paint every day – and post your work – so we can see each other’s progress, hold each other accountable, and inspire each other to keep going – to stick out the entire marathon, and come out the other end changed as artists!

Here’s some important links:

[ Affiliate Link for my book! Thanks so much! ]




18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2020 5:58 PM

    I was only thinking about this on my daily walk…and now your email arrived. How cool is that….thanks for doing the challenge.

  2. mlaiuppa permalink
    May 15, 2020 10:13 PM

    I was also just thinking about this. Doodlewash is getting ready for World Watercolor Month in July and You do the 30×30 in June. I’m gearing up. This year I’m going to be trying out some new plein air equipment. I have a Julian French half easel and I’m making my own shelf for a tripod to try out the Guerilla flex easel. I have a number of things to try. I’ll be painting subjects in my back yard as I’ve been doing some landscape clean up and gardening and now the flowers are paying off.

    Please keep us informed here on the blog as I don’t do Facebook and I know some others don’t either.

    Any word on this year’s palette choice? I always try to use your new palette for variety and to get outside my comfort zone.

  3. nutsfortreasure permalink
    May 16, 2020 7:52 AM

    I did it one year and loved it :)

  4. May 16, 2020 10:28 AM

    Oh Goody! I’m looking forward to it. This is also my third year. See ya next month.

  5. May 18, 2020 8:41 AM

    Cool! Last year I started watercolor and missed this by a month. I find it really hard to make a painting a day, but I’m going to put my sketchbook in my bag and do my best!

  6. mowen002 permalink
    May 18, 2020 5:47 PM

    I love Marc Taro Holmes!

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. Lieve Claes permalink
    May 19, 2020 4:03 PM

    Hello I don’t want to use facebook. Can i post via Instagram? Please confirm. Regards Demetra

  8. May 22, 2020 4:36 PM

    Comment on line and wash, with no pencil first????

  9. Lieve Claes permalink
    May 25, 2020 4:28 AM

    Hello, I am not using Facebook. Can it also via instagram?? Can you please let me know? Thank you so much Lieve class (Demetra)


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