Friday, 13 October 2017

Another new discovery....

While here in Australia I suddenly discovered the work and products of Jane Davenport. Duh, I must have been somewhere under a rock.....
She has a huge product line with American Crafts, available in Michaels stores, and her products are also widely available in the UK and elsewhere
. But.... she is from Australia and has her own online shop here and of course I could not help myself and some of her products just fell into my basket... I love her colourful style and personality. So here are a first couple of pieces, using her work as inspiration :o)

I love the looseness of her portraits, without them becoming as stylised as some of the other artists out there. The background was done with some of her watercolours (pretty similar to the Prima sets I think), I then added detail with some of her water soluable crayons (they will only become available world wide from November, but she has them in her own shop here in Oz), and some coloured pencils and pens I had here anyway.
Embracing bright colours is always hard for me, but I am trying to break out into other ways of doing art. Having said that, my next page (and my own more favoured one) was done in more monochrome colours)
I love experimenting with different styles of faces, so expect to see more..... When I am back home and have my usual supply of stamps and inks, I may add further background detail still.
The penwork was done with a Sakura Micron pen and I was glad I had taken a white gelpen with me for some highlights.
I added the sentiment digitally and am going to add this to the October challenge at AJJ Landscapes of the soul

Thank you for dropping in here like usual and have a happy weekend!
xxxxx

20 comments:

  1. You drew these faces beautifully. I really like all of them, and they look far more realistic than some I've seen. These are simply fabulous for AJJ.

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  2. Beautiful and very harmonious faces, just wonderful. Hugs, Valerie

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  3. You drew these faces beautifully!! the look I like, so tender and gentle!
    Thanks for linking to AJJ with the topic Landscapes of the soul.
    Happy weekend
    Elke

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  4. I love both faces - both are so full of wonderful expression and a really beautiful use of colours on both of them Astrid! You never cease to amaze me with your versatility! I am really happy to see this wonderful face with the beautiful quote linked to our Inner Landscape collection at AJJ!
    Jane Davenport is a fantastic artist and teacher - didn't have a workshop with her yet and didn't buy her books or supplies but watched some of her videos on YT - her style is adorable- I love to see that you put your own style into this faces just a little bit inspired by her's. That's art! Have a great time furthermore with your family downunder - enjoy the spring and warmth there!
    oxo
    Susi

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  5. Playing holiday catch up Astrid and see you are away visiting your family, I do hope you have a lovely trip. Meantime thank you for sharing such inspiring artwork.

    B x

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  6. Its clear to see how taken you are with JD and her style Astrid xx The faces you have created with your limited supplies is simply fabulous and you are such a versatile artist who never fails to inspire xxx

    Have a lovely weekend and sending best wishes to you and your family Down Under xxxxx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

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  7. One word.....AMAZING. I adore, the expression, the colours, simply fantastic. Tracy x

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  8. Astrid, the faces are so beautiful and her eyes so expressive.
    I was pleased when I found some of Janes products as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Oh my - these are both just BEAUTIFUL Astrid. My fav is the monochrome one which is funny because I love colorful things usually. But there is just something intriguing about your second gal!!! WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. Xj.

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  10. Astrid, you really created soul, in both your portraits, they are stunning ,-and even I -like you- also am not a big lover of stronger, and many colors together, I really admire the portrait you made, using, just that. So amazing masterpieces, dear !!
    Hugs, Dorthe

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  11. I was pleased when I found some of Janes products as well.
    Yvonne xx


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  12. Wow Astrid, they are both gorgeous, they have a lovely serene quality to them and your colour choices are beautiful. You draw beautifully Astrid.

    Hugs, Anne xx

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  13. Oh my, what amazing paintings! You have captured such beauty and your ladies are bewitching with their mesmerising eyes - beautiful 😁. I love the way you have blended the colours across the page too, it's magical how you have shaded the warm to colder colours, those new paints suit you 😁. Have a wonderful weekend! J 😊

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  14. Astrid!!! You are a Picasso! LOVE your faces! You inspire me. Gorgeous subtle watercolor shading too...LOVE!

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  15. You always surprise and delight with your Art Astrid. These portraits look like real people to me someone I could have a conversation with. Although I am a fan of bright colours, the second face really drew me in; I see wistful longing in her eyes. Beautiful.

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  16. These faces are beautiful Astrid! xx

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  17. Your paintings are beautiful Astrid! xx

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous! True works of art.
    Sandy xx

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  19. Fabulous Astrid, so beautiful. Angela xXx

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  20. Yes, I think you must have had blinkers on - JD projects are going great guns here though since they all seem to sit in the brighter colour zones I've managed to resist so far. I love your portraits - like you, the second one is the one which really appeals most strongly. I love the detail of both the watercolour shading and the penwork in the close up of her face - beautifully done. Looking forward to seeing more women appear...
    Alison x

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