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Friday, September 9, 2011

Paint Party Friday- Week 26

I'm late, I'm LATE for A very important date.....or rather, I'm late for this week's Paint Party Friday!  Better late than never, though- this is something I look forward to ALL week, so I'm just glad to be here! With Monday being a holiday and then spending the rest of the week trying to catch up on housework, taking care of sick children ad an ailing husband, I feel quite lucky to be here at all!
I only had a tiny window to paint, so I spent it trying to finish my sunflower...and I did, almost....it's pretty much done in my opinion except for a bit of tweaking here and there.  And I really glad I kept pushing and changing; because I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to my own style.
So here it is:
It's funny to me that once I get my art up on the monitor, I immediately see areas I want to touch up...here, the first thing that jumped out at me was the leaves need more contrast between that band of magenta and the cobalt background...other than that, and a few touch ups on the flower; I'm ready to call it "done"
Try to take a few minutes to visit the other folks at Paint Party Friday, it's always wonderful to see such a beautiful variety of art!
Cheers,
Stephanie

34 comments:

Netty said...

Hope your family are soon better and you get some more art time. Loving the way this beautiful flower is taking shape. I so agree about seeing our paintings on a monitor, its a great aid. Hope you enjoy the weekend and Happy PPF, Annette x

Megan said...

Hello, I'm a new follower :) So glad to find your artwork through PPF... your artwork is amazing. Love these beautiful sunflowers!

Yvonne said...

Lovely painting. I haven't been painting much lately but hope to get back to it soon. One thing my instructor told us was to look at our work in a mirror. It's amazing what you will see.

Christine said...

just beautiful and so original! So sorry to hear about all the illness, hang in there.

wednesday said...

Hope the family is better soon. Love this painting.

WrightStuff said...

I was just thinking about painting a flower and then there you were showing us all how it should be done :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Beautiful flower ~ Awesome painting ~ Love it! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF.

Fallingladies said...

love the sunflower, contrast is what I always struggle to create enough of too! it looks great though! hope the family feels better!

Joni Nickrent said...

WOW! The transformation has been awesome...love the way it has turned out! Totally agree that there's always something that you see when it's on the monitor...different view point I guess! Happy PPF! POP ART MINIS

art2cee2 said...

I love this!

Kat Sloma said...

I love that strip of magenta to contrast. It really gives it a great graphic feel. I'm impressed you got this done while taking care of a sick family! Happy PPF.

Missy said...

Very pretty!

Gloria said...

Very nice. Great job. Hope you have a great weekend.

Hybrid J said...

Lovely work of the sunflower, such realistic details and line work. Fantastic!

craftattack said...

The band of magenta has given it a great finishing touch! Have a good weekend, Valerie

Elisa said...

beautiful work! Great job on balancing your day with so many activities! Love this piece and how real it looks.. great to display on the living room! ~Elisa from harmonythoughts

Gerri Herbst said...

Such an amazing painting. I love how you captured the light and texture ...so beautiful. take care, gerri

Marcia said...

Gorgeous painting!

RobanStudio said...

Your sunflower is gorgeous! I agree with all the other comments how adding to it was a good idea. I really like your colorful flowing painterly style! Great job as always. Happy PPF~ :-)

Carola Bartz said...

That's quite a difference to last Friday!!! I like the band of magenta, it gives the painting someting special - I can't really name it, and it also changes the balance positively. The cobalt has become richer as well.

Pointy Pix said...

I've loved seeing the journey you went on with this one and it has definitely changed through the background - I love the magenta strip and how the tone of the sunflower leaves changes as it runs through that stripe. It's gorgeous.

Mary Hysong said...

Beautiful job on the sunflower! I often see things on the computer that I couldn't/didn't see when it was on the easel. I love your garden too! Happy PPF!

EVA said...

It turned out beautifully! I love the magenta addition.

Darla said...

I love the sunflower. It is gorgeous. I also, find I need to do something after posting my artwork. Sometimes, I rework it and then re-post the picture. Posting has been a great teacher in that way.

Auroran Lauriel said...

Great detail in the flower and I like that strip of pink that shifts the contrast. Regarding seeing things you would change now that it's on the monitor: it's great to have a different way of looking at our art to see it with fresh eyes. I think your paintings is great just as it is, but I appreciate the sentiment that you shared. :)

Laura Haviland said...

Never stops amazing me "Lovely Stephanie"..
I just love this Paint Party Friday fabulous Sunflower painting.I love that it is so unique and the colours make it that way. I would not fix a thing about it,just perfection.
You leave me breathless again with your paintings talents..
Truly stunning,such details.
Have a creative day. Hugs Laura.xoxx
P.S. You inspire me always.

Geckostone said...

Your Sunflower gets more spectacular every week! I LOVE it! I think the contrast looks fine, but go for it, you've made all the right moves, I'm
sure it will be even more beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished wah lah!!!!Deb

Healing Woman said...

Stephanie, you may see flaws with your sunflower but I see none! It is a wonder to behold. I like the muted green leaves. This one is just great and maybe will be the style you finalize on.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Here I am visiting far later than your entry. I'm so glad to see your sunflower is almost finished. It has been a fun journey to watch it develop. I'm sorry to read you have sick kids and hubby to deal with. Have your art classes ended? I bet the kids learned a LOT!

shedreamsofthesea said...

beautiful, I also love the magenta.

Carol said...

I'm really loving this one!!! Sunflowers are my favorite and you've done this one very well indeed :)

Annabelle said...

Wow, such a gorgeous Sunflower. Adore the magenta colour and varying green tones in the leaves.The rich magenta you chose to incorporate I think gives the overall painting more dimension.Beautiful!

I saw a field of sunflowers near my home and took some pics for winter inspiration when all is white and cold outside I may try to paint one or two.

Annabelle : )

Pam Tucker said...

Wow! I didn't think you could improve on it but you've added so much with that band of magenta. It's stunning! I just love it.

I hope your family recovers soon. Try and get some rest, yourself! :)

SHERI C said...

It's such a beautiful painting! Wishing you a Happy PPF!