30 Paintings in 30 Days


Autumn is just around the corner and I can’t wait! It’s my favorite time of the year, especially in New York City. The city is so gorgeous during those months and I intend to enjoy it even more this year as it’s my last Autumn here. Come November new adventures awaits as my family will be moving south to the Austin area in Texas.

September’s Daily Painting Challenge

This autumn is going to launch with a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge in September, which I am really looking forward to. The challenge was founded by Leslie Saeta from the Artists Helping Artists podcast. The intent is simply to get artists painting more, last time around Leslie had over 1000 artists joining her in the challenge.

During September I will be posting new paintings daily on the blog as well as Facebook and Tumblr. I have been doing a few paintings in advance to promote the project but also to have a buffer, just in case!

Last year I did a series of miniature paintings before IlluxCon which turned out to be really popular, so I’m doing miniature paintings again along with a few 5″x7″ mixed in. All the paintings will have gorgeous frames again and will be for sale.

Miniature Original: The Most Dapper Gentle-Hoot
Finding Wonderland

I’ve decided upon a theme for the challenge: I’m calling it Finding Wonderland. It will be Alice in Wonderland inspired but not an exact illustration of Alice in Wonderland. For each of the paintings I intend to do a detailed sketch that will be collected into an artist’s sketchbook at the end of the year (schedule permitting).

The sketchbook will also be titled Finding Wonderland and will be an exploration of finding my voice as an artist. It will have some characters from Alice in Wonderland as well as quotes that I find to be meaningful to this artistic journey along with many creatures of my own invention, I hope to share this entire creation process with you and that you will find it interesting and enjoyable.

Sheepshead Sparrow Sketch by Kiri Østergaard Leonard
Sheepshead Sparrow Painting in Progress by Kiri Østergaard Leonard
Gouache painting of a Sheepshead Sparrow by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2015
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” - Alice in Wonderland

That is all for now. If you’re interested in reading more about the 30 in 30 painting challenge, or joining it yourself I’ve posted links below for your convenience.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.


  • Lori Hamilton

    08.08.2015 at 09:26 Reply

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I may try to join you and do SOMETHING each day even if it’s only a sketch. That’s a real challenge for me!

    • Kiri

      08.08.2015 at 13:09 Reply

      You should definitely join Lori! It’s going to be a lot of fun. Even if you can’t do it every day the purpose of the challenge is just to do more than you usually would, so if you wind up just doing 15 drawings instead of 30 it’s still fantastic. You can sign up for the challenge at the bottom link above in the post.

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