Friday, May 13, 2011

Paint Party Friday -- I'm back!

It's been a while since I've done any painting.  I've been busy and not feeling very well.  Yesterday after we finished planting the rest of the trees I thought I'd do a little painting.  I did a couple sketches, but was too tired to do more than that.  Today, though, I woke up for the first time in days without a pounding headache (just a slight one).  And I sat down to paint.  What a feeling of relief.  And joy.  And yes, yes, yes.  It was amazing, really.

First I worked on a journal page.  Again, I'm enjoying playing with text.




I do need more practice, though.  Instead of feeling frustrated or discouraged, I'm happy imagining page after page of text I'm going to paint.

This page is in progress.  There's some smaller text that's just still pencil right now, but will be painted.  I've only gotten to the leaves and part of the flower on my fuchsia branch and I plan on painting a few more things around the word "May" that I haven't sketched yet.  I'm still enjoying my paint dots.  (I loved Marlene's comment likening them to fabric selvage color dots!).

The other painting I started was of my new fuchsia plant




I experimented with a new (for me) technique to do the leaf veins.  I used a toothpick on some leaves and a straight pin on others to scratch the veins into the paper.  I'd first read about this technique on Vivian Swift's blog (before I started painting) and then I came across it mentioned somewhere else.  Wow!  I loved how it worked.  I'm so excited to try it out with other paintings.  Again, I was having lots of fantasies of all the paintings I'll be experimenting with.

Blogger (as many of you probably already know) wasn't working for a while (I even lost a post and its comments!), so I don't know how much partying will be going on today.  Even so, I'm glad to have had my own little painting party.  There are my unfinished acrylic paintings calling to me, so maybe I'll work on those a bit later today.  And soon I promise to show you more progress on the farm.

28 comments:

  1. nice work! I like your clean uncluttered look.

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  2. I think we all lost a post or two. You pages are looking good. A simple and soft look. Very nice. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I like how your journal is turning out and your fuchsia is looking good. Living in the desert I always thought of fuchsias as being some exotic jungle plant. Imagine my surprise to visit Ireland and see them growing as hedges! Happy PPF!

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  4. Nice work. Glad your headache is better

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  5. I love the tie-dye look of the letters. You did a great job on the leaves too. I have tried to do the scratch out thing too and always have problems with it. I must be doing something wrong.

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  6. I love the look of all the variations in the leaves of the fuchsia. I just planted some today, such gorgeous plants. Glad your headache is leaving :)

    Happy PPF!

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  7. Glad you're back to your painting practice. You're doing well in your progress! ;)

    Yeap, I can't even connect to Blogger yesterday so could only make my PPF post today!

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  8. I am so glad you are feeling better. Your text is coming along nicely. That is something I must practice. I am terrible at it. You leaves are beautiful. You have come a long way is such a short time. Just rememeber it takes 10,000 hours. Have a great week.

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  9. Lovey work. Glad you are now feeling a bit better, let's hope it gets better and better. Well done on trying out new techniques, too! Valerie

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  10. Beautiful work and do so hope those awful headaches go away soon. Annette x

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  11. Glad to hear your feeling better! I like the leaves so far and the pretty colors of May. I like your technique.

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  12. Lovely watercolors Anne! Neat tip about the toothpick and straight pin. Hope you are feeling well and painting today.

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  13. Selvage dots are cool. I'm always tempted to save them for something.This is going to be so pretty and cheerful when finished. Love the blue and green tones in the text. I'm glad you are feeling better and hope you continue to improve.

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  14. Pretty wip's. The leaf technique sounds really cool (also looks pretty) I lost comments and stuff yoo, it even raaranged my new blog! I wanted to also let you know I tagged you in a game of blog tag, check out my blog if ya want to play along.

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  15. Oh, I DO like that technique with the leaves. They are gorgeous! And still lovin' those dots! Glad to hear you are feeling better, Anne. :)

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  16. This is quite lovely and again love the soft palette you use in your work.
    I do hope you'll be free of those awful headaches very soon; at least they have subsided.

    Happy Weekend
    Annabelle ~^..^~

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  17. Loved what you've done so far! And isn't it fun and exciting when you find a new technique to try out?! :)

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  18. I sympathize with you and your headaches...I get them too. I hope you are are feeling better. Thanks for sharing the technique about leaves. I just put out fuchsias and I love them as do the hummingbirds! Can't wait to see your painting when you are finished.

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  19. Thanks so much for all the well-wishes and the kind comments on my painting!

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  20. So delicate, I like your fresh style!

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  21. Great to have you back at the late party!

    I love your light touch and look forward to seeing more of these pieces.

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  22. What a great idea for the veins! I love the way you create your watercolors, the process, and how it all comes together. Hope you feel better :)

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  23. Looks good, the veins look great! Hope you feel better, happy PPF : )

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  24. That's a fun, subtle veining technique I'll have try. Glad you're feeling better.
    It's my first PPF and I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's projects!

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  25. Hi Anne...beautiful work as always... I love-love those flowers..they are so gorgeous and decadent...sinmply beautiful! I love your toothpick techique..awesome! beautiful art..thanks for sharing and happy PPF!
    Happy wkd!
    Victoria

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  26. Hi Anne - nice to see a Fellow Flyer here at PPF! I can't wait to see your finished fuschia's, and more of your text. I've yet to venture into the watercolor world, but I do enjoy what you've done so far!

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  27. love the softness of your work!!! Never be discouraged - and if I didn't fantasize about my paintings in my head - that never come out like that on the paper - well, it wouldn't be as much fun!
    Feel better - take out a box of crayons when you don't have time to paint and just do your dots...it is great therapy and has been known to get rid of headaches!
    cheers, dana

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