Saturday, 1 March 2014

A FANTASY SCENE

I was highly honoured to be asked to choose the theme for the monthly challenge "Art Journal Journey" and the theme I chose was "A Fantasy Scene".




I made these paintings (each 6 x 6 inches) using textile dye powders and 
oil pastels.




I drew the pictures with oil pastels then painted over with the dyes which were mixed with water.
The oil pastels provided a resist to the watercolour.




The results of this technique are often unexpected, surprising and occasionally dramatic.




I used photo-editing to create each frame using the miniatures of the painting.



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The Lonely Tower among trees and wild flowers





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The Arch leads to a beautiful flower border and a dark hill





What is your Fantasy Scene?

Do go over to "Art Journal Journey" and see what the amazing artists have created ..... and maybe even make a Fantasy Scene yourself?

33 comments:

  1. I love those vibrant and fancyful pieces dear Sheila.. such an amazing oilpastel resist ..wow!!!And the hint of digital playing to build a frame is always gorgeous too and makes them special Orange Esmeralda style!
    Unique!
    Thank you so much for supporting us with such an inspiring ARTWORK!
    hugs
    Susi

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  2. The mixed media gives a fantastic effect. The wee repeating border of the arch offsets the arch tremendously. Love the tower among the trees and flowers. Love it, Awesome !!

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  3. Masterpieces, Sheila! Love, love, love all of them. Wonderfully created and coloured.

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  4. So beautiful pieces, Sheila. I love how you designed and painted all the pages. Your art is colorful and lively.

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  5. Fantastic and very special work, and very much Miss Orange! Hugs, Valerie

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  6. Fantastic whimsical plants and trees. Nice rich colors with your pastels. xox

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  7. Your fantasy scenes are really magical, Sheila!
    I love the vivid colours and the motives.
    I love how your art lets my imagination run free! You want an example?
    The arch is just beautiful though I thought it to be a sunrise for the flowers on its left and a sunset for the hillscene on its right.
    Do you see what you are able to do? I'm creating a different fantasy scene just by using your little paintings... AWESOME!

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  8. Oh how I love your technique here and your sooo beautiful results! You inspire me, to try this out! It looks so very yummy and vibrant!! Love the doorway and the tower as well as the wonderful tree!! xox ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly

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  9. Gorgeous artwork, very whimsical and certainly go with the wonderful theme that you chose for this month at AJJ. I love your techniques and colours. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

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  10. Sheila, you could not have chosen a better theme! Fantasy play is so much a part of your unique artwork. When I see your art, I immediately leave my harsh reality and enter your art world of fantasy, whimsy and color. You know, these little blocks of fantasy would make an awesome ceramic tile strip for a touch of whimsical home décor!

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  11. Well Sheila I dropped by to tell you how much I liked your dress form on SoArtful. However I was waylayed by these beauties your work is wonderful a picture at a time but when you put them together like this they just sing...fantastic my friend.

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  12. when i saw your paintings art AJJ i thought "what wonderful borders she made"... i think it took me a few minutes to realize they were minatures of the paintings...
    i love them all, sheila, your style is so fresh and unique!!

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  13. Sheila these are real gran favorites! I love them all so much, fabulous! Your frames look wonderful around these bright pieces, real creative favorites!

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  14. These are absolutely gorgeous and imaginative! I like your way to create the frames!

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  15. Creativity pours out of you Sheila! These make such a lovely collection, and I love the idea of the miniatures to make up the borders, and the corners all match perfectly, terrific planning.
    The technique you describe gives interesting texture appearances to the images. I've never heard of that type of fabric dye, and I would never have thought of using that with the oil pastel resist.

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  16. Hello Sheila
    what amazing and vibrant colours, I love them all but my favourites are the tower and the two flowers however the way you have executed the borders is genius and so perfectly too. All of your minatures exube happiness and would definitely make beautiful ceramic tiles as previously suggested by Annie, I would love a row of them in my kitchen.

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  17. Oh wow, these are fabulous. Such rich colours and wonderful scenes.

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  18. Sheila - this is enchanting.So delicate!

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  19. Ein tolles Thema hast du dir da ausgesucht Sheila.
    Wieder mit fröhlichen Farben und guter Laune! Mir gefällt am besten das Bild mit den Blumen, und dem Baum und der Sonne und dem Turm, ach die sind alle so schön!

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  20. These paintings are beautiful. The texture is wonderful and so very soft looking. I have never heard of textile dye powders. They look like lots of fun to use. Great work, again!! Have a fun day!

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  21. Beautiful and unique. The borders really set them off. I can see them as patchworks on a brilliant vibrant quilt.

    Aileen x

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  22. These are so colourful and this is a great technique

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  23. Thank you for sharing this cool technique dear Sheila...
    You got beautiful results...
    Great inspiration for your super theme!
    oxo

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  24. Wow this is beautiful, great colors scene too! Groetjes Karin

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  25. So schöne Bilder und ein wunderbares Thema!!!
    LG
    Lucie

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  26. Wowww, wie toll gearbeitet, einfach wunderschön...very nice.

    LG Carola

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  27. What a cool framing idea - they look great!

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  28. Love them and the colours are great.
    Becky

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  29. It sounds like a pretty interesting process. I like to make stuff when the end result is a little bit unknown. Great job!

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