Second Floor Challenge 11

At the beginning of the year Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nat Kalbach set themselves the Second Floor Challenge. The idea was to do something that might not work.  Experiment with a crazy idea and generally push yourself. Unfortunately this week was the final challenge but I thought I’d have a go anyway. It was to use all six primary & secondary colors.

I decided to do something a bit geometric with squares and circles and this is the result:

The biggest challenge with this was being OK with the imperfection. I don’t mind making mistakes but when I’m  dealing with straight lines or regular curves I feel irritated when they’re not perfectly straight or round. So that’s what made it “second floor” for me.

I’m not particularly keen on this one but it was fun to experiment.


13 comments to “Second Floor Challenge 11”

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  1. Linda K - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Oh I think this is splendid!!! Bold and graphic-love it!! Happy PPF!

  2. Terri Morse - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    What a fabulous contemporary painting! It is beautifully balanced. I love the hard edges and the stark contrasts. There is something about it that keeps making me want to go back and look again 🙂 -Terri

  3. Faye - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Here I was admiring how straight the straight lines were and how round the circles were and then I read your posting. I think you did a marvelous job with the geometrical painting.

    • Gillian - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

      Ha, ha, ha. Thanks Faye. Just goes to show you can never tell what people will like. So keep painting and ignore the self judgements. That what I say!

      Thanks to Terri and Linda too for your appreciative comments.

  4. Katja Symons - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Nice lines and great curves!! I think you have done well 😉 not an easy one to use all primary and secondary colours in one pic without it being boring……… this looks quite inspiring and fresh…….. back to the basics is great sometimes, isnt it?! I love your experiments

  5. Annette G - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Terrific challenge results. Happy PPF, Annette x

  6. Giggles - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Very nice work!! Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Anne - 17 Nov, 2012 Reply

    It’s great, nice composition and skillfully done! Happy PPF!

  8. Lynn Cohen - 17 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I find it rather exciting! HPPF!

  9. sandra sherman - 18 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Great way to use all the primary and secondary colours, i love the squares and circles

  10. Lori - 18 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Colourful and balanced too! I like it that you kept some brushstroke texture too.

  11. carlarey - 19 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I really like this, especially the primary and secondary color palette. I know what you mean about feeling like hard geometric shapes have to be perfect, but I also know that any flaws will bother you a lot more than anyone else.

  12. Karen Smithey - 20 Nov, 2012 Reply

    I am right with you. If it’s straight, then I want it to be really really straight!

    I’m having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post–hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

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