How the pARTy Works

On a given day an image will be shared, along with the subsequent artwork painted by the pARTy hosts.

Participants are then invited to create art from the referenced image, Anything goes, but the artwork must have been started and finished within a 24 hour period.

In the fairness of allowing all an equal opportunity to participate, artists will have a window of time to complete their pARTy entry, again keeping in mind said entry must have actually been created within a 24 hour window.

NEW: pARTy submissions must be emailed to by the pARTy deadline so that they can be uploaded to the blog. You may also register for the pARTy forum and post your work there, but when doing so, please register in your own name and send us an email so that we can process your registration - otherwise we will assume it is just spam!

We regret that entries not meeting these requirements cannot be shared on the pARTy blog.

If you are posting pARTy artwork to your own website, please give credit to the individual photographer providing the photo. It would be great if you also mentioned The Virtual pARTy as well. We thank you in advance for this courtesy.

Thanks for joining us! And happy creating - Linda & Kim

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January pARTy Paintings - Mares and Foals

Well, here are the paintings from the latest pARTy! We had good participation, and some great work. I always like to see what different artists come up with.

Though are pursuits as artists are often solitary, a recent comment by friend and fine art photographer Juliet Harrison was a good reminder that we don't, however, create in a vacuum. We can't help but be influenced by each other, and that's not a bad thing, as long as we continue to develop and maintain our own style and individuality. These pARTies are a good example of that - even though some of us went with a very similar crop of the reference photo, our styles remain unique.

In the same vein, these pARTies began as a fun challenge of sorts, between myself and Kim Santini, last year. When other artists began to show interest and we opened it up, what developed was not a novel concept. My first exposure to this sort of exercise was on Wet Canvas, with the weekly Weekend Drawing Events. As a result of that, our own Equine Art Guild has done similar projects. And a great blog with a weekly drawing/painting challenge is Karen Jurik's Different Strokes From Different Folks.

Okay - enough yaking! Here are the paintings.

First, from your pARTy hosts:

Kim Santini, 4 x 16 acrylic on Raymar panel (above, top of post)

Linda Shantz, 6 x 8 oil on Raymar panel

Now, our participants, below. If I have any latecomers, I will edit the post and add them later! Thanks to all who played.

Delia Pacheo, "The Foal" 4 x 6 acrylic

Judy Johnson, 8 x 8 watercolour

Linda Snider-Ward, prismacolor on Stonehenge

Linda Massey, "Playground Encounter" 11 x 14 oil on board

Kathy Roeth, 5 x 7 watercolour and gouache on 140lb watercolour paper

Linda L. Martin, "Afternoon Pasture," 9 x 12 watercolour


  1. Linda, having exhausted every avenue, I have resent the painting image to you through Facebook mail. I hope this works this time. =0)

  2. You're there now, Linda! I think it's funny we have four Lindas! Couldn't miss one, that just wouldn't do! :-)

  3. What a wonderful and varied collection! I'm sorry I missed the pArty this time. Maybe next time.

    And, I agree with your statement about how we can't help but be influenced by each other but still retain our own style and vision.

  4. Oh Linda this is just awesome! Thank you for posting mine. Im glad we finally firgured out how to do it. I hope we have even more people for the next one. This is such an awesome idea. And everyones work is really great. =0)

  5. all the paintings look great..I chose not to use an enlarged image of the foal so I would not do detail...geesh that was hard for me, but at least I finished and submitted.
    Thanks for doing this Linda...

  6. I esp love how there is such variety among us in what we chose to use from the reference. They all look wonderful - thank you everyone for participating, and Linda, nice job in posting them all to the blog!! :)

  7. I want to play, too! I enjoyed seeing the different ways in which the participants interpreted the reference photo. When is the next one?

  8. What a great group of equine artists... all of these are works we should be proud of... Thank Linda for motiveating me... if I didn't have a deadline I probably woulda curled up on the couch and watched old movies on a cold rainy winter Saturday afternoon.... My husband wants to set deadlines for all my paintings now! :)

  9. Awesome to see them all together! What a fun collection =) This was great fun!

  10. Excellent art!! Wish could have joined in, maybe next time.

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