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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lovely Lavender

Last week's color (yes I'm behind!) for The Summer of Color was purple.   I needed to make a thank you card.  So what do you think happened?  Yup, I made a purple thank you card.  Actually we'll call it lavender, since that's the shade that I used and the plant that was part of my inspiration. 

I took this photo (below) last year up in Oregon in my sister's front yard.  I love the image and have been wanting to use it for something, so this was the perfect time.
I started by collaging pieces of paper onto a card, then painted over them to make a nice background.  I transferred the image onto the card by experimenting with Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).   I then layered on more paint and added a few embellishments.  
There's just something soothing about lavender, isn't there?  Even when you can't smell it.  Hmm.. maybe I should scent the card.
Nah...probably not.

With each of my Summer of Color posts I've tried to add a few extra photos that feature the color of the week .
So... here's a couple more photos that were also taken up in Oregon.

I love anything "thistle-y"

Lavender field against a white barn... heavenly.

And while digging through my photos I came across this painting that I had in an old post, that I did for another color challenge.  This was the first time I used the color lavender in my art and loved it

 That's why I love doing these challenges.  It makes you step out of your box and try out a new color or technique that you might not normally use.  So a big THANK YOU goes out to my friend Kristin for taking the time and energy to do this for us!!  There's still time to join us and maybe even win a prize from Kristin!  This weeks color is Orange... I'm excited about this one!!

So...what are you doing to challenge yourself?


Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Beautiful, I love lavender. The color, the smell .... I remember the lavenderfields in the Provence in France, and how gorgeous they looked and smelled! Great art! What am I doing to challenge myself? Nothing special, just trying to get back to painting after my vacation ;-) And signing up for Julie and Chris's new class LOL

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness this is stunning! You always inspire me TG! Thank YOU for your sweet comment and looking forward to your Orange, xo

from Sharon said...

Hi, I thought I left a comment yesterday, but evidently didn't. Nevertheless, your lavender piece is exquisite. You go through so many process to arrive at what you want to say...your effort always is evident. smiles:sharon

Joyce said...

Your work is so amazing!

Mandy said...

This is beautiful and what a cool used putting the..your own..image in...yes lavender is beautiful and you have done a wonderful job with your piece...loving your photos too...and your older art work is gorgeous!...xxx

Diane said...

Beautiful!! I really want to try this TAP--I've been hearing and seeing good things with it.
And..love your photos-that lavender field must have smelled wonderful--I love that flower and its fragrance.

Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald said...

Your work is absolutely gorgeous! I love this lavender collage...so inspiring!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I would love to be inhaling the scent of lavender right now!


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Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful cards and your photos, too.


Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying looking at all your color challenges. The picture of the lavender field with the while barn is so stunning. Is that your property or just a shot someplace else?
I took some time off of blogging in July and now that I am back full swing in blog~land I am jumping into the SSS photo challenge. Ever since stumbling upon your blog a few months ago I have periodically checked up your SSS shots, which are always lovely.
Hope I figure it all out come this Sunday...links and java scripts are not my thing.
Will be stopping by again soon,