It’s Saturday, January 20, 2024, the final day of the 20 For 20 Art Challenge 2024! Here’s the final chair painting of the series, which is a little Art Nouveau piece.
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 to give it the 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 FINAL 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:
There are so many pretty colors you can achieve with these two complementary colors! I really love the purples you get from mixing the two colors with each other, even though I went with greens and pinks for the final piece.
Sennelier is another sleeper paint in my arsenal of acrylics, and one I need to pull out more often. The Deep Magenta is very creamy and makes a lovely shade of rose when tinted with white. When mixed with a tinge of black, it creates a beautiful, cool purple.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark, and I don’t like the plain “wood” of the chair back, so I decided to “add” pink padding. I like the end result better and it looks like a much more comfortable chair!
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.