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So, our new watercolor group is starting to accrue members! As I write this we're at 29! I'd just like to say thank you to everyone for joining.

Now, I'd like to see whether you would be interested in participating in challenges. What I will most likely propose will be related to the technical/production aspects of successful watercolor painting. The goal of these will be (like any other exercise) to promote creative stimulation, and strengthen your watercolor work. When we start doing these I will dedicate one gallery folder to current submissions. (Submissions will probably be automatically approved) There will be a generous time limit (so we get as many of you as possible to contribute) -- probably anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks. When the challenge ends I will sift through the entries, commend the 3 most successful paintings, and sort the other entries into their appropriate folders. Or I may keep a folder for the expired challenge, not sure yet.

So, here are some ideas for the challenge:

- Resting Places (creating a painting that feels balanced but NOT full. The most typical "resting place" in watercolor is white paper, but any place on your painting that is NOT visually busy works effectively)

- Borrowed Colors (setting aside your typical color combination for something new and exciting)

-Out of Your Hands (creating a painting with at least ONE obvious area where you have relinquished control to let the water paint itself. If you can't picture this you probably aren't as comfortable with watercolor as you think. Remember: wet on wet technique)

-Speed Painting (that's right! FAST paintings, where you capture the idea, the moment, finish your composition, and you're DONE! This challenge would include strict time + size regulations)

So, all that being said, your opinions counts! Comment with feedback, and mention which challenge appeals most to you! If we want this group to fulfill our expectations we're going to have to work as a GROUP! Oddly enough. . . :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think a speedpainting challange might be fun!
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Frame-France Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I'm glad. I hope to do all of these challenges eventually, but for now I'm trying to figure out which to do first. Learning to paint quickly is a particularly useful exercise for watercolor artists. Keeps the paint fresh and reminds you what a beautifully expressive medium it is without being overworked. Your vote shall be counted!
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