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  • September 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm #36036


    @Nikira – прЮвет – thanks for cracking me up with your new avatar!

    September 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm #36037


    :-) I stole it somewhere online long time ago.

    September 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm #36038


    This really will be more fun than that because this is almost like a small community, I think sometimes we almost seem to know each other. One thing I would suggest is that if we’re going to do the photo thing that we mix them up in terms of subject. Like a face, and then some buildings, then an outdoor scene. And not the same kind of thing every month.

    I got a printer with a scanner and I’m like, “Oh, Crap, now I have to read the directions…” Gives me an excuse to figure it out. Everyone will be shocked and amazed at the talent lurking around the periphery (kidding). I am fashionably late, however.

    Although I think it’s important that we respect copyright laws, I’m not entirely sure what those are. We aren’t doing anything for commercial gain. As far as I know, unless you make a copy of a photo and claim “I took this picture” or take it to an ad agency and try to get money from that picture then you’re in the clear. I go to NYC museums and sketch photos all the time. Actually I have some paintings with the drawings of those photos in the background and nobody has ever complained. Also many photos are in the public domain but many of those are so widely recognized it might seem boring to some people–certain iconic images. So you’d avoid many copyrighted photos for that reason as much as any other. Elvis Presley in a jumpsuit for example–you know what I mean. LIFE magazine, we’ve all seen those images before.

    Hey you know, if I have a scanner I can have an avatar I bet. Wonders never cease. The wonder is that I’m a member of Gen Y and the technology got away from me anyway. I bet I can catch up with it in no time flat. A little bet I have going with myself to get my blog up among other things.

    October 8, 2009 at 4:05 am #36050


    I hope this will work towards next months challenge. (And I plan on submiting a piece for this months challenge of “ouch”.)

    How about,

    Whats in your pocket?

    Your Junk Drawer?

    Favorite childhood toy.

    Favorite adulthood toy.

    That one time…

    A lack of…

    One wish.

    Page six of your latest moleskine.

    A Guilty Pleasure.

    What makes me twitch.

    Design a Rube Goldberg type of machine.

    The first thing that comes to mind.

    If I could…


    Why I don’t…

    And her/his name was…

    October 8, 2009 at 8:01 am #36051

    Uncle Bob

    Brilliant! Thanks for these Joe. I’ve added these to “the jar” and they will be included in next month’s challenge. Your submissions brings our total to exactly 100 themes. – Bob

    October 14, 2009 at 6:44 am #36058


    Perhaps we could pull more than one idea from the jar each month? I’m finding it hard to get started on some, and then when I finish the challenge I feel like doing something completely different rather than creating on the same topic again.

    As far as tagging goes, in the designation for month we could follow the year (09) with the number of the topic (01, 02, etc) from the challenge announcement. So it would be tagged “October0901″ rather than “October09″

    Is that too complicated? It’s possible I am the only person having this trouble, in which case changing it might be too much of a hassle.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm #36059

    Uncle Bob

    Interesting points Capellion. I found this month’s theme a brute and have concluded that this is why others seem to be shying away from having a go. No matter, however, if it encourages folks to read the forums. I’ll gladly go along with whatever everyone thinks – I’m just the guy with the jar. Would be good if there was some feedback on this. I have around 96 “Themes” left in the jar so drawing more than one would not be a problem.

    October 15, 2009 at 3:36 am #36060


    This complicated tagging really scares me. I am for more than one Challenge a month, but lets leave simple tagging, its ok to have few themes under one month, because we’ll see the name of the theme underneath the drawing. I also have painful problem with “Ouch”, I don’t want it to be too sadistic.

    October 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm #36077

    Nick Powell

    Its hard but that is sometimes good, lets face it the challenge may not be for everyone every month and its not a race to get something done. So chill people!!

