Happy Boxing Day – Lets Plan for our January Challenge!

365 Day Art Challenge

On January 1st, 2016,  we start our Munich Artists 365 Day challenge.  The challenge will be divided by weeks & months so that you can decide to try doing the full 365 day challenge or jump in for a week or a month when you have time.

The January challenge will begin on January 1st and will be a 30 day challenge based on goals.

We want you to work on creating your favourite artform for 30 days in a row.  The art can be any format, photography, print, sketching, painting, collage etc.  We want you to create original pieces each day so please, do not share with us anything already created or, created by other people.

The Quotes we will be using for the 30 days are:

  1. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
  2. A goal without a plan is just a wish.
  3. Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. (John Dewey)
  4. Success is a result, not a goal.
  5. Goals are dreams without deadlines.
  6. Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.
  7. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. (Walt Disney)
  8. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. (Confucius)
  9. One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks. (Jack Penn)
  10. If you are bored with life—you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things—you don’t have enough goals. (Lou Holtz)
  11. Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try. (Dennis DeYoung)
  12. God Gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.
  13. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. (John Wooden)
  14. Believe you can and you are halfway there.(Theodore Roosevelt)
  15. Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying. (Amelia Earhart)
  16. You haven’t failed until you quit trying. (Anonymous)
  17. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. (Jim Brown)
  18. A goal should scare you a little and excite you ALOT. (Joe Vitale)
  19. Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there. (Zig Ziglar)
  20. Do something every day that gets you closer to your goals.
  21. Clap for your damn self.
  22. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. (C.S.Lewis)
  23. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. (Buddha)
  24. The Best thing I ever did was believe in me.
  25. How bad do you want it?
  26. Either I will find a way or make one.
  27. Stop doubting. Work hard and make it happen.
  28. Your dream does not have an expiration date.  Keep trying.
  29. As for what you want and be prepared to get it. (Maya Angelou)
  30. Old ways won’t open new doors.

 

Photograph of Desk by Jeff Sheldon

Munich Artists Challenge – Photo Inspired Artwork Gallery Update

Walking Along – Munich Artists Play on the Road – 30 day Challenge Day 21

Happy Monday!   Here is the image for today’s challenge.

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photo for day 22 – boardwalk

If you are following along with the challenge, you can find the list of images on our challenge page.

Over the weekend, the artists created artwork based on a photo of a desktop and of a man walking on the road.  Below, you can see the images of their creations. If you would like to share your work, you are welcome to join our challenge group where artists are posting their work.

Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp - Man walking into Crazy - road
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp – Man walking into Crazy – road
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit  road
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit road
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson - Road
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson – Road
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Road
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Road
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Road
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Road
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Road
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - Worry - Road
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – Worry – Road
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Desktop
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Desktop
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit - Desktop
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit – Desktop
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Desktop
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Desktop
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Desktop
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Desktop
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - desktop
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – desktop
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp - Desktop
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp – Desktop

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Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Road -
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Road
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson - Desktop
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson – Desktop

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Munich Artists Dean Pasch desktop
Munich Artists Dean Pasch desktop

Daisys Are Such A Friendly Flower – Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge – Saturday

For Day 20, we have a photo of a man walking on the street. Have fun experimenting with this image on this first day of Oktoberfest!  I’ve lived in Munich long enough that it isn’t on my list of things to do this weekend.  Instead of being surrounded by thousands of people, I’m going to focus on the Munich Artists Workbooks.

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Below are the images by Munich Artists for Day 19.  If you would like to join us, the daily list and photos for inspiration are located here.  We share Munich Artists work on our Instagram feed and on our Facebook page.

Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Daisy
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Daisy
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Daisy
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Daisy

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Munich Artists Angela Josupeit Daisy
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit Daisy
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock - Daisy
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock – Daisy
Munich Artists Sam Malviya Daisy
Munich Artists Sam Malviya Daisy
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Daisy
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Daisy
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson

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Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Daisy
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Daisy
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke Daisy
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke Daisy
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Daisy
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Daisy

Today We Have a Handful – 30 Day Munich Artists Photo Inspired ChallengeF

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day 17-unsplash-child-running-on-tracks
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Grapes
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Grapes
Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Grapes
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Grapes
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Grapes
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Grapes
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists - Angela Josupeit - Grapes
Munich Artists – Angela Josupeit – Grapes
Munich Artists - Dean Pasch - Grapes
Munich Artists – Dean Pasch – Grapes
Munich Artists - Emmy Horstkamp - Grapes
Munich Artists – Emmy Horstkamp – Grapes
munich artists Sam Malviya - Grapes
munich artists Sam Malviya – Grapes
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Grapes
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek Grapes

Tick Tock Where’s the Clock? 30 Day BCA Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge

Day 16 - Grapes
Day 16 – Grapes

Above is the image for today’s challenge. If you would like to join in with the challenge, you can find our challenge page here.

