It’s Saturday, January 6, 2024 and it’s Day 6 of the 20 for 20 Art Challenge 2024. The challenge is by Kelly Anne Powers and the How to Paint podcast. And here is my offering for the day!
Rules For The 20 For 20 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 This Art Challenge 2024
I’m painting simple chairs with two complementary tubes of acrylic paint, then mixing them with black and white. The substrates are pieces of Arches and Fabriano 300# watercolor paper that are made from old paintings. I cover the surface with strokes of Golden black gesso, then draw simple chair drawings with Posca Markers.
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 used and the preliminary sketch made with Posca Markers:
And 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:
Before Christmas, I ordered some Artists’ Fluid Acrylics from Blick. They were on sale for an EXCELLENT price, and I wanted to give them a try. I bought four colors specifically for this challenge, but unfortunately, they didn’t come until this morning (January 6th!).
I bought Pyrrole Orange, Anthraquinone Blue, Naphthol Red Light, and Hansa Yellow.
The paints are highly pigmented and blend beautifully. I compare them to Golden (but they do seem a little looser in viscosity), and that was a nice surprise. Especially the price! (I purchased four 100-ml bottles of paint along with a journal and a pen for under $50).
The one downfall I noticed is that Pyrrole Orange can transmit like Pyrrole Red when mixed with too much Anthraquinone Blue. You can see a toned-down orange in the photo below, but I ultimately covered the orange color with a purple-blue.
Time’s Up – Here’s What 20 Minutes Looks Like
Here’s a closeup of the painting at the 20-minute mark.
It Still Needs Work.
I wasn’t digging the colors too much and decided to remix the paints.