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!

13 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is an amazing mixed media drawing/painting. I would say you did a superb first attempt at an IA challenge. VERY, very impressive. You draw SO well.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks for the positive feedback, had a great time completing it. I am really looking forward to the next challenge and discovering and exploring so many blogs. Loved your postcards and thanks for visiting xx

abby j said...

Hi Tracey,

You do what I WISH I could do...draw and sketch...and you do it so beautifully. I do digital art because I CAN'T draw or sketch! So frustrating...but at least I have an artistic outlet. Your art is lovely as is your blog. So happy you stopped by my blog as it led me to YOURS. See you again, cyberfriend...

xox,
abbyj
www.thevivere.blogspot.com

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks Abby... glad you enjoyed it and I look forward top visiting your blog again also. I love digital arts and your wrok was really fresh and interesting... thanks for stopping by Trace xx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Visiting from IA. This piece is gorgeous! I so enjoyed watching the progression from start to finish.

New End Studio said...

This is beautiful, liking the words and image blend and seeing just the head of the sunflower closeup.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment New End Studio... it has een great being involved in IA and having new visitors and other blogs to visit... hope you visit again soon xx

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love the way you combined your art with words- so very beautiful! Also, thank you for joining in on our challenge- we hope to see you again soon!

IM GIRL said...

I love your combo of media. The results of your work is amazing and I have enjoyed exploring your work and your blog!
Smiles and following~*

artangel said...

I'm very glad you decided to take part in our challenge Tracey - it's meant I've come across your gorgeous work! Your sunflowers are beautiful :)

Marcia said...

very beautiful! love your style ;)

Carola Bartz said...

Your sunflowers are absolutely beautiful.

hurdle gully said...

Trace, I just looooove this piece. I think you are on a winner combining your two loves.