One: Challenge

challenge, mixed media, paper, space
Through the Tangle

So, I got the challenge all wrong. What I understood meant one painting a day for thirty days. Consequently, I started early.

Managing the challenge

Preparing the paper, I tore it into eight by eight-inch pieces. I prefer ragged edges. Several panels of quarter-inch plywood which I use for drawing boards, graced the table. Taking the one-and-one-half-inch masking tape, I carefully measured the one-inch border. There we have it! The painting is only six by six now. A lesser challenge perhaps.

Challenge, mixed media, semi-abstract, Devenir
Hope Shines Forth

Not so easy

One would think this would be easy. I discovered it takes me two days to complete one image. Double the time. I would have to speed things up. Using eight panels at a time I could not resist using watercolour to begin. After all, it was paper we were using. Once dry, I mucked about with some molding paste and ended up with drips of acrylic. Lovely abstract accidents lay before me. 

Challenge, mixed media, semi-abstract, Devenir
Inspire of Opposition

Grouping production

Very conscious of the time and how far I had fallen behind, I quickly finished four that day. Yes, I thought, I could manage this.

The phone call

Then we had the phone call. DEVENIR gets together once per week via Skype to discuss projects, be accountable to one another and inspire our creative future. Carefully explaining things again one of our members said it was not about finished work. Rather, the exercise led us to discover new territory in daily experiments with new materials or using familiar materials in new ways. One painting per day beginning October 25th.

Challenge, mixed media, semi-abstract, Devenir
Into the Storm

More paper

Backing up I took a new look at what I had already done. Nice little pieces. I will use them for something else. How to frame them? I will figure that out later too. Returning to my paper stash I extracted three new sheets of Arches watercolour paper and tore new pieces of eight by eight leaving several six by eights. Left overs, just the right size for greeting cards. Not quite ready yet I took out the masking tape and established the borders once again. Eight panels ready to go. Life is full of adventure! You can follow our challenge progress on Facebook both on my page BlanchetFineArts or on DEVENIR’s page where each artist will be posting her work in an album once per week. So fun.

Event page

Don’t forget to check out my events page. The CAVA show is still on and the VASA Member Show is on the horizon for December.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *