Friday, July 1, 2011

Paint Party Friday, catching up

It's been a rough week, but I was determined not to miss a third Paint Party Friday.  Thanks for all the kind thoughts about my kitty. 

This week I listed my first painting-related items in my Etsy shop.  I'd gotten the idea after creating a piece for Kat's TIC TOCC prompt a few weeks ago.  I really liked how it turned out and I wanted to keep playing with the words that I'd cut out of the catalogs.  I thought I could make some interesting pendants using watercolors, the cut up words and some pressed flowers.






I had a few difficulties (the papers and flowers were a bit thick for the frames), but all in all, I think they turned out well.


















Feeling bad one day I painted a meditative abstract with acrylics.  It started out as one painting, but ended up becoming another heart of a rose.




The paint is layered very thick and I even used my fingers to spread the paint, something I hadn't done before.  My other abstract is waiting.  I worked a bit on it, too, but it doesn't look much different.


Always pulled back to watercolors, I spent some time working with them again.  I have another idea I'd liked to work through with my abstract, intuitive paintings.  I've been making more of them.  Here's the most recent:




I'm trying to figure out how I want to finish this one.  I'm thinking about using some pen and either writing some text on/around/over the painted image or doodling more images on/around/over it.  I think I need to let it stew a while.

I also worked on a couple more flower paintings.  In our west meadow there's a lone peony plant that makes me think there may have been a building there at one point.  The plant was late to bloom and I noticed the flowers still looked good the other night, so I picked one and brought it inside.




I should have known better than to try to paint such a complicated flower, but I tried anyway.






I worked on the first one a bit too much.  I like the lightness of the second flower better, but I like the first bottle better than the second.  I'm still learning and I'm glad I decided to use up my extra paint by painting the same subject a second time.

Finally, I was inspired by all of the radishes that I've been harvesting from the garden -- they're really beautiful -- so I started a radish painting.




My mind has been overflowing with creative ideas lately.  There just isn't time to work on them all.

39 comments:

  1. So many beautiful things to see in this post! I really like both peony paintings... I like the blurred lines of the first and I like the softness of the second - how great to see the same subject 2 different ways!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your completed radish!

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I know what you mean about not having enough time to work on all of the creative ideas in your head (although it can be frustrating, it's a fun problem to have) :)

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  2. Hi Anne. I love your pendants. Very nice work. Happy PPF and 4th. Love them all.

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  3. The pendants are simply wonderful. Love the heart of the rose painting, and the peonies as well. You have cranked out a lot of art, all of it beautiful.

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  4. you are so talented, love all your work this week, from pendants to that lovely abstract and all the others. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. EVERYTHING in this post is wonderful! I love your pendants. The words and art together really speak to me. Your abstracts: awesome! And of course your watercolors are beautiful. Great work, Anne! I've missed you! :)

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  6. Everything in your post is beautiful Happy PPF and have fun creating. Annette x

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  7. Dearest sweet anna, so much went on this week for you! I am loving your gorgeous pendants...they are soo beautiful! Your paintings are always so pretty! Really beautiful work! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

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  8. This is a great post...nice variety and quality..I love your artwork!

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  9. Yes, I agree--great post. I really enjoy seeing the different steps that go into creating your lockets; great textured paintings for their backgrounds. That meditative painting is delicious--it looks like an icing tunnel.

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  10. Loving the pressed flower pendant ... so romantic!

    Both the watercolor work and the acrylic work looks great!

    Well Done!

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  11. This post is full of eye candy. Love the pendants. The flower (peony) is gorgeous and I like both the first and the second. The rose center is interesting and your radish has a great start.

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  12. Those are such pretty pendants! Love the technique

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  13. oooh. thanks for inviting us in! much to be inspired by here.

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  14. Your pendants are lovely! HAPPY PPF!

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  15. Hi Anna, your pendants are just lovely! I especially like the ones with the dried flowers. Your watercolor of the flower is wonderful. I like the soft one too. Looking forward to seeing the radish finished. Happy 4th of July! :-) and PPF.

