Here are a few of my learnings from this past 30 in 30-day painting challenge. I think you’ll be amazed both at how it pushes you to re-evaluate your use of time and makes you a better painter with a daily painting. I enjoyed using Leslie Saeta’s challenge available on her site at

  1. Organize your studio. A challenge motivates you to organize your creative space, inspiration, sketches, and photographs.
  2. It motivates one to prepare and refresh their website for their own daily blog too.
  3. Check supply levels such as canvas, paint, brushes and other necessary supplies. Leave a fresh canvas on the easel at the end of each day. I also liked having fresh water and clean brushes waiting for me the next day.
  4. It is okay to experiment. Pick two or three different themes and be ready to shift and finesse evolving unforeseen ideas.
    30 in 30 paintings by Sandra Mucha | Feb 1, – March 2, 2018 | Acrylic on Canvas

    30 in 30 paintings ©  Sandra Mucha | Feb 1, – March 2, 2018 | Acrylic on Canvas

  5. Start painting 2-3 days earlier to the challenge.I came close to skipping two different days during this last challenge, and a few at the ready would have helped ease the schedule’s demand. It is a deadline that keeps you accountable.
  6. It pushes you to paint in different locations. Create a studio in different rooms, or on different floors in your home.
  7. Use a Journal and planner. Checking in on Monday and daily with a journal and planner to note what is working. Monitor if you are on track for the coming week.
  8. Meet other artists and give support to each other during the process via Leslie’s site or on social media.
  9. Ideas evolve. The process of creating allows the artist to grow and experiment with the variety of series. Trying mixing and apply previous ideas to the next piece.
  10. It becomes a ritual. Life happens, and one will find the creative process is always waiting there for you.

Drop me a line at or leave a comment if you are interested in the pieces created during this challenge.