Central Texas Pastel Society

                          2016 - 2017 CHALLENGES

‚ÄčSEPTEMBER -       Entrance Ways...Grand or humble.
OCTOBER -  Tourist traps:  Grand Canyon,  Eiffel Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Trees of Mystery, world's largest ball of string, etc.
Anywhere you have been and taken a photo that fits the description. Use your own photo so you can enter the competition with it.

NOVEMBER -  Playing detail against abstraction


JANUARY -   Beauty in the ordinary -  seeing ordinary things in a new way

FEBRUARY -   Sweet concoctions - cupcake, pie, grandkids

MARCH - Water drops / clear water - playing with transparency

APRIL - Low horizon / Big sky.......sky = 3/4 of painting

MAY -   Illustrate a poem or saying that means something to you.

                          2015 - 2016 CHALLENGES

September             Landscape with man-made object  

                                            (example - bridge, barn, fence, tractor, etc.)                                                                                          
October                 Limited palette
November             Still Life
December              Party, no challenge
January                  Up close and personal

                                             (zoom up close on a detail)
February                People power, more than one person in a scene
March                    Sunrise, sunset
April                       Flowers - blooms galore, flower power
May                        Selfie

2014-2015 CHALLENGES

September          Consider the Tree (a tree portrait or study)

October               Child's Play (child, children or children's toys)

November           Monocromatic + 1 complementary accent color

January                Floral

February              Room with a View 

March                  Water 

April                     Hill Country Paradise

Monthly challenge paintings

Each month for our regular meetings we set a challenge painting topic.

  • Those who wish to participate will paint something during the month on that topic.
  • At the monthly meeting, members who rose to the challenge will show their work and talk about how they did it, what techniques they tried, what materials they used and so on.

Participation is optional, but taking on the challenge is a wonderful way to grow your art and learn from the experience. The group is always appreciative of your efforts, generous with compliments and only offer suggestions for improvement if asked to.

critique groups

A benefit of membership in CTPS is the opportunity to join one of our Critique Groups.

  • These small groups (6-8 members) meet independently from our monthly meetings.
  • The critique groups exist to help members improve their work.
  • Participants bring 2-3 paintings in progress to get the group input on how to improve them.
  • The groups are very gentle in their comments and members have the opportunity to draw on the expertise of fellow members in a small, non-threatening group.

Members interested in joining a Critique Group, please contact Alora Johns. She  will form new groups to accommodate all the members wishing to participate.