it’s Monday, January 8, 2024 and Day 8 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. This art challenge is with Kelly Anne Powers and the How to Paint podcast. And below is my offering for the day!
Guidelines For the Art Challenge 2024
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 went rogue and came up with my own challenge for myself.
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 and has nice, deckled edges!
Here’s a photo of today’s sketch:
Today’s Setup for Art Challenge 2024
Here’s a photo of today’s setup, including paints used 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:
The purple is a very strong color, so you only need a tiny bit. The Hansa yellow has a high pigment amount, but it’s transparent so obviously, I need to use more of it. Blending the yellow with white lightened the bright color but using even a tiny bit of white made it more opaque.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
I need to define the left wing of the chair, which I did in the final version. That said, I can see now that I could have made the wing on the upper left of the chair a bit darker and defined its presence that way. Instead, I opted to “add” one myself which is just a JJ move and not something an art teacher would approve!
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.