View Full Version : ****Challenge-Week Four****

Deborah Secor
10-23-2009, 05:39 PM
This is the last week of the original idea, for those who committed to working through October. However, others are coming along, so anyone who has fourth week paintings to post is welcome to put them here any time!

As soon as I can get some shots of mine, I'll post them, too.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you all do! It's been very interesting to watch the evolution of the idea. :heart:


10-23-2009, 06:06 PM
On a bit of a different note...Done this afternoon, about 20 minutes.
A brownish suede matboard, using various softies. First is 11x14 original and 2nd is a PS crop.Tres



Karen Margulis
10-23-2009, 06:24 PM
Ohhh I like this one Tressa! It looks great on the suede matboard! I haven't used it much but tried one for the challenge and enjoyed it!


Deborah Secor
10-23-2009, 06:34 PM
I loosed the chains to the computer and shot these pix--I needed a break!

Variation #7:
On white Pastelmat. I used a split complementary color scheme: blue-green, yellow-green and red.

And variation #8:
On pale yellow Pastelmat.

So here are my eight to date:



Deborah Secor
10-23-2009, 06:36 PM
I like the suede look, too, Tres. Nice warm and cool mix, and interesting distillation of shapes here. :D


Karen Margulis
10-23-2009, 06:37 PM
I can't believe it is week four already! I feel like I've just gotten started. I actually did 20 this week but since I committed to doing 100 I still have a ways to go. I'll post the first 14 now. I still need to get photos of the others. I was a little more experimental and colorful this week and I found it spilling over to my other daily paintings this week which was fun to see. I'll post the others soon.

10-23-2009, 08:11 PM
Deborah and karen...love the variations!! I've got to get going on this:)

Deborah Secor
10-23-2009, 08:29 PM
Oh, join us, Mike!

Karen, I'm really impressed. #3 pleases me... I like the colors in #9... and #11 is beautiful. They're ALL interesting! :thumbsup:


10-23-2009, 08:45 PM
I 4got to change the name of the collage, but here are mine so far together. Tres


10-23-2009, 08:55 PM
Deborah...maybe this weekend I'll sort something out...looks like I'll have some catching up to do!

Deborah Secor
10-23-2009, 09:18 PM
Nice presentation, too, Tres! Looks great...

Mike, if I had the studio time right now, I think it would have been best if I could manage one a day, or at least every other day. I did 15 paintings (not of the same image) in 15 days at one point and it was fruitful, so I imagine limiting the image would be even more interesting. I plan to cut my paper ahead of time (a variety of sheets) and push myself to do more if I can manage it.


Mary Y
10-23-2009, 09:41 PM
Lovely shapes in your last one and I love the colours in the trees.
Excuse my ignorance but why crop with photo shop?

your split complementary colours work really well.
The flowers in the fore ground are lovely
I particulary like the colours in the "White" of No 8.
Your gallery looks lovely I find it difficult to decide which I like best as they all have something I like.

10-23-2009, 10:06 PM
Was just in PS and decided to see what a different format would look like, and kinda liked it, so posted it also, no special reason for using that particular program:)

Mary Y
10-24-2009, 01:57 AM
Thank you for your reply Tressa

First two of my week four paintings.
No 13 was a piece of scrap light coloured colourfix that I had used to test colours on. I blended and fixed it before painting .That is why there are strange dark shadows and a few strange lines . No trees.


No 14 cream canson all greens.


I would appreciate any gentle critique that will help me improve my paintings.

Karen Margulis
10-24-2009, 09:27 AM
Mary I think you are doing a great job. I like them both with and without the trees!
Tressa I really like your gallery presentation. It's hard to decide on a favorite but I am leaning towards the rainy day vertical.
Mike I do hope you'll find the time to join us! I'd love to see your work.
Deborah I love them all but #6 and #8 are my favorite. I love snow scenes and that is on my list as well.
Just a few general thoughts about the project so far. It definitely is helpful to spend time prepping. I take time at the beginning of the week to choose, cut and tape my paper to my foamcore support. Then when I have a few minutes to paint I am ready to go. If I am going to do some with underpaintings...I do all of the underpaintings in one sitting to save on clean up time. My log and idea notebook is also helping me. I am finding that ideas tend to generate even more ideas. I am finding the 5x7 size easy to work with and allows me to do them quickly....most between 15-30 minutes.

