It’s Day 3 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024 with the Kelly Anne Powers and the How to Paint podcast. And this is my offering for the day.
Day 3 of the Art Challenge 2024
The key to this challenge is to paint 20 pieces in 20 days, utilizing a 20-minute time limit. You can paint anything you wish, then go back after 20 minutes and work longer if you wish.
My Theme For 20 For 20 Art Challenge 2024
My art challenge theme is chairs that I paint with only two complementary tubes of acrylic paint, then mix with black and white. The substrates are pieces of Arches and Fabriano 300# watercolor paper. The surface has been painted over with golden black gesso, and then I sketch simple chair drawings on them.
Here’s a photo of today’s setup:
Here is a close-up of the two complementary colors in today’s painting, in addition to black and white acrylic paints.
Learning Experiences For Today:
Even though today’s colors were purple and yellow, I learned that black and Liquitex Hansa Yellow Light make a lovely shade of olive green when mixed together.
And – Utrecht Bright White (this is a really old tube, and now they sell Titanium White) is the bomb! It’s a thick white that has a ton of pigment (unlike the Golden Titanium White I have been using), so I only had to use a little.
I also learned I need to focus on the colors more; likewise, don’t worry about the shading or shadows.
My real challenge for myself is learning the colors available to me using only complementary colors. Working with a limited palette is actually quite fun, especially when they aren’t simply neutral shades of black, white, and brown.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
It’s a Hot Mess.
That said, with the leftover paint, I’m making small abstract paintings like the one on the left. It will be interesting to see where it goes.