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No, it is not a test of your sunscreen SPF! Notan is a Japanese word that might be translated to something like "harmony of dark & light". It is the simplification of pattern and design to it's black & white basics, a fundamental arrangement of shapes. Your challenge is to create a notan drawing using just black and white and then stick with it as your painting guide. The subject might be abstract or representational, from a photo reference (welcome to use this one) or en plein air.
Pictured is the reference I started with, the notan guide and the final painting. Have fun!
Please be sure to follow the spirit and the letter of the challenge.
For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted.