It is Thursday, January 18, 2024, and Day 18 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. It’s hard to believe the challenge is almost over, but it is!
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 it the deckled edges 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:
It’s surprising to see how much two highly-pigmented colors can cancel each other out when they are blended together. I expected (and wanted!) the blues to be brighter, but didn’t want to use the color straight from the tube. Even with just a tiny bit of orange added, the blue was immediately neutralized.
The painting works colorwise, but I have others in the series that I like a lot more.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s the painting at the 20-minute mark, and I need to do a lot more work! Also, the lighting sucks, which makes this painting look green.
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.