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Old 06-03-2019, 08:54 AM
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Welcome to our Different Strokes challenge for June.


Whatever your level of experience, you will be most welcome …. we share and we enjoy – we don’t judge!

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If you would like to host a Different Strokes, please see the Schedule thread here


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Please read the guidelines below carefully.

GUIDELINES:


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 please!
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.

Interpret the ideas any way you wish - be inventive, realistic, influenced by another style or '...ism' - it's up to you!

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!!!

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Recently, elsewhere in the forum, there developed a quite intense debate/discussion about 'movement' - and so our topic to explore this month is...

Movement


In art, of course, you will be aware of the many different 'Movements' through history - often with 'ism' attached!....... Realism......... Impressionism ......... Cubism...... Futurism - to name but a few!

What I'd like us to explore this month is movement in paintings and how to convey it.

Very basically one might draw lines following an object to show direction of movement - usually found in comic drawings.

But how do we use/convey movement in a more complex work (not that comic strip drawings are not often complex!)?

We use ......... Rhythm, repetition, line, form and colour!

By using these elements we create a sense of movement, a path through and around the picture space, leading the eye over the surface and usually to a focal point ... we try to keep the eye within the picture space and avoid it going off the edge!

This, from the J Paul Getty Museum, calls it Principles of Design and lists them succinctly!

Before attempting your own work, see if you can apply those principles to the following examples:

Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp


Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, early Renaissance.


Van Gogh! .... with tutorial notes to boot!
The Empty Easel – Dan Scott tutorial

or look at any of his works and 'analyse'!

... and not forgetting abstracts!!! ...

One of my favourite artists, Bridget Riley uses colour, line and form to create movement in Op-Art style

There are many more examples - just Google 'Movement in art'!

I hope that's got you thinking about approaching your own painting - any subject, any genre, any 'ism'.
Just make sure the viewer will be able to track the movement through your work - you should end up with a good composition - colour and tone and form!

Let the discussion begin!

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PS - if you'd like to take any picture, draw the 'movement' as you see it - either in coloured pen or using the computer, and post it for discussion, that's fine! ........ as long as it isn't your work for this challenge, that's to be kept until 21st!
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

This is where the rules of composition are helpful. I tried to avoid having to learn them but knowing a few basic things can really make a difference. Sometimes I see a painting that looks good but doesn't really grab my attention. And then I realize it's a composition thing.

As an example of trying to improve composition, in last month's painting there was bench in my reference, but it was facing the lake, away from the viewer. I decided to leave it out because I felt it acted as a block. It is often little things like that to consider. Though sometimes it can be had to decide what I should or shouldn't do.
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Good point Michelle!
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

great topic!
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Excellent! A piece Ive been laboring on will fit this! I wanted to spend more time on it!

I love the late display. It forces me to keep working on a piece instead of rushing to be done with it!
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

I am envisioning a tank moving down a rural country road. Perhaps with a flock of sheep moving to get out of its way.
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Thank you for a very interesting challenge.

I often try to capture movement in photography when it is windy, ( which is rare where I live) and spend time taking shots of plants bent over from the wind.
I also like to pan up a tree which causes movement, ICM - intentional camera movement.... but I was also a dancer for 20 years so there is lots to capture there. I am not sure what to choose, but this is really a delicious topic, and a great challenge.

Maureen, this is a most welcome challenge. thank you.
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Interesting challenge. Looking forward to it.
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Sounds fun. I guess having a few good creative moves is a plus.
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Excellent! A piece Ive been laboring on will fit this! I wanted to spend more time on it!

I love the late display. It forces me to keep working on a piece instead of rushing to be done with it!
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Argh! I spent about an hour on this, on what I had previously wanted it to be and then I realized I still remember the paint colors I used in the background and I could "undo" my session of this evening and go for a second try. So, can movement be deletion and do over?


I've just been deciding to put more into my work. I know I can do better but I often don't push too hard. There are things I can no longer push very hard but dammit I can still push a paint brush!


I made a pencil sketch, reminded myself I had done the same one in fourth grade and reached higher. I've always thought if I didn't try very hard I never had to allow myself the belief I couldn't do it. I could always tell myself, "I didn't try very hard". Well, time to knock that crap off! Time to move!


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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

I'm so happy I found this thread. This is an awesome challenge, something I'm totally clueless on but so important to learn and have a go. Thank you for allowing all levels to participate. I will go study the lovely references and tips.
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Sandy, glad you are jumping in and joining the challenge. We have loads of fun and learn a lot too. Cheers
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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

What if we are very new to painting and do not feel confident in the quality of our work? Is this more of an intermediate/advanced thread?
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What if we are very new to painting and do not feel confident in the quality of our work? Is this more of an intermediate/advanced thread?


To give you some encouragement, I hope you join in, we are all at different levels, and being that what you like is really 'in the eye of the beholder' being your own measure of aspiration.

I am recently over here learning Acrylics, and this thread is such good fun, but the encouragement here is wonderful. It really doesn't matter as long as you enjoy what you do. I urge you to stay and 'have a go' because you will not know how much fun it is, unless you join in.

I do lots of challenges, in different mediums, but this is my favourite challenge. There is no picture, there is a 'brief' and 'your mind' your imagination. ! You need to read the 'brief' .

Welcome.

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Re: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

These challenges are open to all levels. They are about learning new things and having fun.

These challenges used to be based on a photo. That's why it's called Different Strokes, because each person will paint something in their own way. At some point it somehow changed to themes. And the themes can be anything, some are more educational, some are more simple, some just to try something different and get creative.
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