Monday, March 21, 2011

Year of Painting (YOP) Challenge at Painting Friends

 We have begun a Year of Painting (YOP) challenge at paintingfriends.com, Instead of one painting a week, we are doing one painting a month.  The challenge photos are posted on the 20th of the month (March), and finished paintings will be posted April 20th, along with new photo(s) for the May challenge.  Each month the topic will be different.  This challenge is open to all mediums and all artists are encouraged to join the challenge.  To participate in the challenge one must be a member of Painting Friends.  Perhaps you will join us? 

The first challenge is to paint a landscape using either or both of the two photos above as reference.  The first photo is of the old apple tree that was in our back yard.  The second photo is one I took along a highway in NE Oklahoma.  I liked the play of light and shadow in that one. 

Each artist determines what he/she wants to learn from the challenge and how much planning they want to do before starting the painting.  Several of the artists mentioned they wanted to learn to paint greens while others were interested in a looser technique.  We are asking the artists to offer comments about their work when they post their painting on the 20th of each month.  We hope they will share with us what their goals were, what they like or don't like about their painting, and some of the things they learned. 

They are encouraged to do notans, thumbnails, sketches and color swatches before beginning their painting, although these are not required to participate in the challenge.

Below is a notan I did as an example, using a Sharpie marker, then cropped to show different views. 

And here are a couple of thumbnail sketches in graphite to show values and light/shadow placement. 

The sketch from the apple tree photo was posted on the blog earlier but here it is again.  
Doing the notan, thumbnails, and sketch was great because I know I need to look more at the ratio of light/dark contrasts, angles and what leads the eye out of the sketch or painting.  It teaches me to think about how to keep the eye from leaving the work and reinforces how important values are. 

6 comments:

Pat said...

Its all very exciting - I am looking forward to taking part!

Studio at the Farm said...

I think a painting a month is a wonderful idea. One has time to plan and prepare for a good painting. Good luck to all of you, and have fun!!!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I think this is a fantastic way to grow as an artist!

L.W.Roth, said...

Count me in, I'll give it a try.

fairy fantasy art said...

its great...

Ann Buckner said...

Thanks all of you for your interest and comments. Hope you will post your work and comments if you decide to join in. :)