Please join us for the Different Strokes challenge in Acrylics - you'll find it here.
Welcome to the December challenge for Different Strokes - with a real departure from the usual challenge!
This month we are going to give you a verbal description of a photo and you get to paint what you envision from the description.
With permission from the artist, a photographer friend of mine, we will use a photo that does not appear in our reference library Ė that way, no one has already seen it or painted it.
However, please feel free - and we encourage you - to use your imagination from the description and you are welcome to search out references for any portion of your work if you need help picturing the description.
Paintings must be in acrylics (of any type) and not shown or shared until 20th of December at which time the reference photo will be posted.
Your painting may be any size, any surface, any part of our description.
The work may be as simple or as complex as you wish - feel free to interpret any part of the reference description .
We're looking for YOUR version of this verbal description, realistic, abstract, quirky, pattern, bold or delicate - what it means to you.
Some mixed media is allowed but the majority of the work must be in Acrylics.
The description below is where we begin - so read it, try to imagine it in your mind's eye and letís see where it leads us
This reference is a vertical rectangle about 1 Ĺ times tall as it is wide. Try sketching the whole thing out as you read the description and letís see where it leads us. I suggest you divide your sketch into four quandrants. The scene is tropical and quite colorful. Letís start with the background. There is a thin patch of blue sky covering about 1/8 of the very top of the canvas. Below that is a very turquoise sea that takes up the next ľ th of the canvas and angles ever so slightly up on the right. The sea is met by clean light colored sand where the water probably washes over it at high tide.
The sand continues nearly to the very bottom of the photo but there is that thin area where the water washes up debris at high tide that separates these sections. As the sand continues into the foreground it is obviously deeper and is darker colored. Can you see it?
Letís go back to the water. In the upper left quarter are two boats moored in the distance. I think it is actually a cabin cruiser with a dingy tied behind. They are centered in the upper left quarter. Much closer in, centered in the upper half is another motor boat with no cabin Ė just a hull with the front of the boat & itís rope in the left quarter and the rear of the boat and itís motor are in the right quarter.
The lower right portion of the upper right quarter is filled by a large piece of drift wood or perhaps lava rock with some moss growing in some of the crags. There are some tropical leaves visible beyond these rocks. They must be growing next to the rocks. A few leaves from a tree are visible across the sky at the very top on the right.
Another of these rocks or driftwood is in the lower left and is angled from about Ĺ way up the lower left quarter & meanders down through the lower right quarter of the canvas to the lower right corner. This is also spotted with moss.
Slightly lower than dead center is a red metal wheel barrel with a large black tire at the front of it that is partially hidden by the wheel barrel itself. The frame of this is grey metal and the interior shows signs of dirt and rust. This old wheel barrel is the focus of the painting. The wheel barrel facing is towards the water. Good luck!