I’ve been enjoying doing some paintings with lots of little details lately. The first is one I started a LONG time ago, but only finished recently, entitled ‘Growth’. This painting includes lots of little details, including some embroidered elements, which is a first for me.
The next two paintings were both inspired by ocean waves. One was done primarily with watercolours, with some ink drawing done afterwards. The other was inspired by zentangles, and I did the patterened sections with a sharpie first before adding the colour with watercolours later.
I’m not sure which one I like best yet, but I’m leaning towards the last one – what are your thoughts?
So I haven’t posted here in a while, for a lot of reasons – I haven’t had much time for creating since I had my kids, and I’ve had even less time for the more tedious aspect to having an art business: promotion. I’ve completed a few paintings since I last posted, but just didn’t get around to putting them up here. I’m also hoping for a long-overdue overhaul of this website, but I’ve decided not to wait until that’s done before I start getting organised again.
My latest painting is called DFTBA, and I think it’s very fitting that this is the beginning of my creative revival. I hope you like it!
I slacked off last week and didn’t post anything for the “dessert” topic, but I’ve definitely made up for it this week! (Actually I did create something for the dessert theme but wasn’t happy with it so didn’t post it.)
I went a little nuts with this theme, and created not one but 5 paintings! I’m thinking of doing a few more and making a calendar of proverb paintings. What do you think?
I hand-wrote the proverbs onto the paintings after the paint had dried, using black ink and a calligraphy pen – one of the old fashioned ones that you dip in the ink. I was very relieved not to have any major ink-blot mishaps on the paintings (although I got lots of ink on my fingers)!
I know it’s not quite Friday yet, but I thought I’d post my Friday Favourites now as I don’t know if I’ll get a chance tomorrow.
This week’s selection is inspired by this painting:
It’s actually stinking hot here right now, so I’m a little envious of my northern-hemisphere friends and their white winters 🙂 To get me into a cooler frame of mind, I’m featuring beautiful items in blue, white and silver.
You may have noticed that I am very taken with swirls, and they feature heavily in my artwork. Bearing that in mind, I’m sure it isn’t difficult to guess what caught my eye about this beautiful necklace, titled “Romantic Getaway” by Beach Glass Gone Wild!
Last, but most definitely not least, is this stunning card featuring artwork titled “Buckwheat Branches” by IsabellaFlora. The card is blank inside so it could be given for any occasion – it’s just beautiful!
We put our Christmas tree up this weekend, and I’ve started thinking about Christmas cards.
Last year I painted a Christmas picture and used the image to make my cards:
I’ve finally gotten around to painting something for this year’s cards. Its a bit different to last years, but I hope people will like it all the same. I’m going to get the prints made up sometime tomorrow and I’ll post a picture of the cards when I’ve made them.
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already done so!
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an Inspire Me Thursday challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed this one:
This week, let’s try something a little different. Let’s all download Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière and use her somehow in a piece of art. You can cut, collage, paint, decoupage, whatever your heart desires as long as you use some part of this image in your art.
The portrait of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière is a painting by the French Neoclassical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, now in the Louvre. [more information here]
My interpretation of this challenge was to create a watercolour painting/collage with one of my signature style backgrounds. I also gave her a bit of a wardrobe update and a bit of extra lippy. I’ve titled this one “Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere Dreams of Love on a Starry Night”.
If you’d like to buy this painting, it is available at my etsy store.
I have joined Etsy so I will have another outlet to sell my art – with unintended side effects! I am really addicted to buying stuff on Etsy now. It’s a fantastic website, so please check out my etsy shop. I will be selling some handpainted jewellery there very soon.
In other news, I am currently working on a piece for a commission. I will upload pictures as soon as it is finished, but I am really excited about this one 🙂
This week’s topic over at Inspire Me Thursday is Moon. I immediately knew what I was going to paint (although the finished product varied slightly from what I had in my head, as is often the case).
I have titled this work “Tipped with Silver”. It doesn’t show up too well in this picture, but the edges of the tree branches have been given a very thin silver outline.
This Sunday was my first visit to the Springfield Lakes Art Group, and I had a great time! This week Sally Harrison came along to teach us all some techniques, and our focus was colour mixing. We were given a strip of paper from a famous painting, and our task was to try to make the strip “disappear” by matching the colours. I found it very challenging! My strip of paper was from a painting by Camille Pissarro, although I’m not sure which painting it was. This is what I came up with:
I had a lovely time and learned a thing or two. Many thanks to everyone at the Springfield Lakes Art Group, and especially to Sally Harrison – you can check out her beautiful artwork here.