Ode to Women – theme 2: Women Artists

Hello dear artists! Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you enjoyed the first week and ready for the next one!

If you didn’t have a chance to start/finish all the portraits from previous theme don’t worry, jump right in!

You will enjoy this challenge the most if you have some experience to draw/paint faces. On our website you can find great selection of affordable instructional classes. Right now we have on sale amazing portrait classPainting With Rainbow” – use coupon code “WOMEN‘ to get 30% off .

The goal of this journey is not to create masterpieces, but rather to practice, and to complete 30 portraits by March 8th.

I would suggest you spend 30 minutes per portrait using provided photo references below, but you can do it longer or shorter. Please feel free to use any art supplies you are comfortable with.

Go ahead and show your efforts in our FB group album, we are excited to see what you have created!

Please follow Art Challenges on Instagram, tag and hashtag #AnOdeTo WomenChallenge to see what others are creating. When time permitting I will share a few works from this hashtag on our profile.

Woman Artists

For this theme we prepared for you 8 references with inspirational slideshows or videos Enjoy!


Women in art have been faced with challenges due to gender biases in the mainstream fine art world. They have often encountered difficulties in training, travelling and trading their work, as well as gaining recognition.

Reference: 8/30

This challenge was prepared for you by our guest artist Lee Anne Hahn-Washburn (https://www.facebook.com/leeanne.hahnwashburn )

Carmen Mondragon ‘One of the most beautiful and transgressive women of her time’. Mexican painter, poet and women’s activist was born in Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico. She died in the home of her birth, Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico aged 85. 

Mondragón’s paintings incorporate elements such as a flattened perspective, the inclusion of vibrant colors, a focus on quotidian themes, and the employment of an instinctual style that flows from an untrained, yet skilled, hand. Mondragón herself characterized her painting as intuitive. Among the most powerful of Mondragón’s pieces are the ones in which she captured herself on canvas. A striking beauty, her luminous green eyes were the focal point of her face.

Reference: 9/30

This challenge was prepared for you by our guest artist Melinda Lincoln-Napoletano ( https://www.pinterest.com/racham1/melinda-napoletanos-artwork/)

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. She dreamt of being a doctor. She was stricken by tragedy. She was in love with artist Diego Rivera, and then some. She is a style icon. She rarely cracked a smile. She was born & died in the Casa Azul.

Reference: 10/30

This challenge was prepared for you by our guest artist Wanda Abbing ( https://www.instagram.com)

“Georgia Totto O’Keeffe was an American artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the “Mother of American modernism”. Wikipedia

Reference: 11/30

This challenge was prepared for you by our guest artist Jeanne Elliott ( https://www.facebook.com/jeanne.elliott.100/ )

One more Georgia O’Keeffe!

  • She was deeply interested in the natural world.
  • O’Keeffe married the art dealer and photographer who propelled her to fame.
  • Her marriage was marked with affairs.
  • O’Keeffe’s most famous works were her flower still-lifes.
  • She never stopped creating.
  • She always wanted to be an artist since she was a child.
  • She loved to draw nature from the backseat of a Model-A Ford.
  • She created more than 200 paintings of flowers.
  • She was 98 years old when she passed away.

Reference: 12/30

This challenge was prepared for you by our guest artist Lee Anne Hahn-Washburn (https://www.facebook.com/leeanne.hahnwashburn )

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. As a child during that tumultuous period, Kusama’s family relied on pumpkins to feed them, having grown fields of pumpkins in their nursery. Representing comfort and security to the artist, their “solid spiritual balance” appeal to her. The artist has since presented a new technique to her depiction of pumpkins by using mosaic tiles to cover large pumpkin sculptures. You can also go inside a new pumpkin infinity room surrounded by yellow and black dots.

Reference: 13/30

The rest of the challenges were prepared for you by our guest artist Deborah Thoden ( https://www.facebook.com/DeborahThoden )

Amrita Sher-Gil was a Hungarian-Indian painter. She has been called “one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century” and a “pioneer” in modern Indian art. Drawn to painting from an early age, Sher-Gil started getting formal lessons in the art, at the age of eight. -Wikipedia

Supplies: Mixed media paper, Watercolor Colored pencil, White gel pen

Reference: 14/30

This painting is by Francois Gilot. She lived with Picasso for 10 years and is Paloma Picasso’s mother. She was an artist and had gallery shows before she met Picasso in 1943. She was 21, he was 61! She is still alive, still painting, living in NYC, and turns 100 this November!!

We are going to study her painting!

We are almost half through! Keep going!

Reference: 15/30

Tamara Łempicka, better known as Tamara de Lempicka, was a Polish painter who spent her working life in France and the United States. She is best known for her polished Art Deco portraits of aristocrats and the wealthy, and for her highly stylized paintings of nudes.

She discovered her artistic passion and skill at the age of 12. Lempicka had sat for a famous painter, but hated the resulting portrait, and believed she could do a better job. Thus she created her first painting ever, a portrait of her younger sister Adrienne, with which she was extremely pleased. Lempicka lived a life of luxury from childhood. Not only was she born into a wealthy family, her second husband was Baron Kuffner, a wealthy Hungarian baron who had been her patron and lover. 


If you didn’t sign up for An Ode to Women newsletter yet – please follow this link to join: https://olgafurmanart.com/an-ode-to-women-daily-portrait-challenge/

Big hugs and much love