Sunday, September 13, 2009

Illustration Friday - Welcome & Mixed Media Monday - Round Elements







At first glance I may look a little bit lazy using the same piece for both challenges this week. But I honestly feel like they both work.
Firstly, Illustration Friday's theme this week is 'Welcome'. I did draft something else up for this theme but I just wasn't happy with it and I didn't have that 'buzz' while working on it. So I decided to continue with a painting I had already started. I have called it 'Cleanse'. It started with a sketch. Have you ever felt in life that sometimes you'd just like to wipe the slate clean, and start from scratch? When things just get too much? Life is wonderful and full of suprises, some good and some not so good. To me this lady represents someone that has been able to wipe her slate clean and start again, to be able to 'welcome' a new start!! Sometimes it's just a matter of letting go and allowing yourself to be happy. Personally I'm very very happy with where I am in life right now and wouldn't want to be anywhere else but unfortunetly I know that's not true for everyone.
Secondly, Mixed Media Monday's theme was to use 'round elements' in your piece. So with this one I tried something new which was to paint the sides of the canvas black. Then I used a lid from a plastic bottle and stamped the circles around the side and decorated them with round dots. I also used the other side of the bottle lid to make the bubble shapes on the picture. I'm really happy with this one especially the colours and my background. The lady is a little different than my others and I'm not quite sure about her but I think that she suits the piece. I REALLY love purple!!!!! I also used some iridescant paints over the top of some areas to give it some more sparkle.

20 comments:

Jessie said...

I really love purple too (you may have guessed this already!) I love the way you've painted the sides of the canvas, it really adds to the whole painting. I've had times when I wanted to wipe the slate clean, I think it's a very healthy and positive thing to do. Thankyou Nicola,I feel very inspired by this :) x

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You really did such a wonderful job on this beautiful piece. Very nice! I like the purple.

Rein said...

Very nice piece!!

indybev said...

She IS a bit different from your usual. I'm partial to the others, but she's beautiful as well. Neat idea for the edges.

Anni's Art said...

Beautiful painting, love the colors.

vintage wil said...

Beautiful work!!!

Kre8ive Life said...

Always so impressed by the number of pieces you are producing. Fabulous, keep up the great work!!!

LiveArt said...

It's a beautiful piece!!

Linda

thedoodlegirl said...

Purple is so great, isn't it? Great painting!

Terri said...

Very nice painting! This must be a lot of work. I would use it for two challenges as well!

Diana Evans said...

wow Nicola!!! this is wonderful...what a great painting!!!

Hugs
Diana

Amy said...

beautiful painting's

Diane said...

Lovely, Nicola! Diane

Beth said...

This is beautiful. I love the colors.

Kristin said...

Hi Nicola! Another beautiful piece of work -- I was so happy to see you on the slide last week -- very well deserved! Thank you for your kind comments and for checking out my first journal page: I think that we are both trying to wipe the slate clean and live our passion. . . BTW, does she look a bit like you? Kristin :)

Julie-ann Bowden said...

She is beautiful and the story about her new start is refreshing. Always good to have a fresh view in life. So pleased you are happy,this is great news!
I am too! We can have a great dreamy day!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Nicola! I love purple too! Congrats on a beautiful painting! Both of your challenges were surely met! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,
Lisa :)

Michelle said...

Hi Nicola!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am so happy that we are friends! Your work is amazing!

Michelle :)

Quilt Works said...

Another purple lover here! It really works here!

p.s. thank you for visiting and your supportive words, I appreciate them very much!

Yvonne said...

very beautiful.

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