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Deborah Secor
10-29-2009, 10:52 AM
For those who plan to go on into November with a few of us, come on along! I plan to post up through week eight, when I'll show work in the gallery.

Go ahead an post anything you complete for week five now.

Let us know your plans for this month, too. Are you going on with the same challenge image, or making some changes? Do you want to post a recap before beginning this month? Go ahead! It might help you and someone else coming along behind you.


I know for me this first four weeks has been instructive. I learned how often I grab the same kinds of colors to achieve an end. I don't think this is bad--it does work, after all. Most of the time the 'rules' help us solve any pesky issues that pop up in a painting, like how to make the distant plane recede or how to make a foreground pop forward using color, value, edges, etc. But I realized that I use a formula more than I thought--I grab the same blued color to push the field back, and I use the same combo of color to pop the fore! So this has helped me to think creatively about those issues, and others, too, of course. This month I want to push more on seeing what happens when I play with some of these subtleties. Stay tuned!


Karen Margulis
10-29-2009, 12:30 PM
I am glad to see you are continuing into November. My goal is actually to finish 100 by then. I have done 45 so far. I am so glad Deborah started this challenge and that I decided to join in. I have been so energized and excited about painting these variations...so much so that I have actually had dreams of techniques to try. This challenge has really helped me in so many ways. Like Deborah, I saw how I tended to reach for the same colors. I am pushing myself to explore colors and color combinations that I wouldn't think to use. I am having the most fun experimenting with different papers and techniques. This past week I have gotten into texture which I really love. I will post my latest later today. I am also starting a new blog in which I will document this challenge and give myself room to comment on each painting and how I created it. I will post a link once I get that going.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to.

10-29-2009, 01:18 PM
I'll be continuing too and I think I may as well stick with the same ref. I'm sure there are still plenty of colour combos I can think of (I hope).

I've hardly done any landscape before, in fact most of my work has been in a very illustrative style. This is helping me to loosen up and has, I think, positively affected my outlook and some of the other work I've done since I started this challenge. I still have a long way to go before I'm any good at landscape but I think my eyes are starting to open!!

Karen Margulis
10-29-2009, 03:28 PM
Here are some of mine from week five. I have six more finished but need to photograph them. One more to paint and I will have reached 50! I am not bored with my image yet but I have discovered that my trees have gone through changes. They started out a bit smaller and had more of a bushy look. Now sometimes I seem to paint them as just a shape with no indication of any leaves at all. Now in my latest variations (not shown here) I have introduced trunks so I can allow some light and background to sneak in. I am so tempted to add water but I think I'll hold off on that until my next challenge!

Kathryn Wilson
10-29-2009, 04:08 PM
I will be continuing, but with a slightly different image - no more trees! Simple land shapes and maybe a bush or two.

Mary Y
10-29-2009, 09:24 PM
I would like to continue.
The challenge has made me think more than I normally do about colour.I am begining to realise I do not have to find the exact same colour as IRL.In fact I like some of the stronger colours better.
There is such a wealth of ideas and shared knowledge in these threads.I may not make 100 but I find I am fitting more pastel work into my week than I have done since I first tried pastels about three years ago.
Thank you again Deborah for starting this .

Wow up to 50 .
2,3,6,& 11 are my favorites this week. Frankly I would be happy to produce any of these. I particularly like the light in the snow scene.

Karen Margulis
10-30-2009, 07:32 AM
Thank you Mary! Most of these were done on Canson as I was trying to use up my old paper. This week I have been making some of my own supports and I am enjoying the textured effects I am getting.
Ruthie and Kat....glad to see you will continue!


10-30-2009, 08:29 AM
Am gonna try to continue...I cut my thumb really bad coring apples, ugghh...but is my lefthand at least, lol!
here is my next....Tres


10-30-2009, 08:30 AM
Update Collage.


Kathryn Wilson
10-30-2009, 11:34 AM
Deborah and I discussed how we are going to handle this going forward. We will be posting a thread entitled "November Challenge" (this thread) where you will post your WEEkLY GALLERIES.

