Thursday, 5 January 2012

Nature's magic...

I mentioned in my last post about the photography course that S has booked us both on. One of the things I really want to learn is how to take good photos through rain streaked windows. I am always bewitched by photos that manage to make lights go all blurry, sparkly and twinkly (Google image 'rainy windows' and you'll see what I mean) Either by focussing on the foreground and making the background go blurry or by capturing light through a rainy windscreen or window – they just seems to make an otherwise ordinary scene look a little big magical.

I found a gorgeous photo depicting this very thing online a while ago on a desktop wallpaper website but I've since learned that apparently these sites just grab photos from other websites and use them willy nilly with no regard for copyright issues. It’s something I’m always very paranoid about especially if I hope to sell the derivative artwork so I’ve tried to find out who actually took the photo but haven't been able to. Every time I Google it, it brings me to wallpaper sites.  So unfortunately, I can't give credit where it's due for the inspiration for this particular painting.

Anyway, S saw these teeny tiny wee canvasses (9cm x 7cm) on equally teeny tiny easels for an absolute steal in a bookshop recently and got me 10 of them! I spent ages trying to decide what to paint on them – I dismissed doing more Twisty Towns as the larger (but still mini) canvasses I did for the craft fair haven’t all sold yet so I wasn't inspired to do more.  Then I started out attempting a whimsical girl’s head which then morphed into a cat sitting on a fence with a twisty house in the background before deciding it was rubbish and painting over it all in black. I then, quite by chance came across the aforementioned photo of the rainy reflections and decided to give it a go in acrylics painting over the now black canvass.

This is the result and I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out. It’s a little bit pointy, a little bit abstract and a little bit impressionist all rolled into one, I think (or it’s just a mass of coloured blobs but either way I like it!) I think it helps to squint a little when looking at it!

Rush Hour Rain - mini-canvas



And to put the size into perspective!

So, now I want to do a series of rainy reflections (working title – Nature’s Magic because nature can make functional manmade objects look pretty and magical) but I need to find photos that I can use for inspiration until I can learn to take them myself. With that in mind, if anyone reading this has any photos for which they have copyright and that they wouldn’t mind emailing to a fellow artist to use as inspiration (with a view to creating a mini-exhibition!), I’d be immensely grateful!

Anyway, this is my contribution to the first Paint Party Friday of 2012 (which in now in its 43rd week altogether!) 

47 comments:

  1. Nice little painting! I love those little canvases and easels, too, they make lovely presents. Valerie

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  2. I love the colors of this, its lovely, I think your idea is wonderful, I can't wait to see your interpretations of rainy days.

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  3. Oooh - these mini magical paintings are fantastic - I love the colors - I look forward to seeing this series :)

    Your studio tuned out great! I love that black and white floor (and it looks like you have great light)!

    Your Christmas-appetizer-grazing tradition sounds perfect... Next year don't be surprised if I show up on your doorstep! Hee Hee!

    xo
    Kristin

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  4. Small and amazing!! Keep it up!!

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  5. Beautiful miniature painting and would make a wonderful gift. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Annette x

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  6. Gosh you really did mean teeny tiny! Until I saw the photo of it in your hand I was imagining about 4 times that size!!

    You captured your subject matter so well - and in such teeny detail - great job!

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  7. That looks brilliant! It really seems like you're looking throught the rainy window. :)

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  8. This is great!!! It makes me think of a crowd watching fireworks. I love rainy windows, especially the windshield of a car, when you get to see the streaky blurry scene, and the the wipers clean it off, and it starts all over again. You're right, it is magical.

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  9. This is such an amazing painting-you have good reason to be pleased! I squinted at it and it became a whole new painting to me!

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  10. i adore your teeny canvas! beautiful work!

    :)

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  11. ooooo how lovely. I cant believe you can make something so small so wonderfully! I love the impressionistic quality

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  12. nice miniature!! I wonder why you glazed it, it looked great before that.

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  13. Wow, I had no idea it was so small. What a great piece. Loving the colors and look forward to more of your mini series. Outstanding! Happy PPF!

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  14. Magnificent work..I find it absolutely stunning..energizing and also visually memserizing....fantastic brilliant work! Shine on!!
    Victoria

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  15. thanks so much for your comments as always, I love getting your feedback.

    Mimi, I always think that acrylics dry quite chalky looking and I prefer the sheen you get from oils (but not the length of time it takes to dry!) so I glazed it to make it look more finished, I suppose!

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  16. How tiny! I had no idea till I saw the hand holding it. It is gorgeous with all those pointy spots of color. Faye

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  17. I'm glad your new projects....I hope mque have a year full of success. XO

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  18. Gorgeous! And so wonderfully tiny! I love your inspiration for this, and the idea for the series of rainy reflections paintings.

