Monday, April 27, 2009
And how absolutely beautiful it is - thank you so much for painting such lovely artwork Darla http://artisticaccentsbydarla.blogspot.com/ which looks great in my home now! And look at all the lovely printed artwork I received with the painting too - she is very talented and generous!
There are still a few of you out there whose work I really admire and I will no doubt keep scouting your Etsy shops and looking for original artwork to purchase.
Countdown to holidays - 7 days to go - I have become worse than the kids, I am counting sleeps lol.
Chat soon, all the best to everyone, cheers Val
Saturday, April 25, 2009
"Fill Your Life With Love" written in love hearts...
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The sides of the canvas are covered in the same pearl metallic paper with gold detail...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
...this is done on a little canvas 20cm x 25cm and (after priming) I have sketched the picture out, coloured her in with watercolour pencils and then using a very fine wet brush, I have gone over the painting merging the colours together - it has come together quite nicely even though my preferred medium is acrylic paints I like the soft effect of the watercolour pencils.
Now I am stuck (I am experiencing an artistic block???) ...I have added filigree texture on her dress and hairband in gold, so she stands out with all her decorations but I don't have a clue what to do for the background (flowers, dragonflies or maybe some paper collage words...) - maybe I should just leave the background blank, perhaps adding a bit more colour to it? What do you think - which way should I go?
I look forward to hearing your suggestions, cheers Val
Hello everyone, me again - I just felt like sharing a bit tonight as I am sort of moping around, don't know why, just one of those silly moods - so out of sheer bordom I decided to go to my studio and clean up the mess in there (it was screaming for a clean for weeks). I was going through all my boxes of various supplies when I came accross all my sketch pads and pencils - these three drawings I had placed inside a brand new large sketch book and then put away - I had totally forgotten all about them (I did them maybe 8 months ago or so)...and of course, I chose famous people to draw, there are a few of Elvis as well, but he is framed so its a bit hard to take a photo of him.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I have just set everything up and it was so very easy - I am over the moon - GO ETSY - YAY!!!
(PS I have just realised that Etsy only deals in American Dollars - I have therefore reduced the price of all my paintings in order to compensate for any overpayment in postage!!!)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Good morning all - I have changed the name of this painting, I think this one works a bit better.
Just wanted to thank all the lovely people who have stopped by and left comments regarding this painting - I love reading them and they are all very appreciated.
My daughter was very happy about the comments on her horse drawing and she still has a smile on her face - she is already planning her next artwork and she is a darling.
Thank you once again, now I plan to go through all the new posts by the people I follow and enjoy some lovely paintings. Cheers all, have a great day, Val xxoo
Well ladies, I really think I need to have my head examined - I have spent the day convincing myself that I should relax while the school holidays are on (kiddies go back to school on Monday) and therefore I should put the business accounting on hold until next week - so once again, another painting is done - mind you, I was only supposed to draw the design out (ONLY) on the canvas - then I told myself I will only paint the face (do all the detailed work) - and...this is where the shrink should step in... from that point on, it just snow-balled - so here we have it - another painting completed instead of GST work!!!
Mixed media again - with lots and lots of texture - I returned to my dragonflies and had to put them into this painting - lots of gold filigree texture on the dragonflies and then I have textured the whole painting (apart from the face) in little squares.
I also had to add this drawing my little daughter Maya drew while I was painting - we were both sitting at the kitchen table, listening to music and having fun. She is nearly 7 years old and madly in love with horses - my little artist!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
...only because when I started this painting out, it looked nothing like this and this was not what I had imagined - but this is what it came out as - she has lots and lots of texture - painted using mixed media - she even has tissues over her for texture and that dreamy soft look.
Monday, April 13, 2009
...out there in Blogger land - It has been a bit of a hectic few days for me but today I actually had quiet relaxing time to myself thanks to my Mother-in-Law who is spending a few days with us and she has been entertaining the kids all day for me (bless her kind soul) - I got to sleep in, bum around the house and paint another lovely mixed media painting (in my studio) today - I have taken photos of the painting even though the varnish is still wet, so there is lots of shine on the photos but you get the gist...this one is 30cm x 40cm on a thick edged frame.
