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First of Three: Animal— Art Challenge #11

This week it’s Animal. Guess the next two weeks’ Challenges: yep, Vegetable, Mineral. The point is to choose a theme to connect your three responses over the coming weeks. Ready to get started?

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Simple rules:

  • Color of black & white
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible.

Send your image to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. Deadline for Animals is June 13.

I know I am but what are you, by Joyce Roessler
Sheep May Safely Graze, by Jon Hively
The Challenge, by Ken King
Panda and Friend, by Candace Stella
Sunlit Slumber, by Katherine Coakley
Lula, by Bruce Shaw
Claudius—Tiger Enthroned, by Jane Hively
Mixed Media: Global Warming, by Donna Caselden
Great Blue Heron, by Ed Mowrey
Night, by Barbara Moody
A Threefer: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral; by Ken King
El Toro (after Elaine de Kooning), by Ed Mowrey
Wolf Hollow Resident, by Matt Cegelis
Mock Moo, by Linda Bourke
Wild Boar (not your next dinner guest), by Janice Brand
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A Spot of Color — Art Challenge #10

Wow: We made it to 10 Challenges!

This week we tackle Isolated Color. Adding a second color to a monotone image creates immediate and often dramatic focus. Have fun using this simple visual strategy.

Simple rules:

  • Monotones except for that isolated color
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible.

Send your images to RNAC.Workshops@gmail.com. Include a title. Deadline is June 6.

Catch Me if You Can, by Ed Mowrey
Dinosaur Lookout, by Jonathan Hively
Annisquam Light, by Janice Brand
Sunset Sail, by Katherine Coakley
Ro, by Christine Bobek
Goldfinch in the Catmint, by Helen Tory
Robin’s Egg, by Jane Hively
Back Door, by Paul Trefry
One in Ten, by Linda Bourke
Man with Red Brush, by Paul Trefry
Falling Water, by Ken King
Envelope with Blue Tape, by Matt Cegelis
Mantis Swan Song, by Linda Bourke
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Congratulations: It’s Analogous!—Art Challenge #9

We’ve reached Number 9 (“number 9, number 9” for those who remember the White Album). This week, explore colors that are side-by-side on the color wheel (see chart below).

or Color Wheel

These colors are considered analogous, and create calmer energy than complements. Use analogous colors for this week’s Art Challenge.

  • Colors that are analogous
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible

Send your images to RNACworkshops@gmail.com. Include a title unless you want me to make one up for you. Deadline is May 30.

Quarry Painting #1, by Joyce Roessler
Dutton, by Jonathan Hively
Orchid, by Randolph Kelts
Summer Meadow, by Ed Mowrey
Sunset, by Ken King
Mirror Mirror, by Jane Hively
Lilac Love, by Janice Brand
Analogous Swooshes, by Matt Cegelis
Oriole with Oranges and Azalea, by Helen Tory
Lost City, by Anna Stewart
The Reappearance of Ms. Mantis, by Linda Bourke
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Complements—Art Challenge #8

The underlying energy of an image is often determined by deliberate color choice. Complementary Colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel (Red and Green, Yellow and Purple, Orange and Blue).  When used together, these combinations create a certain vibration or resonance within the image. For this challenge, make an image that employs this principle of color theory.

  • Complementary colors, please
  • 2d or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible.

One-week deadline: You have until May 24, so get drawing! Send your images to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com.

Twin Lights, by Leslie Heffron
Doodling in Contrasts, by Cynthia Roth
Wild Columbine, by Helen Tory
Growth, by Joyce Roessler
Praying Mantis, by Linda Bourke
Storm Warning, by Jonathan Hively
Not My Favorite Colors Together, by Candace Stella
Abstract Construction, by Len Burgess
Red Umbrella, by Jane Hively
Complements, by Donna Caselden
Recon 5132, by Matt Cegelis
Looking at You, by Randolph Kelts
Red-Haired Girl Napping, by Claire Wyzenbeek
En Guard, by Kathleen G. Archer
Weavings, by Ken King
Old Friend, by Claire Wyzenbeek
Complements, by Kat Masella
Meadow, by Ken King
Lure, by Linda Bourke
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Going for the Green — Art Challenge #7

APOLOGIES TO EVERYONE FOR THE LATE POSTINGS TO THIS ONE. THEY’RE ALL GREAT!

Olive, pea, forest, parrot, spring, grass, lime. This is the moment of the year when green calls to us with limitless variety. Make an image in which green dominates.

Simple rules:

  • Color (well, mostly green)
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible.

Send your images to RNACworkshops@gmail.com Deadline is May 17.

