5-Day Art Challenge – Day 1

Day 1 of 3-Pieces in 5-Days Art Challenge

Day 1 of 3-Pieces in 5-Days Art Challenge

I’ve received challenges from two separate great bloggers and thought, okay it’s time for me to join in the fun.  The challenges are slightly different, but my drawings will accomplish the goal for both challenges.

#1 I was tagged to do a 3-pieces of art a day for 5-days, Art Challenge, by Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist.  Tim is an incredible artist, you will enjoy what you find at his blog.  I decided to accept the challenge.

#2 Next I was tagged to participate in a 5-day B&W challenge, by posting one new B&W each day.  Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise. I’m accepting this challenge by combining with Tim’s 3-pieces of art a day for 5 days.  Sylvia has the most incredible photography that I think you’ll appreciate the awesome subjects she captures with her lens.

Day 1 – my three drawings today concentrated on reflected glass.  Each piece was done in charcoal and white soft pastel.  Don’t laugh at my results now – as I don’t draw or paint fast, but I will be imposing a 15-minute time frame for each drawing in the challenge(s)  – my personal objective is to see the subject more as forms and values than anything else, so I expect perspective and technicals to be off.   Click onto the image for a larger view.

I would love to see Tiffany join in on the challenge.  She is the crazy bag lady at bulanlifestyle  an incredible artist, who stays disciplined to her craft by drawing everyday – her collection is awesome.

Thank you for checking in ~

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33 Responses to 5-Day Art Challenge – Day 1

  1. violetski says:

    Hi dear Mary,
    Long time I haven’t been around😊
    nice choice and great sketches❤️

    • Mary says:

      Oh my Violet, what a great surprise – wonderful to see you again! Brought on a big smile – thank you for your beautiful comment on these sketches!! Hope that school is everything you wanted ~ take care and let us know how you and Malus, and the family of course, are doing.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Love the ‘smudgy’ shadow 🙂

  3. Bottles are terrible! I never manage to draw them as I would like 😦 And my teacher says it’s an essential step to learn drawing! Seeing what you are able to do is pushing me to practice more…and more and…thanks for this

    • Mary says:

      Ha Robert, so funny! I need much more practice and most definitely in studying shadows and light – so next time I will probably slow down and examine thoroughly the nuances of what I’m seeing. Thank you so much for your encouraging support in this process, appreciate your kind feedback!

  4. OMG Mary, you transported me straight back to art school! We used to do this sort of studies to get the feel for forms, shapes beside shine, reflection and add dimension and perspective to it! Love that you took this challenge, you’re amazing, love how you take and absorb all what comes your way, I really respect that! In this case I would pick the glass, that subject has all the above which I mentioned before! Well done!

    • Mary says:

      Ha, so funny right Eva – I know this was definitely not what you thought you were going to see! I really did enjoy drawing the glass and have to tell you the sun was shining bright and changing by the minute in the studio, so this piece gave me such a run for my money in trying to capture the reflections and shadow. Thanks again, appreciate your compliment ~

  5. Painting for Joy says:

    You know theses almost remind me of art that might have been done 100 yrs ago and was recently discovered. It has a historical feel to it. Very nice Mary. Enjoy the challenge!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda what an interesting take on the three drawings – rather enjoyed it. This has been an interesting exercise, but I can definitely see how your 30-day series could zap your energy. Hopefully I can get through this challenge at least half-way decent results. Thanks very much!!

  6. This is a great set of drawings, Mary. It’s interesting the different shapes of glass objects you chose as your subject and the shadows they cast. I admire your dedication and commitment to your drawing. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Janell – it will be an interesting challenge that’s for sure, hoping 5 days goes by quickly. The glass appealed to me in that they all offered something different for me to work on – light and shadow patterns being one area. Thanks for your support!

  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful set! Love the first one especially!

  8. Oh, glass can be very tricky, but you’ve done well with it!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena – actually drawing glass is not a favorite subject of mine, I’m not as precise with details as need be which is why I started with subjects that wouldn’t otherwise appeal to me. Thanks again ~

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    The shot glass is my favorite, meanwhile, two birds with one stone is a wise approach. 😉

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank, I’m sure that I got myself in for a bit of a challenge (pun on words) in coming up with three subjects. Thanks for your feedback!!

  10. Wow! That quite a task you’ve set for yourself, Mary. Your quick drawings are exceptional. I especially love the first one. Thanks so much for taking part in the ‘5 Day B&W Photo Challenge’. 🙂

  11. Lovely drawings Mary – enjoy the challenge!

  12. Beautiful work! And kudos for picking up that challenge – 15 minutes per drawing you say, that’s incredible. I love the glass the best 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Malvika for your lovely comment. I really wasn’t going to do the challenge, but I think there will be some dividends in the end, so after giving it some thought – it was the right thing to do. Glad you enjoyed the glass, it was an enjoyable piece to work out.

  13. Millie Ho says:

    Waiting in anticipation to see your creations, Mary!

  14. Good choices, Mary…good luck!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia – thanks. This is one of those things that I’ll force myself to make the challenge count in some form. I see so many technicals not correct in each of these pieces, but I’m after quickly assessing form and values, and then going after it. Yep, I need luck for them to come out halfway decent – lol!

      BTW there is snow on our ground (well leftover sleet and tonight we are set for 2-4″ of actual snow. Now that’s what I’m talking about, we should have balmy 60-70 degree weather right now, ha!

      • I love how you are going with the flow. One of my favorite poets, William Stafford advised that we must learn to love our works….the good ones and the not so good ones…they are all the ones we need at the time they come to us. There will be plenty of other occasions to worry about tech and “perfection”.

        Can’t believe this screwy weather! Keep warm. 🙂

        • Mary says:

          Great feedback and words of advice Cynthia, which I will remember as I go forward with this challenge and other artwork. This has turned into a week of learning – that’s a good thing in my book.

          W/temps in the 20’s and 30’s even the birds, gecko’s and lizards don’t know what to do about it. The squirrels, well no matter to them ~ lol!

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