Sunday, May 30, 2010

Weekly Challenge at Inspiration Avenue- "I've got the blues"

Good morning all- it was my turn to come up with this week's challenge for Inspiration Avenue and I chose "I've Got the Blues" for my theme. I liked all the possibilities that it suggested! Anyway, my plan or rather my highly ambitious plan :) was to do a new painting. Then I ended up buying 30 pounds of strawberries and 40 pounds of peaches to can for the farmer's market......between the canning and the fact that it was the last week of school with events for each child; I got one hour of painting done this week! SO, for my entry I'm using the reference for my painting- it's a picture of a German bearded iris that I took in my mother's garden.
And for those of you who are curious about my new painting, here's what I have so far:
Sorry for the poor quality of the image- my daughter borrowed my camera again and I have NO idea what she did to the light settings!  Anyway, I'm hoping to finish it this week and get on a more balanced schedule with painting and canning and having Summertime fun with the kids- I might even manage to have a relatively clean house throughout the process!
Cheers and to those of you who are Americans, have a great holiday weekend!


Chris said...

Lisa that photo is great. You know how I love the flowers! :-)

I like the background color is a different shade from the flower, but in the same range. Gorgeous! I can't wait to see the painting when it's finished.

Magpie said...

Wow, are you busy! *40* pounds of peaches? 30 pounds of strawberries? I'm having a hard time even picturing it!

I don't know how you have time to take a photo, let alone paint!

The iris is sooo lovely ~ it's hard to find flowers that are a true blue. Can't wait to see your painting!

luthien said...

omg!!! what do you mean by can? you made them into jam? preserve fruits? that's so amazing ... well it is for someone who is a kitchen idiot. the flower is beautiful ... i'm sure it'll turn out just perfect as a painting :)

Sandy said...

Really really beautiful.
I´m curios to see the result of your painting.

peggy gatto said...

This is really soft and realistic, plus, my favorite colors!!!

Margaret said...

Oh no 'blues' you've got me!! I love your photo and the painting that's been inspired by it, totally fab! Margaret

artangel said...

It's a lovely photo Steph and your painting looks amazing already!

And that's a LOT of fruit - should keep you going for a bit!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As always, I am in awe of the realism you get from your paintings. The photo is great, too. Trust me, the person who can't get her photos right no matter what.

You've done a lot of canning. I'm really impressed. Maybe you now have enough that you can take that much deserved break, at least until they are all sold.

Happy Memorial Day.

Living in the USA said...

I love, love your blog! It is full of beauty, amazing art and inspiring creativity! Thanks for sharing.

priti.lisa said...

Periwinkle...soft and smelling like sweet-tart
candies...I am looking forward to seeing your magical get some rest :)

ChatElaine said...

The iris is gorgeous and I am sure the painting will be too! You are a busy bee making all that jam!! Enjoy some rest and hope you can finish the painting soon!!

Charlie said...

Can't wait to see the finished project. I'm sure it will be beautiful.
Good luck on all the canning. sounds sooooo yummy!

Mila said...

Hi Stephanie :)!
Thanks for sweet note :))
Lovely flower! Since your fisrt stroke I can see your gold hand!
Have a wonderful day
Mila :)

Plumrose Lane said...

I love seeing your paintings in action as they're being created, so cool! The photo quality was fine too, I think it matters less for those of us who are looking in from the outside. ;-)

I hope all is great with you!

Laura Haviland said...

Stephanie "Talented" Stephanie,
Oh how lovely,I love the color so much.
Your so creative and can't wait to see it completed. The iris is just beautiful.
Well done and awesome work.
Hugs, Laura. xoxx
Enjoy your weekend.

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Stephanie,

I just found your blog and have been admiring your beautiful paintings. I love Iris's so delicate but strong on beauty!!

I became a follower and look forward to visiting you often.

Smiles and Laughter,

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