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Light and Dark

You may be thinking that this double set of prompts is a bit too similar to the last few ( black/white and silhouette), you would be right but bear with me. The challenge with these two prompts for weeks 28 and 29 is to experiment with them without using black, white and silhouettes whether it be in single explorations of light and dark separately or in a single image together.

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Silhouette

I feel it is a natural progression from last week’s prompt of black and white. They can be simple or complex but are always striking thanks to the more defined play they create between negative and positive space. This week’s challenge is to incorporate a silhouette into your image, whether it be the sole focus or something more subtle.

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Black and White

Having missed last week’s prompt I decided that catching up I would use two prompts that could be used together in one prompt or individually. Black and white, two colours that are often thought of as non-colours, one being the culmination of all colour and the other the absence of all colour. Experiment with them singularly in two separate prompts or together in one prompt for some interesting contrasts.

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Blind

This week’s challenge is a little more specific; a still life with a difference. In art we look and absorb imagery to create. When we draw something we take time with an object and try to create an image that represents it in our chosen media. When we get really familiar with something it is easier for our imagination to take over and for us to draw from what is solely in our head than what is placed in front of us.

So for this week, pick an object you have never drawn before, it could be something you have lying around your house, a fruit or vegetable, anything really. Spend a minute really looking at your chosen subject then cover it up and draw it from memory alone. Feel free to take a picture of what you have chosen to draw to post alongside your image if you like.

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It had to be a rainbow feather ~ watercolour pencils and pen quick sketch.

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Feather

They say that if you find a white feather it’s a sign from the angels that your guardian is close by and looking out for you. It’s a nice thought though I tend not to believe so heavily in it since moving to a seaside town where I would often wake up to huge mountains of feathers in my driveway from seagulls that had had run ins with cats or foxes. Still I like the sentiment and I have been finding a lot of different feathers lately. They are, in my opinion, so beautiful and delicate in all their shapes, sizes and colours.

This week’s challenge is to create an image of one or more feathers.

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I dislike drawing and painting portraits. I have always avoided them save for in my art journal where I didn’t have to share them. I never felt like I found my own style with them and I discovered very early on that I was easily put off by wanting things to look perfect and realistic when the rest of my art is bold, colourful and a mix of abstraction and expressionism.

For this portrait prompt I took my acrylic paints into the garden. I had no plan I just started piecing together lines and blocks of colour. I let her surface on her own, she isn’t of anyone, she just is.

It was challenging, not only because of my general dislike of painting portraits but also because the sketchbook page was fairly small and I think that it would have been interesting to develop on a larger scale where I could add more colour, more bold brush strokes and more movement in the way I painted it. It did, however, make me rethink my approach to portraits and how to let my natural style flow into them rather than trying to force it to be something else.

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