Friday, 12 April 2013

WIP and Trees



I have had a very productive week.  Lots of work and happy with it! 
Been working on my Portrait and it is coming on I bits and drabs.  I am struggling with the size as it is large, and my shoulders get very tired from lifting my arm up (result of accident).  When I finish, I think it will my last picture that size.  I did a picture of some trees, the size of the canvas was 40cm x 50cm and I was able to work at consistently as I worked with it flat on the table and I didn’t have to lift my arm!



Still lots of work but parts are practically finished see closeup below.


The other picture was some winter trees; I mentioned last week that I love trees and had a painting in my head, well here it is finished and all! For a change I use the acrylic thickly instead of my thin washes in layers.



It is autumn here and the leaves are starting to fall.  However in NZ our native trees are evergreen so there is always some green.  When I was living in Britain I used to love the skyline and the tracery and colours of the winter landscape.  So this is a memory picture of some trees I used to see in winter on a drive to the track where I used to train twice a week at dusk. (Once I was one of those crazy ultra-runners!)

I have also done a lot of journaling but will post on that tomorrow.

So have a happy Paint Party Friday everyone.

(I always feel strange saying that as Friday is almost over for us here, just have to remember that most of you are just starting Friday!)


34 comments:

  1. Wonderful work Sharon! I love the colourcombinations you used in your big painting, all those different blues and greens.

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  2. Dear Sharon,
    you painting is amazing. It is a wonderful face in wonderful Colors. I love her eyes and the perfect backgrond.
    Hugs
    Erika

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  3. That is a great week's worth of work... and like you I would like to see a few trees drop their leaves but we are relentlessly green here in Queensland... and I always feel the same with the Friday thing... it is almost over for us as well... throws me every week...xx

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  4. Lovely work, Sharon! The portrait is wonderful :-)
    I have never been an excessive sportswoman, though I have loved to be active always.

    It's a pity with your arm hurting, hope it is not too bad! Good that you are still able to make art
    in other ways!

    I'm not posting art today, just visiting PPF'ers

    Hugs Ilona

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  5. Wow great body of work Sharon.... sorry your arm hurts from the large canvas! They say Canada is the most like New Zealand...my friends who've visited agree... even though we are on opposing seasons we also always have evergreens... the blossoms are just starting to bloom now!! Such beauty, as is the fall!!

    Great trees,I look forward to the other canvas being finished!!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. Beautiful painting and composition. I love the greenery and her little cat

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  7. What a sweet face, she is looking beautiful!
    I only liked running what I was a kid, the rest of the time walking suits me fine :oD lol
    So you are starting your Fall, we are starting our Spring. We in the west have a bunch of evergreens too, and a few colorful trees but nothing as rioting color like in the East of the US.
    Happy PPF!

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  8. Loving your beautiful WIP its going to be pure magic. Also love your painting of trees. Take care of yourself. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Your big canvas painting is beautiful. Your image has such a sweet expression. Your technique reminds me of some famous artist, whose name I can't think of at the moment! The trees in winter are lovely. There is something majestic about leafless trees.

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  10. your girl is really wonderful! I love her soft features and the background! Your trees are so good too. I love to look at trees in the winter...you really notice the shapes of the branches without the leaves. Happy PPF!

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  11. These are all so lovely Sharon. Your trees are especially beautiful, I love Winter branches, especially at dusk, magic!

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  12. Beautiful paintings. I love your winter trees. I did a large painting for my daughter a few weeks ago and also had a hard time due to an old shoulder injury. I had to work in stages and I'm not sure I would attempt something quite so large again.

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  13. Lovely new paintings.....I love seeing the textures in your work!!!

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  14. Such a beautiful face! And I love the trees, too.

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  15. Your WIP is looking wonderful and I just love your trees.
    Xx

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  16. your paintings are both wonderful Sharon. I really love the flow and soft colors of your WIP. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  17. Your WIP islooking very beautiful and the tree painting is asesome! <3

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  18. beautiful progress on your portrait! we are still waiting for buds to arrive on the trees here!

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  19. Lovely work this week Sharon. Spring keeps coming and going here!

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  20. two beautiful pieces. I am especially impressed with the tree painting as it is done from your memory rather than a reference photo - that's fantastic. I'm not sure I could conjure up enough detail in a memory to create a painting!!

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  21. She has lovely eyes, your figure, quite soulful and your trees are vibrant with energy. Happy PPF xox

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  22. They both are fabulous. I think you are off to a fine start with the portrait. Will love to see it finished.

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  23. The little black and white cat looks such a character, especially love the tree painting. You are very lucky not to be in the uk over this past winter, It has lasted almost six months! I know winter trees are beautiful but I'm yearning some nice spring leaves :) As Nic said very impressive to have painted so well from memory.

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  24. I love the fact that there are no hard lines in your portrait - so beautiful and soft. Happy PPF!

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  25. I'm loving the soft lines and cool colours in your painting. I think it's coming together beautifully! :)

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  26. omg Sharon absolutely BREATHTAKING! truly beautiful work! I too love trees. :D Wonderful!!!!!!!

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  27. really wonderful portrait sharon! really enjoyed the background. and the woman is coming along nicely. love the trees. enjoy your day!

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  28. Your portrait is very pretty, love the colors and softness. Really love the trees!

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  29. Your art is so beautiful.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  30. beautiful colors and she looks so serene...lovely painting! happy PPF! (ps. love the colors in her hair)

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  31. great wip and I adore the trees. The reds and yellows are such a great contrast to the blues. Just beautiful.

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  32. I absolutely love your use of color in your portrait!! And I really like the different strokes you used in your tree piece, especially the yellow wisps. Wonderful work!!!

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  33. Lovely work on both pieces -- what a nice range of expression. I love the trees and your use of texture. You capture the energy of a grove of trees. And the portrait is coming along wonderfully -- lots of character in your brushstrokes and colors.

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  34. I do like your trees very much. HPPF Dxx

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