As for October, once we get the Gallery thread opened on Sunday(?), we will include links back to the Challenge Weeks, then take down the stickies so we aren't hogging the top of the Studio/Gallery forum.

10-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Karen you have been busy! I like all of these but my favourites are 1,6,10 and 11.

Tressa, all yours are gorgeous and this is no exception.

Kathryn. i was going to post my first one for this week but do you want us to wait until we have done the week's worth and then post our gallery? Mine will look much better in gallery format........much smaller :lol:

Kathryn Wilson
10-30-2009, 01:49 PM
Yes, Ruthie, we need to down-size this Challenge a bit, so posting all of your week's work in a gallery format would be great.

10-30-2009, 01:59 PM
Yes, I want to continue (not to mention catch up). No changes. I'll also comment in the gallery thread for October, there is too much to wade through. I didn't forsee how extremely busy I'd be, but it should end by Monday or so, and then I'll catch up!


11-01-2009, 03:06 AM
Count me in. I will be choosing a different ref though.

Karen Margulis
11-01-2009, 07:30 AM
I wanted to share that I set up a blog devoted to my challenge paintings. It will be easier for me to document what I did for each one. I'd love for you to take a look and let me know what you think. I left it kind of open ended in case I plan to do another type of challenge when this one is finished.
The blog is at www.milesofcanvas.blogspot.com (http://www.milesofcanvas.blogspot.com)


11-01-2009, 07:33 AM
Karen, it is very well put together, very imformative, and the paintings are spectacular!!! A lot of thought and effort well worth it...

Karen Margulis
11-01-2009, 08:12 AM
Thank you Tressa! I was so excited that i figured out how to make a new banner heading for the blog so the momentum carried me to finish it! I am thinking about updating my regular blog now....or should I paint!


Mary Y
11-01-2009, 09:10 AM
I have just been looking at your blog. Its very well put together .Your paintings look really good and I think your "winter sunset' is excellent.

11-03-2009, 06:15 PM
WOW! can't believe how busy i have been. i 'm still on week one with only 4 done and not even posted yet and some of y'all have 40 to 50 done on week 5. where did the time go?

Deborah Secor
11-03-2009, 07:20 PM
I've found time to do some painting, so here's my week:

variation 11

variation 12

variation 13,

So--do you think I lost my mind on the last one? (I love it!) It's Pans on Colourfix Premium. The other two are sticks on buttercup Pastelmat.

Anyway, if I can get all my pix into a gallery I'll post the whole month to the October gallery thread, but I preferred to paint. :D


11-03-2009, 07:28 PM
LOL, Deborah! I think they are great! The last one looks like it was fun!
Mine is Pans also. Tres

11-03-2009, 08:32 PM
Deborah and Tressa - these are great! Love the 3rd very abstracted version you did, Deborah. I just wish I could see the entire painting without having to pan down my screen.

Tressa - I really like the sense of depth and texture you got with those orange grasses with the blue water.

I'm not sure when I'll have time to get back on track with the challenge, so I'll live vicariously through everyone else's work for the time being!

Mary Y
11-03-2009, 09:15 PM
Love the pan one I like the light and how you did the tree.I also like no2.

Love the colours. I have realised while doing this challenge that I really like orange/golden colours in landscape.

Karen Margulis
11-03-2009, 09:17 PM
Wow Deborah I love the last one! Especially the bottom part. It looks like it was fun to do!
Tressa, I really like yours too. Amazing what you can do with the pans. I have to try them someday!

Deborah Secor
11-03-2009, 11:13 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone! #13 has a lot of swing and sway to it.

Love the 3rd very abstracted version you did, Deborah. I just wish I could see the entire painting without having to pan down my screen.

