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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Art Vortex and Shadow Shot Sunday

Thursday was the best day ever!  I got sucked into an art vortex and painted for hours, only stopping when necessary.  I was in that amazing place where time, hunger, and pain do not exist (though they certainly exist now).  I was in "the zone" that we artists strive for.  The one we create rituals to try be able to tap into it when we want, but so many times it eludes us, but not me...not Thursday.  Everything just flowed so wonderfully!  I was floating...and still am!

 I finished this painting, almost finished a second one and even worked on a small third one all that day.

 This is from Lesson 8 : 2D texture for my Texture Town class.  This class really is the best!  I can't believe how much I'm getting out of it!  I love it!! I know I keep saying it, but it's true!  If anyone is considering it, I highly recommend it!

 This was painted on a 12x12 canvas.  I glued down paper, fabric, netting, mesh, and ribbons with gel medium.  I then used the gel medium to create texture and stamped into it (in the center red square) and used stencils to add the raised dots.

I painted this to hang in the direction that is shown, but once it was done, I turned it clockwise one turn and liked it that way too.  So I posted both in the class forum to see what they thought and one of the teachers, Julie Prichard, suggested  turning it once more.  So I ended up posting it all four ways and asking the other students to vote.  Everyone liked it a different way!  I think it's a wonderful "problem" to have.  I've never experienced this before.  So I decided just to go with how I originally planned it, and whoever ends up buying it down the road can hang it however they want!

And here's my photo for Shadow Shot Sunday.  I thought this went well with the painting above with a bit of similar colors and pattern.  To join in the fun and see more shadows, pop on over to visit  Hey Harriet.


Crafty Gardener said...

Great results from your painting day. I love the architecture on the building with the shadows.

Diane said...


Hey Harriet said...

A beautiful shadow shot and I love your artwork! The colours you've used and the textures are amazing! So happy to hear that you were in 'the zone' on Thursday. It's special when that happens. Oh the joy of it all!

Have a great week and may be find yourself in 'the zone' again for at least part of it :)

LauraX said...

wonderful textures, and the colors are so rich too!

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful building-I have always loved the shadows that tree leaves make-so peaceful looking.

Anonymous said...

They do go well together.

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

As usual, I absolutely love your painting! You are making me really want to take the texture course, it sounds like so much fun!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...


If shadows could talk,
Just what would they say?
If you listen close,
You’ll hear them, you may.
Shadows do chatter
And gossip and talk
In the store windows,
Along the sidewalk,
Over the mountains,
On prairie and plain,
Begging for sunshine
And not days of rain;
Emboldened by light,
The stark shadows say:
“We’re out for a lark,
Please join us at play!”

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadow Sweeper

Manon Doyle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Esther!! Yours is awesome!! I am a big texture girl ....love what you made!!!

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous piece! Love the textures and colours! Sounds like a fantastic course - altho you could be doing the teaching!
Great shadow shot as well!

JessiVille said...

Esther, I love these textural paintings that you do. I want to touch them - it's a little bit frustrating, LOL! I like the way you posted it or one click counter clockwise for me! Beautiful! Your shadow shot was great too. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin said...

It's beautiful!!! Sounds like a wonderful class and right up your alley - LOVE the central pattern here -and the colors are beautiful. Wonderful shot too - happy Tuesday, xoxo

Anonymous said...

Wow that class sounds amazing! Loving all the colour and texture you have there!

Wonderful shot too! You are very clever, you know. ♥

Sada Vee said...

next to the Raven artwork, this might be my favourite! Or at least in the top 3.