Friday, 8 April 2011

Paint Party Friday...here's one I made earlier

© Pointy Pix
Well, as the saying goes, Thank F it's Friday!  Another week over and another opportunity to ogle all the other wonderful art blogs participating in Paint Party Friday.

This week I did precisely no art work at all. I have reasons/excuses for this which are as follows:-

  1. My stepson K is over for a week's holiday from Scotland. I still had to work so my evenings were spent playing Uno/Smart Ass/Logo at the kitchen table instead of painting at the kitchen table.  I was going to paint last night but then realised K goes home today so my time would be better spent playing some more board games with him and S instead.  I can paint tonight.
  2. The weather has been pretty nice this week (for Ireland) and so after work most evenings, we headed out to the local park/beach for a jog/play around with the pups before coming home for said board games.
  3. Er, actually that's all.
I mentioned in my last post that my love/hate relationship with oils is continuing.  I decided last weekend that I didn't like what  I had done so far with the painting of my sister's house as it wasn't textured enough and I do love a bit of texture.  I also felt like it was trying to be photo-realistic and unless I could do that really well (which I can't) I decided I needed it to be more impressionistic but still look like what it's meant to be.  Therein lies my dilemma.  

I repainted everything I had done so far. Then I was just getting it all muddy as there was too much wet paint. So I stuck it out in S's tool shed just to get it off the kitchen table (for the games' evenings as mentioned above!) and haven't looked at it since. The perspective is skew-whiff but I think if I can get that sorted then it might still be salvageable. Otherwise, bro-in-law will be getting Amazon vouchers for his birthday instead! Anyway, no photo of that this week so instead, I present you with:

The Walled Garden, Bangor, Northern Ireland
This is a little bit of a cheat in that this was the cover illustration for the Sketchbook Project which I sent off on its American travels in January.  However, a friend of mine liked two of the paintings (here and here) and wondered if I would sell them.  I explained that they were part of the sketchbook and I didn't have them any more but I would print them off onto watercolour paper and she could have the prints.  

While I was printing them I decided to do one for us as well and asked S to choose one.  This is the one he chose which wouldn't have been my first choice but actually it'll look pretty good up on our living room wall! By the way - a normal printer really doesn't like dealing with card or watercolour paper - I had to fight with ours to get it to run it through properly but got there eventually!

Hopefully, I'll be back on track next week with more new art work and I'll have finally gotten the perspective on that damn oil painting sorted out! I'm off now to have a gleek at the other artists blogging this week on Paint Party Friday.

44 comments:

  1. You had good excuses for the week. :) This print looks awesome! I'll have to try if my printer takes watercolor paper, too. :)

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  2. Hey, company trumps self indulgence every time...darn visitors...haha!

    Hope you're having fun with the paints tonight!

    I don't think using a pic is cheating...this piece is great!

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  3. I know what you mean about company and no painting sometime. Had my sis here for 6 days, but that's okay. Love the print.

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  4. I love gateways. There is a hidden story within all of them. Great work. Happy PPF!

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  5. Don't be too hard on your self. There's time for everything. Anyway, the print looks really good. Nice work. ;)

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  6. It was nice you got to spend some quality time with your stepson. I love your painting, I would love to have that garden to stroll in. You did an amazing job on the brick.

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  7. Look, the time spent with children is the best ..... the brushes can be expected.
    The road through that open door is phenomenal. Greetings

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  8. I love this! I'd hang it up on my wall too :)
    I always like this kind of perspective in art, there is an avenue of trees in the Botanic Gardens near me that I've tried to paint, but I can't capture that wonderful sense of distance and a journey waiting to happen that I feel when looking at the real thing.

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  9. The painting is beautiful! I LOVE doorways, arches... I know what you mean about the printer. Everytime I try to print on watercolor paper, I hold my breath. It usually takes a couple of tries before mine will cooperate. ;)

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  10. Very beautiful painting, I love the way you enhanced the perspective with those repeated arches. I can do detailed work up close, but my perspective in landscapes stinks ;) I always find myself admiring artists who excel at the the things I can't do.....
    Happy PPF!
    Stephanie

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  11. Very nice painting. I love the bricks and would definitely like to go beyond to explore. Arches seem mysterious. Enjoy painting and Happy PPF!

