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Friday, April 15, 2011

Paint Party Friday- April 15th!

It's paint party Friday again and you know what that means!  It's time to share a painting, new, old in progress.  For this week, I focused on getting my self portrait done, and it mostly is.  My plan is to put it on hold for a week or so then go back for final touch ups.  I'm feeling a wicked tulip craving so, that's what's up for next week.  For now; here's my self portrait:
 My current thoughts on this piece:
  • obviously the koi need a bit more shading- the trick is going to be knowing when to stop, as I want them to be somewhat abstracted
  • happy with the background- I'm loving my swirls!
  • one thing that I want to allow to "percolate" in my brain is how many flowers to keep on the robe......
    And that's about it for my thoughts on this piece...
 Be sure to stop by Paint Party Friday to see what everyone else has been working on this week!
Happy Friday,
Stephanie

42 comments:

Yvonne said...

I am just loving your self portrait. The whole thing is just amazingly beautiful!

Heather said...

WOW, I agree with Yvonne, it's really beautiful! I love the addition of the koi...too, excelllent - this is one beautiful peice! xo - have a great friday!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Eeeeeeeeeeek! I LOVE IT! Girl, you are one talented chickie!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Walk in the Woods said...

What a fun self portrait! I sense within it such play and wonder at the love and flow of life ~ and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed!

Jeanie Callaghan said...

It's just gorgeous, Stephanie!

Magpie said...

I'm loving your swirls too. In fact I'm loving the whole thing! It's just such a fun painting!

art2cee2 said...

I just love your whimsical self portrait. So much more creativity is involved in this beautiful piece. :-)

Roban Studio said...

Oh wow, your self portrait came out awesome. You made some subtle changes since last I saw it, and I love it! It's so feminine! Beautiful job Stephanie. Happy PPF! :-)

Deanna said...

Your portrait is beautiful! Love the koi fish and the swirly design on the robe is exquisite!

Gloria said...

What a great job on the self portrait. Looks like you are having a lot of fun. The koi fish are great and the colors awesome. Good job! Happy PPF! I always like your work.

priti.lisa said...

The Queen of heARTs...just beautiful, Stephanie. I love the koi swimming in the swirls...perfect little children :)
Did you say tulips? YAY!
Have a joyful weekend, my friend xox

Pam Tucker said...

I am loving watching this painting emerge. Such depth you give to your pieces! It's fascinating to watch your process. Yes, I love the koi. Beautiful colors you have going in this piece. Gorgeous!

SHERI C said...

Enjoying seeing this work come to life. I also love the fish! Happy PPF!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

I knew that was you! I obviously was guilty at looking at the pictures again without reading the content and I remember you posting this. Just fantastic! where does this Asian influence come in for you? I love it. I think I'll join in to PPF! weeeeee!

Tammie said...

I love how alive this is! So beautiful. I have never done a self portrait... very inspiring.

Netty said...

Totally terrific self portrait, so full of life and colour. Annette x

Kat W said...

This really is a stunning painting. So full of gorgeous vibrant detail. Love it.

Kat X

WrightStuff said...

Tulip craving eh? Well, that's handy cause about 10 minutes ago I emailed you some pictures of just these very flowers. Serendipity!

Pointy Pix said...

Amazingly beautiful! This is the most original and imaginative self portrait i've ever seen. I love it!

Christine said...

great colouring on your portrait.

Anne said...

This is really gorgeous! I'm loving the roses and the koi and your portrait is lovely!

Rosie Kaplan said...

I really like this. I am so envious of those who can draw!

Melisa said...

Aren't you the exotic beauty! Gotta love this.

Fallingladies said...

lovely self portrait!, I love the swirls too... and I was thinking that I would have trouble knowing when to stop with the roses on the robe, I would probably go too far, but that's the difference with watercolors, you'd have had to plan them out all in advance and not be able to keep adding...

Kristin Dudish said...

Your self portrait is coming along "swimmingly"! ha! (Sorry, I just can't help myself!)

Seriously though, I think it is wonderful just the way it is :)

I look forward to seeing your tulips next week (Giant wall sized tulips were the first mural I ever painted)...

xo
Kristin

dthaase said...

incredible work

Hybrid J said...

It's always great to view other people's WIP. Wonderful painting. And I'm loving the Koi.

Looking forward to see the finished one.

Great work! ;)

craftattack said...

So beautiful and vibrant. Love the colours, the flowers, and the Kois, in short, love it all! Thanks for visiting my blog, nice to meet you! Hugs from Germany, Valerie

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What an interesting and outstanding piece...just wonderful!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Hi Stephanie..wow..so gorgeous..I always love your work and admire your color expression and the energy that shines through your pieces...there is always such flow...radiance and beauty!
Wowness...i so enjoyed this post!
victoria~

Jenny Blair said...

this is just sublime..I LOVE your fish and the contrast of their colour with your beautiful swirls...and I love the pose too with the robe and flowers and fan...such a feast for the eyes..I don't know which bit to look at first! :)

EVA said...

Love the koi and all the contrast. This really is a fabulous piece, Stephanie!

Tulips? Looking forward to seeing more!

Carola Bartz said...

I love the self portrait, and the koi to me are a wonderful part of the painting. I agree with the shading - just a little bit. The painting already is so beautiful.

NatashaMay said...

I'm loving the swirls, too. Koi look awesome!

Netty said...

Hi Stephanie am on a return visit to thank you for your great support and advice which is truly welcome. Will keep trying.....lol
Have a lovely Sunday. Annette x

Marlene said...

Stephanie, this is a gorgeous painting. I love the colors and all the movement in this piece.

Gerri Herbst said...

Your self portarait is magnificent! I love the colors,the koi and the wonderful rhythm it has.Thanks for your warm welcome to PPF and yes, I plan on hanging my shell picture in my bathroom! have a pleasant weekend.gerri

Lynn Stevens said...

You truly are an Artist! Love your work.
Unfortunatly I'm not much with the written word. A gift I was not given.
Lynn

Annabelle said...

This is stunning! The colours and likeness are amazingly great! I would leave the flowers you have on the robe as is .. a very beautiful work of art!

Annabelle : )

Nicola said...

WOW!!!! This is really amazing!!! I love it already and can imagine that it will be absolutely stunning when you have finished. what a fabulous self portrait so fun full of colour and energy really really beautiful. I love Koi fish and geisha's (I've painted some myself) so this piece really speaks to me, absolutely amazing well done!!! :0)

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

This is such a fun painting! I love the flowers, her lips, and the way the fish are laid out...their color balances the figure perfectly!

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

This is such a fun painting! I love the flowers, her lips, and the way the fish are laid out...their color balances the figure perfectly!