Painting Challenge: Paint the Reference Photo

We are doing something completely different this week.   Everyone uses the same reference photo.

Paint Diann’s tulip reference photo.     

Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #PaintThisPhoto

Deadline September 9, 2022, 11:59 pm ET

It will be interesting and fun to see how everyone paints the same reference photo.   You could do line and wash, loose or realistic.  Let’s see YOUR interpretation!

Here is the reference photo, outline, and notan:

Reference photo

Outline you may trace if you want.

3 value Notan that may help with values

What is the prize?   

There will be 3 random winners this week.   Each winner will receive lifetime access to Angela Fehr’s Watercolor Workout Course.

This is one of the exercises in this course.

This course focuses on the exercises that Angela uses herself.  You will find these lessons strengthen your painting skills, helping you think more creatively as she demonstrates creative warmups and exercises focused on:

  • Exploring watermedia – watercolour pencils, ink pencils, aquasticks & more
  • Sketching on the go
  • Using sketches to build a painting (using contour drawing, value studies, shape studies & more)
  • Evaluating and learning from your best work
  • Learning through copying a great painting
  • “Recycling” a bad painting
  • Painting expressively to capture mood or memory
  • 206 minutes of content



This challenge was suggested by Ros Grossman.  If you have ideas to share for future challenges, please add your comment to the post –>add challenge recommendation

Challenge details:

  • Entries must be posted in the Facebook group: Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond
  • You may enter as often as you want
  • Open to all countries
  • Winner is chosen randomly
  • Include the topic hashtag in your post: #PaintThisPhoto
  • Deadline September 9, 2022, 11:59 pm ET (New York time)
  • Winner announced Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • If you also post your painting on Instagram, tag @watercolorbeginnersandbeyond.   You could be randomly chosen for a QoR watercolor sample dot card.

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