Day 18 - Looking for Challenge Sites

Found an interesting site, Daily Painters International which is posting challenges on a monthly basis. Challenge starts on the 1st of the month, ends on the last day as the last painting will be uploaded. May's challenge is "FRINGE" in any form.............

There's also the absolutely fabulous Virtual Paintout.  It uses Google's map of the world and you choose what you'd like to paint. Take the time to read the page in order to understand the challenge that's being post and then go for it!!

Then there's A Day Not Wasted.  Lee, the owner of the site, posts gorgeous photographs to be used as source material for paintings. He also posts one photograph as a monthly challenge, submit your painting, etc etc.  The photographs have my appetite for landscape painting definitely whetted! Take a look.  Also look at this date on ADNW.

Then there's Windows to the Words. The owner of the blog writes poetry and then posts pictures to accompany his "corny" (his words) poetry and as a challenge you paint from his pictures.  He gives awards. I enjoyed reading the blog as it was positive and fun........again. Take a look.

And then a site that in order to participate you have to have made a blog so that there's a link to your work.  This month's painting challenge, as hosted by Alice Thompson, on the Calypso Artist Movement, was dedicated to bad food! and then all the artists were going to critique each other's work via their blogs. A blog sounds complicated but it's actually extremely easy to set one up via google's blogger startup site.

And then there's Katharine Cartwright with a great idea.  Sketch as if your developing skills as a painter depended on it, but for only 20 minutes. Set a timer, 20 minutes only. Then email her the drawing/painting/sketch.  Brenda Swenson, a local artist, is actually "licensing" painters who can present a sketchbook filled with 75 consecutive days of drawing - just for the practice.

And last but not least, or for today anyway, there's Dana Marie's  blog with a posted subject matter for your painting project.

I'll be looking for more interesting sites like this. When we have no ideas but want to paint, there are possibilities out there.

Keep painting!

Day 17 - many days later

Back to painting after a several weeks long hiatus. Came home from my wonderful Charles Reid class in northern California and promptly left for Vermont and my friend's wonderful old farm. 

Back to Pasadena where I've become involved with a public garden: The Arlington Garden .   At the bottom of this link is a map to the Garden. You won't believe how beautiful it is right now and probably for the next 3 or 4 weeks!

This Garden, a Mediterranean extravaganza which uses no water, is in bloom right now - absolutely spectacular.  Thursday a group of plein air painters met there to paint and they'll be there again next Thursday, the 22nd. Tuesday, the 20th,  a group of oil painters are assembling in the afternoon.  Any artist who paints in the Garden is welcome to submit their painting for sale at our 5th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 8. You need to contact me though so that I'll know how much hanging space we need to display these wonderful works.  The Garden will take 25% of the sale price to help fund its Foundation.  There will also be fabulous Orange Marmalade for sale which was made from the orange trees on the Garden's grounds by Waldo's Jam Company in Sierra Madre, CA   There will also be lavender sachets available, again, made by hand from the many varieties of lavender found in the Garden.  (Tooting the horn here, inviting everyone to come to the Celebration in the Garden on May 8.)

A friend alerted me this morning to a painting done in the Garden on Thursday by Marian Fortunati. Enjoy her  painting of bearded irises.     I'm hoping Marian's painting will be one of those for sale on May 8.

Have found some more fun challenges for all of us looking for "things to paint". I'll post those in my next post. 

Come join us in the Garden!  Here's my painting from that day - actually Brenda Swenson was in front of me painting one of her wonderful paintings, so I painted her.  Enjoy.