Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks Challenge this time was just fun. Fun, period. I like still lifes. She displayed in her reference photo a generous amount of dramatic shadows which opened the door to contrast playground. I strayed from my usual format of adding an element of humor and surprise. I'm sorry I did that. After I had already E-Mailed my submission to Karin, I looked at my painting and visualized two little white eyeballs peeking out of the black shadow between the corn and tomatoes. Wish I had put em there....darn.
Karin received about 130 submissions...not counting the ones she had to take the shotgun to. Methinks Karin is a bit "tweaked" at times trying to keep up with her challenge. Karin is an exceptionally good artist, and a noted professional with a schedule that would drive most folks bonkers. The time she spends with DSFDF is considerable and, I'm sure, very frustrating at times. Many of us are computer "Know-Littles" who submit stuff to her that has to be deciphered ...dissected...transcribbled and french-fried. Po' Karin...I feel for her.
I have started Windows to the Words, and after 4 months, the challenge has had moderate success. I'll keep it up, because it is a good thing. The artwork I have received has been marvelous...and if I get just one person who contributes and enjoys doing....then that's fine. Challenges abound, but it takes work on the host's part and participation from fellow artists. Michelle Burnett's "Following the Masters" is an example of a rewarding and well-done challenge...she deserves a bunch of kudos for her efforts.
The morning I posted this month's 3 reference photos, i received a submission from New Delhi, India. From a delightful young lady who is an outstanding artist with a charming blog. Her name is Arti Chauhan, and her site deserves a visit. I have showcased her piece. On WTTW ART it is shown along with three others... David Larson Evans, Liana Yarckin and Beckie Saar Leone. It is because of connections like this...from the hill country of Texas to New Delhi, India, and back again...that gives me hope and confidence for our future. My thanks for all of you who take the time to participate.
Next month the WTTW Challenge is dogs. Dogs. DOGS. DOGS!!!! I don't have any photos yet. None. Zip. BOO HOO. Send me a pitcher of your dog. Your neighbor's dog. A dog at the vet. HELP!!! Send your mutt's mugs to JPolderndirt2@yahoo.com.
Thought for the Blog: Robert Burns..." Oh what gift the Giftie gives us...to see ourselves as others see us"