It’s Thursday, January 11, 2024, and Day 11 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. Here is my offering for today!
Guidelines For the Art Challenge 2024
This art challenge is with Kelly Anne Powers and the How to Paint podcast. The point of this challenge is to paint 20 pieces in 20 days, using a 20-minute time limit. You can paint anything you wish, and then go back after 20 minutes and work longer if you want.
The host offers an inspiration package that comes complete with prompts and ideas for each daily painting. However, I wanted to challenge myself differently, and am having no problem coming up with ideas for chair drawings!
My Theme For 20 For 20 Art Challenge 2024
For the challenge, I’m painting chairs using only two complementary tubes of acrylic paint, then blending the paint with black and white.
The substrates are square 5″ x 5″ pieces of Arches and Fabriano 300# watercolor paper made from old paintings. The paper is hand-torn, but doing that gives the squares nice, deckled edges, which I love!
Finally, I used golden black gesso to cover the old paintings, and the chair sketches were done with Posca Markers.
Initial Inspiration and Sketch
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 I use and the preliminary sketch made with Posca Markers.
Here is a close-up of the two complementary colors for today’s painting, then mixing them with black and white acrylic paints.
Today’s complementary colors are both by Golden: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold (a favorite of mine!) and Golden Quinacridone Violet that are then mixed with Utrecht Mars Black and Utrecht Bright White.
Learning Experiences For Today:
At first, I thought the violet had too much red in it, but after doing the color-mixing exercise, I think this could be a new favorite palette!
I love the warm colors and variety I was able to achieve using this set of complementary colors, black and white. And the cool greens and purples from mixing with black are stunning! These colors will look amazing in my pondscapes in addition to bringing a palette to my color wheelhouse.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
Would You Sit Here?
While I love the colors achieved with this complementary combo, I’m not too sure about the chair design itself. The outlines were done with a Caran d’Ache black pencil, which did give some added bulk to the supporting legs and sides, but would I sit in this?
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.