September 1st (2016) marks the beginning of the second annual 30 Paintings in 30 Days studio challenge. It's pretty much just like it sounds: I'm attempting to create one painting a day, for 30 days straight.

This challenge is about setting aside a solid, intensive month in the studio just to experiment. No commissions, no large-scale work, no new series development—just me, my easel, a ton of blank canvases, and some new ideas.

There are sure to be some animal in the mix this year, because my love of fauna will never wane. But I'll also be pushing myself to step outside that artistic comfort zone and play with some new subjects and painting styles.

If you followed last year's challenge, you know it was like nothing I've ever attempted to do as an artist. By packing about about a year and a half worth of work into a single month last September, I learned a lot about myself personally and the challenge definitely serves to test one's metal.

I also learned that my husband does actually know how to do the laundry in an emergency situation. Which is a personal bonus of epic proportions.

So I'm committing to this substantial task again—here, in writing, with you as my witness, before I totally chicken out—just to see what else it has to teach me.

Here's how the challenge will work:

- I'll be posting a painting every day in the 30/30 PAINTINGS gallery. At any time during the challenge you can go the gallery and see all the new work.

- I'm happy to announce that you'll be able to purchase a piece online, right from my website.

- The paintings will vary in size during the challenge, ranging from 12" x 12" to about 30" x 30." (I'm generally a large format painter, so 30 x 30s are still on the small size for me.)

- Because this work is mostly small-format, experimental works/studies, each piece is being offered at reduced prices until Sept 30th at midnight PDT/CA time.

- I'm offering free shipping to the continental U.S. For HI, AL, and international shipping, please contact me directly and we can make arrangements.

> >  Click here to go to the 30/30 paintings gallery < <

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions about the challenge. I'll be pretty head's down in the studio during the day, but I'll do my best to get back to you first thing after work.

Thanks so much for following the challenge & have a great September!

PS - For the record, Scott was actually awesome during the last challenge and really did pick up a ton of slack while I was in the studio. He made me write this.