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PostSubject: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:08 pm

We haven't had a group challenge in a long time so I thought I would give you a challenge that I just complete. I've been doing a lot of landscapes lately and decided that it was time to try something different; something I have never done.

Here is the resulting painting.



If you are up to a challenge,

1. Pick a color that will be the only color.

2. Set up a pallet of different values for that color. You can create the values in two ways:
  • Use only white and black for the values, or

  • Use white and the complement of the color to make the darker values.


3. Post it here.

4. Feel free to comment on your painting and on other's also. (constructive comments, please)

5. Have fun. Judy

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:38 pm

Nice challenge, and nice art Judy!
If I give this a try, I will be sure to post the result.

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:52 pm

hmmm... nice... let's see if I can add this to an already long list of commitments made to myself and others... ouch!

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:00 pm

No pressure. The key is to concentrate on the values and less on detail. Be more impressionistic and it doesn't take much time at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:21 pm

LOL... I know... Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:20 pm

I have 3 images to upload, but it suddenly occurred to me that I should enquire: is it okay to upload tasteful nude life studies?

Oh, heck. Here are tastefully blurred versions of the 2 paintings, plus a head and shoulder sketch.
The ones on white backgound are 20 minute sketch from life. The reclining figure on burnt sienna wash is 30 minutes, from life.
All are Artisan Burnt Sienna and Titanium White on white canvas paper.







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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:01 pm

Very nice. Especially the last one. What canvas paper did you use? Do they hold up well to long and laborious application?

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:53 am

Very tastefully blurred. Thanks. There may have been a problem if not blurred.

I especially like the closeup of the face. Your use of values very effectively portrays the facial features without the need for detail.

Thanks for posting them.
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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:23 am

Faisal, I used Canson Canva-Paper (16x20) for that session.

I have similar pad products from 3 other manufacturers: Strathmore Canvas Paper, Sargent Art Canvas Pad, and Fredrix Canvas Pad. I only use them for these quick painting sessions, and have never repainted on them or done extensive layer work with the paper products. I expect that the surface would fail at some point. Their attraction for me is that they are thin, inexpensive and similar to working on real canvas. I can store the finished sketches flat, in a small space. Or just throw them out.

I can tell you a bit about the arrangement for this session, since it was offered by a local art store, in their own studio. The price is very reasonable: depending on the quantity of weekly sessions you purchase at a time, it is between $5 and $8 an hour. There were about 8 artists that evening. I was the only painter, the others used charcoal or pencils.

Judy, thanks for allowing those images to be posted. I am sensitive to keeping the images acceptable. Let me know if you have suggestions on 'boundaries'. Worst case, just delete any image anytime, I am 'totally about' keeping this forum tasteful.

While I was frantically blocking in those head and shoulder values, the model was gradually lowering his head. It was just as challenging to record his face as it would be to paint a sunset from life, ha ha. (at one point, we asked him to lift his head back up)

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:02 pm

These are really great, Alan.
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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:52 am

It would be nice to have an option where the default is blurred but by using some secret password (only given to members) they can see the unblurred image, in its full glory. Something to think about. I do understand it can be a lot of work and may not be too necessary.

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:05 pm

I think you can figure it out without a pass word. Personally.... Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Monochromatic Painting Challenge   Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:43 pm

Hmm. Maybe next time I could save myself some time and just paint those 'parts' of the painting blurry to start with. Surprised

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