Spring would appear to have arrived early and everyone is gearing up for another successful year of painting. After the painting marathon that was the 30/30 leaf challenge back in October you would think that would be enough of a trauma for anyone to get over. Don't you believe it! Botanical painting challenges are everywhere just now.
The work of Mindy Lighthipe always catches my eye and I love her insightful blog posts that offer loads of advice to would be professionals. This year Mindy is attempting to complete one piece for every week of the year, 52/52 as it were. This week's flying fox is just lovely and I urge you to take a look. A little closer to home, ex SBA student Dianne Sutherland is also challenging herself to painting one flower for each week of the year.
Although I attempted the 30/30 leaf challenge, I think I will give these ones a miss for this year as I am preparing to resume the SBA course later this year. That will be enough of a challenge for me. Good luck to any of you attempting these, or any other challenges. Here are some of the leafy lovelies from the October challenge and my sketchbook.
|Having a go at a single wash exercise, a la Syriol Sherlock|
a very loose style but I quite like that quality here
|A Lilac leaf from Assignment 3 'Leaves'|