Secret Challenge Revealed

by Barbara Martin

in Try This

Today Jordan Hill and I reveal the results of the secret art challenge!  Last week we set up a private color challenge:  we independently selected two colors each and then combined our choices. We were to make 5 pieces with these colors. By today. And we did!

The secret challenge colors:

  • lime green
  • soft yellow
  • red
  • silvery lilac

These probably aren’t colors I would use exclusively together by my own natural  inclination. Thank goodness we were also allowed to use black and white. I must say though that the combination kind of grew on me during the challenge.

I found this challenging, yes, but also enjoyable to do.  Making a full set of five pieces using these colors made me stretch in a good way. I took the opportunity to make some bigger pieces and play with  mixed media. I appreciated the time frame aspect, fitting these in with my other projects. In a way,  the more restraints and restrictions, the easier it can be to come up with a creative idea.  

I  loved the playfulness of  being “in cahoots” — seeing (and sharing)  the occasional “unidentified” glimpse of the secret challenge pieces in progress on our blogs and on Twitter. 

I also found it motivating to watch  Jordan’s energy and workflow. She is so prolific and shares so freely!  No way was I not gonna be ready on time!

Here’s what I made.

color challenge selections artist Barbara Martin

All five color challenge items together: lime,yellow,red,lilac


 If you’d like to see them in more detail, let me know and I’ll put up some individual pictures. 

I am looking forward to seeing what Jordan will post at her blog!

Have you ever tried a challenge — secret or otherwise?  How did it go? Any surprises?


Jordan Hill June 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

I love them all!! They are so cool! I also found it motivating to see your “sneak peeks” throughout the week, without others knowing that was what it was. 😉 I think my favorite of yours though, is the one that is in the lower left hand corner in the picture. It’s so graphic and bold. I enjoyed the challenge so much! Thanks for doing it with me!

Melissa N June 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I have never tried one before. I will be joining you on Thursday this week to do the next one. I look forward to joining in.

Barbara Martin July 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi Jordan! This was so much fun! Thank YOU!!!! ps yes I like the bold one too. I always like making graffitti lines with glossy black paint and this one was a follow up to the little sketchy page with 6 “posters” on it. This has lovely contrasts against the background… funny how they all came out the same but different! :)

Barbara Martin July 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Hi Melissa! What a good idea to do another challenge this coming week! I am happy to give it a shot … I’ll need to think a little bit about how it will run. Looks like I have my next post topic cut out for me. LOL

Unless, somehow, you are thinking of another challenge that always runs on Thursdays? If so, let me know which one? Either here or use the contact form if you prefer.

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