Fall Challenge - September, October & November

Updated: Sep 7, 2021

This is an SRAL Members Only event.

Our Fall SRAL Art Challenge Theme for September, October & November is - Seasons.

For the Fall Challenge we are providing the theme now, September 1st. However, we will not begin accepting submissions until October 15th. The submission form and password will be available in the SRAL eBlast beginning October 13, 2021 through the November 24, 2021 eBlast. The entry deadline is November 30, 2021.

Once challenge submissions are accepted, entries will be viewable on the SRAL website by clicking on the Galleries menu (Fall Challenge button after October 15th.)

Basic Rules:

  • Two (2) paintings from each artist will be accepted during the challenge period

  • Use the submission link and password provided in the SRAL weekly eBlast - no email submissions, please

  • One entry per submission form, two paintings - two submission forms

  • Please submit the painting image only - mats and frame will be cropped out

  • Paintings can be submitted from October 15th at 8am until November 30th at 5pm.

  • Submission should adhere to the spirit of the challenge - stick to the theme

  • The theme of the challenge should be an IMPORTANT part of your painting, requiring thought and planning

  • Paintings submitted for the challenge need to be painted AFTER the challenge is posted

  • No looking through your archive of finished paintings to "fit" the challenge theme

  • Honor copyright rules - when in doubt use your own references, paint from life, or use your own imaginative compositions

  • Submissions will be uploaded to the challenge gallery on the SRAL website (Galleries menu item) every few days up to a week, depending on the number of entries

  • Paintings in the challenges are welcome in SRAL exhibitions provided they follow the criteria for SRAL exhibitions

"Haystacks: Autumn"

ca. 1874

Jean-François Millet


Landscape of a Season?

Seasonal Still Life?

"Still-Life with a Watermelon and Pomegranates"


Paul Cézanne French

Or maybe you paint an abstract to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" ? Or using seasonal colors?

How about thinking of the seasons of your life? We all have many "seasons" to choose from.

What other "take" on Seasons can you think of?


Paintings are from The Metropolitan Museum's Open Access Collection

Photos are from:

Leaves Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash

Salt and Pepper Photo by Lachlan on Unsplash

Images in this blog post are NOT intended as reference photos, only as inspiration on how to interpret the theme of SEASONS. Be creative, design your own composition.

Happy Painting!

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