Yesterday, the artists worked with a photo of a clock and came up with these images:

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Munich Artists Sam Malviya - Clock II
Munich Artists Sam Malviya – Clock II
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller Michaelson
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock - Clock
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock – Clock
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit - Clock
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit – Clock
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Clock
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Clock
Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Clock
Munich Artists Katrin Klug- Clock
Munich Artists Dean Pasch - Clock
Munich Artists Dean Pasch – Clock
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - Clock
Munich Artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – Clock
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp - Clock
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp – Clock
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Clock
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Clock

Its Time. Lets Get on With Monday – Day 15 of the BCA Munich Artists 30 Day Challenge

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Day 15-clock-illustration

Do you ever experience colour remorse? Instead of painting paintings, I painted walls this weekend and If it was a painting I would throw it in the back of the studio and grabbed a new canvas, but this colour is all over my kitchen walls and I’m not sure if I want it.

During our art challenge, you can play with colour all you want. There can’t be remorse with digital because you can just create a new artwork by clicking duplicate or save as which is why I spend about an hour each morning playing with the photo image on my phone.

Below are the BCA Munich Artists photo inspired challenge artwork created by Munich Artists over the weekend.

If you would like to join in on the challenge, you can share your artwork with us on our BCA Munich Artists Challenge group. You don’t have to start on day 1, you are welcome to jump in and share your artwork starting on day 15.  Look forward to seeing what you are creating.

Munich Artists Sam Malviya - Cookies
Munich Artists Sam Malviya – Cookies
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp - Cookies
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp – Cookies
Munich Artists - Angelica Zeller Michaelson- Cookies
Munich Artists – Angelica Zeller Michaelson- Cookies
Munich Artists - Michael Pitschke - Cookies
Munich Artists – Michael Pitschke – Cookies
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson
Munich Artists Angelica Zeller-Michaelson – Vending Machine
Munich Artists - Brigitte hoppstock - Cookies
Munich Artists – Brigitte hoppstock – Cookies
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit - vending machine
Munich Artists Angela Josupeit – vending machine
Munich Artists Katrin Klug - Vending Machine
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Vending Machine
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Vending Machine
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Vending Machine
munich Artists Dean Pasch - Cookies
munich Artists Dean Pasch – Cookies
Munich Artists Dean Pasch - vending machine
Munich Artists Dean Pasch – vending machine
munich artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - cookies
munich artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – cookies
munich artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek - vending machines
munich artists Bobbie Dunn Komarek – vending machines
munich artists michael pitschke - vending machines
munich artists michael pitschke – vending machines
munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock - vending machine
munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock – vending machine
munich artists Dean Pasch
munich artists Dean Pasch
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch – cookies
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch – vending machine
Munich Artists - Katrin Klug - Cookies
Munich Artists – Katrin Klug – Cookies
Munich Artists - Emmy Horstkamp - Cookies
Munich Artists – Emmy Horstkamp – Cookies
Munich Artists - Angelica Zeller Michaelson - Cookies
Munich Artists – Angelica Zeller Michaelson – Cookies
Munich Artists - Angela Josupeit - Cookies
Munich Artists – Angela Josupeit – Cookies
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock - Cookies
Munich Artists Brigitte Hoppstock – Cookies

Day 12 – Trio in the Water – Make a Splash With Your Ideas – BCA Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspired Art Challenge

This image has so many possibilities if you are working offline or in photoshop.  Go crazy!  I’ve limited myself to my iphone so I focused on three women and worked on the idea of being “Ready.”   I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with this image. If you would like to share your work with us, you are welcome to join the BCA Munich Artists Challenge group. If you would like to participate, the photos are on our challenge page and are shared everyday in a post like this one.

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Portrait

Here are a few images created for day 10.  You can click here to see images for day 9 and here for day 8.

