• Follow us on:

Click here to Join Us and have your own Art Website and Online Store!
(mouse-over to magnify / click to expand)
The Limited Stroke Challenge
posted by Nancy Colella on Saturday Sep 17, 2011
To Submit an Entry, click here to sign in,
or click here to quickly register.
The idea of this challenge is to help you overcome your fear of using a lot of paint, and will prevent "overworking" in your paintings.
I use this exercise (adapted from one of Peggy Kroll Roberts’ lessons) in my workshops and it really shakes things up!

The goal is to use one stroke to fill in one whole shape.

(Every time you pick your brush off the canvas it counts as a stroke!)

You will need to put out a lot of paint and use at least a #8 flat brush.

1. Set up a very simple still life in strong light. (only 2- 3 objects)

2. Outline a square or rectangle on your board for the painting.

3. Draw in your "map", outlining the big shapes. (No detail)

4. Count the number of strokes you will need to fill in each whole shape, and mark that number on the canvas.

5. Starting with your darkest dark, mix up enough paint on your brush to fill in a shape in ONE STROKE!

6. Each time you make a stroke, make a mark under the number you allowed. Keep track by counting as you go.

7. See how close you can get to your number!
Note: You are allowed one mulligan! (a free stroke)

The result will be a rather abstract, simple painting with wonderful surface quality and a "effortless" feel!

Challenge Entries

The Daily Paintworks Challenge

To bid in an auction, click here to sign in,
or click here to register (it is quick and free).

Payment is through PayPal

All payments for winning bids will be made through PayPal directly into the artist's PayPal account. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay for artwork. PayPal offers the option to pay instead with a credit card.

How to Bid

To view and bid in the auction of any painting in this Fundraising Challenge, simply click on the painting's thumbnail, and then click the Bid in the DPW Auction link in the popup that opens.

The Artist's Donation

Each participating artist has agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale, minus the shipping costs. Details on how your payment will be donated can be found in each painting's description on the painting's auction page. If it is not, please feel free to contact the artist by clicking the Email the Artist link on the painting's auction page.

Any tax benefit from the donation goes to the artist, since they are making the donation.

If You are the Winning Bidder

While DPW manages the fundraiser and the auctions, the actual purchase is directly between you and the artist. If you are the winning bidder at the end of an auction, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay the artist by PayPal. You can also go to your my Auctions page and click the PayPal button to pay.

DPW will charge no fees in this fundraiser, however PayPal will charge the artist their normal processing fee.

Thank you for your kind patronage and generosity.

Ask David at DPW a Question

The Daily Paintworks Challenge

To Submit an Entry, click here to sign in,
or click here to quickly register.

Submitting to a DPW Challenge is quick and easy.

There are no deadlines, and you can submit to any challenge as many times as you want.

All entries must comply with the letter and the spirit of the challenge and must have been painted after the challenge's posting date.

When you click the Submit to the Challenge! link on the challenge page, simply fill out the dialog form that appears. After a quick spam screening, your submission will be posted on this page and available for other artists and potential buyers to see. Best of all, you don't have to sign up for anything and there are no fees or commissions.

Ask David at DPW a Question

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.

Daily Paintworks
Your DPW PayPal Checkout is almost set up!
Thank you for granting DPW permission to create a PayPal checkout on your behalf.

In addition to granting permission, you also need to make sure that you have a free Business-level PayPal account.
You can read more about to do this here.
- David