Saturday, 4 August 2012

Just because I can

When I had the shop, I simply didn't have any time to be creative for my own personal pleasure. I always envied you lucky, lucky people who had the time to join in the fun of blog challenges because I thought I would never be in a position to join in the fun. Last week the lovely and extremely talented Dina Wakley posted on her blog, inviting people to take part in "out of the journal". Basically all you have to do is post a comment with a link to a piece of your art here on Dina's blog. Just once piece of art each week for the month of August and I thought to myself.......I can do this!!!!!

So just because I can, here is my submission for week 1.

It's just a canvas board and I sketched out the shape of my flower with a pencil and painted in my background with Mermaid Fresco Finish paint and the flower with Pumpkin Soup. Once I had these base layers dry, I started to lay down lots of layers of paint, mixing my own colours to get varying shades of orange. I started sponging some paint through some Crafters Workshop stencils but still felt that it was missing something. I felt it needed a darker layer. After adding a layer of Claret to my flowers, I dried the whole thing thoroughly with my heat gun and having remembered my Stabilo pencil that Dina had given me, I started to gently scrub around the edge of the canvas as well as define the flowers.


So thank you Dina, not only for the pencil but for the opportunity to post my work somewhere else.....just because I can.

23 comments:

Netrix said...

Gorgeous Lin x

Kaz said...

Ooo very gorgeous x

Helen said...

FAbulous, Lin!!

Artyjen said...

I'm glad you can...'cos it's gorgeous! :)
xoxo Sioux

Daniele said...

stunning colours Lin, the flower really pops
hugs

Elaine said...

That is stunning, love the depth of colour in the flower, just gorgeous. Elaine x

Gillian .... said...

Great depth in design & colour, this is FAB Lin. xx

lin said...

love love love it!!!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous Lin, the colours on your flower are fabulous, great depth. Love the background too. Do you use a particular graphite pencil to do the edges and smudge a little? Tracy xc

Rebecca said...

Love it :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Joanna said...

LOVE. IT.

Stunning artwork, love those colours - they POP!

Sue C said...

Gorgeous canvas Lin, the colours blend beautifully and your flower is stunning ! Sue C x

Dina said...

Beautiful & meaningful...love it! Thanks for playing!

Marjie Kemper said...

Love this! The colors, and the whole idea of just because.

Michellem said...

Your layers are beautiful!!

Michelle Webb said...

Oh wow! I truly love this canvas. Such a wonderful painted flower and the background just keeps giving you more to look at the more you notice the different layers. A lovely work of art. Michelle xx

Maura said...

Love the colors and the simplicity of it. But the colors and shading are complex. Absolutely lovely!

Sue said...

Beautiful canvas. So much depth to your painting.

Hilary Frye said...

Very well said! Giant flowers always make me happy!

Minxy said...

YAY to Art for the sake of art, what could be better xx And a beautiful piece it is too xx

Lin said...

oooohh this is lovely :)

Wendy said...

this is beautiful, so cheery and positive. Love it!

Chris said...

So lovely it makes me think of summer :)