5 Day Art Challenge – Summary of 15 Charcoal Drawings

Thanks for last weeks’ challenge  Tim Livingston at The Forester Artist  and Sylvia of Anotherdaytoparadise.   I was happy to be able to finish all 15 pieces in a week and the challenge turned out to be an excellent learning experience making it worth the time and effort.  I’m still finding my way with charcoal, these quick drawings were great for reinforcing form/shapes, value ranges, light/shadow and loose strokes.  The only downside was all the black dust, wish you could have seen my studio – lol!

Here are all 15 drawings by day of the challenge.  What follows after is the title and reference information.  For those references that weren’t mine, I took a lot of liberty with the image to make the drawing my own.

 Each individual piece is on my drawing gallery above

(allows you to see a better close-up of details)

Day 1

Day 1: The Glass, Tall, Ghost Bottle

Day 2

Day 2: The Drip, The Hats, The Cup

Day 3

Day 3: Flowers for You, Single, Basket Full

Day 4

Day 4: My Daisy, Time to Wander, Spent

Day 5

Day 5: Summer Breeze, Abandoned, Catching Rays

Day 1:  Glass Reflections (reference:  my own setup)

Day 1:  Tall (reference:  Viacheslav, pmp)

Day 1:  Ghost Bottle (reference:  Viacheslav, pmp)

Day 2:  The Drip (reference:  Viacheslav, pmp)

Day 2:  The Hats (reference:  Sarah Finn, pmp)

Day 2:  The Cup (reference:  my own setup)

Day 3:  Flowers for You (reference:  Manneheim and Annie Bennett, both pmp)

Day 3:  The Single (reference:  Viacheslav, pmp)

Day 3:  A Basket Full (reference:  Maria Barcells, pmp)

Day 4:  My Daisy (reference:  Susanne Helmkuhn, pmp)

Day 4:  Time to Wander (reference:  my own imagination)

Day 4:  Spent (reference:  Charlie Capuano, pmp)

Day 5:  Summer Breeze (reference:  Gwen Card, pmp)

Day 5:  Abandoned (reference:  my own image)

Day 5:  Catching Rays (reference:  Serge Schmit, pmp)




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54 Responses to 5 Day Art Challenge – Summary of 15 Charcoal Drawings

  1. What a challenge, Mary! Glad you had fun meeting it! Hard work mixed with fun, what could be better? 😉

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Patsy for your cool feedback and comment. That’s just it – I had to let myself go and have a good time at it, or the challenge would have stressed me out. Thanks!!

  2. pulling up the rear is always a great bonus, as the comments are always interesting… the dust affects my ‘hayfever’ — except i just finished allergy tests, which showed i was allergic to —— nothing!

    go figure, she says as she blows her nose for the millionth time this year!

    am writing from bus and had best ‘send’ before we roll 9out of town and away from the signl… z

    • Mary says:

      What a great comment Z loved it of course ~ glad to hear that you have no allergies, but your body maybe is telling you something different. Have a good trip, stay safe ~

  3. Proof that working hard and challenging oneself pays off in spades! Absolutely wonderful, Mary!

  4. violetski says:

    Not an easy challenge but you did a wonderful job Mary! Amazing❤️
    Love the painting of a flower in glass pot❤️

  5. I think it was not an easy or simple challenge but what a great result!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Robert, really appreciate that you stayed with the challenge for me. I did enjoy working through it, actually was a little refreshing.

  6. What a beautiful collection. It’s a virtual Art Show!

  7. You have definitely risen to this challenge Mary! I love your Daisy. Great work. 🙂

  8. nutsfortreasure says:

    Great work!

  9. Well done Mary. You hit it out of the park! I’m glad you did the challenge. The charcoals are awesome!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Tim, well this work would have never gotten even close to being done or the subjects chosen if it wasn’t for your challenge. It was a great exercise for me, learned a lot too – so all n’ all I’m thrilled that I participated. Thanks again – hmmmmmm, now what can I throw your way!!

  10. They’re all so wonderful! I like day 4 with its “time to wander” 🙂

  11. Painting for Joy says:

    oops, not oil pastels as you do, but chalk pastels.

  12. Painting for Joy says:

    Cool challenge! Love seeing all of them together. Great job Mary! Would love to see you work in pastels. xoxo

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rhonda. I tried soft pastels for a month when I first started painting and was shocked at how much dust went flying around and also I kept ingesting it – so I’ve had to stay away from the softies. Great suggestion though, because the effects of soft pastels are gorgeous.

      • Painting for Joy says:

        Same here. I can’t take the dust but love the effects. Didn’t know you’d done that already. Sorry.

        • Mary says:

          Not a problem at all Rhonda – I admire soft pastelists and wish I didn’t have so much trouble with the dust. But I receive your earlier note while working on a charcoal drawing and thought okay why not, put a spot of color (with my softies) into the drawing. So tomorrow will probably post – you nudged me to have a go (and naturally some color, that I’m missing in my recent work). Anyway stay tuned and please don’t ever feel you have to apologize for a suggestion or an idea – because you just never know how important it can be for me. Thanks again ~ hope you are having a good break!

          • Painting for Joy says:

            Very cool! This is what I love about good community and art friendships. It brings inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!! xo 👍😊

  13. D. Parker says:

    These made me like feel like I’m on a farm near the woods, a warm summer breeze, crickets chirping…thank you, it’s a lovely feeling in the this freezing weather. 🙂

  14. Beautiful seeing them all together. I especially like day 3 and day 4….I guess I’m drawn to flowers. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your lovely feedback and thoughts – flowers are a newer subject for me w/o much practice so I want to spend more time in developing this area. Thanks again ~

  15. Impressive to see them together, lovely collection and remarkable achievement! Congratulations Mary, loved to follow the process! Have a most wonderful week!

  16. Millie Ho says:

    I love the ghost bottles, Mary! Art on.

  17. Sharon says:

    These are beautiful. They feel soothing and quiet.

  18. Heartafire says:

    remarkable art Mary, absolutely lovely.

  19. Oh, my dear Mary, what a crop!!!!! 🙂
    Happy Monday and new week! xx

  20. I love glass reflections and the cup—we so rarely see you venture away from 2D references into our 3D world of life—and Time to Wander, from imagination. Congratulations, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cynthia. The whole of last week was very unexpected, but yielded results I’m happy with and came with learning experiences that will carry forward in not only charcoal/graphite mediums but oil pastels as well. Glad you enjoyed my world of 3D – there will be more to come. Thanks again for your encouragement and support – means a lot.

  21. Resa says:

    Wow, what an accomplishment! Each drawing is gorgeous. Thank you!

  22. Amy says:

    I love how you putting your 5-day B&W drawings in one gallery!

  23. Simla Barki says:

    Time to Wander is my personal favourite.

  24. Lee says:

    Love them all. Day 5: Summer Breeze, Abandoned, Catching Rays certainly stands out for me.

  25. Mona says:

    Wow, don’t know that I could pull off 15 pieces in 15 days. What a great experience.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mona, you are way too kind ~ thanks very much. Charcoal is helping me loosen up my strokes and overall feel to my drawings which I hope will translate when I go back to painting with oil pastels.

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