Friday, 29 April 2011

Paint Party Friday - step away from the canvas...

Ta-da, I finally finished the oil painting for my brother-in-law. I'm still not entirely happy with the first floor window but I was driving myself to distraction with it last Friday so decided enough was enough and it would have to do.


Kings House - finally!

We headed off on our Easter holiday last Saturday with a couple of days spent at my folks' house in Derry first where we had a great night out with my old school friends and then on Monday we took our new touring caravan up to the wilds of west Donegal where we've been enjoying the beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, great hill walks and wonderful fresh air (plus a welcome escape from the non-stop TV coverage of today's royal wedding which I personally couldn't be less interested in. Although I am grateful for the extra public holiday!)

As we're not home until tomorrow night, I'm not going to get a chance to get the painting framed before my sister and her husband arrive on Tuesday so I phoned a framers where they live in England to get an idea of prices and I made him up this gift card which we'll put the money for the frame in. That way he can be sure the paint is properly dry and choose his own frame. I also learnt you shoul wait at least 6 months before varnishing an oil painting so luckily their neighbour is a professional artist who can hopefully advise them on how best to do that when the time comes.

Overall, I've enjoyed my 1st oil attempt and am planning to try a large canvas for the wall above our sofa in the living room next - watch this space!

Don't forget to pop over to Paint Party Friday for a gleek at some amazing art work from loads of talented folk out there in blogland!

42 comments:

  1. Looks really good. It is such a beautiful house, too - must be lovely to live there! Valerie

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  2. Amazing painting! I love it finished.

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  3. Oh wow it looks fantastic and am sure your brother in law will be over the moon with this great picture. Have a great weekend. Annette x

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  4. You've done a GREAT job for a 1st attempt of oil painting. BRAVO! It looks to me all fine! Can't wait to see your next wonderful work. Keep going! ;)

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  5. I want to know more about oil painting! This is spectacular! Are there lots of new little techniques you have to learn? Or can a person just pick up the paints and brushes and go to it? I love how you did this house!

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  6. Great job! I'm sure your sister will be happy ... A hug

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  7. I don't think I'd like working in oils, not sure... but this is wonderful!

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  8. Wow, almost looks like a photo you did such a great job! Happy PPF.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous and stunning piece...beautiful!
    Victoria~

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  10. You should be really proud, especially since this is your first oil painting. It's wonderful.

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  11. Not satisfied? Spoken like a true perfectionist. Well, I think it is just perfectly beautiful! :-)

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  12. I think this is amazing - I am sure your Brother-in-Law will love it... such a thoughtful gift!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  13. Your painting is wonderful and will be cherished (i can only imagine), how thoughtful of you to find a framer and add the gift card!

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  14. I love the finished piece. You've really done a wonderful job. I'm sure it will be loved by the receiver. Happy PPF! (I want to live in that house, tee hee.)

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  15. The finished painting looks great - well done.
    How do you fancy painting our house - just kidding. Spent all morning watching Kate & William. Her dress was beautiful MUM

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  16. This is awesome! Having watched you go through the progressions of this painting, I think the finished piece is the best yet. He will LOVE it. I know it. You do amazing work. You should feel very proud of this. :)

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  17. It turned out so well. Definitely something to treasure.

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  18. How dare you not be happy with that window?? It's fantastic!!! The whole painting is breathtaking. I wouldn't know how to thank you for a gift like that. Seriously.

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  19. No waaaay..your first oil painting?! WOWWWWW! this is amazing! Infact Ileaa hits the nail on the head with the description "breath taking"!! ABSOLUTELY!:)

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  20. WOW! Fantastic painting! I love house portraits, and this one has such character! I wouldn't worry about the first floor window. I enlarged the image and looked and looked, and couldn't find anything wrong with it. Your sister will be very happy, I am positive on that.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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  21. Wonderful painting, it turned out really well.

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  22. Great Painting! YOur windows are just fine, quit being so hard on yourself. happy PPF!

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  23. Good grief! FIRST oil attempt. I am very impressed!

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  24. The finished project looks fabulous!!

    I can't wait to hear about his reaction!

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  25. Hello my little 'Conchord' fan, yep often in this house we break into a song, 'Too many Dicks (on the Dance Floor)' or something just as politically incorrect & then roll around laughing... have you seen 'Summer Heights High' it is a short Aussie series & pretty funny (not quite as wonderful as Brett & Jermaine, but what is LOL)
    Whoops...
    NOW back to PPF...
    Step away girl... this is PERFECT!!!! Kudos to you (& so happy to have met you :)

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  26. After this gift you must be his favourite sister-in -law ! This turned out beautiful and part of the building's pale pink facade kinda of reminds me somewhat of Bermuda. Lovely work!

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  27. this is really a work of art, you are so talented.

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  28. Hi, couldn't find an email so answering your question here. My purse was bought at either Michaels or Craft Warehouse house about six years ago and it came with the handle already attached. I used to be able to find all kinds of really nice unfinished wooden pieces to paint back then, they are hard to find now.

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  29. Wow I did not realize that this was your first Oil painting attempt!! Well done girly!!! You did a fantastic job!

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  30. Oh it turned out SO very beautiful- I LOVE it and your brother in law is a VERY lucky guy! Can't wait to see what you have planned for your next painting!

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  31. I think your painting turned out beautifully!

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  32. I see nothing wrong with your windows...excellent piece - I'm sure he'll love it!
    cheers, dana

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  33. I think you have found your calling and your medium! This is just beautiful. I see nothing wrong with any of it! Your brother in law will love it! Love the post about your camping trip and I'm so glad you found your envelope. Beautiful photos and your doggies are very cute! Happy belated PPF and thanks for stopping to visit me. :-)

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  34. Amazing first oil! You really got the textures right. Well done!

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  35. Looks fantastic!!! And it's your first oil attempt - very impressive. I love the way it looks, definitely interested in seeing what else you create in the medium :))

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  36. Just incredible, I would say perfect. Your perspective is amazing. I adore it!

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  37. Last time I told you I wanted to take a stroll down that lane, now I even want to touch those walls. :D Amazing detail.
    Thanks for the 6 months tip. I´m new to oils too.

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  38. WOW! I'm almost speechless! That is stunning.

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  39. The painting is so beautiful, and I try to figure out what you don't like about the first fllor window. I can't find anything wrong with it. The painting is stunning the way it is!

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