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Monthly Art Challenge


Presenting something new for National Art League members and friends, a monthly art challenge. We will supply a new original reference photo each month and you produce a new piece of art based upon it. Your finished work will appear on this page.


We want you to have fun and to challenge your skills. Either copy the photos as close as you wish or change it up to satisfy your own style and approach, whatever you want. Any size and media. This will be a great way to try something new, or give you a project when you don’t know what to paint next, or to break you out of those annoying ruts! There are no deadlines to submit entries any and all entries will be posted regardless of when submitted.


Digital photos (jpegs) of your finished painting should be sent to Karmen Elsen at, and will be posted within a week thereafter. These will not be judged or critiqued so don’t be nervous about submitting you artwork, but you will be able to compare and enjoy how other artists interpret the images. We will post on this page the Current Month's Art Challenge and entries along with the prior month's Challenge photo and entries for your perusal.


The Current Month's Art Challenge Reference is below. This month we will challenge you to work on a figure in a landsscape. As always, you can change the composition, design, lighting, colors and make this your own. Reference: The Elsens from Block Island.


See February Art Challenge Reference photo and entries   [more].




April 2015 Art Challenge Reference Photo
March 2015 Art Challenge Reference Photo
April 2015 Art Challenge Entries





March 2015 Art Challenge Entries

Barbara Silbert, "Silbert Owl,"  Pastel

Arlene Fiorella, Watercolor

Vivian Hershfield, Pastel

Arlene Fiorella, Pastel

Catherine Mormoris, Watercolor

Nancy Handy, Owl, Oil 11x14

Paul David Elsen, Oil, 8x10

Colette Wong, Colored pencil
Veronica Clarke, Oil
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