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2019 November Art Dare

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Create an artwork in any media that has at least 1 circle!

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Sparks of Creativity, Brooklyn America Hutchison
Sparks of Creativity, Brooklyn America Hutchison
Sparks of Creativity, Brooklyn America Hutchison

Prize Winner

Brooklyn America Hutchison
Sparks of Creativity
Long exposure photography
20” x 13.3”


“I have experimented with long exposure photos using sparklers in the past for my photography class. I had a lot of fun observing the ways different exposure times and ISO settings affected the image.

My motivation for this was our Thanksgiving vacation. We live in a heavily populated city so it’s always difficult to find an area of absolute darkness. We traveled to the most northern parts of Washington State for the holiday and knew before leaving we would have an opportunity to experiment some more in darker areas.

While it was a bit cloudy the evening I did the photos and the light pulled from the cloud coverage made it slightly less dark, it was still darker than it ever is in the Bay Area. I moved around to achieve a range of circles, sizes, and warmth as temperatures were in the low thirties.”

Watercolor & Gouache painting, Maria Panagiotou

Honorable Mention

Maria Panagiotou
watercolor & gouache on watercolor paper
26 cm x 36 cm


“I am a painter and mixed media artist. I studied at Istituto Per L’Arte E Il Restauro, in Florence, Italy and worked on several excavation projects and restorations of works of art.

However, my true love is painting as a complete form of expression. I use personal experiences, pictures from nature and images from the world of dreams and I create my own perception of the world. I work mainly with watercolor and acrylic on paper, canvas and wood. I adore children’s book illustration which I want to study in deep and develop even more.”

Kathleen Whitaker
acrylics and ink on birchwood panel
12″ x 12″



“I had always avoided circles in my work, because I thought of them as too perfect, too complete and too closed. When I saw this Art Dare, I decided to put my prejudice aside for a few minutes and just experiment with making a balanced painting with an attractive composition and my favorite colors and paints.

I wasn’t too pleased with my first attempts and decided to add a few ovals and ‘arrows,’ just for fun. I finally decided this one was my best effort, and submitted it for review. I think I was channeling Kandinsky without realizing it!”

Circles, Acrylic & Ink Painting, Kathleen Whitaker
Spots & Swaths, Soft Pastel Drawing on Paper, Audrey Scharrer

Audrey Scharrer
Spots & Swaths
chalk pastel on paper
36″ x 24″


“I saw this Art Dare as an opportunity to experiment with pattern and study how circles and stripes can describe form.”

Sandy Coleman
She Refused to Jump Through Hoops (left image below)
United Front (right image below)
sharpie, colored pencils
4″ x 5″

“I often explore circles in my work as a theme. The circle is a universally recognizable symbol that provides infinite possibility for interpretation. Sharpies and colored pencils are my portable tools of choice for quick work that can be done in a cafe while sipping coffee.”

Sharpie & Colored Pencil Drawing, Sandy Coleman
Sharpie & Colored Pencil Drawing, Sandy Coleman

Vera Torachidis
Monkey, 5″ x 8″ (left image below)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 12″ x 17″ (right image below)
colored pencils and watercolor on paper

Monkney, Colored Pencil Drawing, Vera Torachidis

Deepa Gopal
Ephemeral, Life, 6″ x 8.5″ (left image below)
When Things are Happening, 6″ x 8.5″(right image below)
watercolor, pen and ink


“I love poetry too besides art and have been dabbling with visual poetry now and then. Recently, I came across Asemic writing and that grabbed my interest. It’s more of an invented script, an impression or shadow of the conventional writing personal to the poet but having an effect on the reader all the same.

Some even have pictograms and ideograms in it and the meaning isn’t rigid. It’s open to interpretation and each interpretation can be the perfect one. The most important aspect is that it is not bound to any language. It’s beyond all those barriers. It bridges the void where words fail.

I was experimenting trying to merge Asemic writing with abstraction and illustration here. It’s done on an Arabic booklet that I got from Sharjah International Book Fair early in November. When I saw the Art Prof Dare, I realised that it’s perfect for the entry!”

Watercolor, Pen & Ink Drawing, Deepa Gopal
Watercolor, Pen & Ink Drawing, Deepa Gopal

Wang Zi Yu
12″ x 17″
Posca markers and Touch markers


“My mind was blank during the process. The only motivation was to use as many colours as I can for testing my new bought 80 colours Touch markers”

Circles, Marker Drawing, Wang Zi Yu
L'Orangerie: Circle the Square, pencil drawing, Nate D.

Nate D.
L’Orangerie: Circle the Square
10″ x 10″


“I wanted to visually explore and experiment with the concentricity of circular forms within a square composition–ironically to think outside the box by remaining confined inside the box.

Magnifying the tension between the rounded curvilinearity of the still life (the teapot, the fruit, the glass bowl-like capsule) against the sharp linear angularity of the abstracted segments of the fragmented pieces of the image, I obsessively try to proverbially ‘circle the square,’ never accomplishing this impossible task that has plagued mankind for centuries.”

Tom Doran
Jen Too
digital collage


“‘Jen Too’ is a digital collage. Instead of paper there are photos. It began with the woman photo. I repeated it upside down just make it mysterious (at least I’m honest!) The circle and a number of geometric things were added and color schemes tried (a blue version is nicer, actually).

That was filed as ‘finished’ but later used as a basis for two rounds of rework/branches. One used an improv method (literally gesture based) that yielded fun but fragmented results: I kept 10 variations but went back to the original for round 2, the one that lead to ‘Jen Too.’

I overlaid the sort of tube of color (ll to mid head) over the original piece. I improvised until I found an overlay that I liked. So, I ‘composed’ only the basic picture. The extreme flexibility of digital media allows me to try all sorts of unplanned things and keep what I like.

This project yielded at least a dozen keepers related to ‘Jen Too.’ I am an improvising musician so this way of working feels very natural to me.”

Jen Too, Tom Doran, digital collage
Watercolor Painting, Marina Marinopoulos

Marina Marinopoulos
watercolor on khadi paper
11.5” x 16”

Greece & France
Marina’s website

“I’m usually inspired by nature and animals, but I do occasionally make geometric drawings, usually in ink. This Art Dare inspired me to try something new, using circles.

Then I decided to draw the design with an aquarelle pencil and use watercolor instead of ink, since this paper brings out the granulation beautifully. Although geometric, I didn’t want the drawing to be too rigid.

All in all, I had a lot of fun with this piece, and I’m pleased with the palette of indigo, perylene maroon and quin gold.”

Jena Schieb
Star Gazer (Explorer Club Series)
pen, pencil, watercolor, acrylic & collage on recycled board
12.75″ x 11″


“As a mother of two young children, I have the privilege of exploring our world as uninhibited as a child again. I wanted to create a series based on explorers (both real and imagined) of worlds big, small, and magical – inspired by my boys.”

Star Gazer (Explorer Club Series),Jena Schieb
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