It is massively, seriously, incredibly gorgeous in pictures and is even better in real life. Thrilled doesn't really begin to cover it. I've just spent like 5 minutes staring at these pictures and trying to process that I own this.
OH MY GOD. I received from PhoenixFireDesigns and boy did she deliver!
Seriously, I cannot believe I now own this.
It's STUNNING (and should be submitted for the monthly challenge!) and it's PERFECT for my livingroom - the peridot (all FIFTEEN feet of it) and the petrified wood base are so totally matched to my new livingroom colors (it's sitting on my couch in this shot) and feel (earth, water, air). It's just truly, truly gorgeous. I'm going to get it its own little floating shelf - my living room is decorated with only paintings thus far and please believe this will be properly shown off
Rockmygypsysoul: Your poppy painting is great...I have such a hard time letting myself go that free flow. I should try something like this just to see what it feels like. Probably feels like fun!
Trust me, I have a hard time, too. I am rapidly working on developing ways to have better control with this technique for that exact reason. But it really is fun and while it's more costly due to materials, they're actually taking SO much less time than almost anything else I do. Not counting drying time, of course
Honestly, I think the best thing that's let me liven up a bit is using a Gelli pad. Onyxnox gave me one in the 12 Days of Christmas swap and when I decided to take it out to play I re-discovered how much I like play
Holy crap I have entered into a whole new level of humiliation over that amazing prayer cloth and the fact that I sent my horrible versions of prayer cloths to both rscowtown and P_E_S_T. That is GORGEOUS!
I know for me right now is a time of high productivity - only it's all going towards a craft show later this month and a fine arts exhibit next month The exhibit is mid-April but once we pass that, I am coming back on swaps like gangbusters!
Love them. I'm sure they'll take 8 years to dry, but are well worth it.
Thanks! I know. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with them while they're drying, especially since I seriously have like 7 more I already am planning. We have a 3 bedroom apartment for just DH and I but the rooms are tiny and my craft supplies alone already use the entirety of the 2nd bedroom. I seriously think I'm just going to line the floor, walls, and furniture of the 3rd room in cardboard (the upside of just having moved) and then close the door and anticipate not using the room for anything else for the time being
Otherwise though, I'm glad you like it. I gave a lot of thought to doing something with more realism but the more I stalked researched, it just seemed like such a fun idea. I was super paranoid I was going to miss a kid or something so I hope everything was right! I even looked at colors people did or didn't seem to like, and the kids' wings have components that correspond with the moms' wings, and so on. I really tried to deliver so I hope it was worth it and I'm so, so sorry about the rip!
Class: History of Magic SPEW: n/a House: Gryffindor! Project Name: Poppies Project Page: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432019.0#axzz2v7i6M2cD (this has the poppies as well as a Dalmatian I painted separately) Brief Description: Poppies, such a distinct but simple flower, are one of my favorite symbols and have a rich history. They can symbolize death but also may mean sleep or, more wonderfully, pain relief. Poppy seeds produce opium which in turn is used in certain pain relief drugs like morphine. While I have never used any opioids and fully respect the power of those drugs, I likewise know that the development of certain, safer prescription drugs have evolved from how opium works. As a person with multiple chronic pain conditions and related insomnia, I completely appreciate the symbolism of sleep and pain relief.
Plus poppies are just so freaking adorable.
This is oil on canvas using a pointillism/impasto/tube painting technique for which I'm confident there's a real term but I don't have the first clue what it is, I just started playing around one day and really loved the effect. That said, since there's no dilution, you go through the paint SO fast plus now, between this and another one I did, my hand hurts