Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Monochrome


For this installment of our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge, we chose the theme of the Monochrome color.  

Monochrome[1] describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color.[2] A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues. Images using only shades of grey (with or without black or white) are called grayscale or black-and-white. ~ From Wikipedia.

Monochromatic Painting

Did you know there was a school of monochrome art known as Monochromatic Painting ? Yup…

“The rise (and eventual dominance) of abstract art in the 20th century ushered in an era of what is called monochromatic painting. Pioneered by Kasimir Malevich, by the second half of the century, the style reached its pinnacle, within abstract art movements like Color Field paintingMinimalism, and in the works of individual artists such as Yves Klein and Ad Reinhardt.” ~ From Artsy.

Here are some of the notable artists practicing monochromatic techniques: Kasimir Severinovich MalevichRobert RymanYves KleinAgostino BonalumiEttore SpallettiMarcia HafifMichel ParmentierSteven ParrinoTuri SimetiChung Sang-Hwa

Our Team’s Interpretations

First, a little art history inspiration from Jenny Davies Reazor, who is on the road this week; from the National Gallery in Washington DC…

Jenny Davies Reazor: This week my monochromatic offering is art from the National Gallery in DC. Picasso and 2 OKeefes.


Creations from the team…

Cathy Spivey Mendoza: My monochromatic piece is my new daily stitching piece. Shades of white/sand.

Cathy Spivey Mendoza

Cathy Spivey Mendoza

Susan Kennedy: Monochrome berry!

Susan Kennedy

Karen Totten: From sketches I did a couple of years ago… Log with leaves. iPad painting with real paint brush and stylus.

Karen Totten: From sketches I did a couple of years ago… Small branch. iPad painting with real paint brush and stylus.

Karen Totten: Leaf. From sketches I did a couple of years ago… iPad painting with real paint brush and stylus.

Karen Totten – From sketches I did a couple of years ago… “Distant Mountains” – iPad painting using a real paintbrush and a stylus.

Cooky Schock: Found this top of a sea shell on Catalina Island. It’s thick & dense with a natural passage for the cord I made. Busy week & I didn’t think I could get anything done for this challenge but I did!

Caroline Dewison: Not sure if this counts as proper monochrome, but here’s my effort… mushrooms!

Laney Mead: a few doodles from me in monochrome.

Laney Mead

Laney Mead





Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
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