    I have found a few hard but have usually done something, the show ain’t over till the end of the month.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm #36131

    Uncle Bob

    Outer Space – suggested by Pinkjasper – in the jar Sophie.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm #36132


    It’s seems that the popular trend here on skine.art has leaned towards the traditional styles of landscapes and portraits. The monthly theme has a way of making people think differently about what they create. If the theme were to be ‘backlit lighting’ or ‘rolling hills’, maybe there would be less aprehension because it is still within the popular comfort zone. Just a thought.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm #36135


    I have to agree with Susan. Since I’m more into realism I’m finding it difficult to come up with something (or have the patience for) many of these abstract ideas. My painting time is limited, and I want to be doing something REAL in order to continue learning about technique, like light and shadows on an object, back lighting, using just two or three colors for a subject, using the three primaries in various forms, texture, even such basics as how light plays out on a cube, an orb and a cylinder—that sort of thing. I personally would also enjoy seeing what all of us do with “a vase of flowers”, a “pine cone”, a “transparent glass”, “something made of metal”, even a “still life” with specific objects, or “things found while walking”, etc. I like some of the specific suggestions of 12ozTherapy above, such as “what’s in your junk drawer” or “what’s in your pocket/purse”.

    Just my thoughts, as I’ve found these abstract ideas so far just not to be up my alley.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:12 pm #36147

    Nick Powell

    I know what you mean, but I try to find something around me that fills the criteria rather than the other way round,to come up with an Idea out of the blue is hard.

    “End of the line” is perhaps a bit more open to literal interpretation than some of the others have been.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm #36149


    Mis temas:

    - Dibujar una noticia destacada.

    - Abre tu mente a la tolerancia.

    - Pequeñas cosas que te hacen feliz.

    - Tu mayor triunfo.

    - Tu mayor reto.

    - ¿Hay vida después de la muerte?.

    - Darwin.

    - El milagro de la evolución.

    - Un triunfo de la Ciencia.


    My Topics:

    - Draw a remarkable story.

    - Open your mind to tolerance.

    - Small things that make you happy.

    - Your greatest triumph.

    - Your greatest challenge.

    - Is there life after death?.

    - Darwin.

    - The miracle of evolution.

    - A Triumph of Science.

    November 13, 2009 at 8:33 am #36150

    Uncle Bob

    Thank you Nuria. These will be included in next month’s draw for the Monthly Challenge

    Gracias Nuria. Estos serán incluidos en el sorteo del próximo mes para el Desafío Mensual

    November 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm #36151


    Bob, I’m afraid your basket might overload! How about that for a challenge?

    November 13, 2009 at 7:57 pm #36152

    Uncle Bob

    Ziza, “Your basket might overload” is now in the jar.

    January 1, 2010 at 12:53 am #36268



    Bob, por favor, ¿Puedes poner en una lista todos los temas que tenemos “en la jarra” para no repetirlos?. (La lista de post es ya larga y tengo el problema añadido del idioma). Muchas Gracias.

    El peor trabajo del mundo.

    La curiosidad.

    Los siete pecados capitales.

    ¿De dónde vienen los niños?.

    Cartas de la baraja.

    El Psicoanálisis. (Freud).

    Teoría del color: Colores Primarios y Secundarios.

    El Silencio.

    El hombre y la mujer perfecta.

    La suegra.

    Adán y Eva.

    La guerra de sexos entre hombres y mujeres.



    Bob, please, can you put in a list all the topics that we have ” in the pitcher ” not to repeat them?. (The list of post is already long and I have the problem added of the language). Thanks very much.

    The worst work of the world.

    The curiosity.

    Seven cardinal sins.

    Wherefrom do children come?.

    Letters of the card.

    The Psychoanalysis. (Freud).

    Theory of the color: Primary and Secondary Colors.

    The Silence.

    The man and the perfect woman.

    The mother-in-law.

    Adam and Eve.

    The war of sexes man-to-man and women.

    January 1, 2010 at 9:53 am #36269

    Uncle Bob

    OK Nuria. I’ll try this although it might not format properly as its copied from a spreadsheet. It doesn’t included those you have just submitted, above.

    Trebor61 Wish you were here

    Trebor61 My best friend

    Trebor61 Its broken

    Trebor61 Who was that masked man?

    Plasma-Girl Into the wild

    Plasma-Girl Midnight

    Plasma-Girl A new beginning

    Plasma-Girl Afternoon

    Roseindigo Things found while walking

    Roseindigo Famous

    Roseindigo Coat of Arms for yourself

    Roseindigo Change

    Roseindigo Favorite Holiday

    Joseph R Tomlinson Raw

    Joseph R Tomlinson What?

