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 or composition and to add or subtract elements.
Theme: The theme for the month of December is White Christmas. This includes any Christmas subjects and also any mostly white subjects. It is amazing how many colors can be found in white subjects.
Artists appreciate your comments on their work. Whether the work is completed or a work-in-progress, please comment in this thread.
The first three Christmas photos are from Public Domain.
Long Holiday Cap
Yummy Gingerbread Men
Thrilled to Meet Santa
These next four photos are by me.
This electric train was in motion and there is just a bit of blurriness.
Old World Santa
Old World Santa Close Up
My sister's great granddaughter is delighted.
The following photos are of white subjects. However, feel free to paint any subject that is mostly white.
Hard Boiled - Public Domain
Portland Headlight, Maine - Public Domain
Roaring Waves - Public Domain
Surf and Gulls - Public Domain
Room for One More on Top - Paint My Photo (PMP) by PixelBloke
Roxie - PMP - Victoria
Sapphire - Public Domain
White Corellas - PMP - Sonia McKinlay
Study in White - Public Domain
White Daisy - PMP - Viacheslav
Last but not least are four mostly white paintings by masters for examples. Take note of the wonderful color in these white subjects. If you wish, these paintings may be used as inspiration.
Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt
Interior of a Cottage by Beth Morisot
The Magpie by Monet
Lilies by Georgia O'Keeffe
Sam/Sammy C & C Welcome
Sam, it's so good to have you back. What a clever idea to make the theme "a white Christmas"! Beautiful photos and works of art!
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Sammy so good to see you and this post. great photos... The "WHITE" Theme should be quite a challenge. I might add that there is still time to use any of these for your Holiday card as well as the November Challenge Photos, at least for a couple of weeks....
It would be nice if we messed up we could simply press 'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start all over
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Jen C & C's always welcome
Happy Birthday Jen!
December's challenge photos are fantastic! I love all the light and shadows in them and of course, working with so much white is a real challenge for sure!
Sam it's good to see you back again!
C&C's are welcome.
(No digital alterations please)
Fred, I try to be sure and post reference photos that would appeal to you since you are a landscape painter. I can see bears and creatures from outer space on the high seas and on the beach. A lighthouse would be fun to explore. Monet's winter landscape would be a great place for your special friends to build a snowman or igloo. Maybe even erect a Christmas tree. You have more imagination that I have and will undoubtedly come up with some super ideas.
Hi all, Gee Sam it's good to have back, here is one I just finished that has a touch of white Winter Home 11x14 w/c, gesso, gel medium
Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center
Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
Sam, it is great to see you back. Your challenge of a White Christmas is beautiful lots of inspiring photos.
Fred, you certainly have a world of white in your painting. Lots of snow. And you have used colour to illustrate the shapes in the snow and the foot prints along the snowy path. The trees are really good.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Fred, I love that you have used the gel medium to get texture and it shows in the beautiful trees. The snow looks great. I like that you used the same green for the shadows in the snow as you used on the trees. It creates color harmony. The warm glow in the windows is very inviting. It must be from the fire because I see smoke coming out the chimney. The bear is going to be so comfy once he's inside.
I lived in a snowy climate for thirty years and have never regretted leaving. It's beautiful but so brrrrrrr!
Fred, I really like the effect you get with your gel paints. the snow looks great and of course the bear striding through it too!
Today I went to the studio and had a fine birthday paint. It still needs some work as the boy's hand is too big and nose and forehead are not right, and other bits but I will get it.
Jen, your birthday paint had great results, this is charming. I love Santa's expression with his glasses riding down on his nose contemplating the boy's wishes. Looking forward to seeing it again after your few tweaks.
Fred, this painting of the bear going home to his cabin in the woods is one of my favorites. The light in the windows looks so welcoming and the trees are particularly beautiful. This month, painting whites is a focus and you did a wonderful job on the snow - I love the pale nuances of color you've used to define it.
Jen, happy birthday! What a great way to spend your day. Even though you've mentioned things you want to tweak, I love the expressions on Santa's face and the little boy's. And you did a beautiful job on the whites and textures on Santa's furry hat and his beard.
Jen, you selected the most difficult subject in the lot but, why not, you can do it. And you are doing it so well. Like Alex, I noticed how well you did Santa's white hat and beard. The flesh tones on the boy are great. I particularly like his ear and his expression. When you're finished tweaking this, it will great.
Hi all, Jen that's a great painting and Santa looks charming and the boy is captivating, well here is another white.Somewhere a Barn 11x14 w/c gesso and gel medium