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Old 06-27-2011, 10:28 PM
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JULY Monthly Challenge (a few days early)

With relatives coming in for the 4th early, I decided to post our month's challenge now. Our theme is Scenes from the Southwest. With all my personal photos featured, most are scanned and I can provide a higher res if you'll PM me. Images are from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma and even include inside our old barn where I grew up in west Texas. Change, crop, combine or color any way you'd like. Hopefully you'll find at least one to explore a bit the mysteries of the southwest states.


Luckenbach, TX chicken pen


Albuquerque landscape in 1977


Barn cat with saddles (mine's on the far left) in 1990


O'Donnell, TX shack


Elk at Kerrville, TX hill country


Tucson, AZ San Xavier mission grounds


Art Gallery, Ruidoso NM


Coyote at Duncan, OK Chisholm Trail museum


Longhorn at Lamesa, TX (where I was born)


Stucco house, Albuquerque NM in Old Town


Indian vendor, Albuquerque NM in Old Town square

Have fun everybody! It will be interesting to see what you do with these images.
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Thank you for hosting this month, Kay! These are wonderful photos. I especially like those wildlife shots, and the cat and saddles. Great images. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone will do this July.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:41 PM
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Re: JULY Monthly Challenge (a few days early)

Hey Kay! Nice refs.. Thanks for hosting! Got my eye on the cactus and building.
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Kay, thanks for the great photos. Lots of familiar looking things to me. I probably won't get to paint for this but will be looking in.
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Thanks, Kay. I have my eye on a couple of them.
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Great reference photos, Kay! I had no idea I would be the first to post, but it looks like that's the case. The first one I picked is the old building. This is on 10 x 13 inch Arches watercolor sketchbook paper and is done with pen and wash. The drawing was done with a fountain pen, then watercolor washes were added, and some detail added with ink at the end.

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Re: JULY Monthly Challenge (a few days early)

Kay, thanks for the great ref. pics. Time just isn't my friend right now and I had no plans to participate in this month's challenge....up until I saw the shack at O'Donnell. Hope I can get something together before the end of the month.
John was apparently captivated as much as I am, only he's a heckuva lot faster. Very well done, sir!!!
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John, great job with the house! Wow, it really tells a story. I love the colors, and that beautiful sky! Well done!
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Thanks Jim and Jenna!

Here is my second quick one for the month - the coyote. For a sketch it came out ok, but I eventually would like to do this image again with more careful rendering and a better job on the fur. For a variety of reasons, I've been doing a lot more sketching and plein air than studio work lately.

This is a portion of a 10 x 13 Arches watercolor sketchbook (image is about 10 x 5 1/2 inches) and was drawn with fountain pen, then watercolor washes and drybrushing was added.

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Great work with the coyote, John! He's got that sly, sneaky look that coyotes tend to have. Really nice work! You're busy with these paintings this month!
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Re: JULY Monthly Challenge (a few days early)

John, I love how you tackled the old shack with pen and ink in watercolor and your evil coyote is grinning at us all. Superb! I also have painted the old shack twice.
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Re: JULY Monthly Challenge (a few days early)

John great work on the shack. Very great attitude it has!! The coyote, too. I really like pen and watercolor together. I haven't been painting much and the sketching keeps my mind in gear. Good job on both.
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15x22 watercolor, another version of the O'Donnell, TX shack. It is still there by the way. I moved the little boarded up building from the right side to the left. I painted this wet into wet quickly...I do want to paint the elk and maybe one more.
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Re: JULY Monthly Challenge (a few days early)

I have not been able to do much this month with the summer and all. I did manage to make a small ATC. Is markers, inks, and gouache.

Everyone's work posted is terrific so far!

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I do like it Maria, you can tell it is southwestern just by looking at the architecture...I'm glad you were able to do an ATC at least.
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