Seasons of Art Challenge

Seasons of Art Challenge

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: April 2022   –   Revised: February 2024

Seasons of Art Challenge

4 Seasons

Every year brings four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter. Technically each season starts as the Sun crosses an equinox or solstice point in the year.

In the northern hemisphere spring occurs around March 21st, summer occurs around June 21st, autumn starts around September 21st and winter begins around December 21st.

In the southern hemisphere spring begins around September the 21st, summer begins about December the 21st, autumn begins near March 21st and went to begins near June 21st.

Note: Each year the dates may be slightly different, so for the purposes of this post I’m sticking with the 21st of each month. It just makes things easier.

Winter Solar Quarter

Winter is from December 21st for thirteen weeks until the Sun again crosses the equator at the equinox on March 21st. This means that winter contains just over thirteen weeks or around three months. But the three months period of a solar quarter is different to what we would normally call the fourth quarter or Q4.

Four Quarters

Time quarters refer to the four quarters found by dividing the year directly into four. Each quarter contains three months. The four quarters are:


  • Q1 contains January, February and March.
  • Q2 contains April, May and June.
  • Q3 contains June, July and August.
  • Q4 contains October November December.

These are the usual time quarters that are used for business. The seasons are different and start at specific dates in the year. They begin are around the 21st of March, June, September and December.


Season Months Alison Hazel Art

Natural Rhythms

I like the idea of aligning myself with the natural rhythms of the Sun much like phenology. I thought it would be a good idea to create the Seasons of Art challenge which will happen four times a year during each season. It’s up to you whether you do the full Four Seasons in any given year.

Season of Art: Winter

The first Season of Art kicked off in winter. Use the hashtag of #seasonsofartchallenge asthis avoids the winter is north and summer is south issue completely. December 21st, will align to the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and for those of you living South of the equator, it will be the beginning of summer.

Northern Hemisphere Centric

Because I am writing this from Vancouver, Canada in the northern hemisphere, I will refer to northern hemisphere seasons although I do respect the southern hemisphere folk as I did live in South Africa south of the equator, for most of my life. If this all sounds complicated, then I apologise. The point is to work with the natural seasons created by the Sun.

Wheel of The Year

The Wheel of the Year is a diagram that divides the year up in a natural way.

Solar Quarter Days

The division start with the two solstices and the two equinox divides the wheel of the year into four solar quarters. The four quarters are the Four Seasons. Each season begins as the Sun transits the equinox or solstice points.

Pagan Quarter Days

The pagan quarter days have special names.


  • March the 21st is known as Ostara.
  • June the 21st is known as Litha.
  • September the 21st is known as Mabon.
  • December 21st is known as Yule.

Cross Quarter Days

The cross-quarter days are the midpoints of each of the four quarters. Each of the solar quarters can again be divided by the midpoint day which is typically the first of the month’s February, May, August and November. In the Pagan world the cross-quarter days have special names some of which may be more familiar to you than others.

Pagan Cross Quarter Day Names

  • The first of February is Imbolc.
  • The first of May is Beltane.
  • The first of August is Lammas.
  • The first of November is Samhain, and this time is better known and celebrated on October 31st as Halloween.

Seasons of Art – 13 Weeks

Each quarter contains 13 weeks. The idea of Seasons of Art is to draw thirteen artworks in each season. Below are the thirteen prompts for each season upcominging. Even though each quarter may start at a different day in the week, I’m counting the weeks from Sundays.


Week one would be from the Sunday to the Saturday and then week two would start on the next Sunday. The reason I choose Sundays is because I believe it’s the first day of the week.

How to Win the Seasons of Art Challenge


Every Sunday draw a picture using the Seasons of Art prompt for that week.


Seasonal Prompts

You may start by just completing one season’s worth of artworks. Perhaps you will do the Winter or Summer season.



You can use your favorite medium like markers, pen and ink, colored, pencil watercolor, acrylics or oils etc. It’s up to you.



You have one week to complete each drawing, so there is no rush. Once you have completed the first season you can continue on and create 52 artworks for the year.



You win when you have completed the whole challenge and you have 52 artworks to be proud of. Good luck.



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Winter Prompts Page

Below is the Winter prompts page in my Seasons of Art Journal. I’ve written the prompts in the first quarter (or season) of the book. This will act as a reminder of what I was doing when I look at the journal in years to come.

Seasons of Art Challenge: Week 1: Silver

In this image I imagined the Moon to be silver and to have a silvery glow to the top side of the tree’s branches. I may still have to get out my actual silver inks to bring this one more to life.

Seasons of Art Challenge Winter:  Hibernate

Here I drew a grizzly bear hibernating in a cave through the cold winter months. I noted the proper name of Ursus Arctos as well. Who knew?


Seasons of Art Challenge Artworks

Below are some more of the artworks from the Seasons of Art Winter Challenge. Some are not quite finished yet but I though I’d add them anyway so you can see how far I’ve got.



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Tip: Southern Hemisphere

If you live south of the equator then switch the seasons so they make more sense. For southern hemisphere people please swop summer with winter and spring with autumn.

Seasons of Art: Full Year Challenge

Because the very first Sunday in the December winter season falls on a different day each year, it makes it that there is usually only one week in the first year. All the rest of the weeks for the winter season will be in the next year. This makes Seasons of Art a great art project to do for the whole of the year if you would like.

A Year of Art Prompts

In theory, you could do a full art journal for 52 weeks which is broken down into four seasons of the year. Alternatively, you may decide to do one season, perhaps the winter season, then skip spring, and go straight onto summer if you enjoyed doing the winter season.

Art Challenges

The big thing about art challenges is that they get you into the habit of doing art regularly. Whilst I like to do art daily, I can’t always manage it, but I know for sure that I can create art on a seven-day cycle, and this is where weekly art challenges come into their own.

