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:
• Opaque Colors: Portraits
• Moods
• Inside a Forest
• Big Brush Painting
• Knife Painting (Open Subject)
• Knife Painting: Essence of a Season
• Trees
• Clouds and Cloudy Skies
Changing Seasons
• Portrait of a Flower (with photos of setup)
• Painting Done from Sketches or Studies (open subject) More »

This challenge of annual painting project was to create a painting or card to give to someone you love. Read project instructions...

Previous February Painting Projects:
• Scribble Painting
• Expressive Self-Portraits
• Expressive Figures
• Expressive Portraits More »

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April/May Painting Project: Abstracted

This time of year takes us into abstraction.

Previous Painting Projects:
• Landscape Abstracts
• Geometric Abstracts
• Abstracting Flowers
• Abstracting Nature I and Abstracting Nature II
• Abstracting a City Scene
• Abstracting an Urban Scene

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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:
• Nature in Detail
• Painting Done from Sketches or Studies ">
Seasons
Impressionist Sun Painting Project
Urban Transportation
Unusual Angles
• Realistic Water Drops
• Landscapes
• Children's Book Illustration
• Summer Amusement

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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
• Still Life with Fruit
• Still Life with Blue
• Still Life With Red
• Still Life Featuring a Chair

Miniature painting
Photo © Deb Griffin

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

Buy Direct:
• Blank Miniature Canvas
• Miniature Brush: Sable, Synthetic

Previous September Painting Projects:
Miniature Landscapes
• Miniature Still Life with Five Objects
• Miniatures (Open Subject) More »

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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:
•; In the Style of Munch
Still Life in the Style of Morandi
In the Style of LS Lowry
• In the Style of Matisse
• In the Style of Whistler
• Tribute to Van Gogh

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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
• Using Color Expressively (Like a Fauvist)
• Moods
• Mixed Media: Open Subject
Linocut Printing

The December project was to Make Your Own Holiday Cards to send out. More »

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Projects Involving Color

Opaque Color Painting Project
Photo © Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.
• Opaque Colors
• Three Colors
• Monochrome
• Chromatic Black
• Limited Color Palette (lemon yellow, phthalo blue, burnt sienna)
• A Color and Its Complementary