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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Paint Party Friday- July 29, 2011

Backgrounds seem to be my nemesis....or something, because, they're almost always the hardest part of every painting for me!  Anyway, this background has been numerous shades of green, and then blues and then browns and then finally ending with a mixture of all of the above- the blues and turquoises really don't show up well here- but enough to get an idea.  And, I'm mostly happy with this.  I like the border, even tho' the final effect wasn't exactly what I had in mind- I did want to play with softer colors and maybe because they're a little different from my usual color palette this seems so different to me?  I really don't know- I do know I was happy to finish and am ever so ready to move on to something else!
Be sure to stop by at Paint Party Friday- either to check in your own work or just to check everyone else out- it's always a blast!
Happy Friday (a day early ;))
Stephanie

32 comments:

craftattack said...

Great piece, looking forward to seeing it finished! Hugs, Valerie

Theresa said...

Lovely Steph - I like experimenting with backgrounds and dark colors too - they just add that special "pop" at times, doncha think?
Happy PPF!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Steph ~ Love it! ~ creating to me is everchanging and i learn all the time ~ namaste, Carol ^_^

Over from PaintParty Friday and here are my blogs ~ Come visit?
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Kiki aka Victoria said...

Absolutely gorgeous Stephanie...love it..and love the color palette too..some of my fave colors..just beautiful! Your butterfly is so magical..we are kindred spirits today..i am into the same colors!
Happy wkd my friend!
Victoria

Nicola said...

I really like this Stephanie!!!! I really love the border effect it's like the painting is framed but it's also outside the frame, very clever! I also enjoyed looking at pictures of your art classes on the side of your page. I do art with my two boys and they love it!! They are very creative! :0)

shah wharton said...

http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-creation-blog-hop-guest-post-by_29.html
Hi Steph - I'd really love to see you linked up at the weekend creation blog hop. We also have a comp for a book and a guest post from its author.

Shah X

NatashaMay said...

Looks beautiful! Very light. Doesn't show your troubles with it at all.

Faye said...

I love backgrounds in mixed media art. I have more problems with backgrounds in watercolors. This is really beautifully made. The pale borders are really gorgeous.

EVA said...

It's beautiful and the way you did the border is fascinating!

Jenny Blair said...

I agree with Natasha..you would never know there has been a struggle. So so beautiful and captures the delicate beauty of flowers and butterflies perfectly :)xx

Gloria said...

Excellent work with backgrounds. Love the borders. Happy PPF!

Roban Studio said...

It's coming out great!!! Love the colors. Can't wait to see it finished. Happy PPF :-)

Phoenix Peacock said...

I've really been enjoying the butterflies this summer. I don't see to many of them where I live, but I do so enjoy it when I do, because it reminds me of home. My mom has a mimosa tree in her backyard and the whole thing is covered in butterflies so that the tree looks like it is in constant gentle motion!

art2cee2 said...

This is just beautiful. I so love butterflies and this year there seems to be an abundance of butterflies and dragonflies. I love your soft colors and your background, fantastic job! :-)

Jenn said...

I think your background turned out beautifully! (greens and blues are my favorite color combo) I really like how the border is more subtle than the rest of the painting. Your butterfly and flowers are gorgeous!

Fallingladies said...

My first try to comment didn't work, Or else you'll get 2 comments... I love the way the border worked, I think it turned out perfect!

Geckostone said...

Oh, fantastic!!!! Such fun watching the butterfly emmerge!!! Deb

Sunshineshelle said...

Gorgeous, delicate & refined, a subtle & beautiful piece :) Happy PPF!!

Heather said...

This is so beautiful!!! The background turned out great! Happy PPF!

Jehanne's doodles said...

Oh this is beautiful!

shah wharton said...

I LOVE these colours! And your creative blog.

Love it if you would link up at my creative weekend blog hop between friday and sunday every week. Heres the link for this weeks - http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-creation-blog-hop-guest-post-by_29.html

Hop along if your fancy it.

SHERI C said...

Both your design and color choices are wonderful. It's a beautiful piece! HAPPY PPF!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm SO impressed with this painting, possibly because of the frame you created. So different and unique. Ive never seen anything like it before. Really love the outcome and final piece.

Kristin Dudish said...

I love the effect you've created - I totally agree that you'd never know you struggled at all :) I think it looks beautifully delicate!

xo
Kristin

shedreamsofthesea said...

I love the colors and flow of this one. Really pretty.

Gerri Herbst said...

I do adore this...the idea of the lighter frame really makes the central portion so much more important. It is a stunner!take care, gerri

Joni Nickrent said...

Beautiful painting...love the positive/negative thing that you have going on with the use of color! AWESOME! Happy PPF

Pointy Pix said...

I know exactly what you mean about backgrounds - I never know what to put so usually when I do portraits I don't put anything! This is lovely though and certainly doesn't look like its been causing you problems - I really like the effect of the frame in paler shades and I think it works well.

Terrie said...

I really like the effect of the lighter frame on this painting. It gives it an extra dimension that's very cool.

Annabelle said...

I think the subtle shading of the outer edge of the picture just enhances the inner focus of the subject. Very well done!

Annabelle

Dawn said...

This is lovely I love how the flowers go over the frame really lovely Dxx

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

Very lovely! I like the border.