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Old 06-03-2019, 09:54 AM
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Arrow Acrylics Invitation: Different Strokes Challenge, June 2019

Invitation to all acrylic painters!

This is our monthly challenge, and this is where you'll find the thread.
We'll be delighted to welcome you!


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!


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


Please read the guidelines below carefully.


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!!!


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


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!


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!
Cheers, Maureen

Forum projects: Plant Parade projects in Florals/Botanicals, Weekend Drawing Events in the All Media Arts Events forum. Different Strokes in the Acrylics Forum.
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