Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Star Gazing - Illustration Friday (My first piece since my big trip)




Hi everyone well it feels so good to be back, I'm still busy setting up my new art space but once it is finished I shall post a few pics as I love looking at other peoples art areas so thought you might like a look at mine.

I finally sat down last night and painted, it had been over 6 weeks since I'd really drawn or painted and it's funny how rusty you feel when you've had a bit of a break, but I really enjoyed it and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The theme for Illustration Friday this week is 'Star Gazing'. I've had this image in my head ever since we went to France, we spent a week there, mostly in a rural area amongst the prettiest villages I've ever seen but the hubby and I were lucky enough to spend the day in Paris by ourselves while my wonderful brother and his beautiful partner watched our boys. I was very taken with these beautiful balconies that were everywhere especially in the city, they'd be brimming with pretty flowers, and I could just picture myself sitting out there watching the world go by. I think Paris is a very beautiful city which really surprised me, but those old buildings with these cute little balconies really did it for me :0).

So for illustration friday this week I decided to paint a pretty french lady sitting out on her balcony at night watching the stars..........I miss Paris ;0)

18 comments:

Penny said...

Lovely to have you back and into your art. This is a cute piece and oh so very French! xxx

Aiden said...

This is beautiful Nic. I know just what you mean about Paris, I miss it too!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! this is one of my all time favorite Nicola!!!! it is gorgeous!!! I think your trip really inspired you!!!

Annette Q said...

Hi Nicola! Its so lovely to have you back! What a gorgeous painting this, I love the little details like the cracked paint on the walls, you've captured the parisian feel perfectly :-)

NatashaMay said...

Yes, I'm dieing to see the pics of the new place. :) This piece is beautiful. You've done a great job.

pinkglitterfae said...

welcome back! sounds like you had an amazing time. Well, you may have gone 6 weeks without painting, but you haven't lost your touch. I find that whenever I take a long break, I come back with slightly better skill, almost like your eyes see thing a bit better.
xoxo

Tiffany said...

Amazing!!

Kristin said...

Nicola! This is amazing! I love the shutters, the flower pot, the kind of secret way about the painting - as if we are peeking in - it's just perfect. I love everything about it and am glad you are back,
Kristin xo

Amalia K said...

Oh, I know exactly what you mean, Nicola! Paris is bewitching, isn't it? They weren't kidding about it being the romantic capital of the world. It's like the air is constantly filled with the scent of roses... :)

Anyway, it's wonderful to see how inspired you are after the trip. This is beautiful, indeed! Can't wait to see more, of course... (hugs)

Heather said...

I love this one, I wish I was her, sitting on a balcony in Paris...lucky you that you got to spend time there...isn't it wonderful! lovely, lovely piece.

Cheryl Lynn said...

This is beautiful. I love how you painted the terrace and I love her eyes. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, my dear. Always a pleasure to have you stop by!

Bravo!

Fair Rosamund said...

This is so lovely Nicola, I think you captured that Parisian feel perfectly! I love how you painted the walls. I would love to be her! :) I was lucky enough to go to Paris for a week once, I loved it! It really is beautiful. ~Lauren

Kristin Dudish said...

Wow - how great to have such first hand inspiration!

I can't wait to see pictures of your art space (I love looking at them too)!

Julia Christie said...

I loved paris and these shutters remind me of the wonderful colors you find on doors and shutters all over france. Wonderful piece my dear!

Smiles

adrienne trafford said...

this is very sweet and i know and miss the feeling of sitting in one of those windows! you have recently been to some wonderful places - can't wait to see the art you make from it!

Kristin said...

Hi again!
Thank you so much for your sweet message - I started writing just a month or so ago when I found the Monday's Child prompt - I hadn't done much more than a poem before that, but I really love it. You should give it a try if it appeals to you - it has been so much fun. Anyway, thank you so much and I look forward to seeing more of your art now that you are back,
Kristin xo

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Nicola! Welcome back! Your star gazer turned out wonderful. I can see the lovely inspiration you received from your trip to Paris. Your whole vacation sounds like it was amazing! Love the pictures you shared too. Have a great weekend! :)

Tammie said...

ah, this is so lovely and nostalgic for you and for my recent trip to Italy.

Thank you for your suggestion for photographing my art outside. I will go now and give it a try. Wishing you a great weekend.

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