10-24-2009, 12:32 PM
Karen - wow, I'm impressed by how prolific you've been! These are all wonderful; it's hard to choose a favorite. You can really appreciate the differences in them when they're all neatly lined up in a single gallery, too :) . These look a lot larger than 5x7", too.

Deborah - I like the split complement painting; the colors work well together. The winter one - I think that is my favorite of all yours so far! You do great snow, and this is a nice example of that.

Tressa - love the velvet texture you got using the sueded matboard! That, and the very different type of strokes you used here give it a very "organic" feel (I can't really describe what that means, but it's what pops into my head :D )

Mary - I think both of these turned out really well! I love the vibrancy of the reds, yellows and oranges and the purple complement in there. I also like how you turned the road into a creek - the reflections look great. I also think I like the simplicity of the painting without the trees.

I did two paintings last night, and I'll post them seperately.

10-24-2009, 12:57 PM
Here are two of my 5 for this week:


Canson grey paper, smooth side. Pastels: Senn, Rembr, Uni's.
I'd title this piece: "As You Were", since it is painted from the color photo with me trying to use accurate colors as much as possible. I also spent a bit more time painting it. The fair-weather cumulus clouds weren't in the actual photo, but they were present all that day. Besides, I love clouds, so I couldn't resist putting some in. They are from my memory/imagination, so if they look a bit funky, that's why. I want to do an entire series of cloud paintings soon.


All 3 pastel brands on 600-grit sandpaper.
For this piece, I was playing around with colors on a scrap piece of sandpaper, and pulled some that I wanted to try together. My main purpose was to try blending different color combos together, which is why you see green and yellow on red, yellow over blue, purple and red, purple and blue, etc. I wanted to try light over dark and some dark over light optical blending and see how those techniques worked. The result is a bit chaotic, but oddly cheerful, I think :lol: .I used no finger blending at all - it was just pastel over pastel. This is a piece I'll keep as a reference for color combos for future paintings. Plus, these bright, unrealistic palettes are just loads of fun!

10-24-2009, 04:22 PM
Here we are in week four -- really has gone quickly. Love seeing all the different versions and styles.

Tressa -love that version with the broken color -- looking at your gallery - I think #6 is my favorite -- but they are all great.

Deb, your new blue/green is really pretty- I think I am drawn to the split comp. color combo you used there. On the other hand I also like the snow-look -- I want to go back and look at that one a bit more.

Karen -- very fun to see all of your's - the variety in styles and colors -- is very interesting -- I'm drawn to #5 and #8.

Mary - I love #13 -- and love that you re-worked a sample paper -- what a great idea!!!!!

Sonya -- the green version is lovely -- nature's version. The r/b is really fun, I definitely agree that it is fun to work on some wild combinations and learn from them.

So, here is my week 4 group -- instead of my goal of 3, I managed 5 -- I was determined to try a sunset and an evening. All were fun -- all on mi-tientes, variety of greys, combination of pastels -- tried not to blend too much -- but sometimes --oh well. AND, as frustrated as I was last week -- I really had fun with these. The only ref I looked at was the value study, never looked at the original photo. Oh, and my trail seems to be a stream now. (good idea from a couple of you, thanks)

C&C very welcome and appreciated --


10-24-2009, 04:50 PM
Took four of these paintings to the MPS meeting today, and everyone was quite free with compliments and most had read the PJ article conerning the exercise. Some got inspired to try it.

10-24-2009, 05:34 PM
Wow, this thread's been busy already. I'll come back tomorrow to comment on the paintings but I like what I see at a glance!
Here is my week 3 gallery and my first for week 4. I did this on pastelmat and my pad is only 8x6. I guessed the square when masking it off but guessed wrong! This is about 6.75x6! it was s'posed to be green and purple and it is, but I went from blue/green through to yellow/green and blue/violet through red/violet so it just looks multi coloured. Oh and I left out the fence!



