Challenge starts on April 23rd, 2024

Photos of Columbine painting and Julia Baldwin Taylor
The Effortless Expression Challenge

3 Days to Confident, Vibrant, Textured Paintings

If you’re an artist who wants to create colorful, expressive, textured paintings but feel stuck in a pattern of painting flat, tight, or dull work, this FREE 3-day online challenge is for you!

Join us to kickstart your journey to confidently creating juicy, brilliant paintings you love.

The Effortless Expression Challenge starts on April 23rd, 2024

If you’re an artist longing to break free from the confines of flat, tight, or lackluster paintings, this immersive online experience is tailor-made for you. Led by seasoned painter Julia Baldwin Taylor, who has spent over three decades refining her craft, this challenge promises to ignite your creativity and arm you with the skills and confidence needed to create vibrant, juicy, expressive paintings!

Through a combination of recorded lessons and live sessions, you’ll discover the secrets behind dynamic, textured paintings, as Julia shares her tried-and-true process for achieving stunning results.

From understanding the essentials of color mixing to mastering intentional brushwork, each day of the challenge is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to bring your artistic vision to life.

Are you ready to unleash your creative potential? Join us for the Effortless Expression Challenge and let’s create some magic!

Meet Julia, Your Instructor

Julia has been studying painting for over 30 years. She was always drawn to dynamic, colorful, expressive art, but found herself stuck in a pattern of creating tight, flat, and overly realistic work.

After years of experimentation, trial, and error, she finally had a breakthrough. She developed a sure-fire process that finally got her the results she wanted: vibrant, juicy, textured paintings that set her soul on fire!

In just 3 days you’ll learn exactly how to create gorgeous, expressive, textured paintings!

The Knowledge

You’ll gain valuable new skills to start painting expressive, textured paintings – and the confidence and clarity to continue painting this way after the challenge is over!

The Tools

You’ll receive a supply list, drawing templates, references photos, and a color mixing cheat sheet so you can confidently paint our project with ease.

The Answers

Every day I’ll not only walk you through the content of that day but also answer all your questions around painting in this juicy, vibrant style!

Day 1

You’ll learn exactly how to prep your surface, use the drawing template, and create a values-based underpainting.

You’ll get familiar with important foundational concepts and painting terminology so you can be prepared to follow along with our project – a colorful, textured Columbine flower!



A printable drawing template so you can feel confident you’ve got your composition just right


A recorded lesson on prepping your surface, using the drawing template, and creating an underpainting


The Expressive Artist’s mindset workbook

Day 1 is all about laying a strong foundation for creating vibrant, juicy, expressive paintings. The goal is to give you everything you need to confidently paint in this fun, energetic style!

Day 2

You’ll let go of old painting habits that are holding you back from achieving the expressive, colorful style you desire.

Through short, fun painting exercises, you’ll begin building new skills for creating lush, juicy texture and energetic, brilliant color.



A recorded lesson with step-by-step techinique exercises


The Free Flow painting exercise workbook

On the second day, we’ll focus on setting you up for success in using the Effortless Expression painting process. 

Day 3

We’ll bring it all together so you’ll walk away with a stunning, colorful, textured Columbine painting.

Not to mention, you’ll have the skills and the confidence to keep painting in this fun, vivid style!



Full-color reference photos


A color mixing cheat sheet


A recorded, done-with-you lesson on painting the Columbine flower


A live Q&A session with Julia to get all your questions answered + get personalized feedback

On the last day, we’ll tie all the elements together, culminating in a vibrant, expressive painting you’ll be proud to show off to your friends and family. Plus, you’ll have what it takes to keep exploring this lively, colorful style.

We’ll also have a Bonus Training + Q&A Call on:

Monday, April 29th








Join the FREE Effortless Expression Challenge Now!

You’ll immediately get access to the supplies list and welcome video – just enter your best email address!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this challenge suitable for beginners?

YES! It’s designed for individuals of all skill levels. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced artist, you’ll learn new skills and have fun!

What supplies will I need?

You’ll receive a supplies list as well as video walking you through them as soon as you sign up for the challenge. At a minimum, you’ll need 6 paint colors, 3 brushes, a painting surface (such as canvas or paper), and a palette. There are also some optional but recommended additional supplies on the list.

You likely have some or all of the supplies already, and I offer budget and DIY options when possible. 

Will I be painting on all 3 days?

Yes! We will be working on either skills building exercises or the Columbine flower painting all 3 days. However, you can go at your own pace and watch the recorded lessons whenever you want through April 30th. 

When are the live sessions?

Thursday, April 25th, 2:00 MDT: Live Training & Q&A Session

Monday, April 29th, 6:00 MDT: Bonus Live Training & Q&A Session

What if I can't make the live sessions?

All live sessions will be recorded and posted later in the day. If you have a question or want feedback but can’t make it to one of the live sessions, you can post it in the Facebook group and I’ll make sure to answer it in the group or live on the call!

How long will the lessons be available?

All of the pre-recorded lessons and live call recordings will be available through Tuesday, April 30th. After that you can access them inside my painting membership, the Soulshine Creative Society. 

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