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Friday, January 20, 2012

New Year, New Art: Make it Count



Hi there.

It's already time for another Paint Party Friday!

Man... a week can go by very quickly!  Well, weird thing is it seemed to fly by, yet it took forever for Friday to get here.  Hmmm...  anybody know what I mean, or am I the only crazy one around here?  Wait.. what am I saying?  You're a bunch of artists too so enough said!  ;-)



I've had several art pieces done for a while, just waiting to be shared but I just haven't had the time post them.  I was going to explain all this in an Orloff household update, but decided to make that a separate post so as not to bore all you PPF peeps!  So today I'll just share this one painting and bore the rest of you later!


I started this piece on New Years Eve as inspiration for 2012.  Last year was an interesting one, so I'm rather happy for a fresh new year all full of possibilities.  

To start this piece, I printed out one of my photos and glued it down onto a 7"x9" mat board.  I added texture with heavy gel medium by Golden, and once dry I used a pen to draw over parts of the photo to pop some details out.  I then used Golden fluid acrylics to blend with the colors in the photo.



I used paint to stamp out the words "A fresh start, shiny and new.  Make it count", and glued them to the canvas using the heavy gel medium.  I added a bit of the same colors around the words to blend them in a bit... and voila!  Done!

This piece came together rather easily for me.  I love when that happens!  I hope it inspires and reminds you (and me!) to really take advantage of this new year and "make it count"!


Happy Paint Party Friday everyone!  To join in with your own painted projects or see the list of links for who else is painting along, click here.


26 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

This is really beautifully done!
I so wish this kind of work was my style, I see the beauty in it.
Best,
Jenn at www.justaddwatersilly.com, hopping from paint party friday
(following you!)

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful creations ~ so unique and expressive ~ love the colors, composition and design! Wow! namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) and A Creative Harbor

faye said...

Love your mixed media piece. So beautiful. The texture is awesome.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Those textures are amazing.. really great work... I like your style and look forward to seeing more... happy ppf xx

Debbie said...

I love your texture in this piece. Really nice!

Carolyn Dube said...

Your textures are so rich! Your words are embedded in the canvas! I hope 2012 is everything you want and more!

Alicia C said...

I agree about the textures - so rich! I've had occassion to use the Golden Thick Body acrylics and they're awesome. Looks like an inspiring painting Happy PPF!

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

Just dropping by to say hi, and I always love to see what you are working on. Happy new year!
Joyelle

Carin said...

Wow! Your textures are, as always, jaw dropping! Fantastic work Esther!

Diane said...

Oooh-just loving that texture, and so happy to see that you're taking every day as a gift to express yourself.

carlarey said...

I am always jealous of layered pieces like this...when I think of the time it takes to create each layer and then walk away and let it dry, not to mention the self control.

Anne said...

Great piece of art and great reminder for all of us! Thanks, also, for sharing your process!

You have a beautiful blog. Love your header.

Happy PPF!

Daniele Valois said...

Yes, make it count!

Wonderful!!!

:)

Lesley Edmonds said...

Gorgeously textural and the colours are so soft and blurry. I love it!!
x

Anne said...

love the texture and the purple/red colours. So rich!

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

Beautiful, beautiful art. You're the queen of textures ;-) Loved your turquoise bird too! I'm doing art, just not blogging at the moment LOL

Jenny said...

Oh Esther... this is BEAUTIFUL... gorgeous texture... and so loving the words...

Jenny x

EVA said...

A very pretty painting and great inspiration!

Lisa Graham Art said...

I would say you did make it happen with this one. It's so great...texture, shapes, color. I have some new ideas in my head now thanks to your creation here! Happy Tuesday to you!

Leah said...

Yes, a great reminder to make every year and day count. We only have one life to live and will stand before God being judged on that life, right? I know what you mean. When I do my photo link ups, I try to make them short, more about the photos, though sometimes I can't help myself (it is after all my blog, right). I love your artwork here, of course. And by the way, I gave "E makes art" a little shout today...just to let you know.
Cheers,
Leah

Kristin said...

Ooooh, E!!! This is so very beautiful! Such rich, gorgeous colors and texture ;) and with that powerful piece looking at you, I know it will be a year to be remembered! LOVE it, xoxo

Geckostone said...

Ahhhh, yummy,yummy texture and oozing beautiful colors, yep I'm in heaven!

SHERI C said...

This is a WONDERFUL piece.
LOVE it!!
Belated Happy PPF wishes.
Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

Kristin said...

Thank you TG! Hope to see you at PPF tomorrow ;) xoxoxo

Mandy said...

hey esther...you ok?

Sada said...

This is amazing esther!! Love this, it's beautiful!!!!
xo
Sada

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