Friday, June 3, 2011

Paint Party Friday!

It was another full week.  Just sped right by.  And now Friday is almost over but I'm determined not to miss the party.

I managed to fit some painting in throughout the week.  First some watercolor.  I cut some flowers and started doing some sketches.




Lily of the valley and bleeding heart.  I worked on the lily of the valley first.




And even practiced more painted text.




Not my favorite painting, but I enjoyed the practice.  The bleeding heart was more frustrating.  Here's where I left it.


a tiny corner of sunshine sneaked into the photo


I don't really like how this paper reacts to the paint.  Maybe it would work better if I stretched the paper first.  I thought it was a heavy enough weight of paper, but maybe not.  I'm not sure if I'm going to finish this painting or just let it go.  I could talk myself into either. 

To use up leftover paint and to loosen up a little, I made some more dots on paper scraps and did a little intuitive painting.




I really enjoyed how freeing that was, just letting the paint flow.  And because I needed a little more letting go, I worked on the acrylic abstract that I started last week




I added paint.  I rubbed paint off.  I let it drip and smoothed it out and let it drip some more.  At times I worried that I'd ruined it and at times I thought I hadn't.  Even when I thought I might have, it didn't really upset me.  It's still in progress and I'm liking this slow process.  I'm toying with the idea of using some collaged elements and I'm contemplating what color(s) I want to add next.

35 comments:

  1. Your delicate leaves and lily of the valley are beautiful, and I really like your paint writing. Love the colors on your abstract.

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  2. i love your lily of the valley! Delicate and understated just as it should be! Dont quit on the bleeding heart yet...I find that if you walk away from a paiting and then return it ends up just the way you want it... And dont fret if you dont like it...another pair of etes will often love it!

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  3. Hi Anne. Thx for stopping by my blog. I like the way you take one step at a time and how you practice. Your ideas resonate with me. I love your delicate leaves and the lily of the valley is great too. I agree with art2cee2 to walk away and just leave it alone for a bit. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Your flowers are coming along wonderfully! Don't quit! waiting to see how your acrylic one comes out. happy PPF!

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  5. That simple green leaf to the twig and the letter is a nice work....Saludos

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  6. I love the lilly of the valley image and the dots. It is so fun to just let go, no?!
    and.. WHAT is in the background? Is that a serving tray turned chalk board? I'm in love!

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  7. Your flowers are lovely, the leaves of the lilly of the valley looked so real. Happy PPF, Valerie

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  8. I love how you push yourself to practice. :) Lovely pieces. Happy PPF!

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  9. I really like the lily of the valley watercolour sketch and your painted handwriting is lovely :)

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  10. lovely pieces, I think it's great that you're letting yourself be free with your paint.

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  11. Gorgeous work...I love how intricate the leaves are..you are fabulous!! and love the colors shining in this last one too..wow..i am super drawn to it! Beautiful work!
    Victoria

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  12. That first painting Lilly of the Valley is sooooo good!!! I mean that! You can see the texture in the leaf!!! Flowers are so pretty Anne.

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  13. Prettiness, I love the leaves on your flowers! The acrylic is very cool!

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  14. Beautiful Lily of the Valley, so delicate. Also love your free style painting, its wonderful how the colours swirl around each other in harmony. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  15. I love to just let it go when I paint or create whatever kind of art. It frees up, just like you said.

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  16. Really wonderful fauna & I had a flash of Jackson Pollack looking at your spiral drip intuitive work, love the gentle colours :)

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  17. Hi Anne,
    I really like all of your work. I am drawn to the lily most and the lovely little intuitive paintings.
    It's great to just let go and let whatever wants to be born...be.

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  18. As much as I LOVE lily of the valley its your intuitive water colour that I really like ♥ Rosie

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  19. Hi, You Lily of the valley is very lovely, It is fun to do botanical paintings. I think you should finish your bleeding heart as the start is gorgeous. If your paper is warping I read where someone ironed it (I would put a towel or press cloth over it first) You might try that and then stretch it before you continue painting.

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  20. Very pretty. (all your pics) I am so wanting to play with this medium! It's always been intimidating to me.
    Happy PPF

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  21. LOVE the Lily of the Valley Anne and the silver tray on the wall with your words of insipration - did you repurpose that yourself? Very Nice! My Bleeding Hearts are gone already ... they are so beautiful and are only here for such a short time, don't give up on them yet! Happy PPF, even into Sunday:)

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  22. Wow, you really did have a Paint Party! I love your process and your results!

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  23. Love the beauty and simplicity of your lily of the valley, Anne. And the bleeding hearts are coming along nicely! Looking forward to seeing more!

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  24. oh I absolutely LOVE your last painting in progress...feels like I'm being drawn into an illuminesent vortex (if such a thing exists!!?) :)
    Love the layers and the colours and the swirl...aaaah it definitely sings to my soul!
    Oooh and your little goat friend from your other post...how sweeeet..now I will definitely think of you when I see my girl and goat painting! step away from the balloons :) xx

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  25. I think the intuitive painting really suits you Anne. It is so expressive.

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  26. Your botanicals are so delicate and pretty. You might want to try a different brand of wc paper if you aren't happy with what you have. There are big differences in some of it even in the same weights.

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  27. Oh how I love to watch you experiment and play... so, so wonderful :)

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I absolutely adore your silver platter chalkboard... Very cool!

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  28. Well spend creative effort. It is always good exercises to jump from controlled work to intuitive work. Love the lily of the valley painting, delicate and refreshing. Well Done!

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  29. oooh, nice job on the leaves, there too! I love lily of the valley! xo

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  30. That first leave is so lifelike!
    I´m working through The Artist´s Way introduction and will be starting week 1 on July 3rd. I´m so looking forward your joining me. :) It´s only a week each 15days, sounds doable. :D

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  31. Love the lily of the valley painting...so very delicate and pretty..Happy PPF even if a bit late. take care, gerri

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  32. you do great work!! i love the drips on the free form painting!

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  33. I like them all, especially the third one in your intuitive painting!

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  34. the step-by-step approach hangs in the air, same thing right here, sister ;-)

    love your lily of the valley, so tender and fragile!
    + the intuitive thing that flowed right out! it's powerful, you can SEE that you opened the gate to all the creative powers dying to be unleashed :-)

    wanting to let you know that I'm organizing a give away on my blog to celebrate my first videopost ever! welcome to the party ;-) (all of you off course!)

    greetz from sunny Belgium!

    Nele

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  35. Thanks so much for all the encouragement. It's been fun doing the paintings, fun seeing what everyone else is doing and amazing to have so much support and kindness through it all!

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