Friday, 26 August 2011
A new challenge
I have spent a few days being really productive, but in typical fashion have not worked on the projects that I posted about on Tuesday. I have worked on my Monthly Painters Challenge, which I can't tell you about until the 15th Sept, so not the most exciting thing to post about, but the one that I can discuss is a post on my first submission for the Inspiration Avenue blog weekly challenge. The topic for Inspiration Avenue was Sunflowers and as I had just bought some at the grocery shop, I decided it was a sign that I should have a go at it.
I started with a pretty simple line drawing and a segment of a poem on sunflowers, and let it grow from there. I figured It would be fine to just have a play with media as I had no idea how the blog challenge worked, and truth be told I'm still not sure how to post it etc but I will figure it out... I hope.
So I started with the golden acrylics on the petals and centre of the blooms, but when I did a leaf I was feeling as though I was getting caught up and losing the flow, so I decided to use watercolour for the leaves, as I am quite used to using watercolour in this way and feel comfortable with the greens I use all the time, and I also wanted to get through it rather than bogged down in technique. It went so quickly from there and I finished it in just one more session. I have had such a great time creating this and it has opened my brain up to new possibilities of combining media.
The other thing that I have enjoyed is that I am slowly starting to incorporate my love of botanical images into my collages, and this gave me the opportunity to do a collage based on a botanical theme. Of course it may be that the painting was the easy part and working out how to post it and link it and things may be hard part! I will be attempting to post it at http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/, or hope the button I attached at the side of the blog takes you there to have a look. Missing my IT guru Tracey Potter on this one as she usually holds my hand through these things, but have to be a big girl and do it on my own this time!