Sunday, 3 July 2016

THE ABSTRACT GARDEN BEGINS

Over at Instagram, many artists are making art for the 100 days challenge.

While I am not a fan of making something every day (I often do not have an every day or even an every half hour) nevertheless something there appeals to me.

So I am embarking on "100 days of garden abstracts".





Each of these paintings was inspired by a flower in my garden and was painted with deliciously splashy watercolours.





The 100 days will not be consecutive, and I may not finish till I am well over 100 years old if then, who knows?  And I will be making other paintings in between.






These three paintings also fit very well with the current challenge at "Art Journal Journey" where Yvonne is asking us what is in our actual or imaginary garden.

Also linking to "Paint Party Friday".

33 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh gosh.. that's a project -- one hundred!! AMAZING!!!
I love the first three ♥ especially the third one speaks to me- striking!!!
I am looking forward to the next paintings Sheila!
Have fun with the project!
Happy Sunday and a big thank you for the first entry for AJJ this month- I am quite sure that there will follow a few more..lol!
SUPER!
oxo Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful, bright flowers, thanks for joining us at AJJ, I knew this month's theme would be more 'yours' than the one before. Have fun with the next 97....Hugs, Valerie

johanna said...

your start is so bright and cheery! i love These. and i think it is a good way to Approach the Goal without the bondage of "i MUST". just see what happens. i´m sure we will enjoy quite some more in the course of time.
xox

Meggymay said...

Wow, Sheila these are beautiful paintings. I am so pleased you like the theme I chose, look forward to seeing more pages.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

Adore these Sheila. They remind me of how my garden often looks, especially now when it is full of weeds. So I enjoy it from far away and it is all an abstract of colors and shades and very pretty. Nice. Hugs-Erika

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful colors and artistry in your garden Sheila!
So you're on Instagram too? Busy lady :-)
Happy gardening with your paint brushes and more
oxo

janie said...

hello Sheila these are all stunning, love watercolour and love the way you have managed to keep the colours vibrant and fresh. also love the looseness of your technique

Karla B said...

These are lovely Sheila!

sirkkis said...

They look fascinating, wild and beautiful‼ Love your watercolour Art ♥

Sue Marrazzo said...

GREAt colors!!

Beo said...

This flowers are so beautiful, Sheila! I love your watercolour pictures as much as your birdies and fish and... painted with your pencils. Your spleashy watercolours are great! Best greatings to every single flower in your garden that inspired you. And greatings to L. as well!
We are back and everything went well.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Sweet tiny paintings from your garden. Lovely free watercolor play. xox

Evergreen Mo said...

Great colours and like the technique used. Very effective. Reflects the abundance of a Summer garden

Sue said...

Beautiful paintings with such delicate colours.

Annie said...

Oh WOW!, won't these be fun to watch! I love your own personal rule of simply 100 days in lieu of 100 consecutive days. That seems even manageable. With your beautiful garden as inspiration, you'll be done before you know it. These starting pieces are beauties. Flowers and plant life love water, so no surprise they love watercolor too. Your vibrant paintings bring your paper garden to life. What beauties to behold after so many dry hot days here in California. Now all I need is a comfy outdoor seat and cool drink to joy your garden for 100 days.

limmelon said...

With the garden awash with colour, maybe the colours have actually flowed. Brilliant creative stuff. Love it, Awesome !!

ULKAU said...

Better 3 really good paintings than 100 so lala-paintings!
How beautiful are your watercolorflowers in this expressive colors, especially the last image in orange-blue looks fantastic, like fireworks!
But the flowers in the middle also light wonderfully.
Now I know, why you called Orange Esmeralda
Ulrike

Little Artbee said...

Your flower impressions look all so very nice. I also like the choice of colors. Three little artworks,wow!
Greetings
Sabine

kat said...

Oh I love these colours melting into one another, the flow, spontaneity and sheer freedom of these beautiful abstract flowers make me smile, so refreshing. Each one captures me in its own way, but my favourites are the first and third ones, or maybe not, I think I love them all, each has its own special beauty and peace! They each seem to burst with the force of nature, that's what's so fabulous, they are favourites and so relaxing and soothing for the eyes!

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

So beautiful are thy garden paintings, the colors are the pure summer!

Tammie Lee said...

These are lovely.
The colors and almost movement in them.
Sounds like a fun challenge.
Happy flowering to you.

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Those are beautiful! I love the blues in the last one especially.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the abstract works ~ so flowing, free and creative! Good for you ~ 100!

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Denise Alloca said...

Love abstract flowers, they are amazing!

Paper rainbow said...

Love love this!! 100 days...good grief! I wish I had the time. . I know I wouldn't manage it. I really admire all those who take part.

Faye said...

Yay! Love the splashy flowers and am inspired to try my hand at that technique.

denthe said...

Oh, colourful goodness ... Love these! Especially the last one, love the crisp lines in combination with the soft watery parts. Looking forward to more of these!

Fran said...

Bright and colorful

Giggles said...

Proud of you embarking on the hundred day challenge!! There are no rules...So far these are gorgeous... like I said the one is a stunning fireworks of colour...all are strikingly beautiful and will make amazing greeting cards along the way! I am ahead of the game on my 30 day challenge...only because I may fall behind one day! I have to create when the feeling hits! That's the best way! Enjoy! I will surely enjoy your outcome!

Hugs Giggles

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm back online just in time to see these splashes of beauty that really LOOK like real flowers to me. I thought the 61 days of ICADs was hard. 100 paintings in 100 days would have me climbing the walls. One thing about your abstracts is they are all identifiable flowers. Your splashes of goodness make me smile and your concern that you may be over 100 when you finish these also made me smile. LOVE your art and LOVE your humor.

The Happy Whisk said...

100 day challenges are so much fun. Enjoy and Happy Painting!

Jackie Somerville said...

I'm sorry I'm so behind...
These are just stunning - so vibrant and full of life. I look forward to seeing all 100 of them (if I live long enough!!). Jx

genie said...

Oh, Sheila...I did not realize you were doing these abstracts. They are beautiful. Love the flow of the watercolors and the vividness of the colors. The way your paint is flowing down the papers is so pretty. Kudos to you for this gorgeous undertaking. genie