Monday, November 9, 2009

A Challenge

Conched out on my pillow, graphite
A 200-minute sketch
I follow the exceptional blog of Katharine A. Cartwright, a wonderful artist who is unbelievably organized. A recent entry explained her "twenty minute challenge"--in twenty minutes, she paints her surroundings. Among other things, these small paintings have provided a record of her travels when she's teaching. Many of her readers found the concept interesting so she has set up a "Twenty Minute Challenge" blog. Since I've always drawn my environment (and there's no requirement to work daily, to travel, or to venture outside), I may join. Stopping after twenty minutes will be my challenge. Information on The Challenge is here.


  1. Great title! I like the fact this is a sketch of you doing a sketch. I agree with you that Kathy is unbelievably organized... and quite an inspiration. -Don

  2. Thanks so much for posting a "plug" for the challenge. Can't wait to see your entry!

  3. Don, glad you like the sketch within a sketch. I finished the shell and said, "Whoa, there's a lot of white space at the bottom."

    Kathy, it might be a while before I submit an entry but I'll be following the challenge.

  4. Wow, this is so cool. I like the idea of a 20 minute challenge. Given my mediums, I'm not sure I could rise to this as you have done so well. Cool!

  5. Kathy, sorry for misleading you. This sketch probably required about 200 minutes. I haven't tried the 20 minute challenge yet. (I added the words "a 200 minute sketch" uder the photo. I've never been fast at anything.