Sonya, check my blog: http://www.deborahsecor.blogspot.com/ It's smaller there. :)


11-04-2009, 07:06 AM
Thanks for the kudos...it was done with the little tools, except for the initial layer with the larger sponges

11-04-2009, 11:12 AM
Deborah, I like all of yours. That last one makes me feel as if I'm running on the track, real sense of speed.
Tressa, love the orange and I love the sky in that one too.
I seem to have lost momentum and have only done one this week so far. Am I right that the week started on 11/1 though so I've still got a few days?

11-04-2009, 02:53 PM
"yea Ruthie, I think this week has a few more days, but just jump back in, and thanks.

One interesting thing I realized, is after the second painting, I haven't even used my ref pic any more. I misplaced it when I started my 3rd, and so just winged it, and then never used it again after...
I also noticed, like a few others, going for similar color choices, even if they were dif values...hmmm

Mary Y
11-05-2009, 02:08 AM
Four for this week
1 and 2 are on colourfix
I had not tried a nocturne before so that was fun

No 3 was smooth canson and 4 was colourfix primer on an offcut of mat board.

11-05-2009, 07:00 AM
These are great Mary! Big change up in #3! Love the texture in #4, the trees in #1 and the clouds in #2!

11-05-2009, 07:46 AM
Mary, they're all good, especially the nocturne. Everyone is doing fantastic work here.
I havn't started week four for October yet, will have to try to catch up!

11-05-2009, 09:58 AM
You guys knock my socks off!!! Outstanding work!!!! Barb

Karen Margulis
11-05-2009, 11:37 AM
Mary, I like your nocturne too! Nice work!
I have been busy this week and made it up to 62. I am going to a more realistic look this week and notice my skies are becoming moody! Here are the last 4 I've done.

Deborah Secor
11-05-2009, 11:57 AM
Oh man, those last two are particularly gorgeous, Karen!

(I'm on the run... back later...ooo, a nocturne, nice..gotta go)


11-05-2009, 01:02 PM
Gorjus stuff, gals!

I'm catching up, so here's my week 3.... :o painted today.

This one has a name "November". I looked out and was "inspired", especially when the Pans turned to mud on yellowy Tiziano, so I, as it were, went with the *flow*. :lol:

7. "November"

Next is sticks on lousy paper demure blue. Had to counter the feeling of November, so I lit the light.


Then I reversed values.

Hope to catch up some more, there are a few more things I want to try.


Kathryn Wilson
11-05-2009, 04:22 PM
Karen, I just visited your blog - congrats, they look great!

Charlie, wow - #8 is fantastic!

11-05-2009, 08:55 PM
Karen, wow you really movin' - great work, enjoying all of them

Charlie -- another wow -- love your experiments -- going with the flow.

I hope to post over the weekend -- need daylight to photograph --


11-05-2009, 08:59 PM
Oops, I missed some great ones --

Mary and Tressa -- both of yours are great -- I really like the monotone pieces --

Deb -- wonderful -- your 'pan' piece is gorgeous -- I am so new, I barely know what pans are -- but what a fantastic look.


11-05-2009, 10:40 PM
Wow, you guys are going to town. I have five done but still need to photo them and get them up here. I have finally been well enough to paint as I only had two done when I went into the hospital on the 15th of Oct. unfortunately was not able to paint today as it seems I am coming down with something else:(
Hopefully I can get mine photoed and put up here and hopefully I won't get too sick with whatever is bugging me. Being on prednisone makes me even more susceptible. I am enjoying looking at everyones though. Great job all of you!


11-06-2009, 01:16 AM
Deborah, Not sure about no.11 probably because I love colour. Love the foreground on No.12. No.13 is intriguing, those broad strokes have such energy - love it.

Tressa the pull of the orange against the neutral is really interesting in this one.

Mary, How different they all look. I like the pink one, very mysterious and the last one.

Karen, Wonderful. Like them all but love the fourth one. You're really loosening up now.

Charlie, In No.7 love the way you've achieved the hint of something better behind the rain. No.8 and 9 are quite psycodelic (sp?), who needs sunshine LOL

I need to play catch-up. Can't believe the week has already gone.