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Day 11 – He’s Watching You – Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspiration Challenge

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So many possibilities with this image.  I got over my ennui with digital manipulation and have continued to play with layering images. Over the last two days, I’ve taken drawings and doodles photographed them and plugged them into my digital collage work.   Have you tried working with any of the photographs?  We are on day 11 of the challenge but creatives are encouraged to do what they can which means you can jump in at anytime and create an artwork using one of the images. Here is the link to the challenge page and a link to the Facebook group where we are sharing our images. Want to look at more galleries? Here are day 9 and day 8 artwork from Munich Artists and here is the gallery for Day 10:

Day 10 Behind Door Number 3 Tell Me What You See – Three Red Doors – Munich Artists 30 Day Photo Inspired Challenge

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Day 10 Three red doors

Today’s image focuses on a woman and three red doors.  I’m overdosing on iphone app spiel so I might have to wait until later to post my version of this image.  I will either go offline and cut up images or work in photoshop today.  I hoped I could go thirty days of just iphone app filters and layering but 9 days seems to be my limit.

If you are interested in joining the challenge, you can find the images on our challenge page along with a few rules. We have a Facebook group where you can post your work and we share some of the images on the website.

Here are a few of the images from yesterday’s girl at the subway:

Mind the Gap for Day 9 – Munich Artists Challenge – Girl at the Subway

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Day 9 Subway Girl

I love this photograph.  Have fun creating a piece of artwork with it.

Here are some images artists created using Day 8s photograph of mirrors.

Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch - day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Bernhard Rusch – day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Angela Joseupeit - Day 8 - Mirrors
Munich Artists Angela Joseupeit – Day 8 – Mirrors
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke - Day 8 - Mirrors
Munich Artists Michael Pitschke – Day 8 – Mirrors
Munich Artists - Katrin Klug - Day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Katrin Klug – Day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Mirrors Day 8
Munich Artists Gabriela Popp Mirrors Day 8
 Munich Artists Dean Pasch Mirrors
Munich Artists Dean Pasch Mirrors
Munich Artists Sam Malviya Mirrors Day 8
Munich Artists Sam Malviya Mirrors Day 8
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Day 8 Mirrors
Munich Artists Emmy Horstkamp Day 8 Mirrors

Day 8 – Mirror Mirror Show Me What You See – Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge

Here is the image for you to play with today.

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Day 8 – Mirrors

I’ve found over the last few days, that I can play for about an hour on my iphone creating layered pieces using the photos from the challenge.  Before this weekend, I was capping myself at ten minutes but, on Saturday, I was waiting at the airport for a delayed flight and had time on my hands and now I can’t stop myself. I must try to see how many different version I can make before becoming saturated by two images which is about an hour.

Today, I took the photo of the mirrors and combined it with the previous photo of the disk and water. I put the photos into the following iphone apps: snapseed,Fused, Multi Expo and PicLabHD. Over and Over and Over again.  I will share my experiments with you on my personal blog later today since they are quite a few of them.

If you would like to participate in the challenge, head over to the challenge page and read the rules.  All the images we are using as inspiration are from the creative commons and you have full permission to do what you want with them (Even in Germany.)  If you would like to share your work, please join our Facebook Challenge group.  I will pick a photo to share from each day on instagram and will upload a gallery to the Challenge FB page and the Munich Artists website.

Here are some of the images from Day 7 of the challenge:

Day 7 – Take Off Your Hat and Stay Awhile – Munich Artists Photo Inspired Challenge

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day 7- hats

This is an illustrated images found in the creative commons on Flickr.  The creative commons on Flickr offers an interesting archive of photos offered to the public by different cultural institutions from around the world.  Sometimes you need to refer to the originating organisation and sometimes you don’t.  Check the rules for each image on Flickr before using them on the internet or in your art projects.

Did you enjoy creating an image with the beach and the mailbox?

Here are the Galleries from Day 5 and 6. If you would like to participate in the challenge, please check out our challenge page.  If you would like to share your completed artwork with us, please join our Facebook group.

Day 5

Day 6

Day 5 – Lets Take Our Imaginations to the Beach

This is a great composition for adding elements. I can’t wait to show you what Munich Artists decided to do.  I will post the galleries for day 4/5 on Sunday because today after I finish this post, I will be offline to finish a few non art related projects.

If you would like to join in with our challenge, you can read the rules and find the photographs on our challenge page.  We are sharing some of the work on our Facebook page and our Instagram feed. we have also set up a closed group for the challenges.  Please remember that all the photos we are sharing with you are in the creative commons. You are welcome to manipulate the photo in any way you want.

So far, creatives are working both offline and online creating collages, and mixed media artwork.  If you would like to see examples of what the artists have been creating, you can see the galleries at the end of each day’s challenge (except today).

