Monday, February 22, 2010

challenge two

Rebecca Wang

Janice Austin 5 x 6 3/8 Watercolor on 140 CP

Jen Smith 11 x 14 Acrylic

Bernard Echanow 5 x 7 Oil on Gessoboard

Maggie Capettini 5 x 7 Acrylic

Bev Atkins 5 x 7 Acrylic, Hardboard

Renee Brennan 8 x 10 Acrylic

Andy Smith, 4 x 6 Watercolor

Gemma Manzo Pen & Pencil Drawing

Carol Mann

Lela Stankovic Charcoal on Paper

Horst Hittenberger 10 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas Paper

Challenge Photo

Mundane, isn't it? While I know this isn't subject matter anyone is likely to long to exhibit in their kitchen or elsewhere, I couldn't help but fall in love with the circular shapes of the drain and the bowls alongside the straight, hard angles of the flatware. This photo was totally unplanned and is precisely the way my kitchen sink looks after I've had turkey chili and chocolate cake for lunch. No, I didn't have four bowls of it - It's good chili, but not that good.

I wish I would've moved the sauce pan to the bottom right of the sink and the bowl there to the left; I think it would've lent itself some balance, but as I happened by, I was struck by the way the dishes reminded me of this artist's work. I'm not sure why, perhaps just the tonal aspects of all that white, I don't know. But I love, love, love his work. Also, after working with such a dark background on the last challenge (which occurs to me just now that I could've changed) I thought it might be nice to paint something lighter.

Okay. I'm done rambling now, I promise. I look forward to seeing everyone's submissions!


Thanks to all who participated in the first challenge! I'm completely blown away at the number of people who submitted their work - I appreciate each viewpoint and hope only to grow from here!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ann Rogers 8 x 10 Oil

Annette Gibbs, 12 x 9 Watercolor

Dusty Pines 5 x 7 Oil

Rebecca Wang, 9.5 x 12.5 Oil on paper

Lela Stankovic 8 x 5 Watercolor

Alan Osler 9 x 12 Oil on Painting Paper

Maggie Capettini 12 x 16 Acrylic on canvas board

Renee Brennan Acrylic, 10 x 8

Andy Smith Watercolor, 6 x 4

Monday, February 1, 2010

challenge one

Inspired by the work and efforts of Karin Jurick, I've decided to try my hand at creating and participating in group painting challenges.

I found Karin's website, Different Strokes from Different Folks late last year. By the time I got the nerve up to participate in one, Karin was forced to set aside her time spent with the challenges as she became quite busy preparing for her show of work, teaching and I'm assuming her every day life as well.

I have no delusions to which I am in any way equal to Karin's talent nor do I believe I am able to give instructions, advice or tutorials to anyone picking up a brush. I am beginning this journey as an experiment for myself and anyone else out there who wishes to view other people's work alongside their own.

If you've found this website, please don't think this is a place where you'll be judged. I am mostly a self taught painter who just enjoys seeing what I can come up with. I love seeing other's interpretations just as much if not more.

Specifics for each challenge are listed on the sidebar.

The deadline for this first challenge is February 22, 2010.