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Illustration Friday – Proverb

This week’s topic over at Illustration Friday is “Proverb”.

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?

From Little Acorns - Original Watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder - Original watercolor painting by Kirsten Bailey
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Where You are Planted - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
Bloom Where You are Planted
Spice of Life - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
Variety is the Spice of Life
Sunshine and Rainbows - original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey
It Takes Both Rain and Sunshine to Make Rainbows

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)!

10 thoughts on “Illustration Friday – Proverb

  1. Wow, you were on a roll with these, they are fantastic! I honestly can’t decide which is my favourite.. you should definitely do a calendar!

  2. Hi Kirsten, inspiring pieces! I wish I’m as productive as you… I think you should definitely take up poppylocke’s suggestion! Thanks for visiting my site 🙂

  3. I´ll say you are on a roll!….wow,,,,I love it!! Wonderful clean color and I like all the proverbs…you have to do a calendar. I just posted a second proverb to IF too. I love this theme this week.
    You have inspired me to post a few more of mine too:)

  4. Hi thanks for the nice comment on my site! I love your style, I relate to it.
    I think a calendar of proverbs is a great idea. let me know if you market it, it might be nice to have a daily/monthly positive engery reminder about.

    Best to you!

  5. These are lovely and I can envision them in a calendar. You are very brave trying that ink at the end of the project…

  6. How lovely! I love those old-fashioned pens. The quote about acorns and trees is one of my favorites. Great job this week!!


  7. Beautiful! I love how pretty colours flow. Very natural and peaceful!!

  8. What a wonderful series of proverbs! I loved this IF topic because everyone have taken on a different proverb to illustrate!

    Great work!

  9. Thanks everyone! I enjoyed painting these 🙂

    Gina that’s what I’ve loved looking at everyone’s responses to this topic. There’s a few great proverbs people have chosen that I thought about doing but couldn’t think of a good idea for – everyone has come up with such great things!

  10. Great one Bailey~~
    I especially loves the last one, the rainbow color flowers~
    they are so pretty~

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