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Day 6 – Girl at the Beach

Day 5 – Munich Artists Image – A German Mailbox Which is Yellow (In Case You’re not into Old School Mail)

Sometimes you got to do things old school which requires knowing that German mailboxes are yellow.  This photo was taken over by Isartor near the German Patent Office. If you are in Munich, you can go see if this little creature still exists. If you would like to participate in the current challenge, the rules for the challenge are on the challenge page. The rules are simple but required to keep things flowing in a creative direction. We have a Facebook group for the BCA Munich Artists Art Challenges and we will continue to share a few images on our Munich Artists Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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Here are a few of the art pieces created for Day 4 of the challenge

Day 4 – Decorative Disc Demands Attention

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Day 4 – Circle illustration

It is an overcast day in Munich and I thought you might like a bit of happy yellow.
If you would like to share the artwork you created using the disk, please feel free to join our challenge group

Please remember if you share I may add it to the website like I’ve done below and I may use it on Pinterest, Instagram and on Facebook.

Here are some examples of what Munich Artists created using the ferris wheel image.

Day 3 Munich Artists Challenge – Spinning Wheels Go Round Even in the Rain

Welcome to day 3 of our 30 day challenge.  Here is the image for today.  A ferris wheel.   

It is a wet and soggy day in Munich and as I walked passed my neighbour’s car, I saw this little guy making his way through the raindrops.  I decided to use him for the digital collage today.  This was done on my iphone 6 plus using snapseed for color and Multi expo to combine the two photos.

Yesterday, Munich Artists created some great images using the hands. Here are a few examples:

Tutorial: How To Turn a Photo Into a Line drawing

Our current Munich Artists 30 day challenge takes a creative commons photo and asks artists to create an art piece using digital techniques or illustration.  If you want to make an illustration out of the photo that we’ve provided, you can use this workshop below.   To do the workshop, you must have photoshop and some knowledge of the software program. Luckily the instructor shows you exactly who to work with the image to make it a line drawing.

If you are not an expert, this process will take you much longer than 8 minutes.  Give yourself 30 to 60 minutes to complete this task. If you want to use today’s photograph, here is a link to the media file.  Once you finished, you are welcome to share your artwork in our challenge group (open to everyone to share their artwork using our challenge images and themes.)

Note: If you do not see the sketch filters, it is because you are either not in RGB or you have not allowing yourself to see all the filters.  you must go into your preferences and change the plugins by clicking that you want to see all filters. (I had this problem.)

Here is my version of the line drawing:

example of tutorial hands with needles

Day 2 Munich Artists 30 Day challenge – Photo and Illustration Inspiration

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Day 2.  Can you see them? All nestled together in a pair of protective hands. The image above inspired me to illustrate this idea of trust and protection and I will be working on this after I finish working my day job.   I’ve set myself a time limit of one hour to finish an art piece each day that is offline. My digital art pieces have a time limit of ten minutes. I could spend hours tweaking colors and layers in photoshop but I wanted to challenge and encourage you to take a coffee break and create a piece of digital art.  By sharing artwork that I do in ten minutes using iphone apps, you can feel free to play with your photos while sipping your coffee and sharing your mini masterpieces with me on social media.

Please remember that when you create artwork using iphone apps some of the images are small in size and will not reproduce well when printed.  If you want to import the images into photoshop, you will be limited on how large you can make a printed piece.  If you are going to spend hours working on a digital piece, make sure the resolution and file sizes are appropriate for your intended output (digital web presentation, printing, publishing offline). Because I know the files are too small to use for large digital art pieces, I set myself a time limit of 10 minutes so that I’m happy with the art piece and don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time.

If you would like to participate in the current 30 day challenge, please read the rules of our Munich Artists challenge page and don’t worry that we already started.  We are flexible.  The point of the challenges is to set the goal to create artwork everyday. Someday you may actually reach this goal.  Luckily, I live in Munich, Germany where artists are inspired to create even during the holiday season and artists like, Michael Pitschke, have been creating artwork everyday for years.

Below are a few of the photos shared in our Facebook group.  I’ve created a group specifically for our challenges and you are welcome to join the group and share your artwork there.  I’ve created a Public Page where I will also share the artwork.   Please remember, any artwork you share with me, will be used for social media and may go into our challenge book series.

Have fun creating.  I look forward to seeing your artwork.

Day 1 – Munich Artists 30 Day Photography and Illustration Challenge

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Click on the photo and you will go to the media file. Once you get to the media file, save image to your desktop. (please only do this with photos from this challenge.)

Our 30 day photography and illustration challenge starts today.  I will be posting examples of the two art pieces I create today on our instagram feed tomorrow.  If you would like to participate in the challenge, please read through the challenge page.  If you are an artist in Munich, you can submit your work to our closed Facebook group. If you are an artist from some other region of the world, you are welcome to join the challenge group and post your work there.

