WELCOME TO THE November DIFFERENT STROKES CHALLENGE
If you would like to host a Different Strokes, please see the Schedule thread here http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1302516
Please read carefully the guidelines below.
On the first of each month a reference photo (or photos) will be posted in a thread entitled "Different Strokes".
All entries must be for this challenge and in acrylics - any type of acrylic.
Join in the discussion about the project - it's friendly and fun to learn how others are coping/struggling/thriving!!! But no visual images!
Help can be gained from asking but also from looking for resource materials elsewhere - the RIL e.g.
A 'reveal' date for all is 21st of the month - that gives us 3 weeks to make the work, plus an extra week for latecomers.
**PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD WORK TO THE THREAD BEFORE THE 21ST OF THE MONTH.** Much more exciting and fun to see what 'masterpieces' appear! If work is uploaded early it will be moved to a safe place until 21st.
At the end of the month the thread /discussion will be closed and a new challenge will begin.
**Please note, the single 'reveal' date is chosen so that we do not influence each other with our individual interpretations ...... that's the whole point of it being called 'Different Strokes'!
By all means ask questions in the thread or initiate discussion about the challenge - just don't post images!!!
The challenge this month is
The Hudson River School Vastness in the studio, intimacy in the great outdoors.
Seemingly Random Factoids
The Hudson River School flourished in the United States between approximately 1820 and 1880. The earliest Hudson River School painters took the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains for subject matter. Later painters moved West, from Niagara Falls to the American West.
The paintings depict an idealized American landscape, usually in great detail and sometimes in expansive size. For example, Bierstadt's "Among the Sierra Nevadas, California" is ten feet wide by six feet high.
Artistic influences include Claude Lorrain and JMW Turner. Philosophic influences include American Transcendentalists Thoreau and Emerson.
Painters like Thomas Cole and Asher Brown Durand would traipse about in the wilderness sketching trees and rocks as memory aids for their studio work. The intimacy outdoors comes from relating closely to rough terrain, slippery rocks in rivers, inclement weather and mosquitoes in warm weather. The level of detail in the sketches implies an intimate study of the subject.
Here's a sample by Asher Durand.
Images like this would find their way into paintings like this one, also by Asher Durand. Though the painting is not large, about five feet high, by Hudson River standards, it certainly depicts a vast and sublime landscape fading off in the infinite distance.
So as they say in the courtroom dramas, "Is There a Challenge Here?"
To quote the eminent American philosopher, Sarah Palin, "you betcha." In fact, you have some choices.
One way to participate is copy any painting by any Hudson River School painter - give the painter and title. The Wikipedia link at the end of this post has a list of painters. Among the most prominent are Cole, Durand, Church and Bierstadt.
Another way is to make a sketch, in acrylics (naturally) of any object that could later incorporate into a painting. To gain my everlasting admiration, also post a thumbnail design of the hypothetical bigger work. The thumbnail can be in graphite, crayon, sharpie or whatever. Indicate where your detailed object will go. It would be cool if you venture into the woods and make an acrylic sketch of a tree, but an empty champagne bottle, hairbrush, or whatever will do just as well.
A third way is make an original painting in the manner of the Hudson River guys. It doesn't have to be a landscape, though that would make sense. You can check the RIL (link at the end here) for suitable landscape references. Your painting should have drama - lots of contrast. Many Hudson River paintings have tall verticals one one or both edges framing a bright, hazy area in the distance. You could paint the kids' toys on the floor in this manner if you wish.
Here are a few more paintings for inspiration.
Asher Brown Durand, "Kindred Spirits"
Frederick Edwin Church, "Niagara Falls"
Albert Bierstadt, "Rocky Mountains"
Here is a link to a Wikipedia Article, with even more links in it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_School
Here's a link to the Reference Image Library: