Sunday, May 13, 2007

Wallflower 4


What a slow day at the gallery today! It's Mother's day, for one. People just aren't out browsing open art studios. So I took advantage of the time and painted another Wallflower for my series. My goal is to have eight, so I'm halfway there! Obviously I didn't make the May deadline I imposed on myself, so now I'm shooting for June sometime. I was browsing in my latest issue of Somerset Studios Magazine and was inspired by one of the illos in it. It was done by using gel medium and doing transfers, etc. I don't know how to do any of that, soI just painted mine and hoped for the best. No gel medium or anything else except for this awesome piece of paper that came in the magazine and had the word "Flower" all over it. What a sign! I stamped over some of the letters in paint and incorporated them into the design.

So, here she is. Again, I'd like to know from you what you think her story is! This one was a lot of fun to do, keeping it all in blues and greens with just her lips and bracelet in persimmon. The flowers on the edges are shapes cut from magazines, just the colors I needed. Thanks for your feedback. You're all the best!! And Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there :)
acrylic and colored pencil on printed scrapbooking paper

17 comments:

  1. Happy Mothers Day to you....
    this is lovely, dreamy even.

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  2. Another beautiful wallflower. She actually looks like she is on her way to her garden, where I think she seeks inner peace, and replenishes her well. I believe we all have a place we go to when we are either too full, or almost empty. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. A belated Happy Mother's Day. This piece is amazing. And you did it in a day? You're good!

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  4. A lovely lady. I like the muted colors and the persimmon accent. I wondered if you had family with you on Mothers Day or just painted alone all day. I hope you could be with family.

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  5. Gorgeous--you're on such a roll, and i love the new blog look!!

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  6. Wow, I'm always amazed when I get comments on my non-IF posts! Thanks everyone! Steve, I just changed the look of my blog yesterday:) and Bron, yes I was alone on Mother's Day. I have no children, but husband and pets were waiting for me when I got home. Mother's Day is bittersweet for me. Thanks you for your nice comment and thoughtfulness.

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  7. Oh, Laurel, she's beautiful! I adore the use of persimmon and the composition is so balanced. I can't say what it is she's thinking or feeling. She appears to remembering a time, that was precious, but tainted in some way. In fact, the first thing that came to mind was the character, Joanna in May Sarton's book, "
    Joanna and Ulysses. It's a short tale about a woman painter and a donkey she befriends while on holiday on island of Santorini. I didn't finish it, as I wanted to cherish this little story a while longer. I think you'd like it...

    I can't wait to see the other wallflowers :)

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  8. i'm loving her blue tone skin! love it!

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  9. She's beautiful, and full of character. I think she's quite shy with people in general, but has a strong quiet gentle personality, with lovely little quirks here and there, ie the lipstick and bracelet. She blossoms as you get to know her.

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  10. I love it!! Beautiful work. She's perfect.

    Oh by the way Laurel, I was tagged last week to list 7 weird things about myself and now I'm tagging you. So, if you want to play, you list 7 weird things about yourself and tag up to 7 people to do the same. No pressure if you don't want to do this or if you've been tagged before.

    See ya,
    Deb

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  11. I think she was waiting for someone at the park, and he kept her waiting so long, she was really not sure she was happy to see him when he finally showed. Great moody colors.

    Oh, and yeah, Louie and Charlie were great friends. Louie fought a valient battle against cancer and lost several years ago, but he continues to visit Charlie in dreams. These two will appear in exploits I'll write about; both true and fictitious, before and after Louie's death.

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  12. Love the blue tone, beautiful and classy piece!

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  13. This is a really pretty piece.. i like the light glazing you use for the dress...a beauty

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  14. She's waiting for someone, someone she has no right to be waiting for. She believes her beautiful spring day hat is a good hiding place, and that only her beloved will recognize her, she's wrong.

    What beautiful work you do Laurel, I love your "Wallflower" series!

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  15. ok u got me intriged with ur walllflowers series but i can only fine 3&4. lov em both great rads on the 3 rd one and i like th e lil sqs used in bkgd. on 4 the bakgd is so good lov th ecopy and the texture plus the shade of blue with the persiom color wow nice touch and illo here, as for her story i have no idea
    but she is lovely. like ur new banner to on ur blog.

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  16. I LOVE This! Just popped in to say hi/thanks,etc., and happened to see this piece.

    Wow! Her story? She's window shopping
    inside a flower mart, and looks up,
    just in time, to see someone outside
    taking her picture.

    P.S. Nice to meet you! :D

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