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This challenge can be difficult or it can be very easy depending on whether you decide to collage two photos using Multi Expo or PicLabHD or if you decide to dedicate a few hours and create artwork offline.   For this challenge, I will be creating a digital art piece and also creating a piece offline.

Our last challenge was a photo self portrait challenge.  I will be posting the gallery of images later this week.  If you want to see the themes for the self portrait challenge, you can check out the self portrait challenge page.

Munich Artists Challenge Starts Monday August 31st

Are you Ready?  Below are the photos for the challenge.  You can download the photos from the Munich Artists Photo Inspired Art Challenge page.

Please read through the challenge.  

We are using creative commons photos so you have permission to use the photos to create artwork without referencing the artist.  There is only one image by a German photographer in the extra photos where you will need to reference the German photographer in the final art piece you create. She is the only photographer you need to specifically reference.  Everyone else has released their rights to the images so you can play with them as much as you want without using their names.   I picked the photos from the Creative Commons on Flickr and from a weekly email I get from Unsplash.   We will be doing this challenge again next year so if you want us to use your photos, you can send them to me and I will put them in a special file for the challenge.

All finished art pieces which are sent to me, may be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pintrest and other social media channels and associated websites.  If you do not want to have your artwork shared, please do not send it to me.  If you have any questions, you can email me at emmy@kyfio.com with the subject line – photo inspired art challenge.

Munich Artists 30 day Challenge – Photo Inspired Art – Photography and Illustration Challenge

The next challenge starts on Monday August 31, 2015

Our next Munich Artists 30 day Challenge Begins on August 31, 2015 and will combine photography and illustration.  There are no limitations on the way you use the photographs I’m providing you.  There are backup photographs just in case the assigned photograph does not inspire you.  You can use any of the extra photographs once each during the 30 day Challenge.

The theme for the day is the composition of the photograph.  For A few options include:

Combining different photographs digitally – Take your own photograph and the photograph that I am providing you and photoshop them or, use a program on your smart phone to layer the photos like the image below:

Munich Artists Angela Josupeit Subway
Munich Artists – Angela Josupeit Subway

Combining different photographs collage – Print out the photograph and then use the photograph within your photo composition like this:

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Artist Emmy Horstkamp – Plan B Dorothy – Collage

or like this:

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Artist Ines Seidel – Hiding behind myself – Photograph

Combining photography and illustration –  You can either download and draw directly on the photograph that I’ve provided you or create an illustration that combines elements of the photograph and then photograph it.  Examples of this type of artwork include:

Ben Heine

Artist Ben Heine

and Neal Murren

 Because of the flexibility of the challenge, artists can make art that takes minutes or hours depending on their schedule over the upcoming 30 days.  I will try to make a simple piece and a more complicated piece each day.

The Instructions above will be on the challenge page starting on Monday August 24, 2015.   I am providing you with the photographs a week in advance so you can prepare yourself for the challenge.  Please do not post any images before the challenge day.  I want to give your work my full attention and I can’t do that if it shows up out of order.

If you decide to participate in this challenge, your work will be shared on Facebook and Instagram and possibly printed in the Challenge book.  I will not use it for any other purpose without your permission. If you do not want your work used, I would ask you to specifically state that when you post the image in our closed Facebook group or when you email it to me (why would you email me a photo if I can’t use it?  That would be just silly. Don’t email me things I can’t use.)

All the photographs provided for this challenge are in the creative commons so you can do whatever you want with them.  I do have one photograph that is by a German photographer so you will need to reference her name in your credits.  I will use her piece in the extra photos. There are no other copyright restrictions on your final artwork except for your own personal copyright for the finished artwork.

Please remember this is to inspire and challenge you.  I do not accept archival work as a submission but you can use archival photographs for your digital collaging.  You must use the daily photograph or one of the Extras every day of the 30 day photo and illustration challenge.

I look forward to seeing your work!

The last self portrait

Dear Munich Artists,

I will miss seeing your faces but it feels great to be done!!!!!!

 
Thank you so much for creating photos with me for thirty days. I am really lucky to be surrounded by so many creative Munich Artists.
The next challenge starts August 31st. I will post the challenge page next Monday so you can mentally prepare yourself. 

Have an awesome creative break. I hope you will join me starting on August 31st.

Hugs,

Emmy horstkamp

Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – The Theme Today is Museum – Are You a Work of Art?

