Advent Photo Challenge 2015 has begun

Helloo Munich Artists!

This challenge is to take a total of 24 photos at specific times of the day.

There are two ways to do this.

  1. You can take 1 photo at the same time for 24 days documenting a routine or location like monet and his haystacks.
  2. You can take 24 photos spanning the 24 hours over 24 days.

I’m going to pick option 1 for my 24 photos and I look forward to seeing what option you choose.

The photos can be raw or photoshopped. Use your snazzy camera or your iphone. I don’t care. I just want you to have 24 well composed photos.

I will be using my iphone 6 plus for the full challenge.  The photo above was taken yesterday when I visited Rainer Schmitten.  He lives in the foothills of the alps and that is what the sky looked like yesterday.

I want the photos to be a documentary of your preparation for the holiday season. No Stress. Lets just make some memories for the end of 2015.

PS. After the holiday, starting on December 26th, we will be posting the 12 days of Christmas colouring pages.  The themes will be used for a 12 day art challenge for drawings based on the ideas of the colouring pages.

Have fun shooting photos! Don’t forget to share them with me on our Facebook page so I can collect them and add them to a gallery.




Munich Artists Challenge – Photo Inspired Artwork Gallery Update

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.


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

day 7- hats
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 13 and Munich Artists are into Music Big Time.

Day 13 and Munich Artists dug deep into their treasure troves and dusted off instruments, records and even some cassette tapes.  If you want to follow along with our 30 day photo self portrait challenge, you can find the list here. 

Today the weather is beautiful outside. If you want to take a little excursion, go GEMA’s office in Haidhausen and take a selfie with enormous instrumental sculptures in their courtyard outside.  I’ve never been inside so I don’t know if they have sculptures inside.   Directions are below our music photo gallery.

Gema where are you?  In Munich, GEMA’s instrumental sculptures are located here.  Rosenheimer Str. 11, 81667 München. It is behind the Gasteig heading into Haidhausen.  There are a few sculptures so go have fun snapping photos.

photo by Alessandro hansschnier

Alessandro took this shot.

Day 8  Good Morning. Good night. – Munich Artists 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge

I hope you enjoy  our candid shots taken when artistic brains are not working at 110 percent.

Waking up to a stream of photos, I thought about the following phrase, “Because you know what I can do with my little finger.”  This is a pop culture reference to the talent of the artists in the Munich Artists group.   The classic quote would be Munich artists have more talent in their little fingers then ———- have in their whole bodies. Those are fighting words which is why I did not designate any particular city because Munich Artists are too laid back and happy to start having an ego fight about their talent and the talent of other artists.   Munich Artists would rather create art and then go to the beer garden or down to the Isar or climb into a comfy bed.

If you feel like joining in on our photo challenge, you can find the themes here.   For today, you can still take a photo of yourself before going to bed or if you are in America, waking up!

Today,  I have to drive to the mountains so I can’t give the artists until noon but if they are getting up at noon, I know they are laid back enough not to care.    Stay cool and create some great art today.

30 Day Self Portrait Challenge Starts July 18, 2015


The Next Munich Artists  30 Day Challenge: Photos – Self Portraits

Starts July 18, 2015. 

For this challenge, you can use any camera, use any style but it must be a self-portrait. For the photo to qualify, it has to be taken by you and feature YOU in the photo, you can have more people but you must be in the shot. No taking photos of just your personal belongings.  The photo must contain a part of your physical body in the shot. I want to make this into one of the photo books so please think about that when you are taking your shots. We have a group of great photographers who will be shooting artists and their studios (each with their own book) but I want one of the books to be artist self portraits. Each of the 30 days will be themed and those themes are shared below and on the challenge page.  I know we have some digital wiz kids in the group so If you go crazy on photoshop for 30 days that will be ok but the photo of you must be taken that day and fit in with the theme.  If I find out the photographs are from your archives I will get grumpy, you don’t want that.

Here are the themes for 30 days:

  1. Encounter (meeting)
  2. Hi Contrast Black and White
  3. Glass
  4. Words
  5. Lines
  6. Umbrella
  7. Tools
  8. Sleep
  9. Ribbon
  10. Ritual
  11. Chair
  12. Bag
  13. Music
  14. Dress Up
  15. Hallway
  16. Sidewalk
  17. Tree
  18. Paper
  19. Frame
  20. Produce (Groceries)
  21. Beer Garden
  22. Isar
  23. Bridge
  24. Tram
  25. Subway
  26. Tor (Isar, Sendling)
  27. English Garden
  28. Bike
  29. Museum
  30. Studio (your own studio and artwork)

A more detailed description will be posted on the Challenge Page.  I look forward to doing this challenge with you.  Photo is much more my thing.

Day 11 Raw Photo Challenge – Boxed in with Fences, Gates and Walls

Today’s challenge is a trifecta (If you are up to the challenge).  I’m going to spend an hour this afternoon looking for a good shot downtown but you don’t have to focus on all three. Pick a fence, a wall or a gate and take a good composition.  Think about why someone would want to see what you are seeing.  Is there something really cool hidden behind or is the object just really well designed?   We all love stories -let your photograph tell one.

Day 9 Munich Artists Raw Photo Challenge and


Day 9 is a real challenge if you live in Munich, Germany.  The city cleaners spend lots of time running around in little orange cars cleaning and Mingas use the trash cans which are filled to overflowing.  This need to clean makes shooting debris on the ground almost the same as trying to find gold at the end of the rainbow but it is not impossible.  You, the artist must open your eyes and pay attention to those lost buttons, discarded receipts and maybe even a stray cigarette lighter.

As a street photographer, I like to shoot what is in my environment.  Today, I’m asking you to be a street photographer and shoot a composition around something that is already on the ground.  Think about that piece of trash or forgotten pair of socks as the main character to your visual story that you are creating. Do you want people to know where the debris was located? If so, get down close to the ground and shoot up.  Do you want to make an abstract like I did with the piece of tape?  If so, position the object so it makes an interesting design with the environment around it and shot directly above the object.  Do you want to show how beautiful the piece is?  Get down real close and show the texture of the debris left on the ground.  Have fun today capturing a composition based on an object already on the ground and if you are a Munich based artist, share your shot in our facebook group.


One Munich artist who loves to use debris and old papers in his artwork is Cyril Mariaux. We will be showing some of Cyril’s artwork at the Friday gallery Frauenstrasse 18 starting on September 12, 2014.  Come celebrate the end of our raw photo challenge and Cyril Mariaux’s artwork with a glass of wine and some good company.