Monthly Painting Projects

Explore new subjects and techniques by tackling these painting projects

The intention of these painting projects was to encourage you to explore new subjects and techniques, to challenge yourself. Note that submissions to all have now closed though the instructions remain. My thanks to everyone who participated in all these projects over all the years, enthusiastically and generously sharing your paintings. It was fascinating and inspiring seeing all the styles and interpretations! I learnt a lot through them and I know from emails received that many others have too.
Klimt underpainting yellows
art makes me smile/Flickr

The challenge of painting project involves underpainting and glazing. Delayed color gratification! Read instructions...

Previous Painting Projects:
Changing Seasons
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This challenge of annual painting project was to create a painting or card to give to someone you love. Read project instructions.

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June/July Painting Project: Realism

Botanical specimen painting
© Jack Wild / Getty Images

Paint realism and observation from life rather than reference photos.

Previous Painting Projects:
Seasons
Impressionist Sun Painting Project
Urban Transportation
Unusual Angles
 

August Painting Project : Still Life

Still life painting with an apple
Photo ©2013 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.

The last still life project focused on composition, with a single object set in strong negative space.

Previous Still Life Painting Projects:
Single Object Still Life
Short and Tall
Paint Tube Still Life
Still Life with Two Objects
 

Miniature painting
Photo © Deb Griffin

September was miniatures month (see miniature landscape and miniature still life for inspiration)..

Previous September Painting Projects:
Miniature Landscapes
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October Project: In the Style of...

Photo © Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Taking inspiration from the paintings of some famous artist. Watch this space for details.

Previous October Painting Projects:
Still Life in the Style of Morandi
In the Style of LS Lowry
 

November Painting Project: Mixing Media

Mixed media painting using ink and oil pastel.
Mixed media painting by Marion Boddy-Evans using Inktense Blocks and Sennelier Oil Pastels. Size: A2. Photo ©2011 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Using be mixed media.

Previous November Painting Projects:
Mixed Media (Open Subject) Project
Linocut Printing