Welcome to the All Media Photo Challenge # 34 -
Target Posting Date: August 1 - August 31.
This month’s theme is
"Dog Days of Summer”. Since August
marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year, the
challenge this month centers on the theme of summer activities. Think of it as an artistic twist to the usual
first writing assignment given to many students when school starts. “What did you do this summer?”
Challenge: Create artwork based on any or all of
these photos and themes. Use any medium
and any style. Stick to the photos exactly or
just use them as a starting point.
Feel free to change colors, composition, and add or subtract elements.
HAVE FUN and keep making art!
NOTE: Photo source will be noted with each pic.
BE SURE TO POST THIS
MONTH’S CHALLENGE WORK HERE IN THIS THREAD SO OUR CHALLENGES WON'T GET CONFUSED
WITH EACH OTHER. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE
THAT IS NOT FROM ANY MONTHLY CHALLENGE, PLEASE POST IT IN THE 2013 CHALLENGE
Hope you find something that sparks your artistic interest. Of course I have to start out the "Dog Days of Summer" with a picture of a dog.............
Dascha - My daughter's German Shepard. (photo taken by me on our farm)
Daughter Jessica in our wheat field (photo taken by me on our farm)
Old John Deere 820 (photo taken by me on our farm) Note: Our son wanted to get the old John Deere tractor going. After many years of sitting idle, she was again working the summer fallow. Needless to say our son was very happy - hot and dirty - but happy.
820 John Deere (another view of the old tractor - photo taken by me on our farm)
1947 REO Speed-Wagon (photo taken by me on our farm) Note: We used this old truck for many years to haul wheat to the elevator during harvest. She was retired about 20 years ago.
Sunset on the REO (photo taken by me on our farm)
Prickly Pear cactus (photo taken by me in our pasture)
Wheat Harvest (photo taken by me on our farm)
Old Meets New (photo taken by me - wind farm on the Peetz, CO table)
South Divide Lutheran Church - (photo taken by me - our small country church 10 miles south of Sidney, NE)
AND NOW FOR SOME SUMMER FUN ----
Relaxing in the Pool (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Yachts (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Log flume ride (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Merry Go Round (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Ferris Wheel (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Pigs (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Sunflower (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Swallowtail Butterfly (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
At the Beach (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Water Play (Wetcanvas photo reference library)
Sheila, what a lovely selection of reference photos. This will be a great month for painting since there are so many fine choices. I particularly like the dog, the cactus, the yachts, the pigs, the sunflower and the man and child at the beach. I find the farming photos to be very interesting and informative. Thank you for putting these together for us.
Sam/Sammy C & C Welcome
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Wow, an other month with great photos. This is a great selection and it will be hard for me to make up my mind.
C&C always welcome
Jen C & C's always welcome
Sheila, a wonderful selection for the August challenge, Many ideas swirling through my head. I hope time allows me to work on some of the paintings. Thanks for putting together a great theme.
C&Cs always welcome
I am a beginner, and I can say I have been missing out on a lot before I bumped on to this site. This challenge is amazing. I think I am going to go with the little girl relaxing lazily. To me nothing describes the hot days better than a lazy summer day on the tub. I hope you wont mind if I change the photo a bit. I think a tub will do more justice to the painting.
Anisha, welcome to the All Media Photo Challenge. We are so glad to have you join us. I'm sure that Sheila will respond to your message but I also want to tell you that we want you to change the reference photos and make them your own. I look forward to seeing your portrait. It's an excellent photo.
Thank you Sheila for a wonderful selection of reference photo's. Your theme is great as my Mom always referred to the dog days of August and growing up on a farm, this brings back lots of memories.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Thank you so much for the reply. I am going to start the drawing now. I am also looking forward to your work.
Sheila, what a wonderful and inspiring collection of photos! I love the ones you took on your farm.
Anisha, welcome to our group!
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
So happy that the reference photos sparked the creative fire. Glad you like them. I was planning on including a couple landscape photos taken on our farm down in the south pasture, but when I tried to take a picture of prairie grass and sky it didn't turn out so great. Tough to capture this "big sky see-nothing-forever" country, so decided not to include it.
Anisha - welcome - and absolutely change up the reference photos - they are just ideas to get a starting point. Some artists are very photo-realistic in their art and others very abstract with as many interpretations in between as there are artists.
Wheat harvest is almost over in bavaria aswell. We live in farm country. Sorry, the tractor in the background is not a John Deer.
Claudia, how nice to get a glimpse of harvest in Bavaria and it's good to see what type of tractor is used on your farm. I like how you did the wheat fields and the bales. The subtle mountains in the background look really good. This is another calm and restful painting although I know that there is a lot of hard work going on.
I don't know much about farming. Tell me, after the wheat is harvested, do you roll the remaining stalks into bales to be used for animal feed over the winter?
Claudia - Beautifully done. Love the depth you achieved - the clouds are great. Very nice composition. Nothing like the smell of a freshly cut wheat field especially on a warm summer evening. If it weren't for the mountains in the background you would think you were in Peetz, CO. After seeing your work and the work of others in encaustic I'm going to have to give it a try.
(side note: Actually my husband prefers the red Case to the green John Deere. After retiring the old 820 many years ago, he buys nothing but red.)
Sam and Sheila, thank you for the nice comments on my harvest painting. The mountains in the background are just a couple hills. we live about 2 hours away from the alps. Yes, it is wonderful to smell the fresh cut wheat. But,we're just the farmers neighbor, so I know very little about farming. My youngest boy he lives on the Farm in summer, riding on the big equipment (Case Tractors), feeding the cows, shearing the sheep and pet the kittens.
Encaustic, by the way, is a great summer art, because if you don't have a studio with good ventilation (like me), you do it outside.