Winter 2018/2019 - Free Choice > Closed


February - category Portrait/Figure, challenge: ‘People at work. > Closed

We want one or several figures (half or full, no head portrait) working.

March - category Landscape, challenge: ‘Landscape with artifact’.> Closed

We want a landscape - including coastal, but no pure seascape or cityscape - which includes a human artifact; that could be a building like a church, a bridge, a ruin, a lighthouse, but also a man-made object like a car, a tractor, a garden chair etc. The landscape MUST dominate in your painting and the object must stay an element of your composition, and not be the main feature.

Aprilcategory Animal, challenge: ‘Birds on water.> deadline 25.April 2019. > Closed

That means water fowl actually swimming, drifting, diving. Birds preening, stalking prey, landing or starting off are also permissible, but there has to be contact with the water! 

Maycategory Still Life, challenge: ‘Doors or gates.> deadline 25. May 2019 > Closed

The door or gate has to be the main feature, not the building it is part of. A partial view of a door is allowed as long as the door itself is clearly visible (no portrait of a door handle or keyhole, please).

June - category portrait/figure, challenge: ‘Portrait with head cover and/or glasses.> deadline 25.June 2019> Closed

That includes hats, caps, work helmets or a hijab or headscarf. No full figure, please, this is a portrait challenge.

July/AugustFree choice > deadline 25.August 2019

Septembercategory Landscape, challenge: ‘Beginning or end of day'.> deadline 25.September 2019

We want to see a morning or evening scene. Pay attention to the specific colour of light at that time of day, and the position of the sun! Think of long shadows or sunrise and sunset.

Octobercategory Animal, challenge: ’Mother and child. > 25.October 2019

You are free to choose the species you like, but the painting has to include both the mother and her offspring.

November category Still Life, challenge: ’Prepared food or drink.> deadline 25.November 2019

Please no fruit or veggie still life showing apples, turnips, pumpkins etc. in their original state.

December 19/January2020Free choice > deadline 25.January 2010

If you don‘t know what to paint, why not check out the reference photos in our 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.



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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 to the secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) once their decision is made. The associated comments can be sent at a later date, no later than the 10th of the following month.

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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