Fall Challenge

Let's start a new Challenge!


The winning photo is by Rosemary Clark - Thanks Rosemary!

This will be a fun one! I love all the color and the nice light and shadow on the building.

So lets do some painting! Some things to think about:

  • Crop, rearrange, use your artistic license!
  • Look for a nice composition. One that welcomes the viewer in and tells a story.
  • Watch your VALUES! Getting those lights and darks right comparatively is what will show that beautiful golden sunlight.
  • Light source and direction are key in this one. Look how much shadow there is in those trees

Click here for a short video on how I might rearrange this photo to paint...

I'm really looking forward to seeing these paintings!

Feel free to post progress photos, ask for help or inspiration. Just leave a comment on this page...

Once you are done with your painting,

post it as a photo and I will add it to the album

Click here to visit the Fall Challenge Paintings Album

We will paint for the month of October. Have fun!


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Comment by Karen Ilari on October 4, 2015 at 5:34pm

Thanks for posting here Elizabeth! I love the rich color in the foliage and the blue mountains behind. Really nicely done! Love your little path! That was my idea as well! I haven't painted it yet, but I added a little video about my composition ideas...

Bricks are hard, painting every one looks a bit stiff. There is a way to just hint at a few and the mind will fill in the rest.

One thing to look at, Your window that is in shadow... The dark color around the window is the same as the area around the windows in sunlight. Do you see what I mean? The dark areas are lighter where the sun hits them...

I think you could actually make the shadows on the house even darker than they are. Squint your eyes at the reference compare the jump in value...

Anyway, Lovely job! And you get the prize for the first one done!

Comment by Jackie Brennan on October 4, 2015 at 5:29pm
Beautiful eyes picture. I'll plan on giving this picture a try!
Comment by Elizabeth Amanda Elgin on October 4, 2015 at 5:21pm

As you can see I took the photo as inspiration but really changed it. Wanted a path in, and didn't want to paint all those bricks. Wanted a plain white country house but now it looks TOO plain. Add shutters? I'm sort of happy with this but I keep looking at it thinking it needs something. Darker darks? I just don't know.

Comment by Karen Ilari on October 4, 2015 at 9:43am

Hi Marion!It is an inspiring image with all that lovely light and color!
Hi Sandy! Welcome! Feel free to post progress photos here if you get stuck!
Hi Monika! Rosemary takes some beautiful photos, doesn't she?

Can't wait to see everyone's progress!

Comment by Monika Berggren on October 4, 2015 at 9:08am

Beautiful! A great challenge!

Comment by Sandy Trotter on October 3, 2015 at 9:30pm

I'm new to the group and I really like this photo so I might give this one a try. I welcome any help, suggestions or critiques.

Comment by Marion on October 3, 2015 at 5:33pm
Gorgeous picture! I think I have to try this one. A good first challenge.
Comment by Karen Ilari on October 3, 2015 at 3:42pm

Excellent Helen! I know you will enjoy it!

Comment by Helen Pernicone on October 3, 2015 at 3:40pm
Hello Karen, well I am going be brave and embrace this awesome opportunity to join an art group AND join in a challenge. I am new to this but I need so much help! This seems like a nice fit for me.
Comment by Rosemary Clark on October 2, 2015 at 2:53pm

woohoo! I'm anxious to see everyone's work!

Comment by Ann Reed on October 2, 2015 at 8:24am

Thanks, Karen, for the Phases Blog.  That was helpful.

Comment by Paul Turner on October 1, 2015 at 9:50pm

Nice one, I have only done the winter challenge so far. I start my mid year holidays next week so this should keep me busy! 

Comment by Karen Ilari on October 1, 2015 at 7:01pm

Hi Ann! Glad you are excited. I would probably put an opening in the fence, just to make it more inviting. Maybe even a path. And yes the light on the houses and grass are very similar in value and color, that's totally okay! It shows the color of that late afternoon light.

Here's a link to my blog about the phases, or steps to take in a painting that might be helpful:

Phases Blog

Comment by Ann Reed on October 1, 2015 at 4:06pm

Thanks, Rosemary, for letting us use the photo.  It is beautiful and I will enjoy painting it.

Comment by Ann Reed on October 1, 2015 at 3:13pm

Oh my, I excited to join this challenge, but I already have lots of questions.  I have never painted a structure, therefore would appreciate any suggestions on that.  Should the fence have an opening for your eye to enter the painting or is it okay.  The houses and grasses seem to have the same value and color.  Is that too much of the same?  How would I simplify this for me to paint?    

Comment by Karen Ilari on September 25, 2015 at 7:36am

Hi Cindy - the challenge is still open for photos!

Comment by Cindy Burke on September 25, 2015 at 4:07am

is the challenge closed for photos now?

Comment by Lois Eunice du Plessis on September 15, 2015 at 11:27am

hope to join in this challenge.

Comment by Corri Schmidt on September 13, 2015 at 7:33am
Ah - my favorite season!

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