    Joseph R Tomlinson Ouch

    Joseph R Tomlinson Smile

    Joseph R Tomlinson Oops

    Nick Powell End of the line

    Nick Powell Power

    Capellion Diversity

    Capellion The BUMP in the night

    Capellion On the underground

    Capellion There!!

    Capellion Smells like old books

    Capellion Biomorphic machine

    Capellion Good kindling

    Capellion Lollipop

    Capellion The knife’s edge

    Capellion Visualizing a headache

    Capellion Reinvention

    Capellion Only in dreams

    Capellion Got a feeling

    Joseph R Tomlinson Abandoned

    Joseph R Tomlinson One man’s trash is another man’s …

    Joseph R Tomlinson Found

    Joseph R Tomlinson Lost

    Joseph R Tomlinson Discarded

    Capellion Bleak

    Capellion Deprivation

    Capellion Solitude

    Capellion Into disrepair

    Capellion Rubble

    Capellion Remains of a material revolution

    Capellion S.O.S.

    Pinkjasper Something spilled

    Pinkjasper My keychain

    Pinkjasper Inner world (paint without looking at any outside objects)

    Journalingarts What if?

    Journalingarts I didn’t do it!

    Journalingarts What’s that smell?

    Journalingarts If only they knew…

    Journalingarts My favourite rocks.

    Journalingarts Things sitting on my desk right now.

    Journalingarts All things dog.

    Journalingarts Favorite TV personalities.

    Journalingarts What music looks like.

    plasma_girl Which Way?

    plasma_girl Harvest Time

    plasma_girl Summer

    plasma_girl Along the Coast

    plasma_girl By the Roadside

    plasma_girl In the Attic

    Nikira Guess where it is – The view from my window

    Nikira Still life in my home

    Nikira My Breakfast – the Ultimate Breakfast

    Nikira Anything from my Table

    Nikira Glass

    Nikira Anything with fabrics

    Nikira Same motif in different technique

    Nikira Four Seasons

    Nikira What I would like to do/see/make before I die

    b.tee Light

    b.tee Shadow

    b.tee Can’t live without this

    b.tee The Figure

    ZenitYerkes When it rains

    ZenitYerkes No mercy for Wanda

    ZenitYerkes Pollution

    ZenitYerkes Deadly Lines

    ZenitYerkes Revolution

    ZenitYerkes Do It Yourself

    ZenitYerkes Honourable Bitches

    ZenitYerkes The newspaper lies

    12oz. Therapy Whats in your pocket?

    12oz. Therapy Your Junk Drawer

    12oz. Therapy Favorite childhood toy.

    12oz. Therapy Favorite adulthood toy.

    12oz. Therapy That one time…

    12oz. Therapy A lack of…

    12oz. Therapy One wish.

    12oz. Therapy Page six of your latest moleskine.

    12oz. Therapy A Guilty Pleasure.

    12oz. Therapy What makes me twitch.

    12oz. Therapy Design a Rube Goldberg type of machine

    12oz. Therapy The first thing that comes to mind.

    12oz. Therapy If I could…

    12oz. Therapy Serenity.

    12oz. Therapy Why I don’t…

    12oz. Therapy And her/his name was…

    Pinkjasper Outer Space

    Nuria Draw a remarkable story.

    Nuria Open your mind to tolerance.

    Nuria  Small things that make you happy.

    Nuria Your greatest triumph.

    Nuria Your greatest challenge.

    Nuria Is there life after death?.

    Nuria  Darwin.

    Nuria The miracle of evolution.

    Nuria  A Triumph of Science.

    Ziza Your basket might overload

    Nuria Scottish Mythology

    January 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm #36270



    Hola Bob:

    Tengo una pequeña duda. Veo que salen de nuevo temas ya tratados en sorteos anteriores como “My favourite rocks & Your greatest triumph”. ¿Pueden de nuevo volver a repetirse los temas?. Tengo confusión en ésto.

    Saludos cordiales. ;-)



    Hi Bob:

    I have a little doubt. I see new themes emerging from previous drawings and treated as “My favorite rocks & Your greatest triumph.” Can be repeated again the issues?. I have confusion in this.

    Best regards. ;-)

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