Friday, September 30, 2011

Finally Back to Painting

After all the rush over the past two weeks I'm finally back to painting. I had two unfinished canvases sitting on my table and I started working on one of them yesterday and hope to finish it over the weekend.


Since ever I was a child I've been drawn to funky little houses - either on stamps or by drawing them or whatever. I wanted to create a happy little canvas and just started this 8x8 canvas with sky and green bottom, then added the house - and just went from there with whatever came to my mind. I particularly like the trees. I still want to work on the roof, it's too plain for me at the moment, and I also plan to put little blossoms in the grass.

The second canvas is a different story and I'm not sure where it will take me.


I tried something more abstract as a background for this one. I'm thinking of adding women silhouettes and then perhaps draw wings on them - I just don't know at the moment. For the background I have torn some models out of my favorite women's fashion catalogue from Sweden, painted Golden fluid acrylics on top of them (I like these acrylics for their transparency) and then added the circles and the torn paper strips that are out of the same catalogue (they match the skirt and the pants of the models).

This morning I'm off to a mixed media painting class at the college - I'm really looking forward to it, but I'm also a bit nervous. I expect to learn a LOT!!

I am linking to Paint Party Friday and Sneak Peek Friday - it's good to be back!

25 comments:

RobanStudio said...

The house is very sweet. I like the type showing through the elements. Have fun at class! Happy PPF! :-)

Joni Nickrent said...

YAY! What fun...love the whimsical canvas and the collage backgrounds. Very cool! POP ART MINIS

Carissa said...

I like the words behind the trees and windows and doors. I'm itching to use old book pages in art lately, but my problem is I just can't seem to part with ANY of my books! (Not even old college books). May I ask, where do you find pages for something like that? Or do you make copies? :)

Netty said...

Loving your media work and am sure whatever you decide to do, it will be great. Happy PPF, x

Christine said...

love both pieces. That 2nd one looks finished in an abstract way, I love it, seriously.

patty said...

Carola, it's inspiring to see how you are jumping into painting with both feet - even taking a class!! Good for you - can't wait to see where it takes you next!!

hastingshall2 said...

Gorgeous colors. Good luck on the new art course. I'd love to see works you do from it.

Mary C. Nasser said...

These look wonderful!
Great to have you back!!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love them both ~ Fun houses and tress and the abstract will speak to you and you will know what to do ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) and HPPF ^_^

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i really like houses as well and i like the text and other patterns that you've used in this piece. i also love making backgrounds, specially when i don't have an idea what my next project will be. thanks for sharing!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I also like making houses! I like the suspense of your second canvas- sometimes they come out the best! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Chantal said...

nice work you created there Carola

WrightStuff said...

Lovely little houses! Love that we both used book pages this week too. Isn't it great to think that all around the globe we're all working away on our little projects and often thinking along the same lines?

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Gorgeous..funky and whimsical..fabulous my friend..wonderfully wow!!
Victoria

carlarey said...

Your little house is so fun! Love the whimsical feel of that painting, and the colors and patterns of the second one are terrific. Can't wait to see what it becomes.

Have fun in your class!

Marcie said...

Love your little house painting..and am curious to see where the second one leads. Sounds like a fun class!!!

Anna said...

I love the house. The colors are great on the second. I cant wait to see if complete!

amy said...

yeap. another house-ie here.
now you've inspired me :)

xxxxx
a

Kristin Dudish said...

The combination of collage and paint is wonderful - I love the text coming through!

Have fun at your class :) I look forward to hearing all about it...

xo
Kristin

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Such fun pieces Carola! I hope you had a great class at the college. Sounds like a fun way to spend a morning! :)

Geckostone said...

Both are lovely Carola!!! Lucky you, have fun at class, yipeeeee! Deb

Jennifer said...

I love houses, too, Carola and your cottage collage is charming! Can't wait to see what you make of the colorful background :)

creatingme said...

Love the funky little houses as well. and this abstract is exciting. I wonder where you will go?

Shelley Whiting said...

I love the picture above. The shapes are fun and quirky. I love the bright colors and the charming designs.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I always love working on houses too. Your painting is darling & I like the little detail around the tree. I hope you had a wonderful time at your class!!