Friday, April 15, 2011

Paint Party Friday!

I can't believe that it's Friday, again.  This week has flown by.  I've managed to fit a lot into this week and I've managed to paint almost every day.  I can't tell you how good that feels.  First I worked with acrylics, painting backgrounds.





There's something so calming about painting backgrounds.  I turn up the music and paint, paint, paint.

Those paintings are still works in progress.  I'm not really sure what to do next with this one:






I might go over the blossoms with some white so they don't blend into the background so much.  But I think it needs something else, too.

On this one I experimented using oil pastels to draw in the moon and the birds.






I also drew some flowers, but didn't like how they turned out (that blur in the bottom right corner).  I rubbed them away and am trying to figure out what should go there.

Finally, I am attempting my first collage:






It will be another tree.  The leaves were cut from a seed catalog.

Yesterday I brought out my watercolors again.  I wanted to paint my Sharry Baby Oncidium, even though it's not yet blooming.  There was something about the leaves that I wanted to try to capture.  It's a funny thing, I've been looking at all the plants around here (and believe me, there are a lot of them), thinking about how I'd paint them.






The sketch itself was a challenge for me.  You know that I'm not very confident in my drawing ability.  I wondered if I'd bitten off more than I could chew.  But I didn't give up.

There were two things that I tried to focus on while working on my watercolors yesterday.  The first was that I would work carefully in sections so that the paint would not bleed from one area to another.  The second was that I would not overwork any of the sections.  I tried to let things be as much as possible.






I moved from one project to another as I let areas of paint dry.  When I brought home my purple oxalis, I knew I wanted to paint it, so that was the second painting I worked on yesterday.






I'm very happy with how both of them turned out.  Of course, there are things that I don't like about them and things that I would do differently next time, but I am not going to dwell much on that, other than learning from this experience as I've learned from each painting that I've done. 

I put the finishing touches on them this morning and they really do make me happy.






It was a joy to paint them and it's a joy to see them finished, flaws and all.






Now I'm off to join the party and see what everyone else has been up to!

35 comments:

  1. Excellent work. Love the watercolor. Thanks for sharing your PPF and Happy PPF to you.

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  2. Anne, you HAVE been busy! LOVE the acrylic with the black birds and the blossoms! I really like the drips you had going down the canvas. I hope you'll show the finished version of ALL of those!

    Your watercolor work continues to amaze. Just gorgeous! I especially love the purple oxalis. The color in that is so beautiful.

    Great works, all of these!!

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  3. Painting every day... I am so jealous. Your work is lovely, thanks for sharing it all with us. I love the softness of your watercolours.

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  4. wowzer, firstly because of how much you have been able to achieve this week and secondly..those watercolours are beautiful!! the colours and their gentle hues are just delightful! :) Please don't doubt your abilities!!! (says the pot calling the kettle black!!)

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  5. it does sound like you had a wonderful time and it shows in your art.
    I like how you give yourself things to focus on as you go along. Nice way to be aware and grow your skills.

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  6. Wow you've been a very busy girly painting every day as well as writing using the TIC TOCC! You sound very happy and inspired.

    I love all your creations. I love trees and so these must be my favourites and I'm loving the potential in the collage on such a beautiful colour background.

    Thanks for sharing all this beauty!
    Kat X

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  7. Your contentment shows in your work. How good that you can live your dreams! Hold on to them and keep going your way! Valerie

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  8. nice work today, love those plants you painted.

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  9. Your watercolouring is beautiful and loving the backgrounds as well. Have a great weekend, Annette x

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  10. I'm very impressed with just how many different works in progress you've got on the go! I am intrigued to see how the collage progresses and i really like your watercolours-they are so delicate.

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  11. Hi Anne...such a beautiful and fun post...so much to see..wow you have been busy! I love love the blackbirds and your tree..so beautiful! And your waterolcors are marvleous..wow..shine on!!
    Victoria~

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  12. Beautiful watercolors. I think your drawing looks great on both of them. I love your purple tree with the little birdies! I think adding the white will really make it pop and you may not need to add anything else.

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  13. I am so jealous .... painting everyday would be the very best! I have one of theose purple leaved plants with the white flowers - your painting is beautiful ... good luck with the little seedlings in your earlier post! have a great weekend!

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  14. I like your watercolors. I LOVe the idea of the seed catalog leaves, too! enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Holy smoke - you have been busy!
    You are really making beautiful strides with your watercolors! (I think your sketch is quite good too :) )

    I can't wait to see how you finish your paintings...

    xo
    Kristin

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  16. Hi Anne! Your watercolors are lovely! So free flowing and I think your drawing ability is just fine. You certainly have been busy this week. So enjoyed looking around your blog. Happy PPF! :-)

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  17. Great work and efforts. Your life drawing skill is really good. Mine is still all over the places.

    How I wish I could paint everyday ... ;) Well Done! ;)

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  18. Oh Wow! Such a productive week Anne! Especially love your watercolors too! Great stuff!

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  19. They are beautiful you did a great job with the watercolor. I think that doing a bunch of backgrounds at once is a great idea, I am just now getting into the fact that I can work on more than one project at a time.

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  20. I love the variety of projects you always have in the works! Collage, experimentations, and of course your yummy water color paintings! All are beautiful but I especially like your WC work- there's something so poetic about your color choices and line work.....just beautiful!
    Happy PPF (a day late ;))
    Stephanie

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  21. What a fabulously creative week!

    Beautiful watercolours! Lovely and fun acrylics!

    Looking forward to seeing what you'll do with the canvas backgrounds...

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  22. Oh my! You really did paint a lot this week. :)All the paintings look amazing! I'm interested to see how they will look finished.

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  23. Hello Anne! Sorry I have not been by for a while. Your paintings are coming on wonderfully and I love the terracotta pot in the painting with the highlights and shadows.

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  24. Thanks for stopping by! (That Judy is such a wonderful networking friend!)
    Your watercolors are really lovely. And your header will bring me back here again...so much prettiness in one place!

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  25. Look at you go girl... There wonderful!

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  26. I really like your flowerpot pieces...you have been busy!! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  27. Wow painting everyday, I too would be pleased with such an accomplishment.
    I find painting gives peace and tranquility to my day.

    I adore the Oxalis , very delicate and so very beautiful! Your wok is a joy to view.

    Annabelle : )

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  28. I really like both watercolors. Painting should be joyful, so I am very glad that these do bring you joy. I especially like the oxalis. I'm not familiar with this plant, but I love the look.

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  29. I think they are wonderful, truly. So simplee, yet every detail is there.
    xo

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  30. You definitely have been very busy and creative this week. Wow! And I love all of your works that you're showing here. Amazing!

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  31. I love the botanical theme you have going on! The trees look great...each one so unique. Nice idea to use seed catalog leaves. The water colors came out beautifully! The purple leaves look 3-dimensional...you really captured them both. Oh, and thanks for including me in your etsy circle!! I am just discovering the social aspect of etsy, and wasn't sure how the circle thing worked. I went and checked yours out and saw a bunch of our paint blogging buddies...I'm definitely going to have to explore etsy more....And I LOVE painting backgrounds...so free and open :)

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  32. Thank you to each of you for these wonderfully encouraging comments. Such a joy to have an amazing cheering section like this!

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  33. Wow, what a wonderful collection of paintings! I really like the first one! Your collage one will also look pretty the newsprint looks cool against the turquoise.

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