Today is Tuesday, January 16, 2024, which means it is also Day 16 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. Can you believe I’ve actually painted sixteen paintings for the challenge?
Here’s what the first sixteen paintings look like together, and I’ll post a final grid when the 20 pieces are done.
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 is to paint 20 pieces in 20 days, using a 20-minute time limit. You can paint anything you wish, and then return after 20 minutes and work longer if you wish.
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:
I don’t usually use Raw Sienna in my work, but I definitely will from now on! This color is like a toned-down Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo only more opaque. A little goes a long way, and I enjoy working with it.
The Ultramarine Violet is quite cool in comparison with the Raw Sienna. I like the range of colors I can achieve with just these two paints, particularly the neutrals. I’ll definitely be using this combination again for my bigger pieces!
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.