Monthly Art Prompts - January 2024


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Create some art that is inspired by any of this month's prompts. Let your imagination soar. Turn on your creative juices.

All media and styles are welcome (drawing, painting, digital, photography, sculpture, multi-media, representational, abstract, etc.). It can be something done quickly, a finished work of art or anything in between. It can be created from your imagination, from life or a photo reference. If you use a photo reference, please make sure it has no applicable copyright restrictions.

Here are the prompts for January. Have fun interpreting them.


Post your finished (or unfinished) art in this thread. Post any time during the month, as many times as you would like.

Tell us a little about the work if you so desire. For example, you could include the medium you used, where you got your inspiration or how long it took. When you post, it's always nice to "like" or comment on posts made earlier in the thread by other artists. We all like acknowledgement of our work!

For help in finding reference images online, click on the link: Tutorial: How to Find Copyright-Free Reference Images.
If you have copyright-free images that go along with the prompts that you would like to share, you can post them in this thread for others to use.

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Fluffy: Cat-tails that have gone to fluff in a roadside bog. Digital photo, Nikon single lens reflex...

This is an underpainting.. there is a crane near the edge of the mushroom. Ha ha sorry for such little crane and w.i.p. I am spray painting and applying acrylic to this.. it won’t look the same..

48”x36” (I believe)
Watercolor Underpainting

Off to a good start MH. It will be interesting to see how it changes as you add the layers.
MH, almost a scavenger hunt! Made me smile.

Zen, ohhh, love the pair of "cranes" with the huge flag! Your sketch is great!
Zen - great photography, nice fluffy plants and I love the fire trucks! Nice ink lines on the crane (bird) too.

Jo - love both of your cranes - the machines fascinate me.

Joe - really good, the fur on the sheep is excellent.

MH - lots to look at here! I'd be interested to see what you do with this.
Hello Loulou, welcome to the forums 👋

Thanks for sharing some of your work! It's a very pretty orchid, and good confident lines. 🙂
Here's an orchid. Same paper / paints as before, from a photo I took last year. It's a northern marsh orchid, they grow in the road verges and in people's lawns here. They are much prettier than this (I did this too quickly and didn't do it justice). I will try this one again at a later date and take more time over it.