Sunday, 17 January 2016

If life gives you lemons... surreal art

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If life gives you lemons - acrylic on canvas 5x5 inch

I love how inspiration can strike at the strangest moments. It will always be present in sunsets and northern lights but sometimes it puts in an appearance when you're just going about your normal routine. Say, for example, slicing a lemon to put in hot water for your morning drink!

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So, I'm slicing this lemon and looked at this perfectly round slice and it occurred to me that it would make a good moon for another surreal little space painting (a still life in space, if you like!) The expression 'if life gives you lemons, make lemonade' popped into my head but instead I decided to make art!

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perspective!

I already had a canvas sprayed with the night sky so I actually set the lemon slice on it and took some photos. I guess I could have just painted the lemon slice from life but I knew I wouldn't get it done in one session and besides, I needed it for my lemon water!!

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I used all kinds of acrylic for this as usual - spray paints, paint pens and regular acrylic out of a tube.

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Anyway, I took those photos in November and just decided the other day to bring it to life before I make a start on my second spirit animal painting. I've got several ideas for more of these wee paintings, again just every day objects that I suddenly see in a different light and I'm very happy to report that this one has sold.

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In other news, my wee art studio (henceforth known as 'The Art Shed') is really taking shape inside now. S has been out working away in the evenings insulating the walls and measuring and building the work surface. It will even have running water! I'm very excited for it to be finished as it's going to have one blank wall that I can hang canvasses on when painting them rather than using an easel and that way I can start painting on much larger canvasses than I'm able to at the moment!

22 comments:

  1. Oh I love the texture!!! A wonderful original idea, well done!

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  2. This looks amazing and I can't wait to see some more... But more exciting is the art shed!!! Can't wait to see that all set up and see you able to work larger and take advantage of all the inspiration... We will be the winners too when you share it with us... Xx

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  3. How fun!! Can't wait to see photos of your new studio!!

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  4. a brilliant painting Nic!! And how exciting to be having your art space come together to give you better space.

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  5. Wow this is so fun Nic....and the second thing about lemons I've read this week.... you know what that means...pay attention...indeed I am!! Love the idea of your art shed...can't wait to see what comes out of there!! Love this!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. I just LOVE this one Nic - as you already know! It's one of my favourites... Maybe you should do another, but this time with a cheese moon lol! Anyway, I'm glad your studio is almost ready - I can't begin to explain what a difference mine has made to me!! :0)

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  7. Your piece is beautiful and quite refreshing, almost the opposite of a blue moon as it is more of a feel-good painting, at least for me. Lucky you with all that wall space coming up in your studio. Take pics. I would love to see where you work your magic.

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  8. This is so cool!!!And thank you for the close-ups and process description! Wonderful!

    Also, thank you so much for your kind words on Howie, much appreciated!
    Happy continued creating!

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  9. What a great idea! Love all the details in the lemon! I've been trying to start drinking hot lemon water in the morning a few weeks ago, but haven't got very far with it. But I keep buying them. Maybe I should paint them instead!

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  10. What a fun lemon in the sky, love it. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  11. Wonderful effects. Beautiful, magical painting.
    Happy PPF xx

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  12. How fun is this piece! Ha-ha- I love it!

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  13. I seriously love this piece, such an original idea and so well executed.
    I like the paler blue round the lemon moon, and the lemon moon itself is fantastic, as is the sky.
    Good story too.

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  14. This is so beautiful and what a clever idea. New sight on things, there's nothing like it. Sounds exciting with your new studio, I hope it will turn out even better than you hope for.

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  15. Love your lemon moon in that magical sky!
    Beautiful piece you created.
    Inspiration is indeed everywhere.
    I call my art room my "art cave"...
    enjoy your new wonderful space.
    oxo

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  16. I love this Nic. And it is exactly what I did last night. I'm waiting on some test results and decided to paint while I waited rather than sit and worry. I am really intrigued by this series. I can't wait to see more.

    I am very excited to hear about your new space. I know you will enjoy every minute you spend there.

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  17. I do love your surreal lemon sun but now it is really making me crave a gin and tonic and I have no tonic in the house. Might make a dash for the stores before our blizzard
    Happy PPF

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  18. haha, I like where your imagination takes you Nic :-D And how exciting about your art shed! It's so much fun to have a place all dedicated to art, where you can just paint and don't have to worry about getting it all out of the way in order to use the table for something else. Also looking forward to your large paintings!

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  19. Very cool. My mind is up in space lately anyway for some reason--and the lemon helps me feel grounded when I look at the pic. I like! xo

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  20. Oh, to have such An Art Shed, good for you, you must be thrilled!

    I adore this lemon moon!

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  21. Fantastic little painting with an amazing tiny lemon slice!

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