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Weekly Art Challenge: TRANSFORMATION

Hey Folks!!

This week our theme is: TRANSFORMATION!

And a short note, we have started an new blog site specifically for the art challenge at https://theartchallengeblog.wordpress.com. Challenges will be posted starting the first week of January. Currently the new site is in progress, but if you are a fan of our Art Challenge please stop by the new blog and follow us there!

 

RJ – Cocoon, pencil on paper.

I love Rj’s pencil drawings. His eye for textural detail and ability to depict delicate moments always bring a smile to my face. The butterfly is in the process of emerging, its wings not yet ready to spread out and be fully reveled. The nibbled leaves behind the butterfly reminds the viewer of the caterpillar this new butterfly once was.

rj transformation

 

Karri – Phoenix, watercolor on paper

“I will rise, out of these ashes, rise”. This weeks theme made me think about all the transformation we all make throughout life. Overcoming struggles. Changing our situation or habits. This brought to mind the image of a phoenix, rising from the ashes of an old life.

WOW, you can really feel the heat from the Karri’s Phoenix flames! The intensity of the oranges and reds is brilliant against the blue background and definitely reminds a viewer to push forward. I love this positive message to overcome and keep overcoming struggles.

karri transformation

 

Bethany –  The DoodlePen and color pencil on paper.

“I started a doodle and it made a transformation into a whimsical peaceful place.”

I am loving Bethany’s creative process and how a simple little doodle transforms into a beautiful landscape. Her pieces depicts how an artist’s mind works and the choices we make along the way. The touch of color added in the end really makes the image glow. Beautiful!

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BETHANY trans 1

 

 

InaButterfly, Pencil and watercolor on paper.

 “My piece for TRANSFORMATION is a butterfly just coming out of it’s cocoon. As a new creature, it does not realize yet how it has morphed into something new and what beautiful new wings it has. The nature spots and colors are amazing once you start analyzing how they make a pattern up so close. “

The colors of this freshly emerging butterfly are gorgeous! Ina’s Butterfly is eager to spread her wings and as a viewer I am eager to see her fly! I love the details of the wings and the light washes of blue in the background juxtapose with the bolder application of color of the butterfly. Beautiful piece!!

 

INA transformation

 

Emily

“The transformation of everything turning Christmas-y”

First we see the calm and clean left side of a residential street and then I find myself falling forward into the black christmas-y side of this piece, like alice in the rabbit hole. The holiday season does have this wonderland whirlwind intoxication feel about them. Emily accurately depict the sudden arrival of the festive decorations and lights.

emily transformation

 

AmberCharge! – (incomplete) pen and ink on paper

My incomplete piece was inspired by the greek myth of Persephone  I wanted to illustrate the transformation of a space or environment when my nieces enter.

My twin nieces are depicted as the youthful force of spring, charging into a snowy landscape to liven up the dreary greys of winter. They are fearless, jovial and loving girls.
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Next theme: BLUE

 

 


Weekly Art Challenge: Pumpkin!

Hey Folks!

This week’s theme is perfect for the festive season, Pumpkin!! I hope everyone had a safe Halloween!!

 

Tony made a fierce Jack-o-lantern! I like that it has some of the classic pumpkin carving elements like the triangular eyes and wide toothy grin, but the additional details of what look like glowing carved scars give this Jack-O-Lantern the perfect crazed badass personality for the halloween holiday!

tony's pumpkin

 

 

 

AmberPumpkin, graphite on paper – Just a small and simple drawing of a lil pumpkin. Its been awhile since I worked with only graphite. 🙂

pumpkin

 

 

Next challenge is a two week challenge and the theme is ARTIST’S CHOICE!


Weekly Art Challenge: Comfort

Hello folks!

The theme for this week’s challenge is Comfort.

 

RJ: The Gift , Graphite on paper – Christmas in August! I like the reference of not only physical comfort one would feel holding the stuff panda bear but the emotional and nostalgic comfort  one experience’s with a holiday that is synonymous with family and security for many individuals.  Great texture on the bear’s fur!

the gift - rj comfort

 

Amber: Cat Nap, pen and ink – This week I was rather busy with the Gishwes scavenger hunt, a visit from my niece and work. Not wanting to shirk on my creative responsibilities, I chose to be straight forward with this week’s theme. Cats have that magic ability to make any and every place they claim for a nap to look comfortable and its just not fair! Sadly, the piece is unfinished. I will repost it when it is finished 🙂

 

 

Dewey

 

Next week’s challenge: Minimalism!