Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days--coming soon!

Well, I've gone an dun it!

Half of me is sooo excited, since I've been wanting to do this quite awhile.

The other half (probably the sane half) is wondering what in the world am I thinking?!

Well, this quote from Roald Dahl will explain it:

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. 
If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. 
Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it 
and above all become passionate about it. 
Lukewarm is no good."

There will NEVER be the "perfect" time. There will always be something going on that will tempt me to say "maybe later".  But all we have is Now. Today. It's a gift, and I don't want to waste it. 

My theme for the 30/30 Challenge is: Bunnies! 

Detail from Rabbit Dreams
by Retta Stephenson

Yes, rabbits, cottontails, bunnyrabbits, hares. We had bunnies when I was a kid, and after I was married we raised rabbits awhile. I adore bunbuns!

With so much heartache in the news these days, I wanted to do a series of images that were uplifting, happy, encouraging. Words like tender, gentle, joyful and kind came to mind.

Close up from Rabbit Dreams
by Retta Stephenson

It starts on January 1st, 2016. 

Stay tuned for more details!

Happy painting,


PS:  If you are an artist and so inclined, you can join the Challenge, too. Visit Leslies blog for the info.


  1. As you know, I adore bunnies, rabbits, hares, so of course I'll be following you closely for the 30 days ahead. Wow! Congratulations on taking on such a significant challenge. I love the bunny picture in this post and can't WAIT to see more. Big Christmas hugs, R

    1. Thank you, Robin!

      I'm doing periodic short updates on Facebook about the 30/30 Challenge, and today posted a detail from one of my bunny paintings with an added quote from Albert Einstein that will be next to my easel for January: "Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible".

      Ha ha, I'll read that for those times I shake my head and ask myself who's bright idea WAS this to join the challenge!

      Don't know if you are on FB, but I'm here: