This page is dedicated to my personal 30 day art challenge.

Each day I will spend time making art, no less than 30 minutes and hopefully more like a matter of hours. I will post and if you care to comment, go to town!

Images will appear in the gallery below. Clicking on one will take you to a page where you can comment and read more about what was going on in my head (because that doesn’t terrify me at all!)

Why now?

I have long flirted with art, it is so lovely and I long to call myself an artist. Even when people mistakenly call me one, I can’t accept it for I’ve never been satisfied with what I’ve created. Comparing what I create to professionals, who have been practicing their trade for years has not helped this, nor the long held belief, if I can do it then anyone else can, so it’s average.

I’d hoped in moving to Thailand, I would be magically transformed into an artist. I thought with all my new free time surely I would spend it making art and flourish…and yet I didn’t. Even with so many new hours available, I didn’t try to do much, if anything. I didn’t even sit down with a blank sheet of paper and stare at it, trying but receiving no ideas. I rarely tried.

And so we are in 2014 and I’m no closer to being able to call myself an artist, so I am starting my 30 day challenge of sitting down and making art. And since the idea of sharing my art terrifies me, for surely it will be crap, I’ll do that and ask if you are so inclined, to hold me accountable.

Talking smack

I created the first two entries and the amount of smack I talked about my two beginning was pretty terrible. So for once, I will not belittle by steps, after all that’s what trolls on the Internet are for!

Instead, I will focus on making art, posting it (even when I’d prefer not to) and hope this will keep me making art until one day I can call myself an artist without laughing…or I give up and get an accountant degree or dentistry. Perhaps that can be my punishment if I don’t complete the month…or give people foot massages, ewwww people’s mouths and feet. Ick!

Avoid the ick, let’s make art!


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1 Tina January 3, 2014 at 2:52 am

You are a mess girl! You are so critical of yourself. Of course you will make things you love and then there will be others, just keep creating. Think of how often you rewrite a sentence to get it right. Do overs are fine. I personally love when I mess up a card trying to fix it so it passes my inspection. Other times it is just fun to chuck the thing in the garbage.
Keep creating. I can’t wait to see what you get done this month. You go girl!


2 FieryTree January 4, 2014 at 3:15 am

Thanks for the encouragement and congrats on all of the creating you have been doing. I love the pictures!


3 M January 8, 2014 at 4:30 am

Beautiful and inspiring work you’ve done here! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing more!


4 FieryTree January 10, 2014 at 4:51 am

Thanks M! I appreciate your feedback!


5 Deb Leyva February 2, 2014 at 2:01 am

LOVE ZEN Mountain! Maria, you’re becoming a great artist!!!


6 FieryTree February 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

Thank you Deb! Great to hear from you!


7 Louise February 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

Wow, that went really fast! I enjoyed following along with your art journey this month, and admire that you really stuck with it. I hope you will continue to share your artwork on the blog 🙂


8 FieryTree February 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Thanks Louise! Appreciate hearing from you! I’m still definitely making art, just not as consistently…or things I’m motivated to post. I’ll keep working at it though! 🙂


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