10-25-2009, 01:08 PM
I have to say what a great Idea Deborah this has been truely a great thread, one of the best since I started to come here. I have enjoyed seeing all the art work fo one setting done in so many different seasons, colors ect... I wish I would have had the time to join in, but then again I can always just do the exercise when the time is available. Thank You.

Mary Y
10-26-2009, 05:40 AM
Ruthie ,
Your gallery is looking great.Your latest has caught a windy cold look. I like the colour in the sky and I like it without the gate. The autumn colours in No 4 are lovely. I must have missed it earlier.
You have five lovely paintings there. I think my favorites this week are 4 or 5 I love both their skys.
Love the greens but I also like the purple sky in the red one and it has a lovely glow to the colours.

Mary Y
10-26-2009, 05:53 AM
No. 3 for week four

Green Mi- Teintes Tex
Various purples


10-27-2009, 03:28 PM
Love the purple! It's so calming.
I did 2 today. these are both on velour (which I don't like but need to get rid of a load) and are around 8x8 but not exactly....too lazy to cut the sheets I already have. the first is on black so I did a night scene. That is one huge moon :o
2nd is on cream and is all done with my 6 Rembrandt greens. I think the reason it's particularly blurred is because I tried to depict rain. The real thing does look better than the pic.
I'm getting a bit frustrated because I can't seem to improve my style. Perhaps I should try doing one "properly" without a time limit, on paper that I like and see what happens then.


That's me done for this week, which is good as I won't have any art time tomorrow:(

Deborah Secor
10-27-2009, 03:50 PM
I have to say what a great Idea Deborah this has been truely a great thread, one of the best since I started to come here. I have enjoyed seeing all the art work fo one setting done in so many different seasons, colors ect... I wish I would have had the time to join in, but then again I can always just do the exercise when the time is available. Thank You.

Scott, thanks. That's very nice of you to say. The work here is outstanding--a really interesting blend of styles, approaches, and experiments. Look for the thread with our painting galleries in it, which I expect will end up getting five stars!

Mmmm, Ruth, love the GREEN one! The rain works for me...

There are so many others I like... More time! I need more time in each day!

You guys are doing great--don't get bogged down now! A student of mine is using Wolf Kahn's color schemes for inspiration. Whose color work do you admire? Bounce off of that!


Mary Brigid
10-28-2009, 07:49 AM
I just want to tell you all that I really admire your dedication to Deborah's challange. I am watching and learning as I just don't have time to participate at the moment. All of your work is inspiring and facinating.
Well done to you all
Mary Brigid

10-29-2009, 05:41 PM
Like everyone these 4 weeks have passed very quickly. So many really creative and inspirational pieces have been displayed. To reflect I have become more comfortable with pastels and have become more daring and even broke the ones I was using. So at least I conquerred that challenge! :D I also used this opportunity to try out different papers, using primer, different underpainting techniques, strokes, etc. I still need to conquer the photographing the paintings. For these I reduced the size and helped a bit it seems but still seem to have more of the paper showing than IRL. Anyway here goes my 2 for Week 4:

#7 9X12 Swathmore Light Blue Pastel Paper DB and Rembrandt sticks Winter Scene


#8 Painted on Swathmore Beige Pastel Paper / Limited to shades of brown DB and Rembrandt sticks (Thought I would try to create a sepia look)


This has been such fun and many thanks Deborah for starting this challenge!

10-29-2009, 05:47 PM
Oh I like these Dee, especially the snow one. Mmmm, I haven't done one of those yet.............

Mary Y
10-29-2009, 09:32 PM
your rain looks really good and I like the way the moonlight shines in the canal.Your hedge has grown well since you chopped down the fence.

Your sepia works well and I particularly like the way you did your clouds. Love the winter scene.I think I am going to have to attempt one of those.