    Thank you for your kind words on my blog today--when I draw little detailed things like the house in today's sneak peek I start with a light pencil drawing, go over it with a small-nib pen, fill it in with watercolor pencil and then paint over it with a little brush. After that, I ink over the lines again! Lots of work for such a tiny little image (as you know!) but SO worth it, I think! :)

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  19. Oh I love, love, LOVE this! Your description is perfect; pointy-impressionist-abstract all rolled into one. And the colors you chose are gorgeous!
    Happy PPF.
    Stephanie

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  20. Lovely abstract creation that sings of life, love and joy ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

    Any photos you see on my blog A Creative Harbor or Share the Creative Journey that speak to for painting ~ just let me know ~ Happy New Year ^_^

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  21. Wow I love how this piece turned out, beautiful colour and energy in this one! I love these mini canvas they are so fun to use and perfect for this style of painting!!!

    I also loved seeing your studio!!! What a wonderful creative space! :0)

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  22. oh, I think you nailed it! LOVE!

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  23. I love this little canvas... so beautifully done... I saw these recently at a store and thought they would make a really sweet series... I can't wait to see yours now... hope lots of pics get sent to you...xx

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  24. LOVE this painting! So many textures and colors to gaze at. Yes, this seems perfect for this tiny canvas.

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  25. I love RAINY WINDOW images too.
    Your little creation this week is SUPERB!
    Can't wait to see more...
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

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  26. I LOVE THE TINY CANVASES! This is beautiful! I love all the colors! Great detail!
    Happy Friday,
    Nat

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  27. Very cool, I think these capture the feeling of a bustling city seen through a rainy window. Mini Canvas/easels always catch my eye but I never know what to do with them.

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  28. Ooh I wanted to tell you I really like this piece/painting. It uses all these colors in such a good way and it keeps my eyes going around and looking at it. I like the feeling of it. :)

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  29. oh you are so lucky to be taking a cool photography course!!! love it!!! and I have to say this painting is gorgeous!!! what a neat piece.....and I love that it is a mini painting....I don't know why I love miniature things!!!! beautiful work!!!!

    I hope you will pop by my blog for Sweet Saturdays and share something sweet!!!

    Hugs
    Diana

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  30. Happy PPF! I love this! I have seen these mini canvas' with the easels and wondered if I could ever paint that small! This is great! I love the wildness of it and the amazing colors!

    Thanks for stopping by my PPF post!

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  31. This is just beautiful...I love the impressionistic look to it. Looks like brightly dressed people and umbrellas swirling in the rain. I was amazed to see how very tiny it is!

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  32. What a beautiful job you did on that tiny canvas! Wow! It looks a lot like the photo from the link you posted, only more artsy, a little more abstract, yes, but so perfectly YOU!

    Love the rainy window scene and all rain photos are so cool...not just the window ones. I'm a big fan of umbrellas and walking in the rain! :D

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  33. Love the intensity and texture of the paint!
    When I saw the first image, I had no idea how tiny it was! What a wonderful surprise!
    Working that small can be quite a challenge since nearly every brush-stroke changes the painting entirely. You did a great job!! :)

    Happy New Year and
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  34. Your teeny canvas with its beautiful color and texture looks to me like a teeny tapestry. I look forward to more rainy windows paintings.

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  35. This is a gorgeous painting. Very impressionistic, it reminds me a little of Monet and a little of Seurat. FANTASTIC!

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  36. I love this! So tiny and so beautiful. You captured a rainy day feeling perfectly. Luckily there was wonderful colour out that window too.

    Gorgeous!

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  37. Wow, your mini painting came out WONDERFUL !!!! It really is magical like the photos but even better, I love it!!!! Deb

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  38. The painting is really great! I love the colors and textures! great work!

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  39. Oh wow - I can totally 'get' what this is! It really is amazing! It looks just like looking through obscure glass on a rainy day - How clever you are! And so tiny too!
    Are you enjoying your new art studio?

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  40. Well this just out delightful! I didn't realize it was ATC size at first, you've gotten wonderful detail in the small space! Happy PPF!

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  41. Wow I love these! I love the size too. My grandmother/art teacher would have me paint on tiny canvas. If you can pain small you can paint big.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  42. I just adore your "wee" little canvas!! The colors are fab. I just bought a bunch of small 4X4 canvases with stands. I just think they are are so cute. You are SO creative!! Have a great week.

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  43. amazing...the colour...loves it to bits...xxx

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  44. I would never have guessed the canvas was that small. It looks huge by itself. I love the colors, the imagination I have to use. . it all works beautifully. Awesome. Blessings, Janet PPF (Loved the rainy windows too.)

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