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22 April 2011

Paint Party Friday - Week 6 - Something New

Happy Easter and Paint Party Friday everyone! I am in B.C., on Vancouver Island, for Easter weekend for my Dad's 90th birthday, a family reunion and to bring my daughter home from her first year at University of Victoria. Busy! I can't promise I will visit you in a timely fashion but visit you, I eventually will!

Last week's poll on inspiration oddly inspired me and I have started a new piece because of it. Potentially a new series, if it works out. You'll see more what I am talking about when it's done but for now I am just hinting at what it will be (if my execution comes anywhere close to my vision, that is).

(WIP - except for a few brush slips, I actually think it looks pretty like this even though this is far from finished!))

(WIP - stage 1 Pencil Outline)

 (WIP - stage 2 adding texture)


Since I have "advance knowledge" of this week's PPF poll and questions, I wanted to mention two recent posts which I found to be very helpful for my own largely self-taught learning. The first is a video by Alisa Burke about her sketchbook. I have often admired her sketchbook when she shows glimpses of it but until I watched this video tutorial, I had everything backwards! I figured one did the ink outline first and then added watercolour  - not vice versa! Her explanation has made a real difference to my Mexican Sketchbook which I started shortly after viewing that post.

(Ink and watercolour influenced by Alisa)

Earlier this week I was trying to figure out the blue in my painting and knew I didn't really have a good handle on the shades in my paint kit so I created this "legend" to see which was the  just right shade of blue. 

(I ended up mixing it myself as no blue was close to what I had in mind.)

Then yesterday I saw this idea at Elvie Studio (someone else whose journaling I love). Fun and practical! I will at some point try that for both my acrylics and watercolours.

So much to learn and so many incredible ideas out there in the blogosphere!

Help yourself to an Easter egg while you're here and have a super long weekend!


xox
EVA

34 comments:

  1. Hi Eva. Love your post today. Thanks for all the helpful info. You have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  2. Thanks. There are so many talented people around. Its great to be able to learn from them. XX Rosie

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  3. love your post, thank you for sharing all your links. Loving seeing the birth of this piece and look forward to where it is going.

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  4. So many happy events in your family life this week, enjoy!
    Thanks for the links. A few days ago I was saying I needed a brain printer so that my pieces could be as I had envisioned them. :D

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  5. Great try with all the artwork. It's lovely that you post about Alisa's sketchbook video.

    Both way of inking (before or after drawing) work. The method Alisa uses in the video is one of the way to do it. In her Sketchbook class, she also ink outline first before lay in all colors.

    I also do sktechbook both ways. ;)

    I'm taking an Easter break. HAPPY EASTER and see ya next week!

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  6. Thanks for so many great links - I just need to remember to find time to go through them properly at my leisure! I often end up mixing my own colours and like the way you created a legend of blues for this purpose yourself - I like your painting so far - makes me think of a perfect blue sky with white fluffy clouds and I'm always a fan of adding texture!

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  7. Great idea making a legend and how your showing your work in progress. I'll have to remember to take photos along the way.
    Happy Easter!

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  8. Terrific tips and links and enjoying the WIP. Have a great weekend and a very Happy Easter. Annette x

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  9. I LOVE this post- one of my favorite things about blogging with other artists is all the WIP's I get to see! I love seeing how others work! Can't wait to see where you're going with your new piece- it's intriguing....
    And I love your Easter basket- that chink is SO sweet!
    Happy PPF!
    Stephanie

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  10. Thanks for the links! I love your soft and pretty Easter eggs.

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  11. Hi Eva, Happy Easter. Your painting looks very interesting and I am looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

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  12. Hope you enjoy your Easter / birthday weekend Eva. So fun sharing your works and links too!

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  13. You WIP is very intriguing, can't wait to see the finished product. Enjoy your reunion and happy birthday to your Dad. Happy Easter! :-)

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  14. Happy 90th to your dad! We're starting to move my daughter home from uni today too.

    Wonderful work this week,Eva...I can see your growth from week to week. That first one looks finished to me, in an abstract sort of way. Lovely blue.

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  15. I have legends all over my studio. That way there are NO surprises when I apply markers or color pencil to paper! Happy PPF!

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  16. Hi Eva!!! wonderful pieces.....I always love works in progress!!! Happy Good Friday and PPF!!!!!

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  17. I took Alisa's sketchbook class too. I absolutely loved it. So inspiring. I am really interested in seeing how your painting turns out. Thanks for the link to Elvie, that is a great idea. I just never take the time to do such things. Happy PPF and Easter to you!

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  18. I love your basket of eggs with the chick! I think I'll take a yellow egg. :)

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  19. Thank you for the links AND showing your work in progress! I'm intrigued! Can't wait to see what you are going to do. So much info on this post. I LOVED it. And your Easter basket...I think I'll take a blue egg! ;)

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  20. Hi Eva. I thank you for all the links and will stop by as they sound very interesting. I like how your painting is turning out, the colors too. Have fun at the reunion and Happy Birthday to your DAD. That's a great age. Enjoy your Easter and Happy PPF!

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  21. Lovely post... Happy Birthday to your Dad...

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  22. You're legend is a great idea. This is on my list of things to do. I like where your circle painting is going, great composition. I'll take a purple egg! ;)

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  23. Wow, 90 years--Have a happy celebration! Love the process, the texture...can't wait to see the final pic. Your legend looks like art as well!!

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  24. Thanks for the egg, Eva, and those wonderful links. Have a wonderful weekend on Vancouver Island - such a lovely place! Enjoy!

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  25. Loving your texture and blue..looking forward to seeing where it leads you. Must go and check out l your links...lovely to see you sketchbook on progress and cheers!..I think I may just help myself to one of those eggs..or maybe two!! :)

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  26. First of all, Happy Birthday to your dad! God bless him with many more healthy years on earth!

    Secondly, wow! I love how you included the links (I will check them out as I've always admired watercolor artists' work...yours included!). Beautiful Easter eggs and chick on basket!! Great job!

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  27. Oooh! Thanks for the Easter egg!

    What a great post. Loved reading about your process and I'm looking forward to watching the video you mentioned.

    Enjoy your weekend and time with your family!!

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  28. Eva thanks for the tips and I look forward to the secret WIP.

    Happy Easter/ Birthday Weekend : )

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  29. Hi Eva,,wonderful post...gorgeous work..love the easter basket..so beautiful and festive! yay enjoy your visit and wkd!
    victoria~

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  30. Hi Eva, I hope you have a wonderful Easter! I am a little late this week.
    Isn't it great to figure something out when you first thought it was one way and you go " Oh yeah that's how they do it!!! I love the learning process of art. I can't wait to see what you are up to. I love the textures.

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  31. Hope you had a nice Easter and a nice birthday celebration for your Dad.

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  32. ah yes, sketchbooks! I love them, so many interesting ways to explore how materials and techniques work. I am thinking of including a section in an e-book I'm writing dedicated to 'keeping a sketchbook'. Love your work :) Am off to look at the video too now, thanks for sharing.

    Amelia.x

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  33. I love your Easter basket and leaf! Sketchbooks are fun to keep. It helps me in practicing drawing and sometimes gets the ball rolling when I feel stuck.

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