My New Mexico Wildlife photography set to WaterColours for 30in30

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta.

from my painting table Pigmy Nuthatch of New Mexico

from my painting table Pigmy Nuthatch of New Mexico


I think this is her 5th time and she calls herself crazy, but those of us out here in Blog-Art-Selling-Land don’t.  Personally I love what she does in her own art of painting strictly with a palette knife and creates a wide range of pretty darn incredible oil paintings. Leslie hosts the number ONE Art blog Radio show on the air, and it’s chocked full of wonderful, doable, helpful tips from getting motivated to paint, to the biz end of social media.  I first found Artists Helping Artists when she use to host the show with another incredible and driven artist, Dreama Tolle Perry, I was hooked with those two talking about art . Now Leslie shares the mic with other talented hostess’ and hosts that bring their own knowledge and flavor to the show. Check it out, it really is a great find for all artists that want to grow their own Art business.

So one of the other many things Leslie Saeta started on her blog, is a 30 Paintings in 30 Days. So for everyday starting the 1st of January you paint Anything you want, post and share.  Others come and check out your art and you (hopefully) go check out the other artists that do this too. As of last week I think she had over 300 and climbing, that are joining.

Just for the fun of it.

The learning of it.

The sharing your passion with many eyes that otherwise might not see what you are creating these days.

Little Mama squirrel down by the creek

Little Mama squirrel down by the creek

And guess what? I’m going to do it this time…..!   Yes I did attempt it once before and got 2 paintings done. Life happened and I let it, this time is different, I’m ready.  I wrote about the first time I tried it here when I painted My little pigmy Nuthatch watercolor and my Bree on Yupo painting that SOLD this summer. The little Pigmy is still for sale and it’s going to be a hard one to let go of. So get it while you can.

Anyway……. I’m saying it out-loud (well on this blog anyway) and out-loud to myself too.  Yes I do talk to myself.  It’s ok I’ve excepted it….

Leslie suggests that you choose a theme or subject or even branch out and try something totally scary for your self.

aren't they the cutest little duckies

aren’t they the cutest little duckies

I’m pretty sure I’m going to paint the different wildlife of New Mexico that I’ve been watching and photographing for the past 11 years.  From the birds of my yard and roads, the Ravens and Crows, the magpies and Jays.  There are a couple different Jays I’m going to paint, the Scrub Jay and the more illusive Stellar Jay.  Chick-a-dees and Nuthatches, Hummingbirds and Robins.  Tiny little wasps lightly landing on wild roses and big yellow bumble bees, flitting from wildflower to wildflower.  I’m thinking of a coyote print in the snow I captured many years ago, one of the first snows up here. I also have a set of cougar, mountain lion prints from our 10’x10’x10′ hole we had dug out for our basement .  Pretty impressive jump out of there for that cat, for sure.  My one and only bear capture. We were so close (from the car of course), that I told my honey to keep it in first just in case the bear didn’t want us that close.  Luckily I took a few great photos and let the bear do it’s thing and everyone was happy.  I see coyotes and rabbits, big jack Rabbits and tiny cottontails. Chipmunks and squirrels.  I even have a vision of a white winter fox one night while I was driving home in a snowstorm from Taos Ski Valley.  It was along side the road and I only caught a glimpse of an etheral white fox creature in my headlights as the snow was whirling all around.  I have that one in my head, so we’ll see how I do getting it in watercolour.  No promises, but I do want to attempt it. Plus many more.

Ewe PicMonkey

Ewe PicMonkey

I hope you can join in the fun or just read from these sidelines. Please check out the links for Leslie’s blog and show. “Artist Helping Artist”, how can you not like that?

peace n abundance,



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One Response to “My New Mexico Wildlife photography set to WaterColours for 30in30”

  1. Itaya Art Says:

    Reblogged this on Itaya's Designs and commented:
    Some wonderful motivational thoughts and resources are shared by CheyAnne in this post. I’m seriously considering the ’30 paintings in 30 days’ challenge. Over 300 artists are taking the challenge so that will be exciting! Check out her post and let me know what you think.

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