For the fourth Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Victoria Zegarelli and Halley Fortenberry will face off to see who has a chance to stay in the competition. CND’s Jan Arnold will select her favorite look Friday and you’ll find out who will remain for at least one more week.



All Last Chance challenges are done on a single nail tip. Contestants are also asked to describe their looks. There are no other elements to this battle.


Since Halley packed her paintbrushes after the Sky’s the Limit challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.


Country Living: Hand paint a rustic country scene to get away from city living.


Here are the looks they created:



Victoria Zegarelli

It’s that time of year again!  Many Manhattanites flee the big city living to find solace on Long Island’s vineyards every weekend in the fall.  Long Island Wine Country is located on Suffolk County’s North and South Forks and it is the third largest wine growing region in America. When you want to de-stress and enjoy the colors of autumn, you will find more than three dozen wineries open for tasting and tours during the harvest season. Many of these vineyards feature entertainment, ranging from food pairings and musical guests to cellar tours and cabaret afternoons. You’ll also find distilleries and breweries serving local cuisine. This season it is estimated that 1.5 million visitors will enjoy our Long Island Wine Country so why not join them for the beautiful views? Cheers!



Halley Fortenberry

When I read the challenge, I thought to myself, if I were to live in the countryside, what would I want it to look like? So I got to painting. I started by sponging on a gradient effect for the sunset, and painting in hills to create depth. I then feathered in some dark evergreens to make the section give off a “far away” effect. Since I absolutely adore birch trees for their uncommon white bark, I threw a few of those in and used a “dabbing” technique with a stiff dry brush with orange and yellow to create fall leaves. Then I began depicting a pumpkin patch, because what is the countryside and fall without pumpkins?


When it comes to something being rustic, it is closely associated with the concept of everyday items being “unsophisticated.” For example, instead of cooking your food on a flat heat induction stove top, you’d opt for a good ol’ kettle over a fire pit, held up by slingshot-shaped sticks. Or instead of flicking on the light switch to the porch, which is powered by surging electricity from a power line, you’d just light a candle and stick it inside a hanging lantern outside of your log cabin. Since I chose to depict my scene at dusk, a majority of the nail is fairly dark. So for contrast, along with the heavenly sunset and migrating birds, I finished the nail off with a glimpse of a crystal clear creek and emerging cattails. I was obsessed with drawing cattails when I was little, so it was perfect for me. Welcome to the countryside, where we’re all about southern hospitality!




Congratulations to Victoria Zegarelli for once again winning CND’s Last Chance Design Lab challenge! Victoria went up against Halley Fortenberry to hand paint a rustic country scene on a single nail tip. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.


Jan said, “I did not know this about New York!  Being a Californian, I believed Napa to be the largest and most visited wine area in the U.S. I feel so enlightened and your painting got me in the mood to visit this beautiful place sometime soon.”


This means Victoria will move on to compete against the next eliminated contestant. Find out Friday who that will be.