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30 Paintings in 30 Days 2015 Day 2

I’m pretty excited about the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge this year. I am having a lot of fun. It’s only day two so I probably shouldn’t get too ahead of myself, but there is something really relaxing about painting and doodling and painting some more.

Today I painted a spotted Pitbull, but with a twist. I guess she’s a little more patriotic than most.

30 Paintings in 30 Days 2015 Day 2
“Pitbull In Red, White, and Blue” 5×5 mixed media on Ampersand canvas board.

I hope you are enjoying the challenge as much as I am!


30 Paintings In 30 Days 2015 Day 1

It’s the first day of 30 Paintings in 30 Days! I am about to embark on the fulfilling, yet slightly grueling (possibly masochistic) journey of painting one painting a day for 30 days straight. I’ve warned my family not to expect dinner, clean laundry, or my attention for a while. I’m pretty sure they didn’t hear a word I said. Oh well! Surprises are fun for everyone, right?

This September I decided my painting parameters would include two things: Only mixed media and always small. I’m not going to try to win any imaginary awards for strenuous painting this time around. Or have too narrow a theme. Mostly because I am pregnant and super lazy, but also because mixed media paintings need time to dry and breathe and have layers so smaller makes more sense. I’m probably going to paint a lot of animals because I am tinkering with creating a line of paintings specifically for nurseries and for the rooms of animal-loving children everywhere. This will give me some practice with colors and techniques. I also have an art show in October and would like to have a few more mixed media pieces to display. So this challenge will hopefully help me reach my goals. Fingers crossed!

Mixed media and I don’t always get along. I’m still learning (slowly) when to stop and how to combine medias. It’s something that I struggle with so I am bound to have a few duds this month, but the best part is I can paint over the pieces I really dislike and maybe give them another shot at life.

Today I started with a layer of flowers and then I added a leopard. I decided to cover up part of the painting with blue. Then I went back in with paint pens, markers, colored pencils, and a few liquid inks to add some detail. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. The leopard appears to be on the prowl and I like the whimsy the flowers add.

"Leopard in the Flower Jungle" 11x14 mixed media on canvas board by Lillian Connelly.
“Leopard in the Flower Jungle” 11×14 mixed media on canvas board by Lillian Connelly.

If you’d like to follow along with the challenge (or join it) please visit Slices of Life by Leslie Saeta. Artists all over the world are participating this year so please check out their work too and encourage them on this journey.

You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #30in30.



Animalitos A Class With Artist Tracy Verdugo

I’m taking a class called Animalitos with artist Tracy Verdugo. It’s all sorts of awesome so I had to share it with you. Tracy Verdugo has no idea I am writing this review of her class, but since I’m exuding positivity and doing cartwheels over it I am sure she won’t mind.

Animalitos with Artist Tracy Verdugo
My first attempt at animalitos following the class tutorial.

What are animalitos? They are little animals painted with ink, and other mediums too of course, but the ink is just so luscious to work with.  I can’t stop raving about the ink. You know I love working with ink! What is so fun is you just sort of sculpt your animal with water on some watercolor paper, drop in the ink and watch it do it’s magic. SO MUCH FUN.

Tracy Verdugo’s class is terrific for a number of reasons. First of all it’s on video and a PDF that you can download to your computer and keep forever. This is important to me because my internet is not conducive to streaming video. Plus, I like to watch, pause, experiment, and watch again. I like having the video right on my computer because I can access it even when I don’t have an internet connection. The PDF with explanations and material lists is nice because you can print it out and take it to the store with you or refer to it as you are painting without having to get on the computer, go on the internet, log into the class…well, you know the drill. Anything that saves time is a big plus for me.

Animalitos with artist Tracy Verdugo
There is a story here. If I ever illustrated a children’s book this is the medium I would choose to work in.

There are several projects Tracy Verdugo walks you through in the class. Some include collage and using materials I have never used before. To be honest, I have only completed the first project because I am obsessed with these adorable, fantastical, little inky animals. I feel like I am telling a story with each one I create. I’ve started on another project, but the drying time makes it a longer process. I am sure I will share that one with you once I have completed it.

What else? Well, first of all, if you are feeling a little blocked or stuck in your art making right now this class will be an amazing boost for you. I don’t think I’ve ever taken an art class online that made me feel like a kid painting for the very first time like this one has. I find myself giggling with amusement and just having FUN. It’s pure fun. That is a really good recipe for creative development, and forward marching, and idea sparking. I seriously have an entire notebook page of new ideas just from the first project in this class. I’m like an idea factory right now. I owe it all to the fun.

Animalitos with Artist Tracy Verdugo
Dragon and cat? BFF’s for life!

The other thing is this class comes with membership to a Facebook group where you get to see the creations of other people taking the class. It’s so inspiring! I love how the same animal can look so different painted by so many people. It’s kind of fascinating.

I am going to go ahead and shout this out too: Get this class for your kids! I think it’s perfect for kids. They have to be old enough to use the art supplies safely of course, but it’s such an open, free form, experimental approach to painting that I am positive any kid would excel. Any grownup too. No need to be able to draw a straight line to do this kind of work.

Interested? Hop on over to Tracy Verdugo’s website and sign up.


*I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this post. I paid for the class myself. Tracy Verdugo probably doesn’t even know I exist and I am not affiliated with her in any way. This is just pure, unadulterated fandom.