Mary Y
11-06-2009, 08:02 PM
these are all lovely , I could happily hang #3 or #4 on my wall.

November has some beautiful pink and purples but #8 is my favourite it is glorious

Tressa ,Thank you for commenting.

Julie ,Karen and Deborah , Thanks I enjoyed trying the nocturne . I found some lovely moonlight paintings on the marine art site

Nancy and Marion thank you.

I am really enjoying watching the galleries on the October thread

11-07-2009, 08:19 PM
Deborah: I wasn't able to join for October and I know we are already into November, but if I don't commit now, it may not happen. I enjoyed the October work, but must admit I'm confused on posting. So, I'm considering Saturday as the end of the week. And it looks like this month everyone is waiting until their commitment is finished and showing all in one post. Is that right? Can someone help me in posting images side by side? Jan

11-07-2009, 08:24 PM
Sorry, just saw that the October thread says Gallery Format. Where might I find instructions for that? Sorry to be so lame, but I've only done single posting here in the past.

Mary Y
11-07-2009, 09:32 PM
Hi Jan and welcome.

You can find Charlie's (Colorix) instructions on page 11 of "I challenge you-- Variations of a Theme" on how to do a gallery.
I do not have Photo Shop so I followed the instructions in her banner on how to make a signature banner on Gimps and I use that with her template.

I am not interested in computers but "where there is a will there is a way" you just need to play around with it.

As I understand we are posting weekly so we do not have multiple threads taking up too much space.
Good luck.

11-08-2009, 12:16 AM
Thank you, Mary. I saw the article in Pastel Journal was immediate engaged, but it was just the wrong time. I'll be struggling with this month as well, buy I saw the growth and enjoyment of the past few weeks even from those that hadn't kept to their original schedule. Debrah....I, too, was taken by the first paragraph in the book. I felt like it was written directly to me!! You have all been doing such a terrific job with this challenge! Jan

11-08-2009, 09:17 AM
Jan, Hi!

You don't have to use the gallery template if you can make your own galleries, but it is pretty convenient, and I'm using it myself though I didn't intendt to... :-)

They are in the other thread here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905&page=11). Post 156 (PSE tutorial + templates) and 159 (Paint tutorial).

Gotta catch up with you guys!


11-08-2009, 12:04 PM
Wow! There's some great stuff on here. Love your November Charlie. It looks how I've been feeling! I really haven't made the grade this week as I've been so busy with other things. I've done one (which is awful) and haven't even got a decent photo yet to post it.
Will try to do better next week but I fear I am losing the momentum!

11-08-2009, 05:04 PM
Greetings all --
Here is my gallery for November, 4 pieces - tried some winter scenes -- the other two seem very familiar -- a little too much like previous versions, I think.
My paper selection is diminishing --two are on a terra cotta mi-tients --

Really enjoy seeing everyone's work --


11-09-2009, 02:20 AM
Nancy, great work once again. Love No.2 makes me feel cold just looking at it. Also like the sky in No.1 and the contrast in strokes.

Sorry I haven't got further than sorting out my new reference and underpainting one in watercolour as I've had a slight eye infection. Not bad but I didn't want to use the pastels in case the dust exacerbated it. Will have to play catch-up on my catch-up.

11-09-2009, 08:42 AM
Nancy, looks wonderful!

Marion, same with me, catching up on catching up... :-D

Ruthie, you've had that weather before it reached us... pick up the momentum as soon as you can (if you want, natch). I'll play with some more tonight, as I'm pretty exhausted after a highly intense weekend, and I don't want to paint anything "serious", but these are perfect for relaxing and having fun.


11-09-2009, 01:28 PM
nancy, they're great. Hard to say which appeals to me most but I think it's the cooooold one!

Mary Y
11-09-2009, 10:50 PM
All very nice I have looked at them for some time and cannot decide which I like best. I love the winter ones and I love the golden glow in the fourth.

