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Old 02-28-2017, 08:15 PM
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Different Strokes - A Forum Project for March 2017

WELCOME TO THE MARCH DIFFERENT STROKES CHALLENGE

Great job by everyone in the February challenge. And a big thank you to Fedetony for hosting!!!!!

If you would like to host a Different Strokes, please see
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1302516

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!

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 - it's up to you!

PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD WORKS 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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March Challenge


Tonalism, Spring & the Big Brush

The challenge this month is "Spring in a Tonalism style using one big brush". Since Spring starts on the 20th, we had to have something around spring.

The Tonalism art movement is not easy to define. In a very simplistic way, Tonalism is defined, for me, as creating emotions and mood based on the color tones. You would think Spring and this style would not go together, maybe it can. Here is some more info on the style:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=546012

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/arch...p/t-59083.html

Now for added fun, the challenge will also involve the use of only one big brush. Find and use one of the biggest brushes you have for this challenge. Test your skills using that one big brush for the whole work or works.

We have lots of experts here who can also help us understand Tonalism. Time to ask those questions. I know I will.

So a Tonalism style work with a focus on spring using 1 (only one) big brush. Tell us what size brush you used too. Hope I have not created something impossible for this month .

Have fun, create, and enjoy your painting challenge! Cheers!!

PS - Subscribe to the thread to keep up with the flow!
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We are away for most of the month but I will try to produce something. Mary, is there a pictorial example anywhere? I'm finding the explanations really boggling. I need to learn but have a pictorial memory.(Haven't been to art school.) Thank you.
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Re: Different Strokes - A Forum Project for March 2017

Mnnn, thanks Carl for the challenge ... I'm actually trying to process what the tonalism is..., as I read in the thread under Faber Birren's definition is a triangular combination on this chart:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/i...llustrated.jpg
Now, if you select one triangle, you get a different style, like impressionistic or Leonardo or Rembrant...

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Tone in Birrens chart is the addition of the chosen Hues' compliment.
The addition of black and white to a hue is grey

So, as I understood the challenge is to make a spring painting, using a tonal triad and only one big brush?

Interesting....
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Whoops! Sorry Mary! I meant Carl! It is a fascinating challenge and I'll have to do lots of reading. The trouble is, our March holiday is on an island renowned for it's brilliant sunlight and colour so I'll have to take some Spring photos before we go. Is there a simple way of stating this tonality idea? For example, if one mixes a colour with others, but not black or white, to produce a variation of the main colour? Are only three main colours allowed?
Sorry to be so naïve. The big brush challenge is a tricky one too e.g. tiny celandines will each have to be as big as Georgia O'Keefe's individual flowers! Maybe scenery.....
Today in South East England the sky really is about fifty shades of grey.... that may be an inspiration
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Well, isn't it Bob Ross the one that builds this awesome landscapes with just a big brush?...
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Hi All,

Great questions and pondering going on out there. I am off to the office, but, I will post some helpful learning and information to guide us later today.

When I see a work that is in the Tonalist style, it is often misty or without hard edges and using muted tones of color. Not all are landscapes either. We are all in this challenge class together . And I am sure some Tonalism experts will chime in too.

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We sure do learn a lot here. This is all new to me.

The big brush part might be the harder part of the challenge for me. I'm guessing, though, that the brush size can be relative to the size of the painting?
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Fun challenge, Carl! The big brush is right up my alley. Tonalism and finding a spring subject will be the challenges for me.
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Ok, Spring (Check)
Ok, Big Brush (Check)
Ok Tonalist (??????)

Must learn new thing, grrr, no, beat it with big brush!
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Hi Team,

Just for clarification. I recommended you use the biggest brush you have. So if that is a 3/0 round, use it. Oh but you have to do a 24x36 canvas with it.

More to come on the whole Tonalism topic.

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LOL - Dianna
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Carl, I'm going to read that like you are kidding

I did some reading and looked at some pictures and was very confused, but it might be starting to sink in. This is the way I'm seeing it... limited palette, low saturation, soft style. More about values and mood and not about accurate colour representation.

This page has lots of images to look at. I think this helped me the most.
https://www.artsy.net/gene/tonalism
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Thanks for the images Lavenderfrost. Mysterious and blurry will be my mantra for this challenge......I think?
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Hi All,

We are off and going. Thanks Michelle for the link. Very helpful.

Margaretta - yes mysterious, muted, and blurry and something for Spring...maybe a basket of flowers, blooming daffodils, roses, or a green field.....

Here is another informative link:

http://bluehillbaygallery.com/p/Tonalism.html


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