We have come to the end of our challenge that, at times, up to six other artists contributed work to. It has been a truly great experience and has kept us all intrigued and connected with each other. Firstly, may I say 'Congratulations' to each and every one of you for your weekly efforts. A special mention to Anne, who never missed a week, well done! The challenge was put in place to encourage us all to complete one artwork every week and keep a focus, as distractions can easily mount up and overcrowd our creative process. Here then, are the final 'Z' pieces… and thank you all so much for your diligence and let's see if we can come up with a new challenge for next year!
From Anne, her final piece "zzz kitty", pen and pencil on paper.
Final sketch from Nik "Zombie", pencil.
Sue's last piece for the challenge is "zzzzzz", pencil on paper.
We have come to the end of our ABC challenge, so this week sees us with the letter 'Z' as our inspiration. I have had a very sad week with family circumstances, so found it very therapeutic to sit in the studio today and paint my gorgeous dog 'Zuri' as my final piece for the challenge. I adopted Zuri at the age of two from the Greyhound Adoption Program and have enjoyed every moment of our companionship, he is a truly wonderful dog and is a very gentle and affectionate soul. After photographing the painting and looking at it as a thumbnail, I really didn't like the light bluish/grey part of the background and have since blended it so that it is not so noticeable but here it is in the original format.
So hard to believe where the time is going and we are virtually at the end of the challenge with the letter 'y' this week. The first piece in is a quick sketch from Nik done in pen on paper and is titled 'Yeti', a great idea for the week and a very scary looking beastie! Next in is a lovely soft drawing done in watercolour pencils called "Yellow centres" from Anne. It is nicely composed and well drawn. Thank you both for sending in your work and look forward to seeing your pieces for next week which will be the grand finale!
We're nearly at the end of our challenge and yes it's the second last letter of the alphabet 'Y' that is our inspiration for the week and I'm posting a day early as I won't be at the computer for a couple of nights. I could think of many subjects but chose this well known little bird that co-exists with many of the plains game that inhabit the African savannah. It is a "Yellow billed oxpecker" and it's doing it's job of gathering ticks and other insects off a zebra.
Robby has sent in a great painting in oil for the letter 'X'. It is called "X-country" an X-treme sport for the brave and dedicated. She has done an excellent job of this picture, it's full of movement and excitement, thanks for sending it in.
It is great to see that we were not daunted by the tricky letter of 'X' this week and I have had two very good submissions which I am delighted with. The first one in is a quick sketch in colour pencil from Nik which is the lovely native grass tree called the "Xanthorrhoea". Well done Nik for thinking of this one and sending in a lovely, well-composed drawing. The second piece in is also a drawing in colour pencil from Anne titled "Xmas kitty". A very inventive and colourful piece and in the spirit of the festive season that will soon be upon us. Thank you again for sending in your work and as we draw closer to the end of the challenge with only two weeks (and letters) to go, I look forward to seeing what subjects arrive next week.
Well we have arrived at the mystery 'X' week and I have been waiting with anticipation as to what inventive subjects we would all come up with. I dug up a reference photo taken a few years ago from a trip I did to the U.S. I was travelling with a friend and we had pulled over to watch a young Red-tail hawk hunting close to the ground. He flew down and grabbed a small vole from a field and then landed with his prize on a nearby slope on some fallen timber. The natural shape of the two fallen logs has inspired my quick sketch for the week, titled "X marks the spot".