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  16. Beautiful work as always Anne. You are so creative and an inspiration to me.

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  17. wonderful stuff Thanks for sharing your art
    KAT

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  18. all your work is wonderful but i love love love those pendants!!

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  19. You've been so busy! Wonderful art

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  20. Just gorgeous! Love the pendants. :)

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  21. These pendants are great Anne! Two months ago I bought bunch of these on etsy with some seriously high fallutin ideas of papercuts that i was going to place inside. Now papercuts are nt an artform for the faint of heart and miniature ones? Fuggedaboudit. I must get off that crackpipe. Anyway you have inspired me to think up some new ideas for the pendants that I have

    Thanks!!!
    Mari

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  22. your pendants are very cool. Where do you get those? Happy PPF & 4th of July!

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  23. Anne: LOVE the pendants! so much amazing stuff in one single post! Kudos to you on your accomplishments - well done!

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  24. What fantastic pendents!! They are lovely. Love the peony flower it is really beautiful!

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  25. Thanks for coming by my blog....now I get to see these gorgeous watercolor frames you made. Love èm!....I really like blog....your chickens:) your art and awwwhhhhhh I read the post about your sweet kitty kat...she was beautiful and I was laughing at your stories about her....I still miss my kat and he has been gone since Christmas day six years ago and died at the sweet "old" age of a mere seven years old. No age for a cat either as all my other cats have lived to be 19 and 20 too. Maybe by now you have a new member of your family who is tearing the place apart?:)Wishes for a sunny week ahead.

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  26. I enjoyed your post so much. I love your creative pendants.. May I know where you buy those empty frames? If you can respond to me by my email: lis@harmonythoughts.com or leave a msg at my site, I would appreciate it so much!

    Also, I love how you use your creativity and how you try to paint and make things. It is always worth it!

    Thanks and have a great day!
    Elisa
    http://harmonythoughts.com/

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  27. Your pendants are so lovely and artistic, Anne. And your paintings are really delicate - love the peonies especially. Hope you are having a happy 4th!!

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  28. wonderful to see all the art you have been making. I even loved seeing the one sheet of paper with all the painted rectangles on it. And the one you might add ink work or words to is a lovely thing.

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  29. Yay..what a beautiful and inspiring post Anne..full of such treasures...i love it all. Your pendants are spectacular! and i love all your paintings..I especially love both flower paintings..I love the heart of a rose abstract and also love that you described using your hands too...powerful! and wow..the one in the vase is superb...i think it is breathtaking and full of harmony! very gentle and serene...wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing your magic..happy your creative ideas are flowing and taking you on many adventures!
    Shine on!
    Victoria

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  30. I love the meditative abstract painting. It's very expressive and has a lot of emotion in it. The jewelry and watercolors are lovely.

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  31. dear Ann,
    so many beautiful things to see today. Love the darling pendants! But the pink peony painting is my favorite! take care dearie, Happy PPF a bit late...gerri

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  32. Anne,
    Your necklaces are beautiful. And your paintings are just so lovely. I love both the lighter and darker flower watercolors. I love the color of the doodle watercolor. You are one busy girl.

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  33. I love your pressed flower pendants. So pretty. I love your watercolor paintings, the soft colors and pretty vase. Have a lovely week! Theresa

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  34. I love everything you created here! I really love the pendants, this is something that I've been wanted to do for a while. Did you teach yourself how to make these? Simply gorgeous.

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  35. Fabulous, the pendants are sweet, subtle and elegant, just your style.

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  36. Thank you all so much for your kindness, enthusiasm and encouragement. All this support has really made it possible for me to fearlessly spread my wings.

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  37. All of this is so lovely, especially the wonderful watercolors and pendants.

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  38. nice job. painting a glass object (vase) is very difficult and yours turned out great!

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  39. What beautiful pieces, I love them all! :-)

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