March Instagram Challenge

I am super excited to announce something special for March. Once again, I will be cohosting another month-long creative challenge on Instagram with the amazing Esté MacLeod !!

#coloricombo 1-31 March

How to take part in this month long challenge

Prompts are shared every third day. Use them to create art in your own style with a light and dark colour added for contrast. (Florals could be a great theme for some or all of your pieces… see info about Hudson Valley Seed Co. below.) 

If you’d like to be considered for any of the prizes below, in addition to #coloricombo please also tag #coloriflori so we can find your work.

Meet our first collaborator

The Hudson Valley Seed Co is known for their catalog of organic and open pollinated vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. Since 2009 HVSC has been creating a collection of twelve ‘Art Packs’ each year – special seed packs that are illustrated by artists who help tell the story of each seed.

HVSC asked Esté to illustrate one of their 2023 seed packs and the search is on for eleven more artists to illustrate their next Art Pack collection. 

There is more!

The Hudson Valley Seed Co will also choose three artists participating in #coloricombo to be featured in a limited-edition collection of Dahlia-themed note cards alongside a work of art by Esté MacLeod.

How to Participate

Create floral art with this month’s #coloricombo colours as inspiration. 

Note cards:To be considered for the note card set visit the Hudson Valley Seed Co’s Dahlia Collection and use the blooms as inspiration for your submissions. The three selected artists will receive $200, a set of notecards, and their name on the notecard and website.

Seed pack art: If selected, each of the eleven artists will be offered a paid commission to create an original work of art based on one of the new 2023 varieties. See HVSC’s website for relevant T&Cs.

Meet our second collaborator, Jo Packham of Where Women Create

Jo is the creator/Editor-in-Chief of best-selling magazines: WHERE WOMEN CREATE — Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women, WHERE WOMEN COOK – The Heart & Soul of Cooking, WHERE WOMEN WORK, A Passion for Success; and her newest publication: WHAT WOMEN CREATE, Inspiration for Your Imagination. Jo has been a leading innovator in the handmade publishing market for more than 35 years.

We are so happy to be working with Jo who will be scouting the #coloricombo and #coloriflori hashtags to find an artist to feature in an issue of Where Women Create or What Women Create Magazine.

Our third collaborator, Margo Tantau

Margo describes herself as a creative connector, counsellor, curator, collector and collaborator. We are excited about this idea Margo proposed: would you like to see your art on a scarf? Margo will be looking to commission four artists to create flower themed bandana scarves. When you participate in the March Coloricombo make sure to tag #coloricombo and #coloriflori so we can easily find your posts on Instagram. 

Este will be doing a live workshop session on 19 March with Margo. You can read more about it here.

How the prompts were curated

Ten female artists will be featured in prompts every three days. The prompts will consist of three colours found in floral themed artworks by these artists. We are also very excited to be collaborating with three dynamic businesses that will be awarding prizes to participants of this Instagram challenge: Hudson Valley Farm, Where Women Create and Margo Tantau are part of this event. See details above.

To kick off the month of March, we are starting with this artwork by still life by artist Mary Fedden.

‘Red and White’ Mary Fedden Oil on Board – 1961

Mary Fedden 1915-2012 was a British artist known for her bold and colourful still life paintings. She was the first female painting tutor at the Royal College of Art and David Hockney was one of her students. You can read more about her eventful long life here.

Colour Combination

This prompt’s colours are Rose Pink, Carmine and Warm Brown.

Create with the limited colours as shown, combine them with a dark colour like black, a light colour such as white or other neutral colours. Doing this helps to keep the focus on the specific colour prompt selection.

Share what you create on Instagram with the hashtags #coloricombo and if you would like to take part in the competition below also tag #coloriflori (see info above.)

You can also post in the private Creative Prompts with Esté MacLeod Facebook group.

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