Mary Y
11-09-2009, 11:03 PM
Week Two November
25, 26 and 29 on colourfix storm 27 on canson


29 on colourfix I decided the shape of my original reference picture could be a beach track.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2009/100777-29.JPG


11-10-2009, 03:06 AM
Mary, love the one with the red sky and I really like the way you've changed it to a beach scene. It really works. I've got a lot of catching up to do, have bad neck pain at the moment from arthritis and havn't been able to paint much.

Nancy, great work for November, love the movement in your paintings.

11-10-2009, 04:14 AM
Mary, wow! Such great changes! That's inspring, thanks!


11-10-2009, 06:52 AM
Hi all!! Haven't the time to comment individually rite now, but, I have looked! They are all great, and so different but alike!:thumbsup:
Got a lot on my plate rite now...:(

11-10-2009, 11:23 AM
Mary, you're certainly finding some original variations! I love the sunset (sky on fire) one.

11-10-2009, 06:24 PM
Thanks for everyone's comments, much appreciated.

Mary-- the beach surprised me, but great job -- I like all of them, can't decide which -- because they all have something special - the fiery sky, the ghosty trees, love the grey and white.


11-10-2009, 08:40 PM
I know we are supposed to post galleries of our week's work, but I hoped you wouldn't mind if I posted my notan (or rough sketch might be more appropriate) for any comments. I'm so amazed at what Karen, Deborah and others have done with such simple shapes......but I was drawn (yes, that was intended ) to do this simplified landscape that I used for a pastel painting before. It is from a picture taken of the hills/mountains north of LA. I have decided not to overthink this....a problem I have and just jump in. I certainly have some amazing examples to keep me going. Please comment if you see an issue. Deborah: I sketch right on the paper when I'm working and rarely use even thumbnails. I just may change that habit.


11-16-2009, 12:17 AM
Boy, am I confused! It is the end of the second week. I am planning on posting the 3 paintings that represent my 1st week (don't ask!). Is this the thread we should use? I saw that the October work was put into the October Gallery, and I assume there will be one for November. I thought I would be seeing posts that showed the work of the first week of Nov. and then a new post with that work and the second week added on in gallery form. Am I right? Help Charlie!!!! Or anyone!!!

11-16-2009, 03:29 PM
Hi Jan. I'm sure you can post away on this thread. I think this is for all the November weeks.
As for me, sorry, I've fallen by the wayside, lost momentum and have a big project which is taking all my time (it is still a pastel painting though). This challenge has been invaluable to me. It's helped to teach me to loosen up a bit and not take my work, or myself, so damn seriously! For that I thank you very much Deborah and every one else who has inspired me!

Mary Y
11-16-2009, 06:11 PM
Hi Jan,
As Ruthie said post here for November .I intend to post week 3 as soon as I get enough light to photograph my last one.
I looked on your blog and I really like your blue painting of your week one.

11-16-2009, 06:38 PM
Thank you, Mary. My blog is really for non-artist friends, so there's a lot of strange stuff on it....showing processes,ect.
For this challenge, I am trying to do as many things different as possible and make this process valuable. By the way, did you put yours in a gallery format before posting? I see they are side by side with white in between. I can't believe I'm having so much trouble with this. Maybe it's because I use a Mac. Right now I could post all three paintings, but they would just be stacked one on top of another, because I just can't seem to clearly understand the process. My son said, just shoot them side by side and send it in as one picture, but it seems that's not really solving the problem and with the dimension requirements, they would be rather small since they are horizontal paintings. Any ideas besides getting a new brain?

11-17-2009, 06:38 PM
I've decided just to post the first week (3). I have one done for week two. And I'll be in SF this weekend, so I hope being a Mac expert he'll get me creating a gallery.




11-17-2009, 08:18 PM
Jan, great start on your project, I think you will have a lot of fun with this ref --many possibilities.


11-18-2009, 12:23 AM
Thank you, Nancy. I thought as I was working I had chosen a design that was too complcated.........but, I see that as I move on, I'm simplifying....another good lesson! My last message was a little confusing. I'll be in SF to visit my son (the architect/webmaster with 3 websites of his own), daughter-in-law and my first grandchild!!! Yeah! It will only be the second time I've see her, but my son sends DAILY pictures from his iPod!

