A Landscape Challenge #1

Hi guys…I was reading Tara Leaver….AGAIN!… when she talked about making more consistent art. She challenged us to an exercise to help us deal with the inconsistency problem, in a manageable way that also sets you on the path to developing a series, to prove that you can do one. This was the challenge:

Seven days to create art with a single focus. Got something you’ve been wanting to explore a bit more deeply? This is the perfect opportunity.

The challenge is open to all visual artists – you can paint, draw, knit, sculpt, sew, make jewellery, or whatever you like. I recommend keeping the concept and process fairly small so you don’t overwhelm yourself or make it impossible to keep going.

The project I took was to paint small landscapes for 93 days. It was fairly simple and I decided to let it be very loose and almost abstract. I painted however I was feeling at that point. So these were my steps.

STEP #1 – PREPARE YOUR PAPER

STEP #1

So I started by finding a small watercolour painting book. Mine is 9×12 but you can get something smaller like 10×10. Tape all the edges with maskin tape to allow the piece to have a border as this gives it a better look when you’ve finished, plus it allows for framing.

STEP #2 – PULL OUT YOUR TOOLS

HAVE ALL YOUR ART SUPPLIES READY AND PREPARED

Once you’ve taped the edges, then pull out the watercolours or watercolour pencils, your brushes (choose only 2), have your water close by, you can also have a bottle with white or black paint and finally decide on the colours you’re going to use. I picked viridian green, lavender and light green.

Above is my watercolour palette, brushes and watercolour pencils.

STEP #3 – START PAINTING

I STARTED WITH A SIMPLE WASH, ONE COLOUR ON TOP OF THE OTHER, AND I LET IT RUN.

Don’t think about what you’re going to do just MOVE! Take up a brush, let your senses guide you, dip into the first colour and paint however you feel, then take the second colour and do the same. I felt like doing a simple wash of each colour one above the other.

STEP#4 – ADD MOUNTAINS

I ADDED THE SILVER HIGHLIGHTS WITH THIS SILVER GLUE…I MEAN PAINT.

Once the wash had dried I used these bottles to draw in some abstract like mountains using the black first then following it with white. I wanted it to stand out even more so I added a silver paint (actually I picked up the wrong bottle and it was actually silver glue, but it looked great anyway)

I USED THE BLACK BOTTLE BELOW TO DRAW THE MOUNTAINS AND THE RIVER CURVES

This is what it looks like. So my finished piece is a bit abstract but an abstract type landscape. All I know is that it was fun to do.

you give it a try and if you have questions you can send me a whatsapp message at 868 681 9909, simply explain that you’re doing the Landscape challenge from my blog, and I’ll help as much as I can.

Hope you try it and I hope you enjoyed this post. Until the next one.

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