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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Paris On My Mind (Another Petite Eiffel Tower)

I've had Paris on my mind lately.  
I can't escape it.  I want to go back so bad!  Last time I was there was 12 years ago for our honeymoon. It's calling me back.  So is Italy.  So since I won't be going anytime soon, I'll let my dreams of travel spill out onto my canvases instead.

   I've been wanting to work on a Europe series, inspired by my photos from my travels, for a while now. I think now's the time to get started on it.  I still have other non-Europe pieces to finish up first...or during.. but I'm excited to see what comes from this inspiration.  It's been brewing in my brain for a long time and now it's time to take action!

Speaking of... here's a sweet little textured Eiffel Tower piece that I just finished. I started it for the Petite Valentine art show at Zinnia, but it didn't get finished at the time so I pushed it aside for a bit. 

This is done on a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of wood.  I copied one of my personal photos of the Eiffel and glued it down onto the wood.  The heart and the 'ribbon" across the bottom are both made from plaster cloth. I used Heavy Gel Medium to create raised stenciling and the rest of the texture, then painted over it all with acrylic paints and glazes.  I also drew over my photo with a Pitt Artist Pen to bring out some details.


So I know making these pieces is not the same as traveling there, but it still inspires me.  Maybe if I make enough art inspired by Europe, and sell them, I'll be able to go there again sooner than I think? 
 A girl could dream right? 

And while I'm dreaming, I'll continue to create these pieces so you can enjoy them and dream along with me.  


Au revoir!


Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Completely gorgeous! Love it, love all the texture, the colors and the subject. Just beautiful!

Lynn said...

Just lovely. I am dreaming along with you, Paris does call you back doesn't it?

Kristin said...

TG in the house!!!
YES - I agree! What wonderful inspiration for European photos! (I honeymooned in Spain and Holland - 10 years this November) and of course that texture and your soft color choices are divine. So very beautiful! oxxo

Anonymous said...

this is just beautiful, my wish for you is your trip to paris comes soon,

Anonymous said...

this is just beautiful, my wish for you is your trip to paris comes soon,

Jackie said...

Utterly gorgeous - I love the colours and texture. Fabulous artwork.

Michele said...

So lovely jubbly. :-)
Paris sounds wonderful, just like your painting!

Rossylalah said...

I love how you used one of your own images. I makes it all the more special. I haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting Paris but I know how I felt when I experienced Eygpt and the Pyramids. Something about the feeling of a place isn't it!

Kim Henkel said...

I love the texture! and you are right we should never stop dreaming!

Lesley Edmonds said...

Oh yes continue to create them. This is gorgeous!! Venice calls to me EVERY DAY!!! I fell in love with it when Ed took me there for my 50th and I think a large part of my heart remained there....I think I was Venetian in a previous life lol!

Carin said...

Holy macaroni Batman! This is gorgeous! I just want to cry.. or buy it.. or both. This piece really speaks to my soul. Yum!