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#30×30, 2022, Day18: Hokiin Temple

June 18, 2022

#30×30, 2022, Day17: Castle Thurant

June 17, 2022

Alrighty! I don’t have any deep thoughts today. Just painting something found on the web, simply for the enjoyment of seeing the pieces click together. Anything that keeps us painting, right?

#30×30, 2022, Day 16: Reposting Noodles!

June 16, 2022

Oops! I didn’t get a painting ready for today! But maybe you missed this painted sketch from OneWeek100People? It’s not 100% Direct Watercolor, but maybe the painting tips are still useful to you guys :)

#30×30, 2022, Day 15: Mid Point Crit with Uma Kelkar

June 15, 2022

When you’re doing a marathon like this, it helps to have a partner who will exchange critiques.

Critique is a great form of encouragement. I think it’s superior to just plain sharing :)

What you’re looking for in a critique partner (or circle) is honesty, strong opinions, and accountability. A great critique-er will say something if they feel you could do better, or if you’re falling into repetitive habits. Think of it more like a gym partner than a support group :) You both need a bit of a ‘tough-love’ attitude. Even a little sense of competition between yourselves is ok, as long as there’s mutual respect. If the critique comes from a real desire to help, then you can say anything and there will be no offense taken :) (Ideally!)

Maybe it’s just me, but I find accountability more motivating than praise or comradeship. If you know your critique partner is going to tell you what they really think – well – you don’t want to embarrass yourself by not delivering right?

It’s really is the best way to finish a marathon.

In fact – I’m going to suggest; If you don’t know anyone in your area – you can always post on the Facebook Group and see if anyone would like to do a weekly zoom show-and-tell with you?

I’m sure someone will be up for it! – I will make a sticky post right now where people can put their name in the hat.

But – I won’t moderate or match-make :) This is up to you guys to choose someone who’s work you like (or you feel is ‘at your level’).

Please message each other, and see if you can set up a regular zoom. Maybe it will last beyond this one month. It’s worked for me with a writer’s group I’m in.

Best of luck!


Save the Date: The Last Hurrah! The #30×30 Online Closing Party(s) – Details Inside: Register on June 25th!

June 14, 2022

So this is your first heads up! We’ll be doing the zoom gathering / show-and-tell again this year!

We will be sending out a message on June 25th, with the links to a ‘sign up’ form.

If you’re interested, just make sure you’re subscribed by entering your email in the upper right of this blog.

The ‘zoom-social’ was a lot of fun in previous years. It’s basically a big show-and-tell. Participants show us their favorite piece from the marathon, (or the one you most want feedback on), and tell us a bit about what you learned, or the projects you invented for the marathon. Some of the themes and challenges people come up with are brilliant. I’m going to try ‘Painting in 20 touches’ myself.

There are two calls – June 30th, 9am and 7pm Pacific Time.

*Please only attempt to register for one of the time slots!*

If you don’t get in, (we’re sorry!) – you will be able to watch the Zoom as a live YouTube, where you can chat with everyone else watching. That’s second best, but you can still learn a lot from listening to the critiques. The link for that will also come on the 25th.

Also – anticipating the question – No, you do *NOT* have to have *won* the marathon, as in – completed 30 in 30 days. Any amount of participation is ok!

Just a note – we do ask that you try to have lots of light near your zoom setup! (So we can see your piece.) A dedicated webcam is the very best. A laptop or tablet with a built-in cam is good, if it’s a newer model. With an older tablet or phone, be VERY sure you have plenty of light, or we wont be able to see the colors of your piece.

Also, If you can’t zoom with friends or family without stuttering voices – that means your connection is slow. A possible fix is, make sure nobody in your house is streaming video or playing games at the same time. Thanks very much, and looking forward to meeting 50 of you face to face!

#30×30, 2022, Day 13: Urban Sketching at the OSI

June 13, 2022

Today isn’t really a #30x30DirectWatercolor post :) Let’s call it a day off to go urban sketching :)

#30×30, 2022, Day 12: This Person is a Watercolor

June 12, 2022

#30×30, 2022, Day 11: Nothing Behind the Eyes

June 11, 2022

#30×30, 2022, Day 10: This Person Does Not Exist

June 10, 2022

#30×30: A Night off for Life Drawing

June 9, 2022