Friday, 26 October 2012

Summer and Dreams

This week I started to work on my 'Angels in the Garden' oil painting and got stuck. I have a problem. When I am painting half of me wants to be bold and abstract and the other half wants to be detailed and lifelike. You might say why not do some paintings abstract and some detailed and lifelike. That is what I have done in the past. But with 'Angels in the Garden' I want to have cake and eat it too! But how to do that? That is where I was stuck. So I decided to work on another oil painting as I was all set up and ready to go
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I have been working on this painting, 'Summer' for quite a while, it was mostly blues and yellows. When I pulled it out, “Magenta!” I thought. So in a flurry of 2 delightful hours, voila, it is finished. Yea! It is a memory painting of the summer of 1979. South of France, being in love, sunburn, sea, sand, boats and giant ice creams in cafes!
 Wonder of wonders, I was on a roll, I started a journal page and while doing it I realised I had the answer to my problem with 'Angels in the Garden'. If you know my journal pages you might guess. I do faces etc with abstract textured background, “just do that in your painting, silly!” I said to myself. Yeah, now I got to figure how to do that in oil as my journal pages are in acrylic etc. So guess what, I am going to have lots of fun next week.

Here is a thought:

'Do not fear to open
the doors that lie between
what is known
and what is unknown.'

Quite thought provoking, I will have to ponder that. Might turn into a journal page.

Happy Paint Party Friday everyone and happy dreams!

Linking to Paint Party Friday

25 comments:

  1. that painting is simply amazing... love the colours and the energy is jumping off the canvas... really like this one a lot... great journal page as well... will need to go and make a cuppa and contemplate that quote...xx

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  2. Love the painting, such a happy summer feeling to it! Beautiful journal page, too. It is strange and great how these art dilemmas seem to work themselves out, always, eventually... :)

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  3. I love that you tell us what you are thinking and going through with your paintings! Great exuberant art here! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  4. I like to describe your feelings, works one does have to explain how it comes to them. Saludos

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  5. I love this painting - it's so sunny and vibrant - it makes me think of a neon stained glass window! Your journal page is lovely too and that quote couldn't be more pefect for what's going on in my life right now!

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  6. That painting is absolutely gorgeous! So sunny and happy and those colours are yummy. Journal page looks great too! Looking forward to what you'll create next week!

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  7. Very fun and summery. :) Awesome bright colors!

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  8. GREAT paintings and sooo very different. I really like the journal page and the 'Angels in the Garden' idea!

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  9. Two very different and beautiful paintings. I am particularly drawn to the last one where you have combined detail with the abstract. What a perfect solution to your dilemma.

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  10. Summer is beautiful! What wonderful colours! Your Cherish page is fascinating and lovely.

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  11. so beautiful, words and art, amazing!

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  12. Beautiful words and artwork. Love the whimsy and happy colors in the first one, but both are beautiful.

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  13. Love the fun colorful summer painting but wow your "angels in the Garden page is stunning!! Happy PPF!

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  14. Wonderfully bright and brilliant colors, Sharon!
    Loving the sailboats and their sails!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  15. Wow, this is gorgeous! Just wonderful work!

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  16. so bright, cheerful, and energetic! charming piece!

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  17. Your summer painting is great, so full of color and life. The journal page is gorgeous too, completely opposite mood though, very quiet and reflective. Love them both.

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  18. Love both the summer piece and your journal page ~ both very creative ~ Wow! ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  19. Painting is just lovely. Great colors, so lively. Wonderful journal page and I'm with Tracey... will go comtemplate that quote. Happy PPF

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  20. I really love your vibrant painting a lot!! It's so full of movement and color....an interesting study. I love looking into a painting and seeing more and more.... This is so fun!!

    The journal page is beautiful too...and the quote below is wonderful food for thought! Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. i love the colors and energy from your painting and can't wait to see the new oil one!

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  22. Makes me think of my favorite saying...The Muse Comes to the Moving Brush.

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  23. I love your summer painting - gorgeous color! It is so helpful in problem solving to go do something else and give your brain a rest!

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  24. so bright and happy - love the colours, but I think I love that serene face even more! Happy PPF!

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  25. Sharon, I feel the same way! It is funny, wanting to go into details but abstract as well, and with bright colors but subtle as well...
    Maybe you can do one of each and have it both ways :o)

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