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Old 10-01-2009, 02:11 AM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Deborah, good idea to turn the pics into greyscale. I have a few lined up as possibles. I think I will do landscapes as I'm trying to improve mine, although I keep thinking about other subjects that this will be good for.
I have a few pics with clouds in similar to your first photo, and am leaning to one of those as I've never seriously tackled clouds before and it would be interesting to see the different effects that might be achieved mmm....

I really like your second ref, in my mind I can see lots of possibilities for that one.

Of to play in photoshop with my refs - might even get to post later today.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:04 AM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Thank you Deborah for including us in the challenge. It's a great idea! After seeing Marla's work I wanted to try it myself so this will give me the push I needed to get going. Now off to choose a picture!
I will paint
____5_ paintings per week for the month of October
in this size: ___6x6__
and in this amount of time: __30 minutes___
Signed: (Karen Margulis)
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:27 AM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Good, Karen, glad to have you join us!

I'm off to class soon and will try to get some photos posted this evening or tomorrow.

Remember to post a thread of your own, titled 'Challenge Paintings--week 1' (2 & etc. each week) here in the Studio, and add your paintings to it as you go along. Please come here and post a link to the threads, too, so in the future people can see the work that results!

I'm excited. I worked on some sketches last night from several resources, not just those I posted, and will develop things further in class today. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!



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PS If anyone else wants to join in, COME ON ALONG!
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:23 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Decided I'd give this a go. I've even done one!

I will paint
3 paintings per week for the month of October
in this size:10"x10"
and in this amount of time: 45 mins
Signed: Ruth Mann

I may do more but can't committ to it. I'm away this W/E so will start properly next week.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:54 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Ok, count me in! I've had ideas running through my head all day at work, I guess it means I should do it,lol! I'll be back with my contract a bit later, just gotta decide on size and time frame.

Sara - you have never uploaded an image? Wow, guess it's about time then...no need to worry, we'll help you through it - it really is easy. If you check out the links in my signature you'll find two articles that explain every step of it - the "how to upload" and the beginner's article. And we're here to help!

Glad to see people joining up, this will be fun! Thank you for doing this, Deborah....!
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Okay this is the one I am thinking about. It's a take-off, rip-off, knock-off, dumbed-down version of Turner's Mortlake Terrace, which is my MacBook's "desktop" and is in the collection at the NGA here in town. (I dote on this painting. ) This take-off square version may still have a bit too much going on, but that can be dealt out during the process. Maybe.

Whattya think, Deb? How does it compare to the notans that your students did/are doing? Too busy?

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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

I've been going through my photos and everyone is just too busy and it would be difficult to simplify the image without losing what the image is all about. Chris just took a long trip and has some great photos(I told him to take them with me painting them in mind). So, tonight we will go through them and have a few printed and then go from there. We are going to be out of town for three days next week so not sure when this will get started. I still have to decide on size and format. I may do something easy like 9x12 since I have a ton of paper already in that size. Now to decide how many I can do in a week. I will get back to you with the "formal" contract

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Old 10-01-2009, 05:22 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Oh great, two more! So glad to have you decide to do it, Ruth and Merethe!

Jan, it's a very rich piece, shape-wise. Dramatic.

As to the resources, today my students and I worked from the resource to a notan to a SHAPE DRAWING, or line drawing. This experiment will vary the colors and values, so the constant is the shapes. It's easier to think shapes via finding values first, so that they aren't just the shapes of the objects. I literally made a cartoon to use as my resource! It frees me up to work fluidly, seeing all the shapes devoid of value.

I'll put more in my thread, but here's a version of my shape drawing, loosely done on the computer. (No, it isn't from either of the references above.)




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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

OK, count me in, too! It fits my project for this year anyway (many small sketches, no fussing). I need to think about my exact committment in time. I guess if I choose 3/week, nobody'll shoot me if I actually do 5. I'll choose a smaller size, possibly A5 (half of A4), or square. I like square. Mmmm, need to think on how, but *I will* is settled, written in concrete.

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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Deborah,
Just saw this today and find it very inviting -- tho' I admit a bit intimidating. As a newbie -- I'm really unsure but ok, here goes.

3 paintings a week for the month of October
in this size 10x10 in
in this amount of time --- 45 min
signed: Nancy (nansketch)

best go now and look at photos -- I took one last week that is very close to the 100 challenge -- maybe I should look for another

Deborah -- thanks, this should be a lot of fun!!!!
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:40 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Yay, Charlie and Nancy are on board!

I posted my first thread: week 1

Take a look and tell me what you think. Don't be shocked. I love bright colors!

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Old 10-01-2009, 08:18 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

Let's talk a little about the time limit. When I posted my first thread it sparked a bit of discussion.

Here's what I think... If you normally take hours and hours and hours to complete one painting, giving yourself an hour per variation may be a very modest amount of time. I think you want to push yourself to work fast enough that you're not piddling over details, but not so fast that you can't get done enough to be satisfied.

If you say you'll do each one in an hour and you find that you get a good, satisfying piece in a half hour, stop and call it quits! You can go shorter (or even a hair or two longer, of course), just as long as you're finding that optimum spot where you get the essence of the place.

I bet after 10 or 15 paintings of the same image you'll move faster!

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Old 10-01-2009, 11:21 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

I would love to join, but I am taking an art class in college and need to do a painting a week (a kids portrait)
I could show those!
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:43 PM
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Re: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

The idea here is to repeat the same image over and over, though, so unless you're doing the same kid it wouldn't be quite what we're doing!

But do start a thread and show us your work. We love seeing new work here...

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Old 10-02-2009, 06:29 AM
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Re: Challenge Paintings--week 1 (here goes!)

just don't understand the "30 minute" concept - somebody have to catch a train or something?

my understanding is that we sit down to create a 'beautiful painting', if we can do it in twenty minutes, fine, but if it takes two weeks of concentrated effort, so be it! - The object should always be to produce a painting that will be our best effort! But of course I'm considered 'old school'!

Good luck with the 30 minute wonders, please forgive me if I plod along with my 'old school' ways!

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