(left) "Shades of Black" 6"x6" Oil
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin
Perhaps you may remember that last month's Challenge was "White". It was my turn to choose our subject for this month, so it seemed an obvious choice to follow with "Black".
Black would seem to be a simple subject to paint, but it proved to be challenging indeed to find just the right visual idea. I have plenty of black clothes in my closet and I drink black coffee every day. Those were some of my first thoughts on the subject.
Several more ideas presented themselves to me in these past weeks but they either required a model or more time than I had to find what was needed. Since I'd been gone for a two week painting trip I needed to choose something workable.
Just in time, I remembered some pictures I'd taken of one of our cats in the snow a few years ago. He, being black, made quite a contrast with the white stuff, even in the soft overcast light of that day.
I have fond memories of this cat which we named "Diesel", as he had a very loud purr. My little painting of him was fun to create with that simple black shape, the fur and whisker effects, and those liquid green eyes.
Vicki and Suzanne
did some stellar paintings for this month's Challenge, even though I heard from both that they thought this was more difficult than last month's subject of "White".
It seemed harder to me also, but since one of our goals for this monthly exercise to challenge ourselves, it definitely served the purpose.
I hope you will enjoy all our efforts to paint something "Black"!
(top left) "The Lady's Dark Journey"
5x7" Oil on linen
©2013 Suzanne Berry
(lower left) "Black...a Study"
12x16" Oil on linen
©2013 Vicki N. Ross
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