Friday, 5 October 2012

Fall, Fearless and Fly and WIP

I have decided to enter the challenge Fall Fearless and Fly at Artist in Blogland, even though it is spring here. I am at a point in my life where I am reevaluating my goals and my life in general. I am shedding my old leaves and hoping to grow new ones. Yes reinventing my future. The best thing is I don't have to do it all at once, as Abe Lincoln says take it one day at a time.
For this journal page I used gouache, stamps and pencils.

WORK IN PROGRESS


As part of the shedding of my old self, I discovered that I can't carry on with my painting Up the Creek, I found myself putting off getting on with it, and it was only when I was doing this piece and wondering why I was itching to get to work on another large painting that I realized that I had indeed moved on, and I was not that person any more. I think having a large painting on a depressing period of my life would only make me dwell on the past and not concentrate on the future.

So, I have decided to do the series as a series of journal pages. I will post them as I do them.

Angels in the Garden

Now to the painting I am working on and am quite excited about. It is quite a different way of working for me as usually I have everything worked out before I paint. This is more intuitive. I have had the canvas below for ages, it was an attempt last year to paint flowers in my garden. I got struck and it has been sitting face against the wall until 2 weeks ago. I was changing the room around and left it face out. As I was sitting there and I could see faces, maybe because I was doing the 29 faces challenge I was seeing faces everywhere!
Here is a photo of it can you see faces?
 
This week I started to paint the faces I saw and as I was painting I realized that I was painting a childhood experience! I used to love lying on the grass and staring at the flowers I was convinced that I could see angels amongst the flowers. My grandmother had told me that fairies lived in the Buddleia Tree in the hen pen, so, why I thought, there couldn't be angels in the flower garden?

I think that I have too many faces, so might take one or two out, I also haven't decided how realistic to make the flowers and leaves, I will have to wait and see what develops.
 
Linking to Paint Party Friday

27 comments:

  1. what an exciting and scary process, reinventing onself -- good luck with that! Love the faces they make me think of autumn leaves with personality. Cool! the busyness is great I think

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  2. Wonderful journal page, and what a great painting you're working at. Love the intuitive style and the meaning it has for you.

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  3. I am very excited about the faces painting - I wonder who they are? Fairies perhaps? It's wonderful.

    Your autumn lady is gorgeous too. I painted an October Girl... must be something in the air ;)

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  4. Those are fun and good for you for reevaluating your life. :)

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  5. How inspiring! I love the journal page and her vibrant green eyes! Then I scrolled and saw your faces in the flowers- and I just want to grab a paintbrush and work on one of my older canvases! Thank for the inspiration and for joining Fall Fearless and Fly!

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  6. What great pieces you have posted...

    the faces are amazing... I love them

    Karenx

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  7. loving your amazing wip, its going to be a brilliant piece of art. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  8. Wonderful pieces, it's so good to move on! HPPF!

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  9. Love how the faces peek out from behind the leaves and flowers! Isn't it fun to paint more from your intuition? I used to plan everything out beforehand too, but I like this way of painting much more. Looking forward to where you go with it.

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  10. Excellent creation in progress and all your intuitive feelings being processed with delightful colors ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Fabulous painting! I love the image of a child looking for angels in the flower garden. My grandmother used to tuck little figurines and toys in her house plants, and I remember how thrilling it would be to suddenly see a little face peeking out of the leaves.

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  12. I think your faces painting is brilliant. Reinventing ourselves as artists keeps us fresh. Its brave and I like that. Wonderful! Happy PPF

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  13. Wonderful journal page.
    Love the integration of the leaves and figure!
    Great quote and reminder from Abraham Lincoln, too. :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  14. Leaves are my favorite and I love your leaf themed page. The symbolic meaning is really great, too. I hadn't thought of that even though I'm also using leaves in my journal at the moment. The colors in your new painting are wonderful.

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  15. Your first piece is so beautiful and that second one you are working on is gorgeous. I love where you are going with it. It feels so good to process while painting, especially the fun memories. :)

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  16. hello,
    it sounds as though you are in a wonderful stage of time and life. Your art makes me smile, it is all lovely. The one with faces is quite charming and wonderful.

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  17. lovely fall piece and quote. Your WIP is coming along nicely!

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  18. Good for you reinventing your future!! I love your journal page and the intuitive painting!! The very first time I did an intuitive painting maybe eight years ago it was very scary, my childhood dog appeared, my dead aunt and uncle, my deceased mom...it was so freaky. I painted over it!! Now I have, as you can see on my blog, cartoon type illustrations of goodness know who...I have no idea!!

    I loved searching for faces in your flowers, I saw two big ones!! Interesting all the different perspectives. As soon as I saw your faces come to light, I could see them all so clearly.... Loved this post!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  19. Your journal page is beautiful, and I'm so glad you have joined "Fall Fearless and Fly." I love your faces and how it the faces appeared out of a previous canvas. Your grandmother gave you a great gift!

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  20. Great paintings! I love the colors! It seems I do a lot of reevaluating this time of year....maybe it's just a head start on my New Year Resolutions. ;) HPPF!

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  21. Great angel in the flowers painting, what a fun way to work! HPPF.

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  22. I so see YOU in that top painting!!! Enjoy the invention of creating yourself, your life. Each day is a new opportunity isn't it?
    In the second I see dream images...never too many. I like it.

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  23. What a beautiful entry for the first FF&F challenge! I love the painting of the face and the warm, gorgeous colors.

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  24. Great post and I agree that we should work on things that excite us, fill us with joy! I love these faces!

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  25. Beautiful!! I 'm enjoyng too with the challenge!

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  26. Here from Fall Fearless and Fly. You do beautiful work. My dad would always ask me what I saw in his paintings. So yes, I can see your faces and, even more importantly, understand how you came to see them.!

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