Munich Artists Nina Schmid Museum
Munich Artists Nina Schmid Museum

Nina Schmid is an Insomniac and spends many late nights creating art.  For today’s museum theme, I assumed photos would trickle in when the museums opened but Munich Artists are more creative than that.  When I woke up this morning there was already a photograph by Nina Schmid posted at 4 a.m.  No musuem is open at 4a.m.  Nina used her creativity and made herself one of the art pieces in the Schmid Museum of art.  I like how she has all the angels pointing arrows at her head and how she incorporated the one element that goes against our whole challenge – the do not take photographs sign.

Nina has been setting the bar high for the other artists during this challenge which is exactly what I want artists to do.  I want them to push each other and me to make more interesting artwork.  Jeffrey Ely, Katrin Klug and Berit Opelt also excelled with the self portraits challenge sending in very unique shots and compositions.  If you are new to our challenges, we post the challenge themes on a challenge page and then the artists share their work with us on our closed Facebook group.  We have one day left in this challenge but you can still send in a photo if you want.  I don’t mind people catching up, I just don’t want them working ahead or digging in their archives. If you are creative, you can be creative everyday for 30 days.

The last day to send in photos is tomorrow which is the last day of the challenge.  I will be taking the challenge photos and creating a Munich Artists 30 day self portrait challenge book.  I want to thank all the artists who participated in this challenge and their great contributions. I look forward to seeing more museum photos as the day progresses. (Now I’m going to head off and rethink my shot for this theme!)

One of Nina Schmid's nocturnal art pieces. Ladybug is watercolour the background is a print created using wallpaper and acrylic.
One of Nina Schmid’s nocturnal art pieces. Ladybug is watercolour the background is a print created using wallpaper and acrylic.

Day 26 – 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge – Tor Tor Tor

Today’s Munich Artists 30 day Self Portrait theme is TOR.  We have only four days left in this year’s 30-day self-portrait challenge.  If you want to follow along for the last few days, please check out our challenge page.

Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge Day Day 25 – Subways

Subway, Tube, Underground. Whatever you call it, we want you to think about the subway today as you create your self portrait. If you don’t live near a subway, you can go to a subway restaurant like Jeffrey Ely or take a ride in a car or taxi.  We have only five days left in our challenge. If you would like to play along, the themes are located here.

Munich Self Portrait Challenge Day 26! Trams

Trams is the theme for today’s Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge.  The challenge goes on for 30 days so we have 4 more themes before we celebrate the end of the challenge.

We will be selecting images from the 30 days to be included in our Munich Artists Challenge book.   It has been great to see how creative Munich Artists are with photography and I hope they continue to experiment with photography as a source of inspiration for their other artwork.

This morning, these shots came through my feed from Katrin Klug, Angela Josupeit, Nina Schmid and Jeffrey Ely.  I look forward to seeing more images as the day progresses.

Day 19 Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Square

The theme challenge for today is square. If you are following the Munich Artists self portrait challenge or would like to participate, check out the themes on our theme page.    Here are a few squares that filled my inbox this morning.

I’m still working on my idea for square.  I took the photo this morning but I think I’m going to snap a few more throughout the day.  If you are a Munich based artist, you can share your image in our closed group.

My initial idea for square was a city square or  German “platz” but I know that we have artists living outside of the city limits who may not be able to find a city square to photograph. As you can see, leaving the interpretation open allows artists to get creative and send in some wonderful photographs to share with you.

Note:  During the month of August, I will be working on our  Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge book and setting up the next challenge which Starts in September.  If you have something specific you want to focus on, please let me know.  We will have one or two more 30 day challenges this year and then we will do a few shorter challenges during the holiday season. (Maybe make them group photo events at different Christmas markets.)

Day 17 – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge -Trees

This morning, Nina Schmid and Katrin Klug sent in some great photos of themselves with trees.   If you are participating in our 30 day self portrait challenge, today’s theme is… trees.

NOTE:

The month of August is Vlog everyday.  I used to vlog quite a bit but then I stopped for personal reasons.   For the month of August, I’m going to make short videos about Munich and share them on our Munich Artists Instagram feed and on Youtube.  If you are a vlogger, let me know!  I will be vlogging for Munich Artists, Vivamb and then my personal vlog during this month.  All vlogging will be done on my iphone 6 plus because I don’t have time to play with final cut pro during my vacation!

 

Day 16 – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Munich Artists Hit the Sidewalk

Munich Artists Jeffrey Ely - Sidewalk
Munich Artists Jeffrey Ely – Sidewalk

Happy Sunday.  The rain didn’t stop Munich Artists from going outside and taking photos on the sidewalk.  There are still plenty of hours in the day for you to go out and capture a unique selfie on the sidewalk. Don’t let the rain stop you!

