Wednesday, 18 February 2015

THE HOUSEBOAT

It's quite difficult  to make a good drawing with oil pastels; new ones start off with a pointed end (sometimes) and then that soon wears down and you're left with a very blunt flat edge.

But it's like playing with crayons and deep colours and afterwards there's all the fun of washing over the oil pastel drawing with watercolours and hoping it doesn't get ruined.








It started off as a house with a garden and trees and leafy bits and then ....... somehow it turned into a sea scene.

How did it do that?


Linking to
"Art Journal Journey", theme "Birds, Beast and Humans" and

38 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Clearly it was MAGIC! Lovely painting with lots of sweet characters. Thanks for joining us at AJJ! Valerie

Karla B said...

This is lovely!

~*~Patty S said...

Maybe a deluge ;-) ... lots of rainy days in a row...
I like what Valerie said: Magic indeed!!!
oxo

froebelsternchen Susi said...

The house wanted to be a light house or maybe Noah's ark !
However it happened.. it turned out beautiful !

Thank you Sheila for sharing it at Art Journal Journey!
xxx
Susi

johanna said...

ha, as they say: the journey is the Destination. the result is delightful anyway. i especially like the Girl with the wind in her hair, she stands so brave...

sirkkis said...

You drew the art piece where something exciting is happening. I like when there is a storya which spectator can imagin many ways. This little story is enchanting, Sheila.
Have a happy day,
hugs xx

kat said...

This is soft, dreamy and just gives me a lovely aah feeling, peaceful and so soothing, I love this scene you have created, beautiful. The sky and sea feel so fluffy and that flowery light house is truly original, all so magical and breezy!

Jackie said...

It always cheers my day when I visit your blog, Sheila. A lovely piece.

limmelon said...

Love the intrepid sailor ! Oil pastels can be difficult but your results are magnificent. Love it, Awesome !!

Evergreen Mo said...

I agree with Jackie, your drawings always make me smile and my day is cheerier. So it is magic. Like the softer look to this one.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your sea scene that started from a house in a garden is fantastic, another beautiful whimsical piece of art! Have a great day, Shirleyxx

Margik said...

Brilliant! Love it and I love your amazing creativity. This scene is really fantastic with those super drawings. And I like the colours as always.
Mar x

Annie said...

Ah, a lovely, breezy sailing day upon the high seas. A sweet scene indeed. I can imagine all walks of life are drawn to that fabulous lighthouse for a visit. You are brave to dare to draw with those flat tips and magic definitely happens. I would have nothing but colorful blobs.

Tammie Lee said...

amazing to hear how it started out and how it ended up.
i feel like i am in a magical realm when i look at it, as though t treasure has been found out in the sea. So exciting. loved hearing about the oil pastels, i feel that way about pastel pencils too, so hard to get the point back, for me.

sharon said...

Beautiful! I have paintings like that, no idea how it happens!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I like the feeling of happiness and freedom in your oil pastel piece. It's funny how art can sometimes take us on an unexpected journey to a different place than the one we intended. By the way, I shave mine sometimes to get fine details done. It's a little wasteful, but it works. Blessings, my friend!

Linda Kunsman said...

a really dreamy feel. Love that sky! I know what you mean about the pastels but they're fun to play with for something different.

Kate Robertson said...

Lots of fun magic in this piece, I love the playfulness about it.

Kate

Faye said...

A wonderful sea scene. Oil pastels are a challenge. I love the blending I can get with chalk pastels and have never done much with the oil pastels. You inspire me to try.

Christine said...

I like it!

Giggles said...

You created great movement and texture with the splashy looking sea!! Wonderful...such a fun piece...with a definite story!!

Hugs Giggles

GlorV1 said...

It is a wonderful sea scene. Lots of texture. Love the color.:)

Studio Kaufmann said...

oh my this is absolutely charming! Will the pink bird save the little princess on the boat I do hope so. Happy PPF

Jo said...

Sweet!!

lee said...

sometimes a drawing takes a life of its own, however this one is great, and I agree with you about oil pastels.

My name is Erika. said...

What a fun drawing. I love that girl on the sailboat. She has so much spirit and hope, even though she doesn't have a lot of facial detail. Great job.

LonettA said...

Absolutely beautiful and charming! Lovely sea scene and I agree with Susi ... it will be a light house!
Hugs, Annette

NatashaMay said...

Looks like a lot of fun. :) I remember doing this technique when I was younger.

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

Oh Sheila it looks like you had a lot of fun making this drawing/painting, what there happened with the house, I don't know, but the result is wonderful.
Anni

Clare Lloyd said...

Lovely

TwinkleToes2day said...

A fabulous metamorphosis obviously, lol :D
Love it Sheila!!

bellefrogworks said...

Sometimes the art just takes over - LOL What a fun painting - love the girl in the sailboat

denthe said...

Lovely scene! Love the girl in the boat at a stormy sea .....

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Your "house" still reminds me a garden folly all beight and beautiful floating in the sea. Maybe it got washed away? xox

CS-CreativArt said...

Oh Sheila, this bring me laugh so! The remarkable transformation of the landscape! So beautiful!

janie said...

Hello Sheila
My favourite bits are the clouds and the lady in the boat. I like the way you have managed to capture movement and could imagine myself sailing away to a happy land

Electra said...

Magic, that's how, YOUR magic.

Fodie Ann said...

This speaks to me of a stormy sea, and a lighthouse, with a lighthouse keeper who loves his plants, and a bird who is telling the girl that there is safe harbour just round the next headland. Lovely, Sheila!