Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Paintings

As I mentioned in my last post, I painted quite a bit during my break from blogging. It felt really good to either feel the paint on my fingers or the paintbrush in my hand. I enjoyed playing around and trying new techniques.


This painting was created as a result of Jeanne Oliver's "Creatively made" ecourse that I enjoyed thoroughly and where I learned so many new fun techniques. This class gave my confidence a big boost and for the first time I dared to paint faces and people and stick to them even if they looked anything but perfect or beautiful. It was freeing and I happily played around.

In the following painting I again tried a new technique painting the face after I had watched a video by Mystele (actually three videos) that had inspired me to no end. To my big surprise, this painting got sold within 24 hours after I had listed it in my Etsy shop


Now, who doesn't love mermaids? In my imagination mermaids always have red hair and there's something melancholy about them.


And, of course, I couldn't stay away from the owls. Here's a 4 x 12 canvas featuring the entire family. I have heard that the owls are nesting again, but since I haven't been at the lake recently I still don't know where the nest is.


I've started a new painting, or better say the background of a painting. I'm doing another ecourse, Juliette Crane's "How to Paint an Owl" and so far I'm loving it. However, I don't really like this background, it is far too busy for me and I'll probably paint it over again or at least parts of it.


Since it is Friday and I have missed so many weeks of it, I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday - so good to be back.
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18 comments:

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wonderful! So nice to have you back. Have a lovely Easter.

Faye said...

Carola, it's good to see you back in the swing of things. Congrats on the sale! It's a great piece. I love the one of the owls. I think the background looks fine - not too busy. Maybe you can just make another one with a calmer background.

Helen Campbell said...

I love your paintings, most especially "She let all her worries go". Just what I needed this week. :)
The ecourse sounds intriguing... I'll check it out. Happy PPF! Helen @ Natures Walk

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the background in the first one (and her skirt). It doesn't surprise me that the second painting sold. It's wonderful . . . has such strong emotion. And, just out of curiosity, were you a member of Club Scrap? Some of the images look very familiar!
Rinda

peggy aplSEEDS said...

your paintings are wonderful! all the layers and colors and the words are lovely!!! well done! happy easter!

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) said...

The background for "she let all her worries go" is just LUSCIOUS. I sat here just taking it all in. Love the actual woman and birds, as well, but the background really had me.

Lesley Edmonds said...

What a wonderful selection of paintings Carola. I thing my favourite is 'She let all of her worries go'. So many gorgeous layers and the picture really fits those words so well.

Sally H said...

You have been busy. I love the backgrounds on all of them, and your Mermaid is fabulous!

Amanda said...

Wow these pieces are beautiful!
You have done so many things and your work is so amazing. Looking back I see you took a break and just returned to your blog, you inspire me to try more. I am kind of in a funk and need to find myself. Thank you for sharing, you have given me hope.
Take care... Happy Easter.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Carola, ich kann mich gar nicht entscheiden welches deiner Werke mir am besten gefällt. Ganz große Klasse.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

There are some really beautiful paintings there, and some really special backgrounds especially... so many great things going one here...xx

Mary C. Nasser said...

So prolific!
Congratulations on all these wonderful mixed-media paintings and your recent sale on Etsy! Yay!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Wow you have been having colorful fun!! Fabulous! I love the kitty paw below.....looook at those claws!!!

Geckostone said...

Carola these are all gorgeous! I had to grab one of your little journals from your Etsy shop! You are soooo talented! Deb

EVA said...

Great to have you back Carola. You've been wonderfully creative while on your break. Lovely paintings!

Ginnie said...

I've said it before and surely I'll say it again, Carola: I just LOVE all your creativity! You're an inspiration.

see you there! said...

Wow! Your computer break was very productive. I really like the saturated colors in all of these pieces.

Darla

Gloria said...

I really love the piece about letting all your worries go. Very nice. Great work. Happy PPF!