We allow photoshop and app photos in this challenge so please go out and have some fun creating unique selfies.  The only requirement that we have imposed is that the self portrait photograph must be taken on the day of the challenge.  No archival photos should be used.

For my photo below, I used the multiexpo app on my iphone 6 plus. The raw shots are on my art website along with all the other versions I played with this morning. I have so many versions today because the app allows the user to merge 2 photos at a time and I had so much fun making different combinations from my photographs.

Nina used little toy men in two of her portrait shots and I was thinking it would be fun to make a challenge where we use lego/playmobil people and children’s toys.   I saw a recent art exhibition where the artist took photographs of children’s toy trucks and cars.  I really liked the idea of making that a 30 day challenge.

Thinking about the 30 day challenges,  I thought we could do 30 different fruits and vegetables.  30 different books.  30 different household objects. 30 different locations in Munich.  You get the idea.  We are making our lists for future challenges inspired by Munich Artists.  If you have a list of 30 that you want to try, let me know.

I also would like to do a graffiti challenge.  If you have a favourite piece of street art, please let me know. I will need 30 pieces of long term street art for that challenge. (work that will be around awhile so it can’t be on the regular graffiti walls or be small sticker art.)

If you want to participate in the 30 day self portrait challenge, you can find the themes on our challenge page.   If you would like to share a photo of your work, you can add it to the post on Facebook as a comment.  If you are an artist in Munich, you can also share your photo in our Closed Facebook group.

NOTE:

The Bavarian summer holidays started Friday which means that I will be spending more time away from Frauenstrasse 18 and hanging out in Sendling with my younger daughter.  If you need to see me or discuss a project, please schedule an appointment.  I look forward to seeing what you’ve created during your holidays!

Day 15 – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Looking for a dark gloomy hallway

Like this shot by Mark Sebastian.   Perfect. This is exactly what I was thinking about when I was thinking of a hallway.  I don’t really have a hallway in my house, not like this so taking a photo of a hallway means going to the basement and getting a creepy photo but without carpet.   Go have fun taking photos of a hallways today. I’m sure you can think of something creative to do in a hallway if you can find one.

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For Munich Based people here is a personal/business Note:  My neighbour downtown wants to rent my studio space. I’m not in a hurry to move my studio but I would love a cool store front/laden space at a reasonable rent.  If you know of a space between Altstadt, Lehel, Glockenbachviertel & Sendling please let me know at emmy@kyfio.com.  I want it without commission so I can spend my money on Munich Artists.

My neighbour has been saying hi to me everyday since he announced his desire for my studio as a gentle reminder that there must be a laden space with my name on it somewhere awesome in Munich, Germany. My current space is pretty awesome which is why the next space must be even better.  My studio is a 30 sqm. box downtown in an inner courtyard.

I do have an artist/photographer who will be willing to sign a long term lease with me (5 year) which doubles the budget (Not that that means much.)  We are both professional and want a beautiful space with easy access to a subway and the ability to plug in all our electronics.  Toilet necessary and since lots of my work is online, I need internet and the laden window to display products.  I am currently in a courtyard and find it wonderful but I would prefer a street laden.  No one every wanders into the courtyard. Ever. Lets make life easier for everyone by

letting the universe bring Munichartists.com a laden with a super duper landlord/cool neighbours/awesome vibe/easy access to the subway/European feel/reasonable rent terms.

Day 14 – Self Portrait Challenge – Dress Up

Dress up. What does it mean for you?  Jeffrey Ely sent the image below:

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Jeffrey ely – Munich Artists – day 14 – Dress Up

But other Munich Artists saw Dress up in a different light.

Day 6 Umbrella me please for the Munich Artists 30 Day Self Portrait Photo Challenge

Today the challenge is to shoot a self portrait using an Umbrella.

If you live in Munich, you may have found yourself carrying an umbrella this morning just in case last night’s torrential storms continued to pour water down on the city.  Leaving my car and walking to the studio, it was pretty easy to snap a shot of myself, a puddle and my umbrella.  Some artists did not have rain so they used the umbrella as a prop or chose the alternate theme – sunglasses.  Lets see how a mixed weather day inspires Munich Artists and what kinds of self-portraits they decide to create.

