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!


  1. Hi Jill..
    Like you don't have enough to do already!!!
    You're a busy lady!!
    I'm wondering ... are you going to participate in the Arlington Gardens Show??? How do we get specific information about it??

  2. Hope to see you post some of your wonderful art work there.

  3. Oh my GOD THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Besides the ones you mentioned, these are some other challenge sites: Studio Atelier; Monthly Painting Challenge; Rookiepainter; Paint and Draw Together. Wet Canvas has challenges but is a more complicated site to follow.