Friday, 23 November 2012

Pyromania and Imagination

Way back in September I brought some gouache paints and I have only used them a couple of times. This week I felt like splashing around with bright colours. So thought it a great opportunity to experiment with them. I just filled the palette with colours and with large brushes set to. This was the result.
The more I looked at the page I thought it reminds me of the bonfire I had a couple of days ago. I had heaps of weeds and prunings from my tidy up of a couple of weeks ago and went out very early (6am) before anyone had washing on their lines and made a giant heap and set it alight! Needless to say it became rather scary! The flames were about my height, so I chucked a lot of damp weeds on and the plume of smoke spiraled into the sky. I was waiting for the fire brigade to turn up in response to a complaint from the neighbours. I also hoped that the fire restrictions hadn't started. The fire was so hot that I managed to burn everything quite quickly and by 7.30 it was a gentle trickle of smoke, phew! I must have had the memory of the bonfire on my mind when I was playing with the paint as this background is calling out to be a picture of my pyromaniac behaviour. (I found out today the fire ban starts next week!)
The next piece is also done in gouache with acrylic finishing touches, I have to admit that I did the text in Photoshop as I wanted to post this today and doing text by hand takes ages. I realized that I have not done any journal pages for a while and horror of horrors no faces for a bit. I love drawing and painting faces, They are always from my imagination, if I had to do representational portrait I think I would struggle. The weirdest thing is that often people think that my picture is of someone they know. Its their imagination! I love letting my imagination flow there are always so many possibilities in life.

I firmly believe that creativity and imagination are hand in hand. So my lovely Paint Party Friday artists what is your imagination creating this week, no doubt I will see when I visit you. Happy PPF!

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22 comments:

  1. I love how that developed for you.
    Rinda

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  2. Wow! I really love the second one. Wonderful!

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  3. Oh, these pages are gorgeous. Such bright and lush colours! Wonderful! Black Friday is something American, on that day all shops have massive sales and people get crazy trying to get all that's on offer ... I think on such a day I would stay far faaaar away from any shop ... ;-)

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  4. I love gouache, the colours are just amazing. Great results here.Happy PPF.

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  5. Beautiful pieces, and I love that quote. Happy PPF!

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  6. Lovely creative exploring ~ favorite is the 2nd one ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  7. lovely pieces this week Sharon! I enjoyed them.

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  8. Loving your wonderful explosions of colour Sharon and loving your last piece with its fab quote. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  9. Sharon, your art work is superb. I have never used gouche and have no idea what's involved. In fact, I thought gouche was more muted colors, but I guess really it can be any color. Love the brilliant colors you have. About your fire pieces, they do look like fire. I had a similar experience when we lived next door to a jr. high school. I decided to burn my 6' Christmas tree in my driveway. Imagine my surprise when it went up like a Roman candle. I looked over at the school and the whole football practice team was hanging on the fence checking out my fire. It was very scary and embarrassing. Luckily it went out quickly and no pieces blew off to ignite anything.

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  10. I think your faces are fabulous, they always do look like someone you could know, and are filled with character. This one is no exception. She looks like a real young woman you'd see in the park, lost in her own thoughts.

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  11. Wow! I can't believe your young girl, I was sure it was a photo pasted on your page! That is an amazing portrait skill you have there. I love the "fire" and story, that must have been very scary for a few moments!

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  12. Love your splashes, vibrant colors! The bonfire is great too, you can almost feel the heat and see the sparkles going up. But the most awesome is the girl in your journal page, as the people above say, she looks indeed like a real girl, wonderful portrait from your imagination, very well done! <3

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  13. Oh, what a joy to see your paintings! I like your painting of the lady's face a lot!! =) and also the "hot burning" flowers, lovely! and the boy besides a fire.. Oh.. now I would like to sit out in the forest, with a fire and yet all the dark around me..! =))

    Fun story! :) and a little scary - yes! :o

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  14. Wow I am totally thrilled about your painting! Totally love the flow and heat of it!! You catch totally the spirit of the fire ;)

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  15. I too thought your girl was a real person, great job! I love the paintings above too with their pretty colors!

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  16. Love the splashes of color. Awesome. Wow that young girl looks like it's a picture. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Sharon both pieces are terrific!! The girl is so impressive, and the bonfire is gorgeous too!! So glad the fire went down. Lucky you got it all squared away before the ban!! Thanks for sharing!


    Hugs Giggles

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  18. Great set of paintings! Isn't it amazing the soft diffuseness you can get with gouache? Love your lady painting with the saying "allow...." Did you use photoshop text for that painting? I think using a computer program tool is the same as using any art tool when it comes to creating a work of art - especially if the artwork is going to remain a printed product.

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  19. I love your story about the bonfire as well as the painting! I'm glad the bonfire experience went well!

    Beautiful journal page. The girl looks lost in thought!

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  20. wow! I'm glad your fire experience ended up okay!

    Happy PPF!

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  21. Yes, it does look like fire. The saying and the girl are tremendous. Blessings, Janet PPF

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