Gabriela Rothweiler Day 6 Umbrella

 

 

Nina Schmid Umbrella day 6
Nina Schmid Umbrella day 6

 

Day 5 – 30 day Munich Artists Self Portrait photo challenge – Phew that is a long name abbreviated it would be MASPPC

My Titles are getting longer and longer.  Today is day 5 of the Munich artists self portrait photo challenge.  The theme for today is lines.  I don’t think you need an explanation for lines – It’s very straight forward.  Yes, it is going to be that kind of day so settle down and start snapping some photos. Here are a few examples of what Munich Artists have been sending in to me today.   They get to send photos to me until 1200 so I will be adding a few more after lunch.  If you are an artist, feel free to join in on the fun.  Artists who finish the 30 days will get a special treat. Maybe a beer at the beergarden after the summer holidays? If you want to share your images, it is best to join our closed group on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/groups/munichartists.   If I don’t know you, please be aware that I will share images on the website, on Instagram and on Facebook. Also, if I don’t know you, send me a message before trying to join or ask a Munich Artist already in the group to add you.  We do this to keep spammers out of the group.  Also,  If you don’t want images shared, please let me know. Not everyone loves the internet as much as I do and I want to respect your artwork as much as possible.   Here is a link to day 1, 2, 3, 4.  From today onwards I will give you the links to a couple of days before unless you want a list of numbers at the end of each post.  That could be kind of funny. The link to all of the themes for the challenge can be found here.

Day 4 – Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge – Words and the Artist

The theme for day 4 is Words.   I don’t care if you write words, find words in your environment or create an art piece of words. Whatever you do, the image for today must contain the written word and you.

Below, two Munich Artists, Nina Schmid and Katrin Klug,  share with us their day 4 self portraits which focus on their love of body art and words.

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Katrin Klug – Day 4 – Words – Self Portrait – July 2015
Nina Schmid Day 4 Tattoo knife
Nina Schmid – Day 4 – Words – Self Portrait – July 2015

Day 2 self portrait challenge- high contrasting on a Sunday

This is the progression of shots as I waited for a plane to land at the airport.  As you can see, the sun came out strong.
  

More shots while I waited are on my personal website. Have fun taking photos and staying cool on a sweltering day. If you forgot where the information is for the 30 day challenge, you can find our daily themes on the challenge page.   With today’s sun, it should be pretty easy to get a self portrait photo that fits with the theme and your personal style.  I’m a street photographer so no studio bare bulbs for me. I’m all for the outdoors but if you need to be surrounded by the familiar, you can forgo the sun and use your lamps. I promise not to judge.  If you missed out on day 1, here it is.

We Tweaked our Logo and other Munich Artists Updates

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It may go through a few more tweaks but for now, we’ve removed the Munich Artists name from the logo so that we don’t look like we are stuttering on the website.

Rainer Schmitten came to the Friday Gallery/Atelier/brain storming center at Frauenstrasse 18 to discuss our Autumn Art book project. Rainer will now be in charge of the “autumn” art book product line so that we can start selling card sets and limited edition prints in August 2015.

We completed a marathon week of work for Munich Artists. I find that when I’m busy working on projects, the website takes a backseat. Sorry about that.  If you want to get daily news from Munich Artists, we post on Instagram and Facebook.

Currently I’m writing several proposals for Munich Artists. If there is an event that you feel we should get involved with, please let me know and I will send in a proposal.

We are now on the last 6 days of the 30 days Munich Artists drawing challenge. We will be having an exhibition of drawings in July.  You are welcome to participate for the last six days because we believe it is better to do something late than never.

 

 

 

 

 

Munich Artists Collage Workshop at Art in the Park

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Photo to use for collage art piece

Today Emmy Horstkamp will be having a collage workshop at the Art in the Park tent in Sendling.  The workshop starts at 1700 and goes until 1900.   We will supply the photographs and artwork to be cut up and collaged, scissors, glue and pencils/markers.

The image above is one of the CC images we will be using to create an art piece.  There are a variety of images to choose from or you can use the available materials to create an abstract collage piece.   We will be focusing on collage composition and telling a story or sharing an emotion with our collage pieces.

The cost is free.  We only have 8 chairs so bring a folding chair if you are planning to come a bit later.  We have plenty of tables.

We still have workshops on Monday, Tuesday and Wed.  All three will be lots of fun!  More information on the workshops can be found on our art in the park event page.

We got a write up in the SZ paper.  It is exciting to know that people are enjoying what we are doing.  Thanks Munich for your support and we look forward to creating more events to share the talents of Munich Artists.

Munich Artists Drawing Challenge Day 5 – Couple

The theme for today’s drawing is couple. When I went to the computer this morning to create the photo display for the day, Angela Josupeit’s image was already in my inbox so I decided to use it for day 5 and share it on instagram.

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Munich Artists Angela Josupeit for Munich Artists Day 5 30 day drawing challenge

Here are a few more images from Munich Artists:

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Munich Artists Drawing Challenge Day 4 – Kitchen Still Life

Munich Artists Day 3 – Food From Childhood