Share Your Work #SeasonsOfArtChallenge

Use the hashtag #seasonsofartchallenge. Can you see it could be said as, “seasons o fart challenge?” Well, we can live with that. 🙂


Weekly Art Challenges

A weekly art challenges such as Seasons of Art where once a week you make a drawing in your sketchbook is ideal to keep an art practise going. Ideally you can have a dedicated sketchbook for your Seasons of Art for the Year.

If you are going to do the whole year then it makes sense to get a lovely sketchbook beforehand that has at least 52 pages in which you can do your drawings. This type of weekly project can result in you creating a huge memento or even heirloom art book showcasing the type of art you created during this year.

Other Artworks

Now of course you will be doing other artworks on the side. For example, I will be working on my other journals such as my perpetual nature journal. Also, I’ll be doing other work in my grimoire, but the point is that if I have a dedicated Seasons of Art journal it will end up being a delightful reminder of the type of art and the technical skills and media interests that I had during this year.

Looking back, I can reflect upon how revised my approach, developed, or pivoted, my art direction that year. Join us.

Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Read more about Alison’s story.

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AHAtober – Inktober for Self-care

AHAtober – Inktober for Self-care

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: December 2021   –   Revised: January 2024


Inktober is an art movement devised by Jake Parker way back in 2009. To do Inktober you draw one ink artwork for every day of October.  At the end you have thirty-one artworks.

Inktober Prompts

Each year the official Inktober prompts are published which you can follow. Many artists and creators devise their own prompts depending on the type of art or interests they have.

For instance, there is the Starztober challenge for astrologers.

The Inktober artworks are drawn in ink thus it is called Inktober and not Paintober. Many artists take up the challenge, post their work and process drawings on their social channels.

The Inktober Challenge

Inktober is a challenge you take with yourself. The task to create one ink drawing every day for the month of October. To win Inktober is to complete thirty-one drawings in the tenth month.

Many people start Inktober, but not everybody completes it, and I can attest to this. Inktober is not a competition against other people, but rather it is a contest with yourself.

The question is, “Are you able to create one new ink drawing every day for thirty-one days?” That is the challenge of Inktober.

When you complete all thirty-one drawings before the month has ended you win Inktober.

Inktober Winner

See how one artists won Inktober. I was fortunate to interview an artist who did AHAtober for the first time and completed all the artworks. Check out her story here.


Previous Inktober Years

I’ve started Inktober before, but I’ve never completed. I believe that this year I will get there. I’m more of an artist than ever before so I am up for the challenge.

AHAtober Prompts

If you want to be traditional you can find this year’s official Inktober prompts here.

As an aspiring artist, I have created my own Inktober prompts this year and they are all related to self-care. I plan to use my Inktober drawings as the basis of a coloring book which I plan to publish next year.

This year my personal Alison Hazel Art Inktober theme is around supporting mental health, mindfulness and neurographic topics like rest, reflection and the work/life balance. I feel these are the topics I mainly focus on in my art practice and I want to share them with you.

Inktober Journal

I have a new journal dedicated to Inktober this year it is a Stillman and Birn Nova Series sketchbook with toned paper. The size is 3 ½ by 5 ½ inches or 9cm by 14cm. Note that this is a pocket sized notebook.

I believe this will help me complete Inktober because I only have to draw a small artwork. It has over 60 pages which is more than the 31 pages I need for one page per day.

I usually only draw on the right-hand page and leave the left side empty as it is the back of the previous artwork.

Cover Page

Below is my inside cover page. It is clearly written AHAtober, Inktober for Self-care. So now when I look back at this journal in years to come I will immediately be reminded what it was all about.

AHAtober journal cover page

Prompts Two-Page Spread

On the next full two-page spread I’ve written the full list of AHAtober prompts. I have the 1st to the 16th or October on the left-hand page column and the 17th to the 31st on the right-hand page column.

This way when I’m out and about with my AHAtober journal I can see the day’s prompts and get right on drawing the artwork. I plan to start these sketches early in the day. I may be at a coffee shop or on my lunch break and I have no reason not to at least draft the outlines.


AHAtober 2022 prompts list

Drawing Inks and Supplies

I recently started working with colored inks and I plan to use this medium in my Inktober challenge this year.

The art supplies I’ll be using are:

Art supplies

My Art Style and Process

As with most of my pen and ink drawings, I plan to start with a pencil sketch. I’ll also have a border typically 1cm or half an inch wide. Then I’ll do the black pen outline. Next, I’ll add colored inks either with a pen or with a paintbrush.

Inktober Strategy

My strategy for Inktober for this year is as follows:

  • I hope to win at Inktober.
  • I plan to only compete with myself.
  • I will draw every day.
  • I propose to learn more about how to work with inks.


Aspiring Artist Activity

Gather your Inktober sketchbook, pens and ink and please do the following:

Inktober Prompts

  • Decide whether to use the official Inktober prompts, my Inktober prompts or create your own Inktober prompts.

Inktober Journal Setup

  • On the first page write your name.
  • Write the year.
  • On the second page write the prompts list. This may flow over to two pages.
  • On October 1st, start your first drawing perhaps on the right-hand page.
  • Keep going inking every day and complete the challenge.


  • If you are comfortable, share your artworks with the hashtags #inktober or with my hashtag #AHAtober.

AHAtober Artworks

Below are some of the AHAtober artworks from you and me. Tag me on your drawings and I’ll add them below.

AHAtober Diary

October 11th

I managed to get the first 9 drawings done on time, but since day 10, I’m now officially running behind. I hope to catch up three days worth of artwork later on today. To do a daily art challenge is exactly that – a challenge.


Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Read more about Alison’s story.

Send Alison a quick message.

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