Back to Doing Chores – Day 30


“I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.” –Calvin Trillin

Back to Doing Chores Day 30 - 30 day challenge acrylics 10x10 birch panel

Back to Doing Chores (sold)
Day 30 – 30 day challenge
10×10 birch panel


Whew – painting number 30 of the 30 Day Challenge. I can’t believe it. I actually did all 30 daily paintings. Of course some days were easier than others. But in all reality, painting is what I love to do. I’ve never been very good at linear, left-brained tasks. I’m amazed that it took me forty years to discover clay and now finally paints. But then I’ve always said, it takes about twenty years to grow up and then about twenty years to recover from that. Forty seems about right when you look at it that way.

I’m glad I did this challenge. I’ve learned quite a bit. I’m going to take a little break, but I want to thank everyone who commented and encouraged me through this process.

“I was never one of those people who had to have a perfect situation to paint in. I can make art anywhere, anytime — it doesn’t matter. I mean, I know so many artists for whom having the perfect space is somehow essential. They spend years designing, building, outfitting the perfect space, and then when it is just about time to get to work they’ll sell that place and build another one. It seems more often than not a way to keep from having to work. But I could paint anywhere. I made big paintings in the tiniest bedrooms, garages, you name it. you know, once I have my back to the room, I could be anywhere.” –Chuck Close


About Judy Shreve

Blogging for me is like keeping a journal which I have done in various forms since I can remember. But what's great about this format is it offers an opportunity to explore all the things that interest me as an artist with others. Blogging seems to strengthen that sense of being part of both something personal and something universal. It takes the journaling idea and expands it through visitor's comments creating a valuable dialog that connects us to each other no matter where we live. I enjoy responding to each comment and warmly welcome your visits. email: judyshreve at mac dot com
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6 Responses to Back to Doing Chores – Day 30

  1. smartcat says:

    Congratulations on finishing the challenge with a flourish! It’s been so interesting to follow not only the paintings, but your thought processes as well. It’s so hard to bee creative on demand but each of your paintings has a story to tell presented with style. Well Done, Judy!

    BTW…Interesting thought about forty as a starting place. I was forty-two when I began potting seriously.

    Enjoy your break, but come back soon!

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Suzi! Thank you – yes it’s been fun and challenging to paint and write about it daily. I’m glad I’m finished but I think I will miss it a wee bit.

      It’s great to know another late bloomer. 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    YAY! We did it!

    I’m sure the lady in this painting is secretly envying you that you took the time to paint. She’s going about her day milking cows and slopping pigs while you get to have fun in your studio.

    YAY for you!


  3. Donna Watson says:

    Wow… what a great achievement… 30 paintings in 30 days… that took focus and determination. I need some of that to rub off on me. Have a wonderful new year.

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Hi Donna – yes, it was easier some days than others, but I sure got a lot out of doing it. I realize I don’t enjoy painting under pressure. So maybe going at your own pace is a good thing. Hope you have a wonderful – healthy – new year too.

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