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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Weekly Challenge- "Finders Keepers"

When Angie first announced that the theme for this week's challenge was "Finders Keepers" meaning found objects, my first thought was to present a drawing I did a couple of years ago of my daughter.  Even though is wasn't new work (which I really try to use for the challenges:)) it fit the bill perfectly.  I drew a "wreath" of  leaves using references from my morning walks to encircle Emmie's head, thus creating "Our Lady of Autumn"  But then I finished my zinnia painting yesterday, and realized, duh (!) that it was based on a found object as well!  The reference I used was a photograph taken from my mother's garden.....so, for my main entry I give you my newly completed painting "Traversing the Zinnia Highway".  It is available for sale at Homegrown Decatur (just contact me if you're interested) and also as a card in my Etsy shop.
But because I liked the Emmie piece so much, I wanted to share it as well even tho it's unfinished.  Another reason it is close to my heart is because I drew it the first year we were back in the states after living in the Caribbean for seven years.  So it was my first Autumn in a loong time and the first one that Emmie and Garrett could remember which made it extra special for us!
 So there's my weekly entry for "Finder's Keepers" - if you have time, why don't you go make something for the challenge as well?  You have till noon on Sunday to submit your entry.  Not only is it loads of fun, it also qualifies you to be eligible for the monthly giveaway!  Even if you don't enter, be sure to check out what everyone else has done after 12:00p.m. Sunday at Inspiration Avenue.
Until next time- cheers!
Stephanie

15 comments:

Dianne said...

Another beautiful Zinnia! And the portrait of Emmie is already lovely... can't wait to see it finished.

Kiki said...

Stephanie! so beautiful... both creations are gorgeous! Wonderful!What a special Autumn for you! Enjoy!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Your Zinnia's are all awesome!

Beautiful work Stephanie!

LuLu♥

Healing Woman said...

Love the portrait and the Zinnia. Your highlighting on the Zinnia is so perfect that it almost looks like a photograph-a veerry good photograph.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That zinnia is stunning and I'm so glad to see it in all its beauty and glory. And what a way to celebrate this "Finder's Keepers" challenge. Your drawing/portrait is so lovely, and what a way to honor your daughter. You should be a salesperson. I may try to get it together and join this challenge, since found objects are my art staple.

luthien said...

oh my!! the zinnia is stunning!! my gosh the oranges are just jumping out of the petals!! the sketch of you daughter is so lovely ... you must finish this portrait my fren!

mermaiden said...

sweet lovelies!

Magpie said...

The zinnia is exquisite! I love the way it is cropped so close. And the petals are perfection!

The drawing of your daughter is wonderful ~ I hope you finish it!

artangel said...

Wow your zinnia is outstanding Stephanie! I love your pencil portrait of Emmie too; 2 very different pieces but both so lovely. And hey you're making a habit of this 2 challenge pieces a week - putting pressure on us to keep up ha ha!

WrightStuff said...

That's such an incredible painting - I almost feel like I could reach out and touch it!
Living in the Caribbean... wow.... I'm just a little bit jealous, it must have been amazing. I bet you had your choice of beautiful blooms to paint there.

Robin Norgren said...

the colors on your flower are IMPECCABLE. But I also love the pic of your picture coupled with the story behind it; having just come back to the U.S. after just 6 months away, I TOTALLY understand the depth of the story...

gemma said...

These are both wonderful.

priti.lisa said...

That zinnia is un-be-liev-able!
Wow. I can't stop looking at it.
I hope you finish Emma one day, I love the idea of your daughter as Autunm Goddess.
XoX

Lynn said...

Wow, your Zinnia looks like a photograph, beautiful work Stephanie, and your daughters portrait is so special, especially since you drew it that first fall back in the States and have now added some fall leaves to it :)

Anna said...

Both are beautiful. I love the vibrant colors in your zinnia. Happy PPF!