Thursday, 26 May 2011

Blooming

I painted this in Flora Bowley's class at the Do What You Love Retreat. I love it! However, you have no idea how many paintings are underneath! There's angst among the long gone butterfly wings and rainbowed hillside, but it's topped with unadulterated pleasure in smearing on paint with fingers; in being brave enough to cover up what had gone before and just paint; and - for doing what you love!

Having lived with it for a week or so, I still think it needs a little tweak here and there - a touch more yellow perhaps and I don't really like those bottom-left-dots.

I also have my third canvas from the retreat to share - the one where I spent hours painting a face only to paint over her in a daring leap of adventure.

I have some earlier versions of this painting to share with you too, but the images are not on this computer, so they might for another Paint Party Friday another day!

Don't you just love all these layers? It makes me want to lick it!!

42 comments:

  1. Gorgeous..wonderful energizing piece...and yes love the textures ..magnificent!Love the title too!
    Victoria

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  2. This looks like a work with depth! Delicious.

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  3. Very abstract and beautiful. It makes me feel powerful. I love the close up you posted of the layers. GORGEOUS colors to use as well.

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  4. Both delicious paintings and love the freedom of the colourings. Brill. Annette x

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  5. A delightful piece - the colors are so very playful.

    hugs,
    Penny

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  6. Very impressive, Lisa. I like it and how everything unfolded in it's unique and beautiful way. :) Hugs

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  7. Yes, very energizing. Great work, lots of color. Happy PPF!

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  8. Vibrant...and makes me want to touch it. TOUCH it, not LICK it! It's a wonder you are allowed in any galleries :D!!
    I just painted over one of my paintings this week...out with the old.
    ♥♥

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  9. These are gorgeous! It sounds (and looks) like a fabulous course!

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  10. This look truly amazing! Oh how I wish I could have been at that retreat! :)

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  11. Love the colours in this - the blue and the orange work really well together. I have an earlier version of this painting in its life as a butterfly on one of my blog postings.

    Looking forward to canvas 3!

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  12. I keep hearing about this Flora lady who makes artist be brave and paint over or pass their work on to someone else to paint over - makes me come out in a cold sweat just thinking about it but that no doubt means I could do with going on her course and learning to be more free and daring with my own work!! I love the layers - it is my favourite thing from when I worked in oils - how many layers and how much texture can be achieved. This is a great piece and btw - I love the yellow dots in the corner!

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  13. The first has claws ...Saludos

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  14. Lick, yeah but most definitely TOUCH... maybe roll on it, yes it's so yummy! It's all so feelgood!

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  15. Yes Lisa! It does look luscious and good enough to lick. I'll bet if you check anyone's artwork, you will find many layers that have been overpainted. We just work til we get it right don't we? It sounds like your retreat was a wonderful experience.

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  16. I like all of it including the dots. I'd love to do on of her courses. Good on you for going.

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  17. Oooh, this is wonderful. I like it even more knowing that there are ather painting buried beneath it's surface.

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  18. yes, the layers and colors and texture are wonderful!!

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  19. The colors in the first piece are wonderful!!! HAPPY PPF!

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  20. wonderful piece of artwork!!

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  21. How lovely that you had the chance to take Flora's class!! Great work! The bottom one reminds me of orange, raspberry sherbet! Yummy!
    Happy PPF! Theresa

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  22. Oooh this painting has so much energy in it. Beautifully done!

    Happy Painting

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  23. nice work this week, great colour and texture.

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  24. I have been reading other posts from Flora's class and it sounds wonderful! Delicious color and texture here...lickable for sure:)

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  25. Layering is so much fun. It's wonderful to be able to peek through to the underlying bits. Well done.

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  26. I like it! It has really nice movement :) Happy PPF!

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  27. This is such a happy painting! I love the colors and the texture you achieved with fingers? Really???

    Oh lucky you to have had such an experience!

    Smiles

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  28. Such a juicy pallet--I love that ZAP of yellow at the top. :)

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  29. It looks like an amazing adventure and your layers are definitely yummy!

    Oh how I would loooove to take a course with Flora Bowley (*putting it out into the universe...*)!

    xo
    Kristin

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  30. Stunning piece you made, I've been eyeing Flora Bowley's workshops! How exciting! Great colors! Very lick-able!

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  31. Layers make all the difference!!!
    I can see the depth of your paintings, lovely!!!

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  32. YES, I love how you did those layes, and the colors are beautiful!

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  33. blogger comments finally working for me!! you're right, the colors are delicious and the rich colors in the top painting are fab! Personally I don't think it needs more yellow - I like just the one bright touch, but I do agree with you about the lower dots....almost too much of a good thing. Whatever you decide, I'm sure the finished painting will be great!

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  34. I LOVE how brave you always are with your art- you inspire me on a regular basis- so I must first thank you for just being the wonderful YOU that you are every day- I love you!
    And, secondly, I can't see how you could improve on these- they already have such great passion and energy....I suggest waiting a week or so and then look again- it could be, you are still too close to it?
    But, you are the artist here, and you must do what's right for you ;) and I know I will love it no matter what choice you make!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  35. The texture is wonderful!! I love those layers, and I love your colors. Isn't it great that we can always paint over it? Although it would be sad to do that with this painting. It looks almost finished.

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  36. What wonderful paintings! Sounds like your retreat was amazing! Great to let go and create like that!

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  37. These paintings are great!!! Wasn't Flora wonderful!!! Just a whole different way at looking at painting!

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  38. Loving this painting, the colors are very rich and I do like the dots I think they really add some interest. I like the last one also but not so sure about the licking part.

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  39. I LOVE this painting! Absolutely LOVE those colors, those layers, and loved hearing about that wonderful retreat. And yes, those yummy layers... What an inspiration you have been!

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  40. It takes courage to repaint a canvas you spent so many hours on. I see a peacock in your top piece - and I'm partial to peacocks, so I LOVE it. I wouldn't tweak ti, but that's just me! Happy PFF!

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  41. This is so pretty, I really love it. I see a peacock or some type of bird too, and I am very impressed that you kept painting until you liked what you saw.

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