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January Challenge 2020

 

You still have a couple of days to let Stacy Mayou know that you want to participate in the January challenge.  Start the year with a burst of creativity and get to know your fellow CPPS members better, too!
 

January challenge activities

  1. Just pastel on white paper, let the paper show – subject matter is your choice, but use the white paper in your composition. We spend so much time covering the white paper, lets see what happens when we don’t try to hide it!

  2. Just pastel on colored paper – same image as day 1

  3. Just pastel on corrugated cardboard covered in clear liquitex gesso – subject is your choice, no underpainting. Use the texture of the corrugated cardboard to your advantage.

  4. Just pastel, blend with sponges or fingers, use pan pastels if you have them – subject is your choice, you can use an underpainting if you’d like. Blend the pastels, smudge them, use whatever you like – do all the blending you avoid in a normal painting!

  5. Your choice day – hopefully the first few days have inspired you, and your head is full of paintings you need to create!

  6. Just pastel, only lines, thick lines, thin lines, cross hatch, outline, a line drawing – subject matter is your choice, you can do an underpainting if you’d like, but try to only use lines in your painting.

  7. Just pastel on the paper of your choice, don’t cover the paper, use it as part of your painting – subject matter is your choice, but use the paper as part of your composition.

  8. Three color painting, pick 3 values of the same color and create a painting – subject is your choice, you can use an underpainting if you’d like, but it might be better to use the paper to your advantage in a value painting. Only three pastel sticks, same color, different values.

  9. Complementary color painting, pick 6 pastels, 3 values of 2 complementary colors – subject is your choice, you can use an underpainting if you want, but don’t add more than the 6 colors, the object is a complementary value study.

  10. Your choice day – we are excited to see your work and hear your comments on your own experiments.

  11. Analogous painting, pick 9 pastels, 3 values of 3 colors next to each other on the color wheel – subject is your choice, you can use an underpainting, but it needs to be in the color scheme you are using. The idea is to create a monochromatic value study.

  12. Shapes only, dissect your reference into shapes, just paint the shapes – subject is your choice, no need for an underpainting, this is literally just shapes. Think about the negative shapes being as important as the positive shapes.

  13. Watercolor underpainting on white paper – paint a fun, bright watercolor underpainting in a mid value and let it guide your painting, leave the fun parts showing and have it be part of the painting – subject is your choice, use as many color pastels as you want!

  14. Watercolor underpainting on beige or cream colored paper – paint a fun, bright watercolor underpainting in a mid to dark value and let it guide your painting, leave the fun parts showing and have it be part of the painting – subject is your choice, use as many color pastels as you’d like. Notice the difference in watercolor underpainting on white vs. cream or beige paper and the choice you make in value when you pick up your pastels.

  15. Your choice day

  16. Gouache underpainting coated with clear ground or liquitex gesso. Create a painting with gouache as complete as you can and then add pastel to see if that improves, changes, or distracts from the original gouache painting – subject is your choice, use any colors you’d like. If you don’t have gouache you could use acrylic paint. The idea is to see how a flat color painting under your pastels affect the pastels and values you use.

  17. Create an india ink value underpainting. Use india ink to layout your painting and create your value map. Complete your painting with pastels on top of the india ink – subject is your choice, no color limitations. Does having a value map help you chose pastels or hinder your creative spark?

  18. Paint on sheet music, newspaper, fun scrapbook paper or other pre-printed paper, coated with clear ground or liquitex gesso or pumice. Does this inspire you, spark your creative streak or drive you crazy?

  19. Paint from your memory or an imaginary scene, no reference photo or still life set up. Focus on what the painting needs. Do you like having to fill in the gaps of your memory?

  20. Your choice day – along with your choice painting, please share what you thought about this challenge, if it sparked your creativity, if you thought the individual day challenges were valuable and if you will use anything you played with during this challenge moving forward.

 
You can do any or all of these challenges. If you would like to do just one week or 10 days, that is fine. We all understand that the best laid plans often go awry, and some days painting is just out of our reach. The only thing we ask is if you sign up for any or all of this challenge you spend some time each day viewing the work posted and offering your feedback. Your feedback is very important. It helps us all grow.
 
Suggested supply list:
It is helpful to gather your supplies before the challenge begins. It will save you time and frustration each day.

  • White pastel paper

  • Colored pastel paper

  • Beige/Cream colored pastel paper

  • Pumice, clear ground or Liquitex gesso

  • Watercolors

  • Gouache

  • Black India Ink

  • Corrugated cardboard

  • Sheet music, newspaper, scrapbook paper or other pre-printed paper

 

Don’t feel the need to buy supplies for this, if there is something you don’t have substitute with what you do have or alter the challenge to fit the experiment you would like to use.

 

Have fun with this challenge, experiment, paint with no expectations!

Upcoming Slideshows

January: Snow scenes
 
Februar: "Sweets" Bakery, deli, candy painting images


March: "Motion" Paintings showing motion or action, such as dancers, windy days, etc.

April: "Blue" Painting with 50% or more of the painting being blue tones

May: "Flower" Flowers of any kind in any setting