Monday, January 30, 2017

Mix it up!

Ok, so here at Monday Artday we like to mix things up a bit! Which means instead of a theme for this week's challenge I am going to challenge you with a new technique! I want you to create something using a different medium than what you are used to. For example, if you are a digital artist, try using paints or pencil etc. If you always use paints, try digital, or oil paints instead of acrylics, or my favorite... mixed media!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow

Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow
Sorry I haven't been participating--I'm going into the hospital for surgery (hip replacement)--busy getting ready.  This is a new botanical.

Friday, January 27, 2017


So, here is my approach to the theme: The light green surrounding "Henri Matisse and his cat" (an old black and white photo was my model) brings light and some glow to my painting...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The Mills Brothers began singing in their church choir, branching out to street performances outside their father’s barbershop. A win on a local talent show got them a gig at May’s Opera House in their hometown of Piqua, Ohio. They sang in between showings of Rin Tin Tin. Famed pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington saw the group while on tour in nearby Cincinnati. He was so impressed, he called a representative at Okeh Records and signed the young quartet to a recording contract. They were brought to New York where stardom awaited. 

Monday, January 23, 2017


I love to use dark colors as a background and add some bright yellow behind my subject to make it glow :) The one on the right is a night scene which I feel does better with bringing attention to the lighting. The one on the left is a day scene and was a bit more difficult to bring a glow to.


This week's challenge is to make your art GLOW! Play around with lighting and make the glow really stand out!

NOTE: weekly winner's will not be announced until we get more members! Invite your friends!

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I was a fan of the progressive rock band Renaissance when I was in high school. The band, originally forming from former members of The Yardbirds, evolved into a band combining a rock base with medieval touches and mystical lyrics. They were fronted by the angelic voiced Annie Haslam. Haslam was trained as an opera singer and her soaring vocals became the focus of the Renaissance sound.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


"DAVID"Watercolour and pencil, 21 x 29,7 cm

For this week´s theme, I made a drawing of David, the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by Michelangelo.

Monday, January 16, 2017


This week's Challenge is 'Renaissance'. Challenge yourself and stretch your creativity by trying out a different style other than your own.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Here is my submission for the 'Sun' challenge. I love the sun... it brings life, light and warmth! I especially love swimming when its nice and sunny! I combined acrylics and colored pencils for this one.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I started watching CBS Sunday Morning years ago, when Charles Kuralt was the host. The show, conceived as the television equivalent to the Sunday newspaper magazine, set an easy pace with gentle stories that were the perfect accompaniment to a bagel and a cup of coffee. Kuralt, the veteran newsman, delivered the introduction to each segment in a friendly manner as he stood on the sparse studio stage, graced only by a chair and the subtly smiling sun icon. His calm demeanor was so beloved that, after his retirement in 1994, fans were shocked by scandalous tales of the avuncular Kuralt’s double life as a philandering playboy with two separate, but simultaneous, families.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I like cats, I like the sea, the sun and I like to swim. So I drew this picture where I combined all of it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

This Weeks Challenge:


It's January. It's dark, cloudy, dreary and COLD. To me, January is the hardest time of the year. It involves a lot of wood hauling, snow shoveling and staying inside. I find myself missing the blue sky and most of all the warmth from the sun. This week's theme is 'Sun' because we all need a reminder that it will be back! The spin: add what you plan to do this Summer in the sun whether it be gardening, swimming, bicycling or even just laying out enjoying the sun.

Last weeks winner is: Pascal Kirchmair. Congratulations :) Here is your trophy to proudly display:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

frida kahlo

After a long absence and an awkward "passing of the baton," the Monday Artday blog has resurfaced like the Phoenix (the mythical bird, not the city in Arizona).  I received an email from the original host and I have accepted the invitation to participate. So, here's the deal: much like the venerable Illustration Friday, Monday Artday will present a topic each Monday and illustrations to fit the theme will be posted throughout the week until the next topic is offered. A weekly winner will be chosen and lavish cash prizes will be awarded. (I may have imagined that last part.)

So, here we go, my first entry for the eagerly anticipated return of Monday Artday...
The first inspirational suggestion is the work of Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo. Since I haven't picked up a paintbrush in years, I offer a tribute to the late painter in my artistic tool of choice - Photoshop. Hopefully, Monday Artday will continue to grow, thrive and attract a new group of participants, as well as those who previously submitted their fine examples of creativity.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The First Challenge

Make a Frida Kahlo portrait! She was a famous painter from Mexico City best known for her self portraits. Let's make them COLORFUL! Remember to make it fun. All Monday Artday challenges are an intuitive style of painting/art. Meaning don't be critical of your work and just let it flow. If its not fun, then what's the point? Here is my Frida example for some inspiration to get you started:

Welcome to the group! Monday Artday is BACK! Every Monday a new challenge whether it be a technique, project or simply a subject will be posted to get your creativity juices flowing.