In 2020 we want to introduce a new kind of Free Choice Get Dusty. We are giving you a specific challenge, but you can choose the category. 

If you don‘t know what to paint, why not check out the reference photos in our Reference Photo Library? This is a collection of free reference photos from members for members. Or upload some of your photos for the benefit of others.

December 19/January 2020 Free choice- Closed!

Deadline January, 25, 2020


February 2020 - category: Portrait/Figure - challenge: A person dreaming or sleeping- Closed

Deadline February, 25, 2020

Can be a full/half figure or a portrait. No depiction of dreams, please!


March 2020 - category: Landscape - challenge: Skyscape-Closed

Deadline March, 25, 2020

The sky should take up more than 50% of the painting, it should be the main subject.


April 2020 - category: Animal - challenge: Black and White-Closed

Deadline April, 25, 2020

Any animals, which are black AND/OR white such as zebras, magpies, dalmatians, polar bears, arctic foxes, black bears etc.

May 2020 - category: Still Life/Florals - challenge: Spring Flowers-Closed

Deadline May, 25, 2020

Either flowers en plein air or in a bouquet; closeups of single blossoms are also allowed.


June 2020 - category: Portrait/Figure - challenge: In the kitchen- Closed

Deadline June, 25, 2020

A full or half figure of someone preparing a meal, chopping, cooking - or eating!


July/August 2020 - Free Choice - Window scenes- Closed

Deadline August, 25, 2020

You are free to choose the category: Light falling through windows into a room, scenes seen from a window, people or animals looking through windows, shop windows, a few objects, a flower pot or a vase of flowers on a window sill etc. Important: The window has to be part of your composition!

September 2020 - category: Landscape - challenge: Mountains- Closed

Deadline September, 25, 2020

A mountanious landscape as the main subject; it should take up at least half of the painting. 

October 2020 - category: Animal - challenge: Close up/ Details

Deadline October, 25, 2020

Paws, eyes, horns, feathers, fish scales etc.


November 2020 - category: Still Life - challenge: Objects which surround you

Deadline October, 25, 2020

 Things in your flat, house, studio, workshed, workplace etc.

December 2020/January 2021 - Free Choice - Blue

Deadline January, 25, 2021

You are free to choose the category (Still life/Floral, Landscape, Animal, Portrait/Figure), as long as your painting is about the colour 'Blue'.




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Get Dusty Information Sheet for Guest Judges

Each Get Dusty competition closes on the 25th of the month it runs.

The gallery can be reached through the PGE home page. Until the 26th, the current competition entries can be viewed by clicking on the link in the left-hand column under ‘Latest Get Dusties’. To see the entries in a bigger format, just click on the thumbnails.

Until the 27th, a member of the board deletes any entries that do not comply with the competition rules.

On the 28th, the guest judge can commence judging by viewing the entries online. As this competition is now closed, you have to go to ‘Main Menu’ in the right-hand column to see it. Click on– Get Dusty Competition- (Year)-(Month-category-challenge)’.

The guest judge is asked to email the results and the associated comments to the secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) once their decision is made. 

The judge is asked to select the following:

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

Honourable mentions (HM):

8 or 9 entries, one HM

10 or 11 entries, two HM

12 or more, three HM

Although every participant can enter two paintings, only one of them may place.

If there is to be any variation to the closure date for any of the competitions, such as Summer or Winter competitions, which generally run for two months, the judge will be informed accordingly.

Clarification on any of the above may be obtained by contacting the secretary or any other member of the board.

Checklist for Get Dusty entries:

•Artistic merit/originality - is the choice of subject matter and/or approach (within the given theme) original?

•Drawing - does the artwork show sound drawing skills?

•Pastel Technique - does the pastel technique used suit the subject chosen?

•Composition - is it a good composition?

•Tone/Value - are the values good?

•Colour - is the use of colour effective for the subject chosen?

•Edges – has the artist used a good variety of edges, and where appropriate?


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