Friday, February 10, 2012

Paint Party Friday - And now for something completely different!

Well my first week with two kids at school has flown by in a blur!!! The boys went so well especially my youngest who started Kindy this week. Such a big life change for such a little man! He's loving it and I think will have a wonderful time with his new teacher who is fantastic!

As you can imagine this means that my life is now completely changed. I now have from 9am to 3pm to do all those things that I try to do every day with two crazy kids around. It's been a very strange week but I must admit I really enjoy being able to concentrate on some grown up things! About a month ago I joined the gym as I was getting a bit bored with just running so each day I pretty much drop the boys off and head to the gym for an hour. I've been able to set aside the appropriate time for the paper work for our business (we have our own gardening business) and our home office is now looking like a proper office and that much needed paper work is getting seen to on a regular basis. And of course I now have more time to concentrate on my art. I was so excited at the beginning of the week that I couldn't wait to get started and of course I had a terrible artistic block, I finally had the time to really get serious with my art and I couldn't think of a thing to paint!!!! Argggghhhhhh!!!!! So frustrating!

In the end I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try something a little different and quite a challenge for me. I decided to work on some realistic portraits, (something which I must admit really intimidates me). I really love drawing faces and eyes and playing with expressions so I decided to google some photos of interesting faces and these are the two that I was able to paint this week.


This first lady I found I don't really know who she was but I was struck by her eyes which I thought were kind and I thought had the photo been in colour she would have had a real sparkle to them.

Painted in gouache!

Most of you would probably recognise this guy as Mr Katy Perry! (I guess not for much longer though) I really love Russell Brand even though he's crude and totally inappropriate I can't help but laugh at him.
When I looked at his picture I saw him as a definite 'Red' project!!! He reminds me of a vampire!

I'm hoping that now things are in some sort of routine I can possibly blog a bit more and visit you all more. I really appreciate your comments on my work and will make sure that I come round and see you all as I love seeing what you have been doing and your inspiration!! :0)

20 comments:

Kokopelli said...

Love the old lady! Great job on the eyes!

Caro said...

Love your art work ~ so glad you have creating time now ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Netty said...

Loving both paintings, love your interpretation especially Russell Brand. Great paintings to bring to the party. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Hi Nicola! Happy PPF! Wow! What a fantastic job on the old lady. It really is beautiful. Russell brand is so funny. This is great especially with the red, you are right he does look like a vampire... hahah.

Ahhh... isn't the quiet nice? Relish your time, as it goes so quick. I know my 6 hours a day fly and I don't know where they go. Well a lot of them on this computer! lol... I'm not getting near as much art done that I thought I would. Now our school year is over half done!

EVA said...

Fantastic portraits!!

Well done! Really gorgeous - love how you captured each but love the woman - amazing photo and amazing painting.

Julie said...

OMGosh...these are amazing Nicola!!! You are awesome...you should not feel intimidated by realistic portraits ever again! :) xx

Angenita said...

It's nice to read a mom who is enjoing her time alone when kids are at school. Usual you only read about the empty nest syndrome :)

Your old women is fantastic. It's hard to draw wrinkles and you did a great job on it.

WrightStuff said...

The old lady is brilliant. I should try to draw wrinkles. Every line tells a story!

I can never quite make my mind up about Mr Brand. I do think he's very clever though - big of a genius underneath all that foolishness.

pauline said...

Your portraits are great! I really love the old lady... so captivating. You may not be comfortable doing them, but you certainly have a knack. Keep painting! xoxo

Magic Love Crow said...

Your first painting has so much feeling in it! Beautiful! The second one, is fun! I love them both! Have a great weekend!

Sophia said...

Nicola, I am truly stunned. You did a SUPER fab job on both. wtg, girl! Hugs :)

Ayala Art said...

great, both of them... but I like the lady best

La Abela said...

The Lady is great, I love the expression you've got, she is!. Saludos

SHERI C said...

Love BOTH works this week.
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook
Happy Horse Studio

Belinda Carson said...

What beautiful portraits!

Carol said...

Great pieces!!! The old lady is my fav ...you have captured her character well.

NatashaMay said...

Nicola, you're so talanted. Love these faces! Really fab shading. :)

wednesday said...

Congratulations on having some time to yourself; amazing how quickly it fills itself, huh?

Great portraits, especially the woman. Love the blue of her eyes. And Russell? What a terrific portrait subject. He has the most expressive face.

Beadwright said...

OMGGG the old woman is amazing. I mean amazing. The guy is great too but the old woman grabbed at me.
Nicole/Beadwright

peggy aplSEEDS said...

how nice that your son loves school. some children have such a hard time adjusting. your paintings are wonderful. the old lady is specially good. fantastic actually. thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

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