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Friday, August 26, 2011

Weekly Challenge at Inspiration Avenue: "Sunflowers"

Here's my entry for this week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue- the theme was "Sunflowers" which I love.  I had fun flinging paint onto this canvas trying to keep it loose and free flowing.  I'm not sure it's finished and would welcome any suggestions that would make it complete :)
 I'm also using this as my entry for this weeks Paint Party Friday.  If you get a chance, be sure to visit both blogs- there's so much eye candy on these sites, you'll be sure to have a blast!
Happy Friday!
Stephanie

35 comments:

wednesday said...

I like it as it is...sort of like that lone flower you see growing beside an otherwise empty stretch of highway.

Laura Haviland said...

Super Stephanie,your just continue to wow me with your creative painting talents girlfriend. Just seeing your name gives me a huge smile upon my face.
I love the shading in your sunflower and the choice of burgandy totally lovely.(my fave) I guess no surprise I love it !!
YOU ARE FULL OF SUCH WOWSA girlfriend. It is always a pleasure seeing your talented creations. Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Laura. xoxx
P.S. My creative energy is low this summer but helpful will return strong SOON. Great smiles to you..

WrightStuff said...

I'm so jealous - I haven't even started mine! Yours is really beautiful. You are setting such a high standard!!

Carol said...

Beautiful! If I had to pick a favorite flower it would have to be the sunflower.

NatashaMay said...

I love sunflowers and this one is beautiful! thanks for sharing.:)

Christine said...

it's beautiful!

Steph said...

beautiful sunflower...love this painting!! happy weekend to you!!! steph

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Visiting from IA. I think the sunflower is stunning and just perfect as it is! I like the soft lines and the maroon in the flower and bottom drew my eye right around the painting.

KAT said...

perfectly beautiful flower...makes me feel happy and warm
KAT

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You've been BUSY! I'm impressed. Also like those art classes you are teaching. But the sunflower is the piece that turns a challenge into an art show. Lots of detail in this, too, with the shading and various colors. I wouldn't do a thing to it, if I were you.

Geckostone said...

Oh I love your sunflower, its so soft and flowing in the wind!!! Deb

art2cee2 said...

I really love your sunflower, awesome! :-)

EVA said...

A super sunflower! I must get to the sunflower patch and take some photos and create some art too!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Such a lively sunflower! You can feel its energy irradiating as it flows in the breeze.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

AWESOMENESS! looks done to me, Sistah ;)

Theresa said...

Again, love your pretty sunflower!
Thanks for the visit:)Theresa

Roban Studio said...

I'm in agreements with everyone else, I think it's beautiful. I can't see where you'd need to do anymore to it. Happy PPF! :-)

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Hi Stephanie...oh-so-gorgeous!! Love the flowing energy from this beautiful piece! Love sunflowers of course!

I may try to play IA this week..I missed PPF..so hope to see you there!

Beautiful..you are so talented my friend!Floral beauty!!

Hugs and sparkles
Victoria

Catherine... said...

What a fantastic sunflower, it's beautiful... love it.. happy PPF :)

Dawn said...

Super SF I like the burgundy in the centre and background which pulls it together. Dxx

Diana Evans said...

oh I love love love sunflowers...the first picture book I wrote and illustrated was called...The Sunflowers.....

and I hope you will join us every Saturday on my blog for Sweet Saturdays.....

Have a great weekend!!!

Carola Bartz said...

Oh, the sunflower is lovely!! It has all the shades that you find in them - very beautiful.
Thank you for your lovely comment - I think using those paper towels would be a great idea. You get lots of texture at the same time - oh, I should try that as wwll!

Fallingladies said...

I agree with a lot of the comments, It feels done to me! it's lovely and free flowing!

Joni Nickrent said...

I like the subtle colors in your painting...soft and beautiful! Happy PPF! POP ART MINIS

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful! Love the flower ~ love your art style ~ thanks ~ Happy PPF ~ namaste, CArol (Share the Creative Journey)

Felicia Kramer said...

As my teenage nieces would say, Mee Likee! Beautiful work as usual.

Netty said...

I love this painting as it is, a beautiful wistful sunflower with such wonderful soft colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

IM GIRL said...

I say "DONE" and "GORGEOUS".
Bullseye Girlfriend!

XO
Kim

artangel said...

Steph it's wonderful! I'm seeing a new softness and kind of a dreamy quality in your work lately that's really appealing. Loving your colour palette too.

If I was going to suggest anything, it would be maybe a little more texture or detail in the bottom left corner maybe. I can visualise little Klimt style, softly coloured abstract squares there for some reason!

But it's also lovely just as it is, so tough call whether to add anything! x

Marcia said...

It looks gorgeous. I really love it. You did a wonderful job. Since you asked for a suggestion, I would "up the contrast" a little. Make some yellow a little brighter, make some areas of the red a littler darker. Just my opinion though.. I love bright contrasts.

priti.lisa said...

You can paint movement like no one else Stephanie...I don't think you should add anything...
Sunflowers are proud, they want all eyes on them!
I've missed visiting you...
♥♥♥

toadinaboat.com said...

Beautiful!

Kristin Dudish said...

Such a beautiful sunflower - I love the movement and the softness of this painting (and I think your primary palette works very well)!

xo
Kristin

Pointy Pix said...

Beautiful sunflower - i love the way the background colours really portray a scorched hot landscape but this gorgeous flower just keeps on growing! Lovely.

SHERI C said...

Beautiful flower. Happy PPF!