It’s Day 4 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024 with the Kelly Anne Powers and the How to Paint podcast. And this is my offering for the day.
Day 4 of the Art Challenge 2024
The key to this challenge is to paint 20 pieces in 20 days, utilizing a 20-minute time limit. You can paint anything you wish, then go back after 20 minutes and work longer if you wish.
My Theme For 20 For 20 Art Challenge 2024
My art challenge theme is chairs that I paint with only two complementary tubes of acrylic paint, then mix with black and white. The substrates are pieces of Arches and Fabriano 300# watercolor paper. The surface has been painted over with golden black gesso, and then I sketch simple chair drawings on them.
Here’s a photo of today’s sketch:
Today’s Setup for Art Challenge 2024
Here’s a photo of today’s setup, including the paints used and the preliminary sketch made with Posca Markers:
And, here is a close-up of the two complementary colors in today’s painting, in addition to black and white acrylic paints.
NOTE: If you haven’t tried Matisse acrylics before, you’re missing out! The pigment is intensely dense, and the color selections are incredible. These paints are from Australia, are affordable, and are worth checking out. You can purchase a set of twelve tubes for under $40 here!
Also the Matisse background color (gesso) is fabulous. For example, I like their China Red – it makes my paintings glow!
Learning Experiences For Today:
I almost like the 20-minute version better than the end result.
The design is looser, and I like the black outline around the arms of the chair.
Those outlines inspired me to grab my Stabilo CarbOthello black pencil and outline the whole darn chair. It was a good way to separate the values that were too similar and reminded me of the previous art challenge that I did many years ago – it was my first 100 paintings in 100 days challenge, and I did simple vessels in a limited palette.
Here are the first 30 paintings done in that challenge:
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
I Like It.
The complementary colors pop, and the black underpainting highlights the arms of the chair very nicely. I like how the teal and Cad red came through – the final result is muddy to me.