Friday, May 27, 2011

What's happening in my studio!

Hey there blogging buddies,
Thanks for popping over for a visit. 
I always appreciate visitors and comments.

My baby sister recently moved into a new big house with lots of large blank white walls. I thought she needed a bit of colour and she jumped at the chance of having a canvas painted by her big sis.
I'll show you the steps I went through to achieve this piece.
This canvas is 120 x 40 cm. I base coated the canvas with a mix of Primrose, White Gesso and Texture Paste and applied it with a palette knife thickly.
I then painted Jo Sonja Pale Gold, Rich Gold and Burnished Copper in a semi circle motion.
The Burnished Copper was way to bright on the first coat so I made a mix of Rich Gold and Burnished Copper for the second coat on the outside edges of the canvas.

 I then used Burnt Umber and dry brush technique and worked from the outside of the canvas in towards the centre.
Here I've painted the tree trunk and branches in Burnt Umber.
I added the blossoms using a large filbert brush and Warm White.
Some small centres using a deer foot brush and Burnt Umber.
A close up of the piece.

This was a plain green shopping bag that I've painted using Jo Sonja Iridescent colours on the background.  Applied Butterfly's from Napkins using Impasto Gel then added more stamps, paint and Kindy Glitz for added oomph.

This is what my backyard looks like today after lots of the leaves have fallen off my beautiful Oak tree.

And another plain calico bag.  I used Parisian Essence for a stain coloured bag then used Stencils and Jo Sonja Burnt Umber, Warm White, Pacific Blue, Olive Green for the tree and finished off with Burnished Copper here and there for highlights.
I hope to get around and visit my favourite bloggers over this weekend, so chat soon,
Ciao~Hugs Anna


Diane said...

Love all of this eye candy---you've been very creative. And the piece you made for your sister---exceptional!

Kerryanne English said...

Glad to see so much creativity coming out of your studio Anna. Loooove the painting you did for your sister - she must be so thrilled.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

maddyrose said...

Love the painting you did for your sister I'm sure she's going to be thrilled with it. You really are creative and talented. Have a great weekend.

Jan said...

I wish I could learn to paint like that. Your sis will be thrilled! Well done, what a lovely gift.
I see you are busy with bags too, yours are very unique. Thanks for sharing.

Maggie said...

Your sis is going to love the painting! It's beautiful.
Love your bags, especially the one with the bird cages.

Janet said...

You've definitely been busy in your studio! The painting you did for your sister is fantastic and I'm sure she will love having it in her home.

Your backyard looks so pretty with all the leaves on the ground....but then someone has to rake them, I guess. That part isn't so much fun!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Wow Anna - the painting for your sister is absolutely stunning - thank you for sharing your step-by-steps... love the result!

Love that calico bag, too! You have been buzzing, sweetie! But then you are always full of creativity!

Have a lovely weekend!!
Vikki xoxoxo

ArtfulLee Designed said...

Love the painting for your sister Anna. Thanks for telling us the mixes for the background. Great idea for the two bags, gotta love that stencil

Anonymous said...

Oooooh I just get such a fun thrill of excitement when I see an artist's process! great job!

I also love the journal from Kerryanne..she's such a talent!

ciao bella


Lynn Stevens said...

How lucky your sister is to have you, such a beautiful piece. No doubt she LOVES it!
that bag is just adorable too.
hugs GF

Serena said...

I LOVE the piece you painted for your sis!!! Well done, Anna!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Anna
Lovely to hear from you!
I love love love what you've created!!!
Always a joy to visit you, love the way you describe the method you use to achieve the end results of your creations...always fascinating to me.
Gail xx

lee said...

wow your sister must be thrilled beautiful, really beautiful