Green Hair in Motion, by Matt Cegelis
Green Marine, by Judy Robinson-Cox
In Progress, by Joyce Roessler
A Time for Tea, Green or Otherwise, by Jane Hively
Day Three, by Len Burgess
Green, by Ed Mowrey
Wet Green, by Matt Cegelis
Spring is Here, by Mary Barker
Cogswell’s Grant, by Ken King
Folly Cove, by Claire Wyzenbeek
Summer Swiss Chard, by Ray Magnan
Dandylions, by Helen Tory
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet on a Lime, by Janice Brand
Olive Ash Tray, by Linda Bourke
Cox Landscape, by Linda Bourke

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What lurks in the SHADOWS—Art Challenge #6

Light and shadow are vital elements in image-making. Shadows define objects and create mood. Make an image in which SHADOW is the most important element.

Simple rules:

  • Color or B&W
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible.

Send your images to RNACworkshops@gmail.com. Deadline May 9(ish).

Shadows, by Barbara Moody
Ominous Spectator, by Jane Hively
Smith Cove Bench Shadow, by Ed Mowrey
Sophie’s Shadow, by Ken King
Late Day Harvest, by Jane Hively
Make Three Wishes, by Linda Bourke
Piano Shadows, by Len Burgess
Shadow, by Karen Ristuben
Shadow Pear, by Linda Bourke
Fiddlehead Ferns Emerging from the Dark, by Helen Tory
Airport, by Matt Cegelis
Winter, by Ken King
Triple Light Source, by Ray Magnan
Copied from The Shadow Master, by Janice van Lanesville
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What’s That On? — Art Challenge #5

Uh-oh—I left my house without my sketchbook! Arg! Luckily, I found a paper bag (or a stone or an apple…). For this challenge, draw on a non-traditional object or surface. 

Rules are simple:

  • Color or B&W
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, as long as it’s unexpected
  • Drawing from direct observation preferable

One-week deadline: You have until May 3, so get drawing! Send your images to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com.

Bunny in a Clam Shell, by Joyce Roessler
Nature as Artist on Cement, by Len Burgess
Petals on Floor, by Karen Ristuben
Sunflower on Glass, by Anne Marie Crotty
Breakfast, by Claire Wyzenbeek
Look Who’s Talking, by Janice Brand
Drawing by Anonymous. Photo by Matt Cegelis
Cocktail Time: Sex on the Beech (Leaf), by Helen Tory
Liner Love, by Linda Bourke
Butter Fly, by Helen Tory
Easter Napkin Setting, by Jane Hively
My New Love: Concrete, by Ken King
Loo Roll, by Helen Tory
Charcoal and Chalk on Exposed Aggregate Concrete, by Ken King
Emerging, by Ray Magnan
Dogs on Bark, by Linda Bourke
Walking on Eggshells, by Janice Brand
Bagged One, by Linda Bourke
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Game On! — Art Challenge #4

Apparently the virus has triggered a surge in sales of jigsaw puzzles and other games. For this Art Challenge, play a game (video, vintage, card, word) and then draw it.

Rules are simple:

  • Color or B&W
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferable

Two-week deadline for this one; you have until April 25. Send your images to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com .

Jigsaw Turning into Nightmare, by Helen Tory
Checkmate, by Ken King
Sudoku 101, by Michele Champion
Puzzled, by Matt Cegelis
Addicted to Wordbubbles, by Anne Marie Crotty
Board Game Trio, by Jane Hively
Tic Tac Toad, by Linda Bourke
Crossword from Hell, by Janice Brand
Cootie, by Linda Bourke
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Draw from Your Car — Art Challenge #3

Keep a sketchbook and bag of pencils in your car (which you should always do anyway). Stop to draw without leaving the car. Bring a snack, try to park so sun streams into the car, choose some good music, and go for it! Deadline in one week: April 11.

Send your images to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. Rules are:

  • Color or B&W
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferable
Good Harbor, by Claire Wyzenbeek
Pebble Beach, by Linda Bourke
Dear John, by Jane Hively
Waiting for Tele-Therapy, by Linda Bourke
Plum Cove Beach (with snoozing dragons), by Janice Brand
People, by Helen Tory
View from Driveway, by Matt Cegelis
H for Honda, by Karl Frank
Cape Hedge Beach, by Linda Bourke
Oops, by Ray Magnan
Twin Lights from the Car, by Linda Bourke
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Virtual Visit – Art Challenge #2

Make an image of a chair from your house, perhaps the chair you would offer to a visitor. Let’s visit each other virtually!

  • Color or B&W
  • 2D or 3D
  • Any surface, any medium
  • Drawing from direct observation preferred where possible.

Send your images to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com.

This isn’t a drawing — but it’s drawn from Thoreau. In Walden, in the chapter Winter Visitors, he writes:

There too, as everywhere, I sometimes expected the Visitor who never comes.  The Vishnu Purana says, “The householder is to remain at eventide in his courtyard as long as it takes to milk a cow, or longer if he pleases, to await the arrival of a guest.”  I often performed this duty of hospitality, waited long enough to milk a whole herd of cows, but did not see the man approaching from the town.

From RNAC member Karl Frank