Friday, June 10, 2011

Paint Party Friday and our lovely weekend away!!!

Hi Everyone,

 (I took this photo outside)
This week I have been working on this painting. I really pushed through with this one.

 (This photo was taken inside with the flash, quite a difference with the colours I thought)

 At the beginning I felt like it was going through a real ugly stage and painted over things a few times and came up with all sorts of different ideas of what to put with the tree. 


 In the end I decided on this pretty girl and I'm really glad I did as I feel like she works really well with the blossom tree.
  I used texture paste, tissue paper and some crackle medium in this to create the texture. (Although you can't really see the crackle, I learned through this painting that I need to do a thicker coat for it to work better, so I shall try this effect again.)


I've been a bit absent from Blogland this last couple of weeks. Last weekend Hubby and I went away for the weekend on our first weekend without kids in 8 years!!! It was a work conference which was held at a beautiful resort so after attending a couple of sessions we were left to our own devices and enjoyed a lovely party with great food the last night we were there!!! It was a great weekend so I thought I'd share some photos :0)
 The view from our private balcony :0)

 We enjoyed some quiet beers on the balcony
 One afternoon we went on a lovely walk and found these beautiful beetles on this rose!
All dressed up for the party :0)

Hope you guys are having a great week!! :0)

34 comments:

Netty said...

Wow your painting is beautiful and so full of joy. Happy PPF, Annette x

Jessie said...

The paintings looks fun! Great photos, you must have had a wonderful time.xx

Diane said...

Love this painting and all of the details! Great weekend too!

NatashaMay said...

Don't you look all cute together! :) Love the canvas. The girl does wonders!:)

Hybrid J said...

Lovely color and texture. Fantastic! ;)

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Your art is beautiful and so are you both! Thank you for sharing your lovely adventure and photos!

Vickie said...

So glad you had time away, it can be refreshing. Love the painting.

Nelly said...

Your painting is beautiful! I really love the way you did the flowers on the trees.

Your getaway looked like it was fun.

La Abela said...

Beautiful tree in bloom and the eyes of the girl, and beautiful couple you doing in the picture ....Saludos

wednesday said...

Looks like you had a terrific break. Love the new painting.

peggy gatto said...

what a nice vacation you had!
I love your style, happy painting, makes me smile!

Terrie said...

I like the girl in the painting too and the textural parts of it work really well! Love the falling petals. happy PPF

Dawn said...

I love the blossom it looks wonderful ;0)

Heather said...

Lucky you - glad you had a nice trip with your hubby! So great to see you in the photo, too!!!
I really like this one, and the tree is beautiful! So are her brown eyes! happy weekend!

SHERI C said...

Both the girl and the blossom tree are delightful. HAPPY PPF!

ileana said...

Beautiful pics and I love your painting. Working with new techniques can really spark creativity. I love the way the petals are falling, bringing the tree to life. Very sweet chica as well. Great work!!

Christine said...

lovely work and your getaway photos look fantastic!

Magic Love Crow said...

Nicola, I love the painting! I love her eyes and the way you did her mouth! I really love everything about it! I'm glad you and your hubby had a nice time away ;o) Very nice picture of the two of you! You make a very cute couple!

Her Speak said...

All the subtle color-shifts in the background are really beautiful. :)

Pam Tucker said...

Ooh, this is a beautiful painting! Lovely colors and the girl is fantastic. I love your texture and the technique looks great!

Looks like a very relaxing time with hubby. Great photo of you two! :)

Anne said...

What a beautiful painting! Lovely that you got to have a getaway with your hubby. Looks like it was a fun time! Great photo of the two of you!

Sacred Yoli said...

Pretty painting!
How nice that you were able to get away. 8 years is a long time. Pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing.
happy ppf

Gloria said...

Very nice painting, I love her hair, lots of texture. The picture of you and your hubby is just awesome and it's good that you were able to get away for a while. Happy PPF!

WrightStuff said...

Your painting reminds me of a bizarre TV programme I watched as a child - a magical land with beautiful blossoms is about all I remember! Beautiful :)

Marlene said...

Wonderful painting. Glad you enjoyed your vacation.

toadinaboat.com said...

LOVE the cool shape of this tree!

Kristin Dudish said...

This post is beautiful from top to bottom... your painting, the views, you and your husband... all beautiful!

Love it :)

xo
Kristin

Sophia said...

Wow, Nicola. I love her. She's beautiful. What technique do you use for your eyes? Hugs :)

Pointy Pix said...

a lovely painting- her eyes are amazing. glad you enjoyed your weekend away!

BahamaDawn said...

what a wonderful and serene painting!

EVA said...

Beautiful painting Nicola! Love the flowers and how the petals are falling on her. Wonderful background.

Looks like a fun weekend and so great to see YOU and hubby!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Thank you Nicola, so lovely to visit you and your blog. Loving your new advatar picture!
Hugs!
Julie

Denni said...

Love the movement in this piece! Looks like you had a nice vacation. The colors on those beetles are wonderful, nature is so amazing.

Cameron said...

Some paintings need a bit more tweaking...but look at the wonderful result!

Plus, trying new things and learning about new mediums is always a thrill :)

I look forward to a vacation without a kid someday, too....someday....she's only 5...haha!

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