|Someday, 12x16" oil on canvas|
Its that time again. This is the 6th Challenge for the HH4 as we affectionately call our bi-monthly challenge group. The four of us shared a beach house when we attended Karin Jurick's workshop in Hilton Head in November. It is much more of a 'challenge' for Lulu & Chris since both are still working full-time, high pressure jobs. Kudos to them.
Challenge #6 was Maria Bennett Hock's pick and she submitted a photo of one of my very favorite subjects to paint... people in museums. I ask you could she have found a cuter little girl looking at Renoir's Dancer? I've taken hundreds of photographs in museums and while I've loved some of mine, never had one this priceless. Bravo Maria.
I Want That
Maria Bennett Hock
An interesting challenge question:An artist friend recently asked me, "Doesn't it bother you painting the same thing other artists are painting." My immediate response was no, I learn so much from seeing everyone's else rendition. I love seeing other people's ideas of composition and color choices of the same subject matter which I hope is teaching me how to make better choices myself.
Later, I thought a bit more about why I have been enjoying challenges so much.
- First, its kind of like the surprise of opening a present. Its very new for me and I love to opening the email with the next challenge.
- Challenges take me out of my comfort zone.
- I decided a challenge is a little like cooking for me, I don't mind cooking dinner, I just don't always like having to decide what to cook! So maybe its nice having a tiny bit of the pressure off in not having to decide on a paint all the time.
- Lastly, I know I'm a person who works best under the pressure of deadlines.
- Not that I miss the pressure now that I'm retired!!