Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer of Color #4

I made it! I really didn't think that I would be able to find the time this week to do a piece for the SOC #4 but I managed to find a few minutes here and there in the last two days and was able to complete a mixed media painting on a 7 x 14 gallery wrap canvas.
Red & Gold
The colors for this week were two reds and a metallic. The reds were no problem, of course, I used Cadmium Red Medium and Alizarin Crimson, standard colors in most painters' boxes. The metallic was a bit more challenging. I hunted through my stash of mixed media materials and came up with a few things that I thought would work together. The butterflies are from a gossamer thin napkin so I stuck them to a piece of gold paper and cut them out. The cross was a gift from a friend: it is made out of thin wood and I painted it with some gold gesso. I added some branches and leaves painted with the gold and voilĂ !

Here's another photo that makes the gold look a little more gold. As Kristin mentioned in our instructions part of the challenge would be to show the metallic quality of the art in a photo. I am not sure how well I accomplished this but I tried - lol.

If you want to check out some of the other art in this challenge, here is the link to Kristin's blog - http://www.twinkletwinklelikeastar.blogspot.ca/2015/06/the-summer-of-color-5-week-four.html

26 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I love the way you used the rich reds and metallic gold here on your mixed media piece! Absolutely gorgeous use of this week's SOC colors!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I like to sell my art and can only hope that this will prove popular with potential buyers too!

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  2. beautiful work,Val! You're really creative!

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    1. Thanks Mel, That is a lovely comment!

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  3. Lovely Val, very rich and warm :)

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    1. Thanks Sheila, I wish that red would photograph better - I am sure the painting looks richer in real life. Have a great weekend.

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  4. How beautiful. Love the gold cross on the red backround.

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    1. Thanks Susan, The cross was a gift in more ways than one - lol. It worked well with this week's color selection.

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  5. This is so rich, lovely earthy tones. Have a great weekend!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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    1. Thanks Marrit. I like the colors and adding the gold made it all work.

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    1. Thanks Kristin - I am sure you have so many to check out that you run out of time to say much - looking forward to next week's colors!

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  7. This is such a neat challenge and sure brings out the creativity. I am so enjoying seeing the results and reading through your thought process. Well done Val

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    1. Thank you Nelvia. Challenges like this are great to help stretch the creative side of an artist and being rushed can also be a plus - lol

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  8. very beautiful. love the vines.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. I am still not sure if the vines where overdone but it is what it is and a number of people seem to like the painting so I guess it is OK - lol

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  9. glad you were able to get an entry in this week-your canvas is just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Linda, I am hoping that the rest of the month will be a little less busy with outside activities so that I can stay home, mind my home-based gallery and do some painting. With only two weeks left in the SOC challenge It would be great to have some time to be even more creative. I have seen so many wonderful pieces in blogs and on the FB group page that it makes me want to play.

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  10. It is serene yet striking with the colors. Wonderfully done.

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine. I took the photo outside so that I could (possibly) show the shine of the gold but - gain one thing loose another - the red is more vibrant in real life. I thought it was interesting that your blog this week is Red - photo challenge. I often have trouble with photos of red paintings because they don't always show the vibrancy of the color. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. very nice :) the 3D butterflies are a nice touch :)

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  12. Thanks you Jennifer. I like the feeling that the butterflies just stopped by to check things out and might fly away at anytime although it does make the painting more fragile.

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  13. Val, this turned out beautiful!! Stunning really- great make with the color palette!!
    Thank you for your visit and always leaving such nice comments! hugs,Jackie

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    1. thanks Jackie and you are welcome. Aren't these challenges great for finding new artists to follow and enjoy?

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