Today is Tuesday, January 9, 2024 and Day 9 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 today!
Day 9 & First 9 Paintings
It’s hard to believe we are already nine days into the new year, but we are! Besides doing this challenge, I’m involved with a ten-day vision board group that meets every morning at 6:00 a.m., plus will be doing two summits starting next week. One is for artists, and the other is for ETSY sellers.
For me, it’s important to gauge progress – so here’s a progress photo of the first nine paintings for 2024!
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.
I have a thing for chairs, which you can tell from the grid photo above. And I don’t think that’s going to stop when this challenge ends!
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 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 love this color combination! The pigment in the orange is so dense that I only need a tiny bit to make the beautiful melon color of the chair.
And there truly is a lot of cobalt blue in the gray, but I use a teeny bit of black to tone it down so the painting does not vibrate.
However, I think a vibrating painting will be fun to try so I’ll paint one before the challenge ends!
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
I Like It. A Lot.
I was going to say “done” and walk away, and then my muse said, “Go back and add a few extra details”. So I did, and it’s done, and I have to say, I like it.
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.