Wednesday, 25 February 2015

NOT AN ARTIST'S BOOK



I went to an Artists' Book Fair at the weekend and saw some astonishing books ranging from the very bare of the type "I am a bird, I fly" with a single picture of a very small bird in a corner of the last page to an amazing stall where there were the most beautiful, colourful, painted and otherwise ornamented arty books.  Of course I had to run home to try to make my own.

Failed.

Completely.

So I rescued Teddy Nonameyet from his holiday break (don't ask, our teddies lead interesting lives) and we made a little comfortable oil pastel painting to gently ease us both back into making art.





The start.  At this stage we always think - what's this? will it ever work?  But hold on.  It could get better (or not).





This time it did with the help of watercolour paints, watercolour, metallic and acrylic pens, and some stamping.





Linking to "Paint Party Friday".

48 comments:

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

So pretty and colorful, Sheila! And I'm so impressed...your work area is NEAT!

sirkkis said...

I agree Sherry, immediately thought the same: so neat. I'm sure your cute Teddy Nonameyet feels good to be there.
Your book project will be interesting. The painting is gorgeous in rich, beautiful colours and figures.
Hugs xx

Annie said...

If that first piece is the start of your new book, it is anything but a fail. I like it...especially the blues section surrounding the floral center. Next I go caught up in checking out every little thing on your art desk. I love seeing the tools and supplies and friends that you work with. And this final sweet piece is the magic of Sheila. You have a wonderful way of making your art dance when you are finished with it.

TwinkleToes2day said...

Oh my, you and Teddy Nonameyet made some beautiful art! {{Hugs}}

Valerie-Jael said...

Well, I'm glad Teddy managed something in the end - poor thing, not having a name! Nice work, Sheila! The exhibition sounds really interesting.Valerie

Sue Marrazzo said...

AWESOME post and art!

Evergreen Mo said...

Your desk is so neat.One day I might post a picture of mine shock horror. Art work full of colour and imagination.

ULKAU said...

Yes, I had the same thought about your clean desk as Evergreen Mo...
but I love your artwork, it has a calming effect to me. Ulrike

limmelon said...

Where did Teddy Nonameyet get his scarf from? Has he been out in the snow? Love the wee flower, and the end picture is gorgeous as usual. Love it, Awesome !!

Margik said...

What desk so neat and I think that the adorable Teddy is controlling everything...
I love the vibrant colours and the materials you've chosen for this fabulous painting. And I always love seeing your digital version too.
Mar x

Beo said...

Thats beautiful, Sheila!
In the beginning I had a problem to find your starting picture in the last one but then I got it ...
It's so nice how the flower is growing around the mashroom. It looks as if the flower would - I can't find the words for that...Ok, I'll try it. I think the flower is caring for the mushroom very much. And I love the vibrant colours!
Best Beate

~*~Patty S said...

What a great transformation from first to last creation Sheila!
Really lovely.
I am grappling with trying to paint outside my comfort zone for a class I am taking and had to walk away for abit as it is not all that relaxing...yet!
It's nice when creating is fun isn't it.
The view outside your window captured my eyes...looks so inviting.
Oh and your studio looks like a showroom...
not sure I could work in such a neat and tidy space heehee!
oxo

Anonymous said...

Sweet. I like it sideways too. xox

Karla B said...

Lovely piece!

The Happy Whisk said...

Well done, you. And I LOVE your work bench.

Fantastic space.

Tammie Lee said...

doing our own thing is a great way to enjoy and get in the swing of art.
i love this: The start. At this stage we always think - what's this? will it ever work? But hold on. It could get better (or not).

I also understand this.... so many pieces i am thinking hum.... not sure, but know to get going until it feels complete.

love looking at this piece.

Jackie said...

Fabulous! Your pieces are always so creative and joyful. Jx

Deborah said...

Fab painting, Sheila. Teddy Nonameyet makes a great muse. Can I borrow him? mine's effed off!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your work area is so neat and you have a fantastic view. I now look at houses.. it's not like my other place where I overlooked trees and gardens :( Your artwork is fantastic, so whimsical and fun. Shirleyxx

johanna said...

i love what came out in the end, the Colors so vivid - AWEsome!!
(and i also can´t come over the thought to have such a clean creating place... oh my, it would not last 5 minutes to mess it up, what do i say, 2 minutes, and you couldn´t recognize it again;))

LonettA said...

Absolutely gorgeous painting! Wonderful and vivid colours. I like your technique for painting a lot! Cute Teddy Nonameyet!
Hugs, Annette

kat said...

Oh such fun and fabulous colour Sheila! It's always like magic over here, stunning!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what an amazing painting place you have! I love your new painting too, wonderful composition and color combination as always:-)
xox Anja

Victoria said...

Super gorgeous..I am loving the rich colors and metallics as well..beautifully mesmerizing!! Gorgeous art...shine on!

Karin said...

beautiful creations, especially the latter, just love those beautiful colors!
And Wow what a tidy workplace you have! have a great weekend!
Groetjes Karin

Linda Kunsman said...

The transformation is fab with all the rich colors but I also like the sweet simplicity of the first one. Beautiful!

Faye said...

Wonderful piece of art from such a humble beginning! Well done!

Geckostone said...

Wow, spectacular! You and Teddy did GREAT!!!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

You both are real artists Sheila.. love this!

Giggles said...

Gorgeous...Teddy is a wonderful muse/inspirational helper guide! Kudos to yous!!

Hugs Giggles

Christine said...

Lovely spring painting! All is well that ends well.

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Love the look created with the mix of mediums you used!

Gillena Cox said...

luv the mushroom painting; happy PPF

much love...

GlorV1 said...

Wow, awesome work. Love your desk work place. So very neat.:) Glad all ended up like you wanted it to. Have a great day.

Jo said...

It's like majik!! Did you wave a wand to clean up your work space? Or did Teddy do it? Beautiful work!! :)

Jim Neil said...

That's a cute transformation! I had watercoloured mountains in a crude way on to a scrap of paper, but by the time I put it through Photoshop (without knowing what I had done), it had turned into quite an acceptable picture so I called it Dolomites. Nothing like your efforts, though.

Electra said...

I am so very happy that Teddy helped you ease back in. We need this joy in paint!

Lorraine said...

love the colours

lee said...

I love it

Karen Maggio said...

Fun! Looks like a Batik piece.

stefanie stark said...

It's wonderful what you and teddy have created! By the way I love him sitting there on your desk with the lovely colorful scarf ... it's also such a pleasure to see your neat pretty desk. The technique you used for your artwork is a wonderful inspiration too. I've never tried that before but I think I will try soon. Have a nice Sunday!

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Sheila I'm very impressed when I see your work table, my table is a big mess, your new painting is so lovely, love that you use different kind of water colors and acrylic pens.
Anni

Gloria J Zucaro said...

Wow! That came out gorgeous! I love the mushroom motif and the way the paints all have uneven edges.

peggy gatto said...

fab design and nice balance!
Of course Ted is great too!!!

denthe said...

I am jealous of your workplace, wish I was that neat ... I wouldn't be able to find my teddy (if I had one) underneath all the mess on my table. Love the piece you made, nice composition!

CS-CreativArt said...

You and Teddy have done a very good job. I love the colors and the metalic effect. Beautiful picture!

janie said...

Hope Teddy Nonameyet had a great holiday and is not working too hard keeping your desk so very neat and tidy. Lovely artwork

Pia Rom said...

Your colourful art is so delightful and never failed to lighten up my smile :) But what really amazes me is your so tidy studiotable...omg I adore this...my table is a BIG mess and I mean really BIG ;) xox ♥ Conny
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