Mary Y
11-18-2009, 08:45 PM
I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I have It has been great fun to do. As I said before I really like your blue one .

I have just looked back on this thread and I cannot see my response to the comments on my last weeks posting.
So Julie,
Ruthie and
thank you for taking time to comment.

My 5 for week 3

30 on colourfix 31 32 33 on matboard with clear colourfix primer
33 was blended at every stage
34 first try on velour

30 31


32 33



11-19-2009, 12:38 AM
Oh, Mary! Nos. 30 & 33 just carry me away.

Mary Y
11-19-2009, 03:10 AM
Thank you Jan .Enjoy the weekend with your family.

11-20-2009, 10:30 PM
I decided to jump in with 100 portraits after a painting I had done a few years ago. The first eight are on a warm gray Strathmore paper and the last one is a white sheet from a canson pad. All the approaches vary and I tried to use different color combinations than what I would normally use. Another goal in this first set was to limit the number of pastels to 4-7 colors and a completion time of 15-25 minutes.


Deborah Secor
11-21-2009, 11:38 AM
Mike, so glad you decided to jump on board. I'll be interested to hear what conclusions you come to from this experiment. I have trouble imagining how one might paint a portrait so many different ways, but that's likely because I have such limited experience of doing them. As I look at these first few I already see how the color and contrast, as well as the development of features (or not), affects the emphasis, expression and mood. :D


11-21-2009, 12:18 PM
I really spent a lot of time pondering exactly what I wanted to do with this project...In my classes some of my students had started the "100" project with a small still life and and I actually had one picked out to do but thought it might be more fun with the portrait. The first few were mostly to see how the Strathmore paper would work for me and limiting my choices of color to just a few sticks....actually ended up by just trying to get the right "value" regardless of the color.
After I started, I also began wondering just how many ways could this be done:)

Mary Y
11-22-2009, 08:38 PM
It is very interesting to see the differences in the first 9 portraits I must say I am running out of steam as I approach 40!
Welcome to the thread and I look forward to seeing your next set.

11-23-2009, 01:43 AM
Jancee, all three of these are interesting. I particularly like No.3. I don't normally like monochromes but I am finding that I am more and more drawn to them as I see them in this challenge. The use of pastels in No.2 give a light, ahppy look, and your colour combination in No. one, although it is muted, still has a lot of light.

Mary, how different these all look. Particularly like No. 32 and then 30 the best. Also love last weeks gallery (sorry I haven't commented before). That beach scene is great, and you have such different moods in all of them.

Mike, Just wonderful. Just shows how different moods can be achieved with limited palettes.

Sorry I've not been around. I've been ill with bronchitis so have decided to give up soft pastels and so this challenge.

Deborah, this has been an interesting challenge, so thank you for that. I have learnt quite a lot which I can take over into my other media. I'm giving oil pastels a try, and might challenge myself to do the same with those.

I shall keep lurking to see the interesting work that's beeing done.

11-23-2009, 09:32 AM
Mary It's going to be interesting to see what happens after 40!
Marion Thanks Marion!

11-23-2009, 01:11 PM
Marion and Mary: thank you for your comments. I got back from SF just in time to shop and plan for Thanksgiving! I'm really impressed with everyone's work to develop so many differences, but I have to confess, it would never occur to me to try portraits! Like Deborah, it's probably because I haven't done many.....but I admire your courage and will be watching closely!!

Mary Y
11-24-2009, 09:03 PM
Marion I am sorry to hear you have been unwell and very sorry you are no longer doing pastels I really enjoyed your painting in the challenge especially 1,6 and 8.

11-25-2009, 12:53 AM
Here are the three that constitute week 2 for me. I'll try to repost in gallery format in next couple of days.




11-25-2009, 10:46 AM
very nice...like the directional strokes and some of the cross toning in the second one.

