Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Once Upon a Time...

Winter Collection
Pure Aussie Wool Series
Mixed Media 38cm x 57cm

 on 425gsm Watercolour Paper
Once upon a time seems apt for this mixed media piece I have finally considered done.
This is another for my Pure Aussie Wool Series and I have called this one "Winter Collection".
Once upon a time a couple of days ago it started with 14 sheep inspired by the references we took last year in a local shearing shed. Of course those sheep had already been shorn so whilst I used their poses and faces I added back their winter wool in my painting. So lucky this is not just watercolour as I decided to reduce the number to 13 yesterday morning and by yesterday afternoon they had been reduced to just 7. The process was the most radical adjustments I have ever done. My background colours were started with pastel tones and as my arty friends said it looked a bit nursery room. How far from this could I take it, well last night at about 5pm and after more than 15 hours over 2 days on this piece I thought this is far enough. I am really happy with my playing into somewhat semi abstract aspects. I always knew I wouldn't give up on it as I was engaged by the eyes looking at me especially the top left sheep.

10 comments:

  1. I'm happy you didn't give up Lorraine!! Beautiful work on the many layers that add to the interest of this piece!

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  2. Terrific faces, and I love the patterns for your "collection"!

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  3. This is fantastic Lorraine. so creative and different, love all the faces and the artistic background.

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  4. Your mixed media is just SOOOO good, Lorraine. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. Your Pure Aussie Wool is substantial, and a real tribute to your land and its bounty.

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  5. you are always so kind in leaving me comments and I really appreciate it.

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  6. Really interesting concept this one Lorraine. Definitely a labour of love for you to finish it and to stick with it to the end. Well done for not giving up on a piece that has turned out so unique and fresh.

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  7. Obviously you left the sheepish ones out! So interesting to hear how you got to the finished painting. It is unique and lovely

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  8. LOL I think 14 sheep would have been a bit overwhelming. Interesting to hear a bit about your process. This is a fun painting!

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  9. Ho I almost missed this one interesting piece. It reminds me of a fine quilt with a life time story behind it. Love the composition!

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  10. Lorraine - this is intriguing...really love the fact that you focused on the faces of the sheep. Wow to have went from 14 to 7 is amazing and you certainly can't see any of those corrections. Love the composition too.

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