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9:43 AM

One of many wonderful things that came out of the classes in the fall was that several of the "Imaginary Travelers" decided to take on the 100 Paintings Challenge in a Year. To further help those taking on the Challenge, I've created a blog where we can offer encouragement and support to each other as we travel together. Anyone who is interested in taking on the challenge can join in. Please see the blog for all the details.

What is the 100 Painting Challenge, you ask?

The Challenge is intended for artists that are dedicated to the growth and development of their style as well as their artistic voice. The Challenge also provides a means for overcoming areas in need of improvement.

This is done by creating 100 paintings within one year. (The year can start at any time. It does not have to start in January.) The paintings are usually a mix of small, medium and large pieces, some sketches, plein aire, and studio work; work from life as well as from photos. The variety is meant to push the artist out of any comfort zones (rut), to provide ample opportunity to create no matter what time constraints the artist is dealing with, and to challenge the artist if they do not create in one of these categories. The work can be done in any medium, but it is strongly advised that the artist choose one medium in which to do the Challenge as this will help facilitate faster growth than trying to master multiple mediums.

It is also very important to NOT JUDGE the artwork! When a piece is complete, the idea is to set it aside and move to the next piece of work. Quantity over quality! The thinking goes that quality will take care of itself as we strive to do our best ANYWAY every time we touch paint to paper. Learning to suspend judgement of our work is a major step forward in the development our skills. The blog is meant to hold the artist accountable as well as to provide positive encouragement and support. Most folks find the Challenge to be demanding and there are periods where the going gets a bit tough. 

If you're interested please pop over to the 100 Paintings Challenge blog and check it out! And I hope that even if you're not interested in taking on the challenge, you'll still encourage others who are by leaving supportive comments! And as always, let me know if I can answer any questions!

Note: My apologies for the odd type this morning - Blogger seems to be a bit cranky and doesn't want to play nice!

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  1. Sounds like a cool project! There are similar things for writers, like writing a novel in a month (NaNoWriMo in November), and I'm trying to track one down I heard about for poets--a poem a day or something like that. Whatever it takes to keep us motivated and creating.

  2. ...I'm signed up and ready to go. I'm looking forward to 2010 and the painting challenge! Thanks for providing this meeting place!!

  3. This sounds like something I can and want to do. As soon as I get back to AZ I am going to sign up. I looked at it earlier and didn't realize it was you. Now for sure I will. I need this challenge this year. Great idea!!

  4. Kathy, I think it's going to work well - the inspiration & support is certainly there! A novel a month?! Wow! Sounds ambitious!

    Yay, Kelly!

    Yay, Teri! Glad you're going to join, Teri! It will be worth it and a lot of fun as well!

  5. Hi and Happy New Year Laure.
    I just wanted to say thank you for this year of your posts and creativity and of course glimpses into your world of art. I love the 100 paintings idea.
    Again Thank you, Thank you for being you!


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