Wednesday Challenge 2021
14. Looking Forward.
With the lifting of lockdown, and the coming of Spring, thoughts are turning to getting outside and seeing friends and family once more, so I think it is the right time to have a break from the Wednesday Challenges. If restrictions return I will start up again, but for now I will take a rest.
It is time to Look Forward to all the things we will soon be able to do. What are you looking forward to? You might like to make a portrait of the person you are hoping to see, or a painting of the place you are looking forward to visiting. So for this last challenge show me what you are looking forward to.
This is what I'm looking forward to....
13. Flower Power.
This lovely weather is encouraging all the spring flowers to open. See if you can find some unfurling buds, or sprays of blossom. A sight to cheer us all up!
12. Happy Holidays.
Holidays, or the lack of them, are on many minds right now. Lets get out those photos from past holidays, and make something of them. Have a look at your old snaps, and see if you can remember why you took them. Look for what's important in the picture, then crop it down and see if you can make it more interesting. You can use a 'artistic license' to move things around, enlarge the important bits, change the colours, improve the weather - anything you like.
Here are a few of my own holiday snaps that I'm thinking of making paintings from...
11. Look Out!
Seem to be spending a lot of time looking out of windows lately!
What sort of windows have you got?
Stained glass? Unusual shapes? What kind of curtains or blinds have you got? What is your view like? Is the glass covered in raindrops? What's on your window ledge?
10. Feeling Blue.
Blue sky, blue sea, blue jeans, blue birds...how many blue things can you find? Put them together to make a blue still life - then paint it.
9. Gone to Seed.
This week's challenge might be more suitable for a drawing than a painting, although there's no reason you can't draw with a brush, and colour is always welcome!
Looking round my garden I see beautiful skeletal patterns of last year's seed heads. If you have already cut yours down, you might look out for some when you are out for a walk. If you can't find any seed heads you like, have a look at the patterns of tree branches against the sky.
Buds haven't started bursting yet, so the striking structures are visible everywhere.
8. Born with a Silver Spoon...
We use our cutlery every day, but hardly give it a second look. This week's challenge is to draw or paint some cutlery. It might be picnic forks, or everyday spoons, or something for special occasions. Are there attractive colours, or nice patterns? Do they sparkle? How can you arrange them?
7. Time for a Treat.
We're still in lockdown, the weather is grim - I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels they would like a treat right now, to cheer them up.
Well - I've eaten all the chocolates, I'm down to my last lemon, and there's nothing on the box...what can you suggest to brighten my day?
6. What Goes Around...
This week, look for some things in your home which are round - circular or spherical. Once you start looking you will find there are lots more than you imagine, so try to find some less obvious ones. Have fun!
5. No Pain No Gain...
We are being advised to take daily exercise, so let's see what you are doing, or perhaps what you wish you were doing! I would like to see your exercise equipment, whatever you are using in your daily exercise, be it walking stick, running shoes (no, me neither!), the stairs... Or you could show us what you would be doing in different circumstances: swimming, paragliding, dancing, sailing. I wait to be surprised!
4. Feeling Fruity.
Or vegetabley if you like! This week I'm asking you to have a look at the inside of your fruit or vegetables, at the mysterious and beautiful patterns that are hidden inside. Try an orange or lemon, even an apple is rather lovely. A red cabbage or onion is more spectacular, but even ordinary green ones are interesting. Have a look inside whatever you happen to have. Notice how it makes a difference which direction you make the cut.
This could be a straightforward study, or an unusual still life, or you may want to take it further and develop an abstract design from the patterns you find. Printing from your vegetable is another possibility.
See what you can find.
3. I Made That!
Everyone has made something, even if it's just a sandwich! I know you are all creative people, so show us what you have made. It might be something you made a long time ago, or a new skill you have been learning. Whatever it is, big or small, let's see a drawing or painting of it.
2. Four Legs Good.
This week draw or paint something which stands on four legs - with or without feet.
It can be animate or inanimate, big or small, but preferably actually standing on all its four legs, unlike my cat who refused to stand up for her photo!
You need to make sure you get the perspective right, so that it really looks as though all four legs or feet are on the same level surface. Good luck!
1. A Mixed Bag.
Where would we be without a bag? This week's subject could be a handbag, a shopping bag, a suitcase (maybe already packed for that longed-for holiday?), or any other kind of bag you can think of. A new Christmas bag or an old favourite. It can be closed, or open to display the interesting contents, or perhaps an arrangement of several beautiful bags. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!