Saturday, October 15, 2011

Moses Botkin Monthly Challenge

This month it was my turn to pick our challenge! I thought it would be good to paint from a grayscale photo reference - but in color. The idea is to use the black and white photo to gauge your values as you choose color. You can see that for some reason, I gravitated to the purple and green again - just like the paintings in my last two posts! I have to put those colors aside - and yesterday I consciously kept them off my palette.
This was a good exercise. If you get your values correct and have a good composition, then you can really paint any color scheme you want and the painting will work.

Summer Chores
11x14 oil on panel
©2011 Robin Cheers

Below I thought I'd show my painting next to my photo reference. You can see that I did not get dark enough on the sheet in shadow or the shadow on the ground. But overall I did pretty well.

And here are the paintings done by my brave challenge cohorts. I think most enjoyed it. :-)

Fresh Sheets
14x11 watercolor on Aquaboard
©2011 Vicki Ross

It's A Wash
8x6 oil on canvas
©2011 Ruth Andre

10x8 oil on hardboard
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin

8x10 oil on canvas
©2011 Sharman Owings

16x20 oil on canvas
©2011 Suzanne Berry


Diana Moses Botkin said...

It was a good Challenge you chose for us, Robin. Thank you for all the thought you put into it. I love seeing all the different choices for color values!

suzanneberry said...

great job robin and great challenge!

hmuxo said...

I love them all!!! Everyone did so beautifully on this challenge!

Tina Marohn said...

What a fantastic challenge! I love seeing the variety in artistic style with each one.

Ben said...

Nice subject matter....

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