11-25-2009, 08:01 PM
Thank you, Mike. That's more my usual style, but I'm pushing myself to break out a little. I think next I'll have the strokes going up and down a la the cover of Elizabeth Mowry's "The Pastelist's Year". That cover reminds me of this challenge.

Mary Y
11-27-2009, 03:21 AM
All three work well but I really like the third one.

Mary Y
11-29-2009, 02:08 AM
I have six for this week and that takes me up to 40.
35 on blue colourfix.(I liked yours Jan so I tried an all blue)
36 on beige mi teintes This was a little set of six pastels I tried out.
37 was on black mountboard primed with Matisse transparent gesso(bits of pastel seem to have fallen of)
38 brown M board primed withclear colourfix.
39 gold M board also clear colourfix
40 Mi Teintes trying to do Charlies colourist underpainting and I decided to post it at this stage.I suspect it will take longer than 30 minutes to finish as I have yet to grasp what I am attempting :confused:.

35 36


37 38

39http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Nov-2009/100777-39and40.jpg 40


11-30-2009, 04:46 PM
Well done, Mary. 38 is my favorite. Do you think we will have a December site?

Mary Y
12-02-2009, 08:45 PM
Jan ,
Thank you . My aim is to make 50 by the end of December. I don't know if I will with Christmas this month. However just keep posting in this thread while you are enjoying the challenge.

Deborah Secor
12-14-2009, 04:59 PM
Just a note to let you know that this thread will be moved to the Library as of the end of the year... That means you can view it there but you can't post to it.

(There's more information in post #181 of the original ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905&page=5) thread on how to take part in the Challenge and/or continue showing us your ongoing Challenge paintings.)


Mary Y
12-19-2009, 07:12 AM
I am up to 50 with the challenge and I don't intend to do any more for a while. There are several other themes I would like to explore. However I think I will eventually do more of the 100 .
I have enjoyed doing these although I slowed down a bit after 40.
They are mostly A/spectrum and W/Newton except for No. 45 which is with my new Mt Vision Red Center set (lovely pastels). Colourfix paper/Mountboard with colourfix primer and No. 50 is a piece of old black craft paper.
I will also post all 50 as a gallery and some of my thoughts on the whole process .




C&Cs welcome

Deborah Secor
12-19-2009, 03:41 PM
Mary, your variations are fascinating. Such variety and creativity! I'll be looking for your conclusions to come...


12-20-2009, 02:56 AM
Mary, fantastic variations - Love the way they are all so different.

Hard to pick a favourite but especially like the way you've brought the gum tree in on No.45 and combined the other elements - this is an instantly identifiable Australian landscape.

Mary Y
12-20-2009, 04:01 AM
Thank you Deborah I will try and put some thoughts on paper in a little while.

Thank you for looking in on this thread and commenting. I had to try out my new pastels on the Australian scene.The original reference is actually a bush road in south Africa.

12-21-2009, 09:29 AM
Fantastic work, everyone! :clap:

My 'stickability' to tasks like this isn't the best in the world... After too many good things happening, and too much to do, and too little interest and drive to complete even the 20 I had in mind... I quit, with 9 of them, I think. So to put a full stop to it, here's my collected gallery:


It was really interesting, for a while. I may return to it, but right now I feel a great resistance, as I want to paint other things. My ole brain craves variety. Funny, I was so determined in the beginning, and this helped me solve a painting problem, so I guess I felt that caused it to be, for now, "mission accomplished".

It was great fun while it lasted, though!


Deborah Secor
12-21-2009, 12:13 PM
I understand, Charlie. If I planned to do this again myself, I'd structure it differently in a number of ways (careful choice of image, correcting compositional flaws, etc.) and then I'd do one every day without fail, rather than batching them into three or four once a week... But the point is to get from it what's there to be learned, so "mission accomplished" is really what it's all about anyway!


Mary Y
12-22-2009, 09:00 AM
Charlie, I would have liked to see how this played out. I particularly like your second and third.They have that lovely glow that is characteristic of your work.