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10X — Art Challenge #24

Enlarging is a powerful visual strategy. Otherwise, we would not love Georgia O’Keefe’s work quite so much.

For this art challenge, choose a small object from nature– a seed, mushroom, cherry, shell, etc. Spend a few minutes observing the object’s details. Make an image in which the object is at least TEN times larger than the original (1 inch = 10 inches!). Don’t hesitate to let the image bleed off the edges of your surface to create interesting negative shapes.

Simple rules:

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

Deadline is October 10. Send your image to rnac.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title, or I’ll come up with one (and it’s sure to be wrong!).

Pebbles, by Ken King
Blizzard, by Ray Magnan
Eye of Kara, by Ray Magnan
Forsythia’s Second Coming, by Linda Bourke
Teeny Weeny Barnacle, by Janice Brand
Zinnia, by Linda Bourke
Happy Hour, by Matt Cegelis
Gourd, by Linda Bourke

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Subtractive Drawing — Art Challenge #23

This week’s Challenge involves removing from the surface. Scratch, scrape, sand, erase your way to an image! (Personally, I find it one of the most fun ways to attack something — break out those erasers.)

Rules are simple too:

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

Deadline is October 3. Send your image to rnac.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title, or I’ll come up with one (and it’s sure to be wrong!).

One Lonely Tree, by Michele Champion
Less is More, by Matt Cegelis
Ken’s Trees, by Janice Brand
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Repetition — Art Challenge #22

Let us repeat: Repetition. Using repetition can produce a variety of effect, like movement or emphasis. It can trigger memory, create confusion or just result in an interesting composition. In this challenge use repetition repetition.

Rules are simple:

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

Deadline for this one is September 26; send to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title or I’ll have to make one up.

Repetitions, by Mary Rhinelander
Knot, by Matt Cegelis
Cherries, by Christine Bobek
Balancing Act, by Christine Bobek
I am Paisley, by Jean Fogle
Angel, Angel, by Linda Bourke
Music of the Spheres, by Ken King
She Sells Sea Shells, by Michele Champion
Reflections on the Multiverse, by Ray Magnan
Birds on a Wire a la Stuart Davis, by Janice Brand

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Go Wide — Art Challenge #21

Someone mentioned football season starting? We can do that — here’s the challenge: think wide, think panoramic format. (Okay, not the easiest thing to take a picture of, but give it a whirl.)

Rules are simple:

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

Deadline for this one is September 19; send to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. Send along a title or I’ll have to make one up.

The Headlands, by Matt Cegelis
After the Swim, by Karen Matthews
Stoney Cove, by Joyce Roessler
Rocks at Folly Cove, by Linda Bourke
Plum Island, by Linda Bourke
Summer of ’75, by Ken King
Elizabeth Bishop the Traveler, by Neta Goren
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Merging 2D and 3D — Art Challenge #20

Enough summer laziness. We’re back! This week’s challenge is to merge the 2D world and the 3D world. It’s easier than you think — or not.

Rules are simple, as ever:

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

You have until September 12 for this one. Send submissions to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com with your title or I’ll make one up!

Can Do, by Judy Robinson-Cox
Rosie, by Karen Watson
Swimming in the Quarry, 9/12, by Sally Waite
The Angelic Monitor, by Cornelius Sullivan
SOS (Save Our Seas), by Donna Caselden
Beached in the Grass, by Alev Danis
Tail Feather, by Linda Bourke
What Mice? by Janice Brand
Bottle Cap Snout, by Linda Bourke
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Big Tiny — Art Challenge # 19

Big Tiny is one of our major fundraisers for Rocky Neck Art Colony and you can help make it a success. The Challenge is to make a gorgeous image in a tiny 5×5″  painting, photograph, mixed media or print. This will be a piece you can deliver to us per instructions below for inclusion in the fundraiser.

Here are your marching orders:

  • After matting the visible area must be 5 inches x 5 inches.
  • Work on a 6“x6″ piece of watercolor paper, bristol board or photo paper. Need paper? We can provide 6”x6” 100 lb. Bristol stock. Call Mary Ann McCormick at 978-317-6803 to arrange a pick-up time at 4 Hatch Way on Rocky Neck (not the Cultural Center). 
  • All 2D media accepted, including photography, collage, drawing and painting.
  • We do the matting. Just remember the visible area must be 5×5”.
  • Sign the BACK, not the front. One of the thrills of Big Tiny is the buyer doesn’t know who did the piece until after purchase!
  • Submission Deadline Update: Final Art due September 7. No excuses now! Please deliver or mail artworks in protective packaging to Mary Ann McCormick, 4 Hatch Way, Gloucester MA 01930.  Artwork pickups can also be arranged.

