Online Challenges and Projects

Online art challenges and projects

Black Head, Monhegan Island

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

Black Head, Monhegan Island

Painted from a photo for the Daily Paintworks Monhegan Island Challenge.  I tried something new and used a painting knife for the rock face. It was hard to control, but kind of fun. Available Here  ...

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Mobile Manners

Posted on Jan 4, 2013

Mobile Manners

The three-armed eggbeater ride of my childhood was called The Scrambler.  It has evolved into today’s sleeker, curvier Sizzler. The cosmetics have changed, but the experience remains the same. It’ll still make you want to hurl, and (if you don’t) it’s a great first date ride. That’s because centrifugal force smashes the riders together, forcing full side-body contact, which can be an icebreaker for shy youngsters. This young couple seemed to be...

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Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever

Posted on Jun 6, 2012

Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever

The rodeo arena was decorated with several huge American flags, which dwarfed the cowboys sitting below them. With all those stripes, I thought it would be a good piece for Carol Marine’s Stripe Challenge over on Daily Paintworks. I’m enjoying painting on these cheerful yellow backgrounds. In this case, my reference photo was taken near sunset, so the yellow gave it a warm glow.     Available –...

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Mr. Bee Poses For His Portrait

Posted on May 20, 2012

Mr. Bee Poses For His Portrait

I don’t know why I love the Bumble Bee Bop so much. I guess part of the reason is because these guys are always cheerful, and just so darn cute. Then there’s pure artistic admiration. The designers managed to create believable personalities from basic shapes that remind me of a giant billiard ball stacked on top of a giant yellow golf ball. The simplest designs can be the most effective! These bees have no moving parts – the head doesn’t turn, and...

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The Ancient One

Posted on Apr 19, 2012

The Ancient One

Only Miss Lish knows the secrets behind the scars on her ancient face, and she’s not telling. At age sixteen, she has the mug of a battered boxer, nose dented and one eye in a permanent squint. Maybe she injured herself diving for cover under a piece of furniture. Or maybe someone accidentally shut her face in a door. Whatever it was, it must have been horrible, and I cringe to think of the pain she must have felt. What Lish lacks in beauty, she makes up for with her...

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Blind Side

Posted on Apr 16, 2012

Blind Side

He’s not really blind, just blinded by blinders. Trainers put all sorts of interesting contraptions on these harness race horses so they won’t get distracted by things – real or imagined – during a race. Some setups look like they were cobbled together with baling wire. This one is posted in the Daily Paintworks Up Close Animal Challenge created by artist Taryn Day Available on...

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Chomp, Chomp

Posted on Mar 6, 2012

Chomp, Chomp

Artist Carol Marine says in her Daily Paintworks Horsing Around Challenge  that she and her family woke up one morning while camping in Missouri to see this horse grazing near their tent. She snapped a photo of the scene, and posted it for artists to interpret. I’m not a relaxed camper. If I heard a “chomp, chomp, chomp” from inside a tent in the early morning hours, I’d freak out. What else could it be but the Langoliers? Available on...

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It’s What I Eat For Breakfast

Posted on Jan 10, 2012

It’s What I Eat For Breakfast

The idea for painting breakfast comes from Carol Marine’s Paint Your Breakfast Challenge on Daily Paintworks. For me, breakfast is the same every morning: 4% fat cottage cheese mixed with freshly ground flax seed and a variety of oils  – flax, hemp, fish, and coconut. I like the stuff, but my husband can barely choke it down, so for his sake we top it with berries. A few in-progress images archived along the way: Purchase on...

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Parisian Waitress

Posted on Oct 1, 2011

Parisian Waitress

I couldn’t resist painting  a portrait of this lovely waitress from a photo taken by artist/photographer/traveler/blogger Lee Brown. Lee generously lends some of his travel photos to artists in the context of his ADNW painting challenges. Participants get one month to submit their interpretations of his image.  There’s some cool stuff already posted. Go see it here. I don’t know what I liked more – the quality of the light, or the shape of her hair...

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