It’s Monday, January 15, 2024, and that means it’s Day 15 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. Here is my offering for this day!
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, which gives the squares a nice, deckled edge that 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.
Learning Experiences For Today:
Unfortunately, the Quinacridone Red-Orange tube of paint was super dry for some reason, so I cut the edge to get a tiny bit of fresh paint. This is a color I will definitely purchase again, despite being on a freeze for purchasing paint for at least another year!
Both colors are extremely versatile, and the red-orange is particularly striking in my large abstract paintings when I mix it with white.
There’s plenty of Southern Ocean Blue paint left, and even though the tube is around 15 years old, it’s still buttery and cohesive. I wish some of my other old paints could make that claim!
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark, which, with the exception of the black outlines, shows the piece is done!
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.