See the links below to YouTube videos for some inspiration on how to make your tiny masterpiece:

Barbara Moody

Ruth Mordecai

Kat Masella

Loren Doucette

The Big Tiny is all-virtual this year, so people can view and buy online. The website (we’ll post the URL here when it’s up) will be live for three days, Oct. 10 to 12. The artwork will sell for $150 the first day, $100 the second and $50 on the third. We are also offering framed Triptychs of three pieces that go together.

If you want, you can send your image here to Art Challenge for posting (I won’t be running your caption info): RNAC.workshops@gmail.com. More important, though, is to send the completed piece in to the address above by August 31.

Here’s another idea: Repurpose some of your past Art Challenge work for Big Tiny. As long as it has the all-important 5”x5” internal dimension, you’re probably good to go.

Anonymous for Big Tiny
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Distort This — Art Challenge #18

Create an image incorporating distortion as the essential visual strategy. What is distortion? Morphing, blurring, stretching. You play with it.

Rules as ever:

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

I’m going to take a bit of a break for August and only update every two weeks (the Fortnighly Challenge?). So you have until August 15 for this one. Send submissions to RNAC.workshops@gmail.com with your title or I’ll make one up!

Pop Rocks, by Katherine Coakley
Old Garden Beach, by Karen Watson
Hold That Pose, by Matt Cegelis
Mood Indigo, by Ken King
Turtle Diary, by Linda Bourke
BMW 507 at Castle Hill, by Ray Magnan
Blurry Barry, by Janice Brand
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Good Fortune — Art Challenge #17

For this Challenge, you will need a fortune cookie (real, virtual, dreamt). Make an image triggered by your fortune. But, wait there’s more: Many fortune cookies’ fortunes have a feature on the back “Learn One Chinese Word.” An extra challenge is to somehow reference that word in the drawing. (If you’re looking for some inspiration, start here.)

Rules are simple:

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

Send your image to RNAC.Workshops@gmail.com along with the title of your piece. Deadline for this Challenge is August 1.

Fortune Cookie in a Teacup, by Matt Cegelis
This Cookie’s Fortune: “Declare Peace Every Day”, by Linda Bourke
Practicing Good Fortune (with Jackie’s Ceramic Cookie), by Janice Brand
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Ingredients — Art Challenge #16

Some energetic souls here at Rocky Neck Art Colony are looking to put together a Colony cookbook. We’re gathering recipes, and we need art too. Focusing on ingredients is easier than, say, painting a salad, so take your favorites as inspiration—eggs, apples, walnuts, even broccoli, maybe a whole pie —and paint/draw/photograph at will.

Rules are simple:

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

Send your image to RNAC.Workshops@gmail.com along with the title of the piece. Deadline for Ingredients is July 26 (extended — I’ll be away the 20th to the 23rd and won’t be able to post your pictures on those dates).

Gooseberries, by Christine Bobek
Olive Branch, by Christine Bobek
Pears by Katherine Coakley
Pears, by Dina Gomery
Eggs Not Broken, by Ken King
Cabbage, by Olga Hayes

Ripe, by Sandy Shaw
Greek Salad, by Claire Wyzenbeek
Farm Fresh, by Leslie Heffron
Four Pears, by Bruce Shaw

Apples, by Marny Williams

Corn and Ant, by Karen Watson

Pierre’s Table Oil, by Candace Stella
Italian Dinner at Farfa, by Joy Buell
Oysters, by Mary Hayes
Frilly Egg, by Helen Tory
Allium Sativum, by Matt Cegelis
Swiss Chard, by Ray Magnan
Pepino Melon and Grapes, by Linda Bourke
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Fast Sketch — Art Challenge #15

Sure, it’s easy to draw a model or a tree, something static. Want a real challenge? Pick a moving target. I happen to be partial to chickens, but birds, waves, dogs, people at the beach: anything’s fair game. You’ll be training your eye to get the essentials — fast.

Rules are simple:

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

Send your image to RNAC.Workshops@gmail.com along with the title of the piece. Deadline for Fast Sketch is July 11.

Happy Hour, by Ken King
Too Darn Hot, by Jane Hively
Sailing Lessons, by Shelly Champion
Pounding Down the Tracks, by Jonathan Hively
1918, by Donna Caselden
Ellie in the Woods, by Matt Cegelis
Helen’s Chickens by Helen, by Helen Tory
Released, by Linda Bourke
Helen’s Chickens, by Janice Brand