Saturday, 9 July 2016

Today is full of possibilities...

Welcome to my blog everyone and thank you for taking the time to come by. I hope July is going well for you....
I am going to share a little portrait with you that went through a few transformations along the way:
It was done as part of my Children of the Wild class with Kate Thomson and is based on the first full scale painting she guided us to do. The title of the class relates to the fact that all the paintings are based on children and their connection to animals, and this particular painting was based on a story around a girl with a birds nest on her head.
Here is the first stage, including the nest, the whole thing was taken from Kate's example.
Here is a close up of the nest, I left it quite loose and scribbly as I thought I would paint over it eventually anyway.:

This is Kate's painting that mine was based on, you can see I took a rather different interpretation, though I applied many of the same techniques.
Kate's picture is is on her Pinterest, so as it is public anyway, I think I can show it here too.

Anyway, I love Kate's original but as I am not really into the whole children with animals growing out of them thing, I decided to paint and draw over the bird's nest and add some further background elements, stamping and a sentiment,  to my version, so that is how I landed up here:
I now think I should have left alone with the sentiment, but there is always a next time, live and learn as they say....
Well that's it, thanks for your visit like always and hope you will find some time to do something creative today!
Until next time
xxxxx

26 comments:

Adriana B said...

wow how stunning, love all the little nest in the hair, you are an artist, totally inspirational art :)

Brenda Brown said...

I can see you are having great fun with these portraits and learning lots too. Love your finished piece with the stamping and sentiment, you made it totally your own xxx

Celeste said...

So much talent here. I quite love the birds you drew and thought it suited the scribby style of the portrait. beautiful

chrissie said...

This is stunning with such a thoughtful face and the hair is wonderful. The wonderful background is just right as well

Love Chrissie xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Fantastic ART, you are such a great artist, you really can do everything with your great ideas!! I really admire your creativity, super what at beautiful boy you have created!!

Have fun!!
Maria

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Amazing painting! I love your portrait much more.
Hugs Anja

Annie said...

This is a fantastic piece Astrid x wonderful details and I like the birds nest idea x
Sending my best wishes
Annie x

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic work!

Redanne said...

You really do seem to be enjoying the techniques used in the class, you have certainly put them to good use here! I love her without the bird nest too. xx

rachel said...

absolutely wonderful work astrid - I love the nest - what a wonderful idea! Big hugs rachel x

Kathy Bradley said...

Your sketch is really gorgeous - I love her face - and the nest!

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous sketch Astrid, her eyes are beautiful. I think I like her without the birds in her hair best.
Yvonne xx

Nan G said...

Your drawing is amazing! And I still see the birds in the dark shadows above her hair. Wonderful piece!

Nancy Dynes said...

This is a stunning creation, Astrid! I love your artistic vision. Every time I visit there is something totally new and wonderful to feast my eyes on.
Hugs,
Nancy

Deborah Wainwright said...

Both examples are fabulous Astrid. I was so inspired by some of your early painting I joined the class. I love your interpretation and how you have made it your own. FABULOUS! Hugs Debs xx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is stunning Astrid. Amazing work. Love how you made this painting using Kate's example and then turned it around and made it totally your very own. It is awesome!! hugs xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful painting, you are quite talented for sure. I love seeing your artwork. Have a great Sunday xx

Dorthe said...

Gorgeous painting dear Astrid. You surely made your own version of Kate`s example , and a very stunning one, too. Beautiful eyes, you gave her, and the hair is amazing too. I also love the stamping on your background .
Hugs and Happy new week to you and yours !!
Dorthe xoxo

Mrs.B said...

I love how you've altered this to make it your own. She has a wonderful expression and the sentiment is perfect.
Avril xx

Georgie C said...

Just perfect - love this Astrid! xx

WendyK said...

Fabulous, and such a beautiful face. Love the background and light stamping.

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh my goodness Astrid you are so talented in so many artistic areas. I love Kate's teaching and your interpretation is fantastic. It takes courage too to be true to ourselves and we learn from each other in taking these steps.
Love your scribbley birds nest and either interpretation is wonderful!
I hope my envelope arrived safely!!!???
Sending warm hugs,
Suzy

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Astrid, absolutely breathtaking!! I liked her with the birds in her hair, but I understand the desire to paint over it. The end painting is just breathtaking, you are such a talent! hope you had a great weekend! hugs :)

Paper Profusion said...

How talented you are Astrid. She is beautiful! I prefer her without the nest too but can see that its quirkiness is also very appealing. Hope your break going splendiferously! Nicola x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh no Astrid, I adore the background stamping along with the sentiment! Fabulous work and dare I say I like it better than Kate's! Deb xo

butterfly said...

I'm glad you kept a photographic record of the nest at least - it's a little artwork by itself - definitely one for a future project. The portrait looks so haunting with the text hovering - I think the sentiment works beautifully too, but then I do like words!
Alison x

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

One World One Heart

Photo

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed

Birthday Card

Birthday Card
Just got a whole lot of new stamps from a brilliant place called the Stamp Smith. This is the image that I first saw on Docraft and really liked. I asked the friend who has used it in an ATC, where she got it. Well she borrowed it from a friend who got it from ebay as a one off. But.... it had a title. I googled the title, and hey presto found the site. They have great stamps and offer a really friendly fast service. I highly recommend them!

Gothic Arch Trifold inside

Gothic Arch Trifold inside

Back of Gothic Arch Trifold

Back of Gothic Arch Trifold

Gothic Arch Within the Heart

Gothic Arch Within the Heart

Gothic Arch, the Key

Gothic Arch, the Key