Wrapping Up 30 in 30 – Winter & Skiing Paintings

Well, somehow I managed to do it! I completed my September 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. It was a great exercise, and I benefitted in ways I did not necessarily expect:

  • Since I gave myself a 2-hour time limit for each painting, I found new tools and processes to paint more efficiently and quickly.
  • Painting every day caused me to find common themes between my paintings and my other medium, graphic prints. I started to be aware of those common threads, and am setting goals to create more similarities between them, and to form a more cohesive body of work.
  • I got out of a rut of subject matter – I had to think of new ideas for subjects so I didn’t get bored painting the same thing over and over. And I started a new series of subjects I had never tried before, which I am very happy with. The process was very organic, but I never would’ve arrived here if I hadn’t pushed myself to paint so much and so often.
  • Having a “deadline” for each painting meant no procrastinating, and no excuses! And it helped me get into a routine of painting regularly.

I think this challenge pushed me in ways that I haven’t pushed myself before. I may do it again, but not any time soon! There were certainly a couple of nights the couch was calling my name when I was just starting a painting. But just getting in the mode of being productive and thinking about painting more regularly was huge! I now have a whole list of ideas I want to work on…but I think I’ll take a few days off first. 🙂

It is timely that today we woke up to our first dusting of snow in the yard, since my last batch of paintings are all about winter and skiing. We’ve had a couple dustings on the peaks in the last few weeks, but until now we haven’t had any at our house, which is at about 9,300′. I know everyone feels differently about this – some are not ready for summer to be over, others are ready to ski the Basin right now, and the rest just aren’t sure. I am leaning towards wanting winter…per the usual, I started having skiing dreams back in August!

So here are my final 7 paintings, all about the different feelings and experiences that come with skiing.

Painting #24


Fresh Tracks
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas



Painting #25


Backcountry Morning
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas



Painting #26


Powder Explosion
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas



Painting #27


Nordic in the Trees
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas



Painting #28


Last Chair
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas



Painting #29


Helicopter on Fire
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas


Painting #30

Breckenridge Moonlight Ski - Click to Enlarge

Breckenridge Moonlight Ski
8″x10″, Acrylic on Canvas


I have to say, I’m quite pleased with myself when I look at my Pinterest page and see all of the paintings together. It’s very satisfying when you take on any major project and then get to sit back and see what you’ve completed. Some of the paintings I’m very happy with, most I’m satisfied with, and only a couple was I really displeased with (those didn’t make it to the blog – they got gessoed over and I will use the canvases down the road!).

Most of the paintings I completed this month are for sale, so if you’re looking for a unique gift for the upcoming holiday season, take a look at my shop to see the paintings I have available! I can easily ship to your location, no matter where you live.

Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? I’m available for custom commissions as well. Just shoot me an email and let me know what type of work you’d like, and we can talk details.


One thought on “Wrapping Up 30 in 30 – Winter & Skiing Paintings

  1. These are phenomenal Julia! I especially like Fresh Tracks, Powder Explosion, and Last Chair.

    That sounds like a very difficult challenge, but seems that it was rewarding. Can’t wait to see what else you paint.

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