The Isolation Art Challenge continues with 25,700+ members! The organisers (arttutor.com) have ditched the idea of calling the themes Day 1 Day 2 etc, they’re just staying with theme titles. They’ve relaxed the “rules” and you can pick and choose from the 60 themes for 60 days, doing as many as you like or as few, however, even though I couldn’t keep up with Daily Painting for the challenge I’ll continue to do the themes in consecutive order.
My first efforts were drawings, see the post before last, and now after receiving a yummy box of soft pastels I’ve turned to colour. Sorry it’s a bit blurred…
So here is Theme 5…GIFT:
The wee vase was a gift from a very dear friend of mine, a “frontline “ nurse, I wish and hope she’ll remain safe. Pastels are new to me and I’ve have been longing to open this new box I gifted myself a few weeks ago, they looked so delicious untouched and neatly laid out I didn’t want to spoil them. I opened my precious box for this theme, being used to mixing my own colours with oils or watercolour, I feel some frustration because the colours are much brighter than I would normally use, but I will persevere now the spell of the pristine new box is broken:
The left one is on white paper, the one on the right on brown card.
6. Theme….TWO. Graham’s socks on the washing line. Pastels on tinted recycled paper, 30x42cm. My second attempt using my yummy looking pastels, I now realise you can’t make a wrong move too often, some can be rubbed, worked over and smudged away but if a clean line is needed and you get that wrong it shows!
Theme 7….MATERIAL. My subject is a laundry wash of work clothes plus an old cover. This time I mixed materials by starting off with acrylics on recycled paper, giving myself the added restriction of just 3 primary colours plus black and white, (using rose, lemon and ultramarine) then adding soft pastels once dry, I tried to restrict to 3 colours here but gradually and inevitably reached for more, I now understand why they sell enormous and expensive boxes of different colours!