30 in 30 Challenge – Zebra

Zebra, by Lori Reynolds for Purple Snapdragons

The 30 Day Challenge

Day One of the Artists Helping Artists 30 Day Challenge crept up on me. So here I am, on technically the 3rd day, but better late than never!

Whether you’re an Artist, or love to play with paint, feel free to join . The point of the challenge is to set a goal of painting every day for 30 Days in order to increase your productivity and get yourself into the studio….or to the dining room table! Or wherever else you love to create things.

If you’d like to share your part in the challenge, after you post to your page, post a photo of your work to Leslie’s blog and your social media pages, if you have them. (If you don’t, consider setting up an account on Instagram and a blog at minimum)

We often forget to post to our blogs, but it’s actually one of the most important places to show your work. It’s like your very own “home base” and can be used as a way to communicate with your audience, and market your work, while not having to compete with everyone else on a specific platform. It can also be a fun way to track your progress and what you’ve been up to. Personally, professionally or both, depending on how much you share.

After you post to your blog, and challenge, share on Pinterest (Note to self too! I pin all the time, but often forget to pin my own work 🙈) Twitter, Facebook – and don’t forget Instagram!

Be sure to tag your post with #30paintingsin30days so you’ll show up in the feeds of those following everyone’s paintings, and people can find you.

Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it is. Once you get used to posting (another benefit of joining) you’ll be able to write a blog post and share with everyone in less than 15 minutes.

Whether you share or not, the most important thing is to start painting and to create a new daily habit, instead of putting it off until another day. And have fun!

Fun is actually one of the reasons I’m participating. Besides an incentive to paint and share, I’ll be using it to complete some of the projects I have on my plate. Even if I can’t share them all, it will be a good way to create a timeline for completion.

Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of other people get involved with doing the challenge. It’s the perfect place to see all sorts of artwork by people from all over the world. And be inspired by everyone else, cheer each other on and even make new friends!

It’s up to each creator to choose the themes or subjects they’d like to paint. The only real guideline is painting what inspires you. Leslie suggests painting with a theme in mind like your favorite things. This is because sometimes easier to paint this way, so you always have an idea I’d something to paint. It also helps create a consistent body of work and you’ll end up with a collection by the 30th painting if that’s your goal. In the end, it’s all up to you, and the skies the limit!

If you do decide to join us, let me know. I’d love to see what you create. Follow the challenge whether you’re ready or not to get a feel for it and enjoy the beautiful art. Use the tag #30paintingsin30days when sharing your work.

If it’s not the time for you, plan ahead. The next one will likely be in January or February and you can always paint ahead of time if you want to ensure having something to share every day. Technically, this exists to help make you more productive. Still, there’s no harm done if you miss a day. Or mix in some of your older art in order to keep the schedule.

Since I’m beginning my posts on the 3rd day, I’ll try to make up for the 2 days I missed. If I don’t, I’m not going to stress. I’ll just post as much as I can from here on out.

Follow along with me here and/or on Instagram where I’ll also be using the tag #purplesnapdragons for my posts. (My other social links are available are on my site as well)

I’m really hoping you’ll break out those paints today and start sharing your art!

Thanks for following along and I’ll see you tomorrow!

💜 Lori

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