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#30x30DirectWatercolor

Here’s a collection of all the posts from my past #30x30DirectWatercolor events.

I’ve extracted all this from the chronological flow of the blog. It’s kind of a lot of material that gets in the way of the ‘how-to-draw’ posts that most people are here for. This new index seemed like a better way to handle this special proeject.

SO! If you’re here for #30×30 – here’s all the blog posts :)

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All MY POSTS 2019: #30x30DirectWatercolor2019

ALL MY POSTS 2018: #30x30DirectWatercolor2018

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Remind me? What is #30x30DirectWatercolor?


  • PAINT 30 Direct Watercolors in 30 days, in the month of June.
  • POST your paintings in our new Facebook group: <HERE
    We’d like to centralize the discussion around this group, to spare all the other themed sketching clubs all the off-topic traffic this might create :)
  • HASHTAG your work on any other social media (twitter, instagram) with the hashtag: #30x30DirectWatercolor < Here are some FAQs on how to use hashtags: FB | IG | Twitter.

Are There Any Rules?


  • As few as possible! The goal is – get you painting, and keep you painting! For the whole month.
  • Any size or subject is ok. Some years I paint on location, some years I paint in the studio. Whatever works for you. We want you (and us) to make a painting every day – not to dictate how you paint.
  • I myself plan to paint in watercolor, working as directly as possible.
  • What do I mean by ‘Direct’? Basically, with as little under-drawing or preparation as possible. Preferably none! Going into the white page with the wet brush. This guarantees a fresh, authentic experience of watercolor painting.
  • More questions? Here’s some free info on my book Direct Watercolor for a more complete definition :) Or – you might like my first set of blog posts about ‘discovering’ Direct Watercolor or –  read the entire 30 days of year one! 

Why participate??? We want you to Experience Sustained Daily Practice! 


  • This is something a lot of artists don’t get a chance to experience first hand – unless they force themselves to clear the decks as we are doing. That being said, if it’s better for you to do seven paintings on the weekend instead of one a day – do what works for you.
  • It’s also completely normal if you fail to make 30! Or to need a few extra days.
  • Like any marathon, just participating is the first reward. Though I’m sure any of us can catch up with some super fast, super small sketches if we have to!
  • Best of luck and see you in the comments section :)
    ~marc

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