Paint Chip Challenge

14 Jul
Landscape painting of low moon rising in woods, purple flowers dot the landscape

Low Moon 20″x 16″ watercolor on paper by Katie Turner

Sassy Lilac color

Sassy Lilac #4003-9B

There are two weeks left to view the CNY Art Guild Liverpool Library Show.  “Paint Chip Challenge” will hang until the end of July 2017.  For hours and location click here:

This challenge was an interesting project and it was fun to see what each artist came up with.  The color was given to me by the show organizer.  It is not a color I would have chosen.  I primarily work with transparent watercolors. This particular color required me to use Chinese white to make it opaque.   After painting several different paintings using this color, I settled on entering the picture above into the show.  It was done on watercolor paper using wet into wet techniques and a palette knife to scratch in some of the texture.

Having parameters can make painting more of a challenge but some rules also fuel creativity.  I enjoyed this challenge and would definitely participate in another one.  I highly recommend a challenge like this for healthy art exercise.

4 Responses to “Paint Chip Challenge”

  1. jan waters July 17, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    interesting challenge. How did you hear about it? What were the ‘rules’?Sounds like a good way to get out of a creative rut!

    Love your solution!

    • Katie Turner July 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Jan, One of the art members had come up with it – it is a great way to get inspired. The only rules were to use the color somewhere in the picture and the size was restricted to 16×20 or smaller due to limitations with the show space. It’s yet another reason to visit the hardware store!

  2. Gail Field September 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Lovely, Katie! BTW, I got your ATC today from Brenda Berchey’s Southwest swap: cowgirl photo. Nice! 9/5/17

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