It’s Friday, January 5, 2024 and it’s Day 5 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. The challenge is hosted by Kelly Anne Powers and the How to Paint podcast. And here is my offering for the day!
Day 5 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
I’m painting simple chairs with two complementary tubes of acrylic paint, then mixing them with black and white. The substrates are pieces of Arches and Fabriano 300# watercolor paper that are upcycled from old paintings. The surface is painted over with Golden black gesso, then simple chair drawings are sketched with Posca Markers.
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.
Learning Experiences For Today:
I’m working faster so I can get a looser look, then am using my Stabilo CarbOthello black pencil to outline the chair. One of the reasons I like using the black outline is I don’t have to paint perfectly straight lines. In addition, the lines add to the flatness of the look I’m trying to achieve.
I have noticed the people in this challenge are really good at drawing and painting, and they are doing more realistic work. In fact, I feel my art looks really juvenile next to theirs! That said, I’m trying not to let that get me down because I do know I can draw and paint more realistically. However, I choose NOT to do all the steps because it gives me anxiety, and I paint to have fun.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
It Needs More Work.
The colors don’t work well together, and the bottom cushion is wrong. Also, the top crossbar doesn’t belong there, then the legs need adjusting.