I hope you have all had a great Easter and a safe Easter and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful work (something I love doing every morning with a coffee) - until next time, cheers Val
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I just wanted to post a picture of the finished product, to show the sides of the canvas and let you know that a few minutes ago my "Why So Sad" painting has been sold - so I am very much over the moon and it has made my day.Ah well, I suppose I should make a start on my next little miss, but first I have to wait for the shops to open, on Tuesday, in order to buy more materials (I am totally out of canvases) - cheers all, best wishes Val xo
Hello everyone - I hope you are all having a very happy and safe Easter.
I have been painting this afternoon and this little miss is what I have come up with - there is a lot of texture on the painting (I can't get away from texture, just love it) and now I am really stuck for a title for this painting. I was thinking "Lil Gardener" or "Little Miss" but I am not sure if either one of these is any good. Does anyone have a fitting title? I would love to hear it if you do.
I still need to complete the edges of the canvas, varnish and add a hanging hook - once that is done, in a few days I suppose, I will be listing this painting on eBay and will provide a link.
Also, I was thinking of having a little "give away" competition very soon, but I think I need to get a few more followers before I do that.
Cheers all, wishing you happy painting, Val
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Goodmorning to all - I am sitting at my lap top this morning with a nice hot coffee and just browsing through all the lovely new work which has been uploaded.
I have taken a few photos of my new painting in natrual ligh and have decided to post them as the previous photos (taken at night time with a flash) have actually bleached the colour of the paitning. (Hope she looks better in the morning light than I do lol)
(The colours are no so good on this scan - everything is shades of pink and white)
(the created picture frame on the canvas)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The lovely talented artist Elizabeth Seaver at http://elizabethseaver.blogspot.com/ has nominated me for the Lemonade Award for great Gratitude and/or Attitude - thank you so much Elizabeth, this award coming from a lady of so much talent just sends me over the moon - HUGs & xxx - please take the time to visit Elizabeth's blog and see her beautiful colourful art - I am in love with almost everything she paints.
Here are my 10 nominees to receive this award: -
Vesna at http://vesna-art.blogspot.com/
Jade at http://jadeehenderson.blogspot.com/
Carmen at http://carmencillierstheartist.blogspot.com/
Shaina at http://kaleidoscopevisions.blogspot.com/
Silke at http://silkepowers.blogspot.com/
Michelle at http://michelleperkett.blogspot.com/
Brady at http://www.rebeccabrady.blogspot.com/
America Alcala at http://lovelylovelyart.blogspot.com/
Nina at http://vintagenina.blogspot.com/
ButterCup at http://worksofartbysara.blogspot.com/
Thank you all for taking the time to look at my blog and for all your lovely and supportive comments - they are much appreciated - Val xxx
Please take the time to visit Vesna's blog http://vesna-art.blogspot.com/ and check out her great and beautiful artwork - I know this art inside out, you see, as Vesna is my sister.
OK, seven things I LOVE:
This little painting on canvas 25cm x 30cm x 4cm edges was a labour of love over the last few days - I kept returning to it whenever I had a moment just to continue with the decoration on her hair - the dots were tedious, but the effect is great I think...
The background is "impasto" for greater texture which wraps around the canvas and looks a bit like "rock" surface...
And I have signed my name as part of her necklace...
I will be listing this painting on eBay in a few days, once she is varnished and a hanging hook is attached to the back of the frame.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Hello all, I know I said I will be away for a little while while the school holidays are on, but this morning my kids voted to paint - so I have them set up on the kitchen table, paints everywhere, my little artists, and I have kept them company painting this cutie while they have been creating their own artwork - they are still going, and having lots of fun, which is a good think of course.
Anyway, I hope you like this little mermaid, she has a background which has been made with craft paper cut out into sea shapes (the kids helped with those)! Cheers Val xx
Antother little cutie I just finished painting - SOLD
I will take a bit of a break now from painting as I have neglected my family today - now that it is school holidays, I will be spending time with my kiddies, taking them to activities and lots of movies, so I will see you all in a few weeks. Have a safe holidays to all the kiddies in Australia - to the rest of the world, enjoy you painting and be safe, cheers Val xx