Plein Air Painting - Monthly Painting Project - Paint the Same Scene Once a Month for the Next Year

The idea of painting the same scene each month for a year is something that has been done by many artists - and for good reason.

Painting a familiar scene - preferably close to where you live - each month allows us to meditate upon the changing light, colors and aspect of the landscape. Whether you are into plein air painting or not, this can be a great learning experience for all artists.

Beginners as well as seasoned artists can benefit from this activity.

Since we have worked out the composition problems by many repetitions, it frees us to concentrate on other aspects of a well loved scene. It is also fascinating to see how much a landscape does, in fact, change over a 30 day period.

Check this completed 12 Month Project - Quail Hollow.

We just started another 12 month plein air painting challenge at Davenport Landing. Here it is: Davenport Landing Challenge

How to Participate in This Monthly Project

1. Decide on your landscape for your monthly painting project.

2. Paint small panels - 5" x 7" or 8" x 10" are recommended. Make it doable and fun.

3. Schedule your painting time

4. Once your monthly painting is done - take a quick digital photo and then post it to this page with a short description of your painting and any story that comes up for you - things that may have happened, how it was for you etc.

5. Wait 30 days, and repeat!

Complete the following form to participate. It will be inspirational and amazing to see what we all produce over the next year.

Monthly Plein Air Painting Project - Submission Form

Submit your monthly painting and its' story. We are all looking forward to seeing what we can do each month.

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Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow - August 2011 
9.30 am It’s time to confess – I didn’t make it to the Pond in July as I was away in Maine. So I’m now back and ready to continue with my monthly visits …

Great Blue Heron - July 2011 at Quail Hollow Pond 
June sped by and I found myself out of time. So July 1 was the first available date to complete my Monthly Challenge at the Pond. It felt so good to …

Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow - March 2011 
March is my 5th consecutive month of the 12 month challenge to paint Quail Hollow Pond. I almost didn't make it this morning due to the usual plethora …

January 2011 - Quail Hollow 4pm 
I waited until the very last day of January - until 3.30pm to be exact - before getting myself down to do my Monthly Painting Challenge for January. Nothing …

Goal Accomplished - 12th Month of Painting at Quail Hollow Pond Not rated yet
I did it! Here is my final painting of the series where I set myself the goal of painting at Quail Hollow Pond each month for a year. I have come full …

Plein Air Painting as Therapy - Sept 30, 2011 Not rated yet
How things can change in 30 days with the artist but the Pond remains serene and peaceful. I, on the other hand, am not. My 90 year old Mother died a …

Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow - May 2011 Not rated yet
The swallows have arrived and are in flight in the warm, grass scented air around the pond. Gossamer seed pods float on the breeze all around. The earth …

The Gift of Ducklings - April at Quail Hollow Pond Not rated yet
This morning it was heaven at the Pond. Sun was shining and warm - just right - not too hot yet. The Pond surroundings were lush with green - in fact, …

Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow - February 2011 Not rated yet
It was a beautiful, but frosty morning as I ventured out to Quail Hollow pond for my monthly painting challenge. 9am and a line of white frost still visible …

December 2010 at Quail Hollow Pond Not rated yet
A lot has changed since I painted in this spot 30 days ago. All the leaves are gone - the trees now bare - showing the sculpture of their being. The …

Quail Hollow Pond - Nov. 2010 Not rated yet
My first entry for the Monthly Painting Challenge - this project pushed me to go out and paint the day after Thanksgiving when I might otherwise have sat …

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