In the November 30 Day Challenge, I successfully painted 3 painting each day or more, at the end of the month I had made over 120 pieces of work all of the paintings were for sale, mostly at £30 each with 30% split between my three nominated Charities Compassion in World Farming, Mousehole Bird Hospital and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
I have just posted 3 cheques to the charities each for £300 which gives me a great deal of pleasure as I would not have been able to donate that amount of money directly. I am very grateful to everyone who has followed and supported me throughout both of my challenges, many people offering kind words, encouragement and suggestions for subject matter. About half way through November I asked if anyone would like a dog painted, within minutes I was inundated with photos…I realised that if I was to paint them all in the November challenge I would not have been able to paint anything else, so I decided to paint the Dogs in December. I cant share them as some were commissioned for Christmas presents but will do in the new year.
At the beginning of November I tried to adopt a Greyhound from the Retired Greyhound Trust, but despite her settling in very quickly and being absolutely adorable from the minute I met her, I soon realised that my smallholding with low walls, croft land, feral cats (who run as soon as they see anything) and rabbits a plenty, would have meant a life on a lead for her. So I very sadly had to return her after a very short foster period. Knowing that I couldn’t help the work of the Trust by adopting a dog, I decided to donate the 30% of the sale price of the Dog paintings to them and I have so far raised £160 for them, which is again brilliant.
You can have a look at my shop to see the remaining Challenge paintings for a little while longer (some of my favourites are still there!) and you can pop over to my website to see the paintings that I made in the September and November Challenges.
So the question is what should I do next?
Quite a few people asked if I would paint their cats, horses and other pets, so I may do this in the New Year, I am also planning a number of exhibitions and I hope that my work will be spreading its wings and going in to a few more galleries around the country before spring, I am planning a number of more immersive projects too and will let you know how they go.
I hope you all have a wonderful festive season and an inspired 2015.
Best wishes and many thanks for all your support.