Friday, March 30, 2012

Paint Party Friday - My biggest canvas to date! :0)

Hi everyone just have some progress shots of my biggest canvas that I've worked on so far. It's 3 panels which I'm going to hang in our new room. I've never done one this big before so I'm really enjoying the process. Here are some pics of how far I've gone with it so far:

 I googled some photos of some lotus flowers and chose this composition. Sketched the design.
They almost take up my entire dining table!

 Next up I used craft glue and paper towel to make more texture on the lily pads, and texture paste on the petals. Then I painted the background!
This is just the first layer of colour on the flower, I'm going to go a bit more tan/orangey in the flower so as to compliment the blue. Hoping to do some more tomorrow. I'm having a lot of fun though and have to get on a chair to take the photo :0) There is something quite liberating about working on a large piece. The size and subject matter are right out of my comfort zone but I'm loving the process.

 These next pictures are of some lesson/project ideas that I've been putting together for my stint as 'The artist in residence' which I'm hoping to start next term at the boys school I'm so excited about working with the children and hopefully inspiring them to love art as much as I do :0) My first project I think will be to do a painting like my tree one below that I have created as an example but also thought it would be good to give the kids other options if they aren't into trees.

 These are two photos that I took the other morning of the flowers in my garden after we had quite a down pour, it wasn't until I looked at the pic above on my computer that I realised that I had captured the reflection of the flower inside this precarious rain drop! LOVE it! :0)
Just had to share this one too I thought it was sooooo pretty!!!

Hope you've had a great week and I look forward to seeing your paintings this week! :0)


WrightStuff said...

Hi Nicola - thank you so much for the lovely comment you left me, it means so much!

Your triptych (sp?) will be amazing! Loving it already - especially the reflection of the flower in the water.

Lesley Edmonds said...

Loving your triptych. As Lisa says, the reflection of the lily is lovely.

NatashaMay said...

Wonderful wip photos! And congrats on your teaching gig. Kids are gonna have fun in your class.

Netty said...

Terrific WIP's and exciting as well.. Have fun with your class. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lots of creative expression here ~ Wonderfully done ~ all of them ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Lynn said...

wow three canvas'! Enjoyed looking at all the paintings and your flower photos are beautiful too!

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to see your lotus and tree piece, lovely.

flowers dressed in raindrops are always dear to my heart.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

This is going to be a stunning addition to your home- what an amazing project! Have fun building your lesson plans- it's SO much fun to work with children!

Debbie said...

Your lotus painting is going to be wonderful! Have fun with the art lessons. I am always so inspired when I teach lessons for my sons' classes.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Great triptych WIP!
Reminds me of the Monet triptych Agapanthus that I recently saw at the Saint Louis Art Museum!
Happy PPF!!
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Magic Love Crow said...

Wow busy girl! I love the larger painting you are working on and your photo's are amazing!!! You should frame those flower photo's ;o)

Kristin said...

WOW Nicola!! I love your HUGE painting(s) and bet they will look so cool hanging up! What a great idea to use craft glue and towels for texture. AND CONGRATS on your upcoming teaching gig! HOW wonderful - I love it - and you already have at least two charming students!! xoxo

Sabina said...

This is beautiful! I've never worked on anything that large either so I could understand that's it out of your comfort zone. But good for you for doing it anyway! Can't wait to see it once it's finished--looks like you're 80-85 percent there now though.

wednesday said...

Your water lilies are gorgeous, even at this early stage. Can't wait to see them finished and on your new wall.

EVA said...

The water lily is looking gorgeous so far! Can't wait to see more. (Love the trees too.)

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