Friday, 14 February 2014

Busy, Busy

If I thought January was busy with taking part in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge February is shaping up just as busy but in other ways. I have found time to paint but must admit my pace is much slower but I am really enjoying taking my time over pieces and it is not as if I need hundreds more to add to my growing pile so slow and steady is good.
Kimberley Terrain
38cm x 57cm
mixed media
This painting was an experiment - I poured with thinned, fluid acrylic in Cerulean and Ultra Marine Blue for the sky. I then used some oil pastel on the rock face and then used watercolour to complete the sandstone rocks and the trees. I am fairly happy with the result, my husband loves it but I think it doesn't feel like me. More experimenting needed and a looser approach I think. Inspiration came whilst watching a DVD included with my latest Australian Geographic which was all about keeping the invasive Cane Toads out the Kimberleys in Western Australia.


Seductive Spice
38cm x 57cm
watercolour
This painting I really enjoyed. It took me two painting session to complete. I was going to mask out the flowers and lily pads so I could do another pour but in watercolour. I really didn't relish the idea of all that masking fluid so opted for painting the flowers first then carefully paint the water which did take several glazes and last of all the lily pads. I took this image on my visit in December to the Adelaide Zoo. It was lightly raining at the time and I tried to capture the ripples in the water. The title eluded me so when I need more info I google and I read about the seductive perfume these blooms can have and also how having a pond with these in your garden can add some spice.

I made a trip to Adelaide to deliver three wildlife paintings that are included in an exhibition opening on Sunday. I have also found time to visit three exhibitions this week. So all in all a pretty full on time.


13 comments:

  1. Terrific work on both paintings Lorraine! I love how you did the rocks, almost cubist like. Beautiful contrasts and ripples in the water of the lily pad painting. You are keeping up a great pace!

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  2. I'm in love with the bottom one Lorraine, Beautiful work on both, but I've been seduced by your water lilies and the blue water. Good luck with your Exhibition!

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  3. Both of these are really nice. The one of the cliffs is interesting...using the ops on the rock face was a good idea. The rocks are very linear which makes the cliff look dramatic. I love the one of the water lilies...the splashes in the water give it a nice texture. You are a very busy lady!

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  4. Indeed very busy Lorraine , but you made two stunning paintings here . Love the freedom in the first one and the very romantic and brilliantly painted water lilies ! Wish you a nice weekend.

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  5. I find it interesting that you used three media in the first painting - especially since I have recently been experimenting with acrylics. I also like the lilly pads painting - especially how you captured the ripples in the water.

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  6. Thanks Celia! Helen, Jane, Joan and Jean

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  7. Wow, Lorraine! I just love the rain ripples in your pond. And even if the rocks don't feel like you, I agree with Ian that it's a wonderful piece. Terrific work!

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  8. These both are a beautiful departure from your usual works, but in the best way! I love the composition of the lily pad painting, and I keep coming back to it and exploring all that you have done. The rocks painting is so very textural, and added with your color selection, it really pops. They are both wonderfully done!

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  9. Two fantastic paintings Lorraine! You've really captured the feel of the outback with the top one and the water lillies are divine!

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  10. think you shoud be really pleased with both of these lorraine ....beautiful view point on kimberley terrain

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  11. I like your adventurous spirit with trying different media. It worked out very well on the first painting. As soon as i opened up the lily pads i could almost feel the rain! Good job on both! Thanks also for your blogger visit. I really appreciate your comments. Happy painting!

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  12. I like the strength of these images, dear Lorraine.
    I guess the land where you live full of light and color contrasts, and your painting can convey to me perfectly!

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  13. Thank you so much everyone, your comments are really appreciated

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