Le Salon de Mooney-challenges

May 2019 Challenge– Clouds & Sky


April 2019 Challenge– Copy a Master Artist



March 2019 Challenge– Portrait


 February 2019 Challenge– Interiors (presented at March meeting)




January 2019 Challenge– Winter Scene


December Challenge– Wild-life


November Challenge– Glass or Ice


October Challenge– Nocturne



September Challenge– Ruins, Church, Castle



August Challenge– Seashore, Beaches




July Challenge– Nature’s Patterns




June Challenge– Mood



May Challenge– Clouds




April Challenge- Sunrise, Sunsets


March Challenge – Still-life



February Challenge- Figurative any size any media


January Challenge– Thumbnail/Sketches/Studies  any size any media

December Challenge-  Mood any size any media

November Challenge-  Monochromatic any size any media

October Challenge– Urban Scene any size any media

September Challenge– Limited Pallet any size any media




August Challenge– Reflections any size any media


July’s Challenge: Abstract any size any media

June Challenge: Copy a Master or an artist you admire any size any media

New arrivals for this challenge:

May Challenge: Flora or Fauna any size any media


Additional February Cloud Painting:


March Challenge: Small Study for large painting for ASIF gallery show any size any media

February Challenge: Clouds any media any size

January Challenge: Snow any media any size


December’s Challenge: Sailboats and large painting from a previous months challenge


Extra paintings:

November’s Challenge: Objects under water 6×6


October’s Challenge: Leaves 5×7

And if I should live to be The last leaf upon the tree In the spring, Let them smile, as I do now, At the old forsaken bough Where I cling.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


September’s Challenge: Rocks any media any size

Rocks; these are my rocks.
Sediments: make me sedimental.
Smooth and round, asleep in the ground.
Shades of brown and gray abound.
~Maud Pie

August Challenge: Diptych or Triptych any media any size

This was a great challenge.
Diptych meaning: a painting, especially an altarpiece, on two hinged wooden panels that may be closed like a book.
Triptych meaning: a picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altarpiece.


July’s Challenge: Horses (hoping to post soon)

June’s Challenge: Trees any media 6″x12″

“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!
John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 313.

May’s Challenge: California poppies any media any size.

Eschscholzia californica is a species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae, native to the United States and Mexico, and the official state flower of California.  This is an exceptional bloom year for all wildflowers due to a mild wet winter and long periods of  rainfall!


New arrivals for our February and March past challenges:



April’s Challenge: River scene any media suggested size 10×10

As you can see by the quality of the work this subject was a favorite!

“Art is the inevitable consequence of growth and it is the manifestation of the principles of its origin. The work of art is a result; is the output of a progress in development and stands as a record and marks the degree of development. It is not an end in itself, but the work indicates the course taken and progress made.” – Robert Henri The Art Spirit

Or…. it’s just FUN!!


March’s Challenge: Portraits any media suggested size 10×10

This was a good way to stretch ourselves, some of us have never done portraits before.  It is always viable for an artist to watch art instructional DVD’s and attend workshops but the real lesson begins when the artist actually puts paint down and starts the process of discovery.  With every challenge we do, we continue to add different skills in our artist toolbox.


February’s Challenge: Animals any media 8×10.

We just finished our second challenge and  we had a great time critiquing each others work. All in all it’s turning out to be a fun event. Christine finished her still life which is also included. Sorry, some of the images could not be cropped without losing a good portion of the artwork.




What a great start to the New Year, our first challenge of doing a  8×10 still life.  We had a great critique session with some works still in progress and some finished. It was so exciting to see the different subjects and how each artist tackled the issues that go with painting a still life subject.  Paintings were done in Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor and Pastel. We encouraged artists that have not finished their challenge to bring back their painting(s) for more discussion and postings. Thought you might like a small list of some old masters of still life; Franz A. Bishoff, James Peale, Raphaelle Peale, John F. Francis, William Merritt Chase,Willem Kalt, Harmen Steenwyck and Jean Batiste Simeon Chardin and some new masters; Ramon Kelley,Quango Ho, Richard Schmid, Jeff Legg, Daniel Green, David, Leffel and  Sherrie McGraw.

Enjoy and Comments are welcome.

To be an artist is to construct, and to whatever degree one shows the genius for construction in work of any sort, he is that much an artist. The Artist life is therefore the desirable life, and it possible to all.” Robert Henri

Our next challenge in February is to paint an 8×10 animal subject,  just can’t wait to see what we all do!


One comment on “Le Salon de Mooney-challenges

  1. cmontanino says:

    Thank you Linda , for posting these each month.

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