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Here we go again - will I never learn!

 30 paintings in 30 day challenge
Collage of all 30 paintings
What was I thinking! I've signed up for another of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
I probably won't complete 30 paintings, as my family visitors are here until the 9th September. If I'm lucky I might be able to cheat and paint a couple over the next two days when they are all staying in our holiday apartment in Nice. I have not been painting much this year as my father was ill and passed away in February and I have been organising the probate, add that to never having time in the summer anyway and I now feel I need a kick to get started again. 

These challenges can be hard, the pressure is all self inflicted, but it certainly helps to boost confidence and increase skills. 

I have taken part in 30 painting in 30 days challenges before and afterwards and always amazed at what I have achieved. They are not all winners of course, but many of them are. The collage above is of last Septembers challenge. Read the original post here.
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