Today is Wednesday, January 17, 2024, which means it is also Day 17 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. There are only three more days to go, and here is my offering for today!
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 the squares a nice, deckled edge 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:
Again, yum with the Matisse Australian Sap Green paint. I can’t believe after all these years of being stored in my closet that they are still creamy and cohesive goodness!
Both colors are very bold on their own, and blended together, they give some amazing shades and tints I wouldn’t have guessed. For example, the Sap Green looks like a blue-gray when mixed with black! And the Cad Red becomes a lovely shade of purple when mixed with black.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark, and it needs more work! I was going to add the legs and call it a day, but the fun shapes called for some decor, so I added some stripes.
Here’s the Final Version.
In addition, here are some of the colors I was able to mix using today’s paint colors.