Friday, 17 January 2014

Work in Progress and Stuff






I have had to drop out of 30 Paintings in Thirty Days, as I am way behind and I decided I would rather do the 29 Faces in February as I have a soft spot for it. I haven’t done much in the way of art over the last 10 days as I have been dealing with the death of two people close to me  It was expected as they both had long term illnesses, one cancer and the other a rare lung disease.  It still was a shock and to have happened in the same week a bit heavy for me.  (They didn’t know each other)  At their funerals I thought about their lives and they couldn’t have been more different.  Liz had a well lived life, even if it was before her time, she was in her fifties.  Her only regret was that she would never see her grandchildren grow up.  However, Peter on the other hand, had many regrets and had a lot of bitterness in him, I think he thought he had a lot of time to put things right (he was in his early sixties) but his illness was swift and he didn’t have the time to fix relationships and so on.  It has made me think, Life is so short!  



I remember one of painting tutors at Polytech saying that all he wanted in life was to be able to say to God at the Pearly Gates, that he had done his best with the talents he was given.  That statement has always stayed in my head all these years.  I am so guilty of not using my talents for most of my life.  In recent years I have been addressing this, but I still sabotage myself!  Blogging has done wonders for my self-confidence as an artist, but it still a bit of a secret to people in my daily life.  If they are invited inside my bolthole they are gobsmacked to realise that the paintings on my wall are mine!
So I decided I have to come out of the closet so to speak.  A friend from Polytech days wants me to have a joint exhibition with her at the end of the year.  I am going to commit to that.  If I can do one painting a month, I should make it.  The other thing I have to do is do something about my illustration, I sabotage that too!  So I have started a new blog Rainbow Splashes, I wanted it to have the same name as my illustration website and I will be opening an etsy shop hopefully by the end of February and that will also be called Rainbow Splashes.  Go and have a look if you are interested in illustration, there I will blog about the books I am illustrating, sketches, watercolours of flowers and whimsy stuff that I am doing for the etsy shop.

Work In Progress

Over the last couple of days I have done some painting on my big canvas. 



The above is where I got to a couple of weeks ago.  Below is where I got to today.  I am pleased with how it taking shape.  I think it is almost finished just a few refining touches.



Over the last couple of days I was using leftover paint to start my next picture; this is much smaller 12 x 12 inches.  I can’t see anything in it yet, needs a couple more layers.



That’s enough from me a rather long post!  Hope to see what you have created on my rounds.

24 comments:

  1. Gosh I love this colors Sharon..that is pure New Zealand in my mind ...
    Happy PPF!
    Happy weekend!

    xxx
    Susi

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  2. You sometimes we need a break. A kind of a step back and regroup after we've had some life changing events. The creative juices will flow again and all will be well. Read gay Hendricks book the big leap. Your self sabotage days will be over :)

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  4. Wonderful work...I'm glad you are choosing with insight exactly the direction you want to go in. I think that's half the battle with creativity! Love this wonderful artwork and your use of color makes me swoon!! I look forward to the new canvas and eventually see the art in your show!!

    I like my blog being only available to those I choose. There are those I'd prefer not making judgements on me! Which I know they may! Plus I don't want to have to address them.I have a friend who regretted all her client knowing her blog...she felt a bit stifled because of it! Always worried her opinion may affect her business! Just a thought!


    Hugs Giggles

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  5. Wonderful colours in your paintings! Sorry to hear about losing your friends, that is hard! Take care, Valerie

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  6. Happy PPF dear Sharon. Sorry to read about your lost. This WIP may be a very well done work in this times. Be blessed, Erika

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  7. Definitely food for thought Sharon and am sorry for your loss. On the upside your paintings are so beautifully full of colour and a joy to see. Happy PPF, Annette x

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

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  8. Wonderful bright colors in your paintings. I love the one that has progressed from a WIP to almost done. So sorry for the losses in your life. Two and a half months past my big loss and I still cry every day. I don't think you ever get over losing people who are close to you.

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  9. love the colours!!! wow!!! Happy PPF!!!

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  10. I am so thrilled to see you come out and really blossom into your true self Sharon. Your paintings are all wonderful and I wish you all the best with your new endeavors. So sorry about the loss of your two friends.

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  11. Hi Sharon. So very sorry about your loss. ::hugs::
    Love what you are doing with your work and the colors are wonderful. Keep painting as it helps the soul.

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  12. Lovely work Sharon! So sorry for you losses, it does make you think and reflect.

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  13. Sharon I am so sorry you have lost people. Even if it is expected it just doesn't seem real.
    I love your art.
    Blessings
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  14. First, I don't think you need any reason to drop the 30 day challenge. If it made you do a lot of painting, even for just a few days, then it was a success! It also sounds like you have very positive goals, which is great! So sorry for your sad news.

    The painting is so lively and glowing. Lovely color!

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  15. Sorry to hear about your friends... :(

    I like the way you are looking at things after these losses - as the inspiration to take action. Good luck preparing for the exhibition!

    Beautiful painting!

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  16. So sorry to hear about your friends {{hugs}}

    I think your WIP is fantastic so far! Bright, colorful and dynamic!

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  17. Sharon So sorry for your losses. My Condolences. It's so hard to lose close friends.
    Your outlook is truly positive in terms of your art. I am truly happy you will get out there and show how truly brilliant and talented you are! The piece that you created has so much symbolism and meaning. I truly love the colors and brush work. I also love the movement. Your painting has a special energy. Lovely! May your friends memories be eternal! Sending you all my strength!

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  18. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Even when it's "expected," I feel there's hope that things will turn around. May our Lord have them in his Kingdom, and you find peace in this knowledge. I found it really touching that your beautifully colorful painting features two ladies in what appears to be paradise. They'll look beautiful in the art show. Blessings, my friend!

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    1. How clever of you, the series that I am working on is going to be called The Garden of Eden, loss and hope. My friend who will be exhibiting with me is a christian as well and a photographer and her photos will show the splender of God's Kingdom.

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  19. Sharon sorry to hear about your tough week, very sad! Your paintings are so expressive and colorful, I love them so much! You let everything out in them and that is so great!

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  20. I really like your choice of colors here! There is a peaceful harmony to them, yet an energy. Don't listen to that inner "doubter", we are given these gifts to use, and it is never too late to create! Your style is uniquely your own, your own voice - follow that urge with reckless abandon :)

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  21. I always love your art, Sharon. Best of luck with your goal to paint one a month and to come out with your art.

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  22. Your art is very beautiful - I look forward to seeing more of your lovely paintings. :)

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