Art Challenge 2020

There is an “art challenge” on Facebook. I was challenged by Juanita Greenspan to show 7 of my artworks in 7 days and to challenge another artist to do the same. Juanita is the epitome of a direct sculptor, finding wonderful forms in the stone as she works. Juanita is also a very interesting person who I met studying stone sculpture at Casa Alexandria in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The challenge excites me because in these strange days of solitude I have found a sense of strength in my art. I will add to this post during the week to keep caught up and include more details of the work that is also on Facebook.

Day 1: A happy tropical bird

Tropical Bird, Translucent Orange Alabaster, 10x5x3

On our February 2020 trip to South Africa, my mother and I visited a beautiful aviary full of tropical birds with brilliant colors. We love to travel.

Mom and me with South African bird

Day 2. Mixing things up. Painting supplies in the living room.

Flowers and Paints, Pastels on paper, 24×31 framed

Day 3 Similar painting done outside in oil on canvas (use what you have).

Flowers and Paints Outside, oil on canvas, 32×26 framed

Day 4

Original title was cloud gazer. This sculpture took a year to finish because I didn’t know if I had the right proportions I think it turned out fine.

Day 5. For a quick sketch I concentrate on proportions, mood and grace of form rather than trying to capture an exact likeness.

Young Guitar Player, Charcoal, 19×24 framed

Day 6. Strong shadows create the illusion of depth. I use a spotlight in the studio to create shadows on my portraits. This portrait is painted over one which I disliked. It was finished quickly because I aLready had the shadows from the view previous portrait. I like this portrait’s strong colors

Woman in Blue, oil on canvas, 14×10

Day 7: To end the challenge I present a fun, quick still life I painted in between bouts of work on a new sculpture I will present when it is finished. I nominate my friend Sue Beatrice to show 7 artworks in 7 days and nominate another artist.

Snack, Acrylic on canvas, 10×14