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  12. I love how this painting draws you in and makes you want to explore further. Beautiful! :-)

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  13. yes, when the weather is good and we have company... this piece is lovely.

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  14. I think once you let it dry and have a less muddy start you'll do fine with the house! I've done that tons of times, the muddy paint gets really frustrating. I think a more painterly style would look great, and I always found that having layers of color and stuff to move around underneath makes it look even better and more interesting!

    Happy paint party friday, love what you posted this week.

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  15. The bricks pop right out at you...I love this one! You are an amazing artist with a gift for capturing those perfect little nooks in nature. I love your work and can't wait to see how you master the oils.

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  16. Beautiful. I love the brick wall and I really love how it seems to keep going and going. I want to go there!

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  17. Brilliant picture... just peeking into a walled garden... love it... so cosy..

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  18. I can see why your friend wanted a copy - it turned out beautifully! I love the perspective. And walled gardens always work for me!

    So glad you came to the party in spite of your busy week!

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  19. So loving that fab arched wall. Hope you get some art time next week and enjoy it. Annette x

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  20. nice composition, very artistic and pleasing

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  21. Spending quality time with family is the best excuse not to paint :)

    The painting you're sharing is beautiful - great perspective!

    xo
    Kristin

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  22. Ha! I love playing UNO!

    Great pics too :)

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  23. I'd say good weather is a good excuse to get out of doing just about anything! I love your painting. The depth you have created is amazing and your brick work is awesome. Very nice job!

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  24. Oooh, I'd love to go through that gate and into your garden!

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  25. Its always nice to take a break. Your print is very pretty!! Have a great weekend & happy PPF!
    Theresa

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  26. Very nice! Great you kept a copy for yourself.

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  27. Very well done. I really like it =) Kathryn

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  28. I really love your work, the way you capture the details and the lines. Very nice!
    I didn't do any art this week either.
    Have an inspired weekend!

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  29. Thanks for the positive comments, I've just worked my way through the other blogs - I love that there are more participants every week although it's taking me a while to get through them all! I spent last night working on my oil painting and the love/hate relationship is definitely erring more on the side of love right now - it was a good night!! Hopefully I'll have another couple of sessions on it and it'll be finished (or it could all go horribly wrong again!)

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  30. Hi Pointy Pix( my brother calls me Pix..what a cool coincidence!)
    I Love this piece...i can just imagine walking down that beautiful path...so magical..it really draws me in..beautiful work..stunning painting! Lovely!
    Victoria~

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  31. This makes me want to step inside and see what is at the end of the lovely garden. It is beautiful!!

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  32. A Lovely Secret Garden.....imagine the daily inspirations you find there.This is really a beautiful painting.

    Annabelle ~^..^~

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  33. oh this is gorgeous!!! wow!!! wonderful piece and I love everything about it....also love seeing it all framed like that!!!

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  34. I love how you did the bricks there. I have that problem of wanting it to look photo realistic as well but I find it loses some of the artist's own style when it's too perfect. Sounds like you've had a great week :) Don't worry about not painting - I think you need those breaks to fuel your creativity anyway!
    ~Kerry

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  35. Life does have a way of getting in the way of our creative time. Beautiful garden archway!
    Lynn

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  36. What a lovely print, it definitely is inviting me in to go and explore..looks beautiful!
    I think your excuses are definitely worthy!You have to get out there and top up your dose of Vit D while the sun shines....who knows when the next dose will be :)

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  37. First, I really like that you spent so much time with your stepson - so sweet. And second, I also like the walled garden - a LOT!

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  38. Your painting is beautiful.

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  39. I´m at a "I have no idea what I´m doing yet" stage with oil paints. :)
    Lovely gateway. Your evenings sound great even if there was no paint involved.

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