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Friday, August 19, 2011

Paint Party Friday- August 19, 2011

Yay, I'm back on a roll; haven't missed a PPF since getting back from vacation!  It's really good for me to have weekly challenges like PPF and Inspiration Avenue- I'm one of those people who NEED deadlines!  So here's my WIP for this week's challenge at IA- the theme was "Icy" and I'm calling it "Beginning to Thaw"....
 I'm hoping to get the impression of ice crystals in her eyelashes, but don't know if I can pull it off or if it would be one thing to much and mess it up!
Update: .I ended up not doing anything else to this- I can't decide if it's finished or not, so I'm going to leave it for a few days until I decide.  And I didn't say before that the inspiration behind this was my quitting smoking and how the process feels- "Preparing to Thaw" represents the good things that come after the hard part.

And  here's what I ended up doing to finish my August page for my Creative Sistah; Priti Lisa:
Thanks for all the suggestions; and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Now that sketchbooks have had several months of travel; they're getting even  more and more beautiful I am so loving this project and thanks again for ya'lls input!  Be sure to check out Inspiration Avenue and  Paint Party Friday to see what everyone else has been working on this week, it's always an incredibly inspiring trip!
Have a great day,
Stephanie

35 comments:

Theresa Plas said...

"Icy" would be a tough theme for me, but it looks like you are doing marvelously. The "August" grid turned out GREAT too Stephanie! Happy PPF!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow So gorgeous Stephanie...and breathtaking...very serene and medaitative..i So love this piece!! awesome..very dreamy too!

and I am loving your creative prjects..beautiful..wonderful! Thanks for continuing to inspire wiht ALL your magic and talent!!
Hugs
PS; hows your garden doing?..still in love with your roses!!will you give us a peek soon again!?
Victoria

Heather said...

Your "beginning to thaw" is wondrful - i really love the soft palette of colors you chose...is this a dancer i see in the background- --- is she dreaming? I am fascinated by the painting - very well done!!!

art2cee2 said...

def get an icy feeling...beautiful and I love the colors! :-)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Ooooooooh !love the mystical look to your painting ~ thanks ~
namaste ~Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

WrightStuff said...

I love this - serene, cool, cleverly done... I wanted mine to have much more of a misty effect but then it somehow didn't quite turn out that way! I was happy with the end result. I can always play in PhotoShop to give her a filtered through the mist look!

Netty said...

Happy PPF Stephanie. Its great to see how your August turned out.
But wow, am so loving your painting. You are such a creative spirit. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

how funny for such opposites...Icy and August haha

Your Beginning to thaw looks wonderful and I can see those ice crystals on her eyelashes, so cool! YOur end result and placement of the poem is absolutely perfect Stephanie! I love those rich colors! It's such fun, this project :)

LuLu Kellogg said...

Love it the crystals are so pretty!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Carola Bartz said...

The finished sketchbook page looks beautiful - I'm so glad you added the writing in white to the solid color block. It turned out gorgeous.
The icy lady who is thawing (what a great idea!) is lovely and I do like the idea of the icycles in her eyelashes. Might a tiny little bit of glitter work for that? I understand your fear of messing up, I have it all the time. I do it anyway, just for the learning experience (of course I'm mad at myself if it doesn't work out! But if you don't try you'll never know.)

wednesday said...

The Icy painting is really beautiful. Love how the final sketchbook page turned out.

Catherine... said...

Hi, love the dreamy quality to this painting...beautiful :)

Joni Nickrent said...

Love the composition on this one...and the idea of icy beginning to thaw...wonderful work and color! POP ART MINIS

Rosie Kaplan said...

Love the dancer. Glitter is a good idea!

shedreamsofthesea said...

so pretty and dreamy.

toadinaboat.com said...

Totally love it, including the name. Still jealous of the TS sketchbook thing, too. ;)

Kristin Dudish said...

I love the idea of putting ice crystals in her lashes - I look forward to seeing whether you decide to do it or not :)

You did a beautiful job with the text! Hurray!

xo
Kristin

Gloria said...

I too love the dreamy quality of your piece. Great work. Happy PPF!

Geckostone said...

Oh yeah your August page came out great where you put the writing and all! I love your ice painting, wow, yeah I would be scared to do the eyes too but it would be so cool if ya can pull it off! Good luck! Either way I'm sure it will be wonderful, its already fantastic!!! Deb

IM GIRL said...

I love your picture and your take on "ICEY". I am still trying to come up with something. This is GREAT!!!
So creative and perfect for the theme!

Roban Studio said...

Yup, that's great! Your journal page turned out lovely. The ice painting looks very intriguing to me. Is that a figure I spy in the background? Can't wait to see it finished!

SHERI C said...

Your BEGINNING TO THAW has us intrigued and captivated! I love how you did the AUTUMN PAGE too. Wishing you a very HAPPY PPF!

NatashaMay said...

Great interpretation of the ice theme. And great august page, too. :)

EVA said...

What a beautiful piece "beginning to thaw" is so far! I love the dancer in the background.

Your page for Lisa turned out fabulously!!

Terrie said...

What a great start! Love the faint dancer in the background and the composition is great - showing only part of her face keeps it mysterious and intriguing!

iamrushmore said...

I absolutely love the use of the white space in the journal page. It's got that geometric element, off set by the flow of the words and the orange (sun? flower? hair? love that it could be any of those things)

The Beginning to Thaw painting is lovely and ethereal

Fallingladies said...

Love your Icy girl, the crystals would be cool. I'm so impressed you manage to do each theme, I can never seem to do my painting to fit the theme, well not very often anyway, I need to paint what I feel like painting at the time I guess!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love how these challenges can be interpreted so many ways! When I look at "Beginning to Thaw" my first impression was of a skater or dancer learning to be free of inhibitions. Very beautiful!

Kat W said...

Your icy inspired lady is mesmerising! So magical, dreamy & story inspiring. Love her!!

Your sketchbook page turned out wonderful. And congrats on giving up smoking! Its a hard struggle but worth it.

Hugs
Kat Xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I know I'm late getting here, but I guess you read I've been offline most of the week with a house guest. Your lovely lady is so beautiful. I like the title, too. It seems to put the entire painting in perspective.

I also like how you finished off your August page. The journalling/quote actually finished the piece nicely and added to the final page.

Felicia Kramer said...

Steph, love your icy lady! I also wanted to offer my support to quit smoking. I did it many years ago and I was a serious, serious heavy smoker. I'm thankful every day - I have a couple of relatives suffering from smoking-related illnesses and it's hard to watch. Hang in there ....

Heather said...

Two beautiful paintings!!! I love the first one just as it is. And your second one is great!!!

New End Studio said...

This is great, the circles of life around her, the coloring and the expression on her face, the dancer adds another dimension, beautiful.

artangel said...

She's lovely! Defitely icy, yet too soft and pretty to be completely frozen - I'm glad she's starting to thaw!

And I love how your August page turned out - the text looks fab!

PS A huge well done on quitting smoking, that's great! x

IM GIRL said...

I love your "beginning to thaw" girl, you can almost see her coming to life. Maybe you could do another one of her when she is thawed and full of color ...maybe an "awakening". I would love to see her
"thawed" !

Hearts!
Kim