Friday, 18 March 2011

Paint Party Friday...

....is another great way for artist/bloggers to come together. 

Thanks to the lovely Ileana whose blog I've been following for a few months now, I learnt that Paint Party Friday has been set up by Eva and Kristin, two artists who felt that often it helps to check in, to both encourage and be encouraged by other like-minded folk when it feels that our creativity mojo has gone missing in action.  I've definitely found that since I finished the Sketchbook Project, I've been coasting along and not really doing any 'proper' artwork. So I will definitely find Paint Party Friday a good way to see what other people are doing, learn from them, and hopefully become encouraged to pick up a pen or a brush mid-week after a long, boring day at work when usually I feel more like eating a (family size) bar of chocolate and setting my brain on the coffee table while I watch TV!

Anyway, as we were off yesterday for St.Patrick's day, I decided to take today off too and have me a nice long weekend.  After getting the pups out for a good long walk on the first beautifully sunny day of the year (still needed to wrap up - the sun is all talk no action in Ireland for the most part) I spent the rest of the day doing art - three different kinds!!

I have started my first ever oil painting.  It is supposed to be a surprise for my brother-in-law's 40th in May (sis, if you're reading this, don't mention anything as it may turn out crap and he may never receive it!!) I have taken a couple of photos of my progress so far but as it's a gift, I don't want to post it just yet. I'm not convinced oil is my thing but I'll persevere for a while.

I also started a new pointy pet portrait of my beautiful dog, Reuben.  I got as far as the outline but will start with the ink dots tomorrow hopefully.  I think this will take a reaaaallly long time as his fur doesn't lend itself to stippling but as it is just for me I can take as long as I like.  This is the pencil outline and the photo I'm using for inspiration.


If you look really close, you can just about make out his face!



Sorry, it's really hard to see the pencil on this as it is so faint but I didn't want to make too many marks until I start with the ink.

I also did another little ACEO of Skye.  This one was taken from a photo of the sunrise from our rental cottage one morning.

© PointyPix

I printed the photo off on ordinary paper and the colours weren't as vibrant so I've only noticed now how much warmer the sky actually is than I made it in my painting.  Still, it is just an interpretation so I don't suppose it matters too much.

Why not hop on over to Paint Party Friday and check out all the other artists who've blogged their work today too!

28 comments:

  1. Lovely to meet you here at the party. Totally loving your Skye sky!!

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  2. I love your purple sunrise! Can't wait to see the other one finished. It's a good start.

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  3. I love the color purple and this sunrise is just beautiful. Nice to meet you. I'm happy too about PPF because it's going to be fun and really I'm glad one doesn't need experience because that applies to me. I doodle and have fun and that's it. Great work.

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  4. I agree! LOVE your Skye. Beautiful colors! Would love to see the finished portrait of Reuben as well. :)

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  5. I'm thrilled you decided to join us.

    You are inspirational and full of fantastic ideas! I can't wait to see the finished pup, and the colors in that sunrise are just beautiful!

    PS - I just showed my 9-year old son some of your work and he thinks it's "incredible." I do, too! I couldn't do what you do.

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  6. How wonderful to meet you through Paint Party Friday. What a cute dog face, looks like you are off to a great start with the sketch! That is also a gorgeous photo and a lovely rendition of it...great colors...so vibrant! have a great day!

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  7. Gorgeous work...inspiring and powerful..love the colors...wow...wonderful to meet you..shine on..your work is simply beautiful!
    Victoria~

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  8. The drawing is really good and I can make it out. This will be a fabulous piece when you are finished. Love the painting of the sky it is such a fabulous color.

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  9. Reuben is very cute & the pencil sketch looks good already. The painting is gorgeous - beautiful inspirational colours.

    Kat :-)

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  10. Gorgeous painting! What fun to be doing a painting of your sweet pup!

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  11. What a great start to Reuben's portrait! I look forward to seeing your progress! I love the your sunrise... fabulous colors!!!

    Thank you so much for joining the party :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  12. Reuben is gorgeous , can't wait to see him finished. As for the Skye ...gorgeousness right through. Adore the Marilyn sketch you made and a would be artist?..I don't think so.....you are truly a wonderful artist! Adore your work!


    Annabelle >^.^<

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  13. I like your way of working, I noticed that you love what you do and it has very good results, Greetings

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  14. I am so glad you could come to the party, Nicola! And even happier if we replace chocolate and TV for you mid-week! ;)

    You did wonderful creations this week - a great sketch and a beautiful sunset! Looking forward to seeing more next week!

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  15. Very nice to meet you. :) I love your sky painting. I love pinks and purples. :) Your puppy is cute! I have two that I've been wanting to draw but need to get the fir down better before I attempt them.

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  16. Your dog is adorable and look forward to seeing you piece completed!

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  17. Great to meet you, love the dog... he's adorable

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  18. I am loving the sketch of your dog- pencil is always so hard to translate to monitors, but what I could see is amazing. His eye is perfect!
    And that sky- so beautiful, I love sunrises, especially the purple ones!

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  19. Beautiful little sunrise! I'm looking forward to seeing your pooch get pointy and your oil painting, too. Oils are so smooshable and blendable and fun. I like the water soluble ones. They dry faster and don't smell so strong.

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  20. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments! I think PPF is going to be great - It's always interesting to see all the varied and different styles of art that people work in and I love meeting new folk from all over the world this way!

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  21. Can't wait to see Reuben finished. You're off to a great start. Skye looks fab. I love the purple.

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  22. I love to see WIP's so I am excited to see Reuben when he's finished. And the sky is fab :)
    xo

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  23. Congratulations on branching out and trying an oil painting!
    Your drawing of Reuben is actually awesome. I like the up close and personal composition and am looking forward to seeing how the finished pointillism portrait turns out.
    Love the sky painting. I divorce myself from the references and look at the art. It is lovely, colorful and loose.

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  24. Hehe Your dog looks a great deal like my poodle/terrier mix. Love it! And the contrast in your landscape is awesome. :-) Lookk forward to seeing more of your work on PPF.

    Thank you so much for you kind comments on my blog. :-)

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  25. Good luck with the pet portrait! I haven't tried oils yet either but would love to have a go. I love the sketch of that beautiful purple sky, by the way :0)

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  26. good luck with the oils pp .... let us see it when its done...I bet it will be fantastic!!

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  27. oh these are so great! I had a doggie like that once! ...I've used acrylic in the past but have always been a bit scared of oil. I so want to spend some time playing with it. Have fun with yours!

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  28. whoa -- what a fabulous idea!! i am spending the next few weeks getting back down to basics in my studio with creating -- i can't wait to check this out!

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