I was once again invited by the lovely and talented Kristina Carroll to participate in the Month of Love weekly art challenge. Each week of February, there’s been a new challenge related to the subject of “Love”. Participating artists respond by creating a new piece and posting throughout the week. There’s an impressive roster of core artists, but the challenges are also open to anyone who wants to submit a piece by posting to Tumblr with the hashtag #monthoflove.
This is the third year I’ve been a contributor and I see it as a chance to experiment a bit—try new mediums, formats, and get a bit more conceptual than I typically do. In the past, I’ve later revisited my Month of Love projects when I have more time and develop them into more finished pieces. Here are my 4 challenge pieces for this February:
Challenge #1: “Love your neighbor” Make some art in response to society’s recent eruption of anger and violence related to intolerance, ignorance and hate.
I wanted to take a graphic approach and use bold color to show that even though we may all seem different, we need to look closer and embrace our similarities. The surrounding roses of course symbolize love, and the water lilies in the background are a symbol of unity.
Challenge #2: “Diamonds” Open to any diamond-related imagery, but encouraged to think of diamonds in a non-typical way
Inspired by a passage from the book “Many Lives, Many Masters” by psychiatrist Brian L. Weiss: ”It is as if a large diamond were to be found inside each person…The diamond has a thousand facets, but the facets are covered with dirt and tar. It is the job of the soul to clean each facet until the surface is brilliant and can reflect a rainbow of colors.”
Challenge #3: “Love is all around” Step outside of the studio and find love-themed inspiration in the world around
Most of my outings this winter have been to the neighborhood dog park with my new puppy, and I found it funny how much drama is there—both between the dogs and their owners! Who knew?! For this challenge, I just wanted to make a clean, simple drawing using limited pops of color to bring life to the characters.
Challenge #4: “Forbidden Fruit” Totally open to interpretation
The first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite Nina Simone songs, ”Forbidden Fruit” so I chose to do a portrait of the High Priestess of Soul herself. I used acrylics and pencil on an actual 12” vinyl record.
I also had the really fun opportunity to create the logo and website header (Thanks Kristina!)
The month is coming to an end and there’s some fabulous work up on the site, monthofloveart.com. Much of the work is also available as prints through Society6 and you can also see the past two years’ worth of challenges and art here. Also, keep an eye out in October for Kristina’s other annual monthly challenge —the Month of Fear!