Friday, 4 September 2015

Hundreds and Thousands....a mini landscape

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'Hundreds and Thousands' - acrylic on 4x4 inch canvas in 7.5x7.5 inch box frame

The sky is a huge source of inspiration for me. Whether it's the northern lights (which were out in force last week, surprisingly early in the year), the night sky dotted with hundreds and thousands of stars, the milky way or a spectacular sunrise or sunset, I don't think I'll ever tire of wanting to interpret it's many wonders in my paintings. 

This is a miniature sky  painting inspired by recent clear nights where we could clearly see the milky way and I developed a crick in my neck staring up in wonder. 



I wanted to convey the idea of just how massive the skies are this far north where there is very little light pollution, by having it dominate the tiny canvas with a small cottage to put into context just how inconsequential we are in the universal scheme of things!

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As I was painting the cottage and land, I thought how all the colours and the way I'd added the paint looked like those cake sprinkles, 'hundreds and thousands; and it seemed like an appropriate title what with the hundreds and thousands of stars.



In other news, I'm very happy to report that S and I are off on a very long overdue holiday to Crete, one of the Greek Islands, for a week of sunshine. We've hired a car and plan to get out and see as much of the island as possible rather than sit by the pool for the week (which would also be blissful but when it's only a week we feel we should see a bit of the island!) My lovely sister is travelling up from London to dog and cat sit for us and enjoy some quiet time away from the bright lights of the big city - her husband says she'll be like Jack Nicholson's character in 'The Shining' after a week living so remotely!!

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This wee painting is available on my Artfinder shop (but only after I get back from holiday!)

Also, If you missed it, I blogged earlier in the week to announce ow much we raised and who won the fundraiser pet portrait competition.

So, I'll be taking a week off from blogging, but I will be linking up with Paint Party Friday this week and will endeavour to visit as many folk as possible to see what you've been busy creating, in between last minute packing!

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful little painting. I know what you mean about the sky, it is a constant fascination for me, too. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Adorable painting. Enjoy your holiday! I giggled about your sisters husband... the flip side could be her loving the beautiful countryside and quiet! Wanting to move closer! Wouldn't that be funny!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. It looks beautiful! I love watching the sky too, even if it isn't quite as big and clear here, but it's still fascinating. I remember many years ago, spending some nights up on top of the mountains, and with no lights around. It felt like you could just reach out and touch them. It's a good reminder to us how small and insignificant we really are.
    Enjoy your holiday, and the sun and heat!

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  4. Beautiful, the stars almost twinkle, I wondered how a small piece of art could capture such vastness, gorgeous Nic :)

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  5. This is a gorgeous painting! I love that huge sky! And I am envious of such little light polution... Even though we don't have a lot as we are away from the city, it's nothing like it is up in the far north!
    Have a fabulous holiday and enjoy the warmth while you can... I have a feeling we are in for an early winter this year! :0)

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the contrast of the vast dark sky with the detail color and texture of the landscape below. Enjoy your vacation!

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  7. such a wondrous little painting of the vast sky! So happy for you to be going to a warm place and sunshine Nic-it will be very rejuvenating I'm sure. Have a GREAT time!

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  8. This is a sweet little BIG painting!

    Have a nice holiday!

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  9. How awesome to be able to see all those stars, Nic! Your art shows clearly that we are just a small part of the universe. Love how you have done this.

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  10. Hi Nic!!!! I am so amazed at how you captured so much life and depth is this tiny picture. It clearly shows the magnitude of the sky. Very nice indeed. Have fun on your vacation!!!
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  11. Beautiful and the bottom texture is awesome!

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  12. I love the skies, too. They are a constant inspiration to me. I LOVE your painting. It fills my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give.

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  13. You're a star in painting night skies! Hope you'll have a great trip and lots and lots of sunshine (to make up for the miserable weather you had this summer ;-) )

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  14. its beautiful!!! very much like our night sky here in the north!!!
    Have the very best time away, take lots of photos and paint lots,, best wishes!!!

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  15. That is a fabulous painting. Wonderful composition and the nigh sky is fabulous. Love the candy sprinkle landscape. Have a restful vacation and return refreshed

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  16. Oh, I do love your miniature paintings, and this one which is nearly all sky is special.
    Lucky sister coming North for a week of peace.
    Thanks for visiting my blog in the middle of getting ready to go away, always a busy time, and have a great holiday, of course you will.

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  17. The sky holds many wonders. Love your piece. Enjoy your trip.

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  18. Love thia one! I went out at 2am-3am in Door County Wisconsin to try to see the "star shower" the middle of August, but it was overcast and we only saw 6 shooting stars. But it is dark there and seemed that there were more stars in the heavens after we had been looking for about 1/2 hour. We will hope for lear weather next August!

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  19. The painting is so remarkable. I have no idea in the world how you made it so very accurate. It is truly beautiful. We don't see the milky way here and we miss it terribly (after growing up with it). Have a great time on the island. Blessings, Janet PPF

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