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2015 - Speed is of the Essence

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  • Description/Summary
    This years Challenge wants you to be quick of the mark. We would like you to draw or paint something you can see right in front of you. It doesn't matter what it is - a stapler, a set of keys, a bowl of cereal, a box of eggs, even a coat hook. Look about you, find your object and capture it as quickly as you can. Working swiftly, without taking time to plan or think, is a valuable exercise for any artist. We're after simplicity here, so try not to choose a subject with too much detail or too many elaborate features. When you paint or draw it, look for shapes and angles, use light and shadow to create an impression of what you see. So, now it's over to you! Once you've had a go at this year's Challenge - and this really could be one that you do time and time again - do write and let us know how you got on, we'd love to see your finished work on the website - go to www.saa.co.uk and click on competitions and then SAA Challenge 2015. Don't forget to tell us (honestly) how long it took, what you like - or dislike - about it, and how it feels to have no time to think about, or perfect, a work of art. And while you're there, don't forget to look at what other SAA members have done and comment on their efforts too!
  • Prizes & awards
    The Editor of 'PAINT' will select entries to publish in each issue of Paint in 2015.
  • Categories
    Portrait or Figure, Abstract or Experimental Art, Still Life, Flowers or Gardens, Landscape or Woodland Scene, Building, Townscape or Industrial Scene, Waterscape, Boats or Seascape, Animal or Wildlife, Vehicle or Transport, En Plein Air Award
  • How to enter
    Enter here on the SAA website or post your entries to: The Editor 'Paint', 'On Reflection', SAA PO Box 50, Newark, Notts, NG23 5GY or email to [email protected]
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