Sunday, 23 April 2017

A MYSTERY TOUR AND A BEARDED LADY

When Mr. E. goes away for a few days I have a solo Art Retreat at home.
I try to make art in a different way, for example larger than my normal sizes, maybe something large like this one below.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

This one would have gone straight in the fire but I kept it till the next day when it seemed to have matured overnight like a cheese, and now I quite like it. 

It's roughly 17 x 11 inches (43 x 28 cms.) and is painted with oil pastels and watercolours.




It's for "Art Journal Journey" where Susi and Hazel are asking us to make art on the fascinating theme "Magical Mystery Tour".  
The sweet creature on the right has just been let out of the tour bus and is wondering what to do now.


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Contrastingly "Moo-Mania" is asking us to make faces and although "Moo-Mania" no longer asks that the art is Moo size, I painted my face as a Moo card, that is measuring 1.1 x 2.8 inches (2.8 x 7 cms.).

I've only once painted a face and it spooked me out so much that after a week I had to set it on fire and delete all the photos of it, not forgetting to delete the deletions.

I've called this more friendly person the bearded lady, because for some reason known only to her, although she has pink hair she also seems to have a yellow beard, haha! 
I don't think she will be set on fire. 




Have a happy day!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

HOLLY APPLE WAITS FOR THE BUS

Hazel at "Art Journal Journey" is asking us to create art on the theme "Magical Mystery Tour" which regular visitors will know is right up my street.

We occasionally go on Mystery Tour outings, the mystery being "Will the bus come?".  We have a bus stop near our home, and the bus comes once an hour.
Scotland allows travellers from the age of 60 to travel free on buses all over Scotland, so the 9.30 a.m. bus is often like a noisy morning cocktail party with happy older passengers setting out for the day and chatting to their friends while any younger paying passengers look down at their smart phones.


We start with Holly Apple waiting at the bus stop.




Is the mad chicken waiting for the bus too?  Or is he just out for a walk?  It's a mystery.
The flower looks as if it is running late. 




The caterpillar is an old favourite.  He is just passing by on a mission of his own.




Finally adding the landscape brings the picture to life.


HOLLY APPLE SAYS "WHERE IS THE BUS?"


Sunday, 2 April 2017

FLOWERS AND PATTERNS

It's the time of the year when rain or shine we must get our garden and plants, both vegetables and flowers, prepared for the year ahead.

Luckily we have a new helper.




She especially likes to do pruning and trees are her speciality. 





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I've had a manic February and March in Real-life land but the current challenge at "Try it on Tuesday" to make art on the theme "Botanical" was too good to miss.
I'm also linking to "Moo-mania" where the theme is "In Triplicate".


I had a look at the flowers in the garden (not many at this time of year) and painted these watercolour abstracts.




Then I wanted to see how I could change them using Photo-editing.



First of all an easy inversion and colour changes.





I had these little painted flowers from before



tiled them to make this





and the tiled background here is made from one of my paintings.




I do like this next one.  It's just an enlargement of two of the flowers, colour changed and squiggled.




Which version(s) did you like best?  I always enjoy reading your comments on what works for you.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

VISITORS

I've been off-line for several weeks, getting ready for and entertaining the best visitors, Lavinia (left) and Ethel (right), and my sister who came along with them.




Lavinia and Ethel had a ball with the resident teddies - all-night parties (every night) and all-day festivities too.

Between the jaunts out and about, my sister crocheted these pretty sheep (you can find the pattern  here)




while I caught up with my sock knitting.
The second sock will have the colours reversed, i.e. the rib, heel and toe will be purple and the body lime.





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Here is the last of the pages from my little inchie book.



A vintage flower





Washi tape on the left and a simple watercolour flower on the right.





The custodian of the tower.





A colourful passer-by.




While I was pleased with other pages. this is one spread which I think was vastly improved by photo-edited colour changes.  I especially liked how the black background was changed into soft lilacs.  
Both sides could make a good greetings card.


Do you agree?



And finally here is Douglas again, showing his favourite mug and an inchie page with a little leaf.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

A BIRD HAS A DAY OUT

At Susi's monthly challenge "Art Journal Journey"Yvonne is asking us to make artwork on the theme "Out and About".

Another challenge I have followed with interest but never entered till now is a wonderful pattern challenge at "Müllerin Art" where Michaela is asking us to make patterns with Spring Flowers.

This is how I started using a very old version of Windows Paint and the mouse to paint the picture.
The free Web photo-editor Tuxpi created the frame.


A bird visits a Spring tulip.




Lots of birds playing in the pink sky, making a patterned star.




The bird found more Spring Flowers but he still likes the tulip best.  He loves to be "Out and About" in the Spring.




Two birds playing.




These bird ghosts emerged from the painting after many hours with photo-editing, swirling and kaleidoscoping.




The bird ghosts wanted to do some formation flying with their friends.





I hope you enjoyed the original paintings and the patterns from them.

Do have a look at these two challenges where you will find lots of wonderful paintings and patterns.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

PAINTING LARGE AND SMALL

"Try it on Tuesday" is asking us to "Get Messy" and
"Moo-Mania" is asking us to "Paint something by hand". 

To achieve the hat-trick (three goals in one event by the same player) I am adding to my "100 days of garden abstracts" self-challenge.


I painted this with watercolours, (22 x 14 inches, 56 x 36 cms) and ......



...... yes!  I agree with you!  It's fairly dire.
Normally it would go straight in the fire but people have suggested I don't do that.

So I gave it a good old battering with Photoshop and got three rather nice card designs out of it.



THE BLUE FERN



THE MARIGOLD



CHAOS IN THE FLOWER BED



I can never have enough cards so I'm pretty pleased with these. 

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Here are a few more pages from the inchie book shown in the previous two posts.  Each page is one inch square.


A LADY HAS A LITTLE REST BESIDE A TREE



A VASE OF PINK FLOWERS



DOUGLAS WITH A PAGE OF WASHI TAPE (RIGHT) 
AND A PAGE OF PATTERNS (LEFT)


As you know, Douglas is very fond of flowers.


I hope you enjoyed your visit.
See you again soon!