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In my quest to paint “loose” and not get hung up on the details, I am constantly reading about and studying other artist’s work. I came across an article about C. W. Mundy (International Artist.com, February/March 2005). He is described as an American Impressionistic Artist and he suggested painting a photo upside down to override your logical tendencies enabling you to unleash the creativity in your soul. He states, “The power of the suggestive is much greater than the statement of reality.” Take a photo and divide evenly into inches to create a grid. If you have a 4" x 6" photo you will have 24 1" squares. Then create the same grid on your canvas. You can use a larger canvas for instance a 24" by 36" canvas would have 24 6" squares. (I have provided a 8" x 10" photo here with the grid lines drawn.) The fun part is to turn the photo upside down and begin to paint the contents of each grid square in the coordinating grid square on your canvas. With the reference photo turned upside down, it is as if you are painting individual abstracts in each square. Don't peak until you have completed the painting - then turn your canvas over and you will be greatly surprised!
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For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted.