Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Summer of Colour 2014 Week 1 - Aqua, Yellow and Pink

summer of colour week 1+Nicola McLean
ACEO seascape in gouache

It's that time of year when artists all over blogland get their palettes primed and ready to go for the next 6 weeks when we join in my favourite arty challenge - Summer of Colour.


This year it's all about Smudge, Splash & Pop - each week Kristin will give us colour prompts with two main colours and then a third colour for us to add a smudge, splash or pop of!


This is the first week and the colour prompt this week was:


Aqua, Yellow and a smudge, splash or pop of hot pink
I've got quite a lot on artwise at the moment with another couple of local exhibitions and I'm in the middle of a commissioned dog portrait so I wanted to be able to do something that meant I could join in this challenge but that wouldn't eat into too much of my time. This is especially important right now because my art time is currently restricted to puppy naps!  

I'd forgotten just how much work looking after a puppy is. She wakes up any time from 4am and once she's awake, we're all awake! Then it's the constant reading of ever so subtle puppy body language that might give some indication of wanting to 'go potty'. Skye doesn't believe in giving much warning so literally every time she stands up I take her outside (our carpets thank me for it!). That's all well and good but doesn't do much for artistic concentration. So while she sleeps, much as I'd like to sleep too, I paint instead.

Still, look at that face - how could I resist and she won't be a puppy forever!

Skye - sometimes it's exhausting being a puppy (and a puppy parent!)

So, I decided I'd stick with the landscapes I've been doing a lot of recently and do some little ACEO landscapes keeping to the colours in the prompt.  These colours said sunset at the beach to me and so that's what I did.

You can see all the many and varied interpretations of these colour prompts over at Kristin's Summer of Colour blog or pop over to the SOC14 Flickr or Facebook page.

34 comments:

  1. Skye is about as adorable as they come! What a sweet face! Sherlock was an early riser and I didn't think he'd grow out of it, but thankfully now he doesn't bother us until at least 7.30am - it used to be 5am every day! Hopefully he will get later still :0)

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  2. Lovely landscape and your puppy is adorable.

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  3. Great job with the first SOC challenge Nic-love all the soft strokes in this water scene! You're so right. Before you know it Skye won't be a puppy any longer. I must remember to show hubby this pic-Too CUTE!

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  4. She's grown! I empathise with the restricted art time - only another 6 to 8 months to go!

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  5. If that's what you can produce on limited time Nic...I'm seriously impressed. The colours are perfect and who does enjoy a sunset at the beach. I think there may be something wrong with my dog because she's never the first one up. She takes some enticing from her bed. Had to laugh at adorable Skye hanging half out of his bed. Too warm but too comfy to do much about it ;)

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  6. Lovely seascape ---love how you added bits of reflected yellow and pink in the water.

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  7. Amazing !!!
    Kind regards
    Mariane
    http://cordes.re/blg/wind/?p=950

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  8. Now that's a dog worthy of the name. My little chi is about 6 pounds and sleeps all the time so I have lots of time to paint. Love the gouache ACEO landscape sunset. Very pretty. I make ACEOs as well, #705 done today. Is that obsessive?

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  9. Hi Nic. Love the reflections in the water. What a great job with this weeks colors. Skye is beautiful.

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  10. A great use of the colour prompt.

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  11. I love your painting it's amazing and with a limited colour pallet too.

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  12. Your art is gorgeous, I love how you made the colors work in a realistic way. Your pup is so cute! Ours is two now and still a handful!

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  13. Love the seascape you made for this first SOC.

    Skye vies for our attention, though, so we must give her equal time this week (grin). It won't take long before you know just by her movements that she needs to go outside. I'd say maybe three weeks at the very most!!

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  14. Well you couldn't have a better name for a dog than Skye :) Adorable is the word!!! So pleased you are playing along Nic I too am busy doing work for exhibitions over the summer but love this challenge so wanted to take part. Your painting is vibrant and full of energetic spontaneity. not easy to create a landscape using the colour prompt but you have managed beautifully here!

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  15. Skye is a super cute dog and she will adjust to your sleeping pattern in time .
    Merle,,,,,,,,,,,

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  16. Skye is just too sweet for words though and the puppy stage passes so quickly... And in the meantime you making incredible art... This is stunning...xx

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  17. Great idea and very inventive use of the SOC colours.

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  18. A stunning work of art! I love how soft and pretty it is! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us! You did an amazing job with the SOC colors! And I LOVE the photo of your adorable pooch!!!!!

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  19. Your landscape makes such a big impact in such a small space!! Love the way you incorporated this week's colors here. Great picture of your puppy; love the name Skye!!

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  20. This has such a summery feel to it .... love it! And I love the picture of Skye. She really is the most adorable puppy ... (even though I wouldn't be amused being waken at 4 AM ....)

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  21. Oh what a sweet face! Irresistible. And what a beautiful sunset scene. You did a great job with these colours. I've been wrecking my brains since Monday about what to do, and still haven't come up with something. Hope I'll come up with something before Sunday.

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  22. Good job on your summer challenge! What a pup. Wonderful photo of her

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  23. I know all about puppies! Mine is like a wind up toy that never stops! Love your landscape with the challenge colours

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  24. I remember those puppy days....luckily my dog is now 9 years old and sleeps most of the day. But that face on Skye.....soooooo adorable.

    Love your Aqua, Yellow and Pink summer of color challenge. It's beautiful. I really like the colors in the water.

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  25. Wow, very well done! That puppy is soooooo cute!!!

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  26. This is beautiful! Nice take :)
    The puppy is cute!!!
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  27. Oh this was lovely, very serene!

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  28. I love your landscape tiny work of art!! And Skye... well she's just adorable!!!
    HuGGs!
    Debi

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  29. Love your pretty colourful landscape!

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  30. I missed your beautiful sun set last week. Your dog is adorable even though he causes much work just now.
    Blessings
    Kat

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