Sunday, February 19, 2012

Trio of paintings.....

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I had a good weekend.  I worked on Saturday morning.  The weather was good.  I was able to get a lot accomplished.  I wanted to share with you one of the projects I started last week and finally finished this weekend.  I decided to make a set of three canvases out of wood.  I used a part of scrap luan and furring strips that were left over from another project to make my canvas.

I glued and nailed these together.
I sanded it and filled a few edges with wood filler.
It has a very nice grain and I thought about not painting it, but I just love this leaf green color that I had to use it. 
I painted the base coat white and then a very pretty leaf green. 
Then I dry brushed a coat of light green, a coat of antique white, then a bit of white.
Once the paint dried, I sketched a butterfly, a dandelion puff and a dragon fly, one on each canvas.  Then painted them white.
This is after about 3 coats of white.  I ended up putting on 5 coats of white paint to get the effect I wanted.
I wanted them to be all white, but that meant several coats on the outlining and a light coat of paint on the filled in areas.
I really like the way the dandelion puff turned out.  With a few seeds blowing in the wind.
The dragonfly is simple but goes well with the butterfly and dandelion.
Once I was happy with the white, I put on a coat of antique medium.  I always like the way it looks once it's antiqued.  I was going to sand it and I still might, but I always hate to sand paintings.  All that work just to be sanded away.
I'm going to enjoy looking at these for a while and then decide whether to sand them.
But my big question is.... I need to add some black or gray to give them a bit more definition.  What do you think?
Do I sand them?  Do I add some more definition?  What would you do?  Or do you like them the way they are?  I'd really be interested in what you think.  I hope you have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. First of all, your sketches are awesome! Second, I love them just the way they are and I wouldn't do anything else to them. Nice job!

  2. You are so talented! I think they look fantastic as they are. I definitely wouldn't sand them as you might lose some of the detail from the sketches. I think the dandelion is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing these! You did such a great job!

  3. Beautifully done, I love the sketches, my fav is the dragonfly. I think they look wonderful just the way they are.

  4. I think I like them white too. Black would give it a whole different look.


  5. I agree with Danni that they are awesome! I would, however, lightly sand them;) nice job.

  6. I love everything about these! I too have done the "fake" canvas for my very first "original" family rules sign. :)
    You sketched? how cool! The dandelion reminds me of a story I told the kids in pre-k. About how the dandelion being blown and scattered is like words we say. Once they are said and scattered we can't get them back. Makes ya think, eh?
    have a great week holly! love your trio of paintings!

  7. These are so beautiful. I know you asked about whether you should add more and personally like the natural, simplicity of them. If you were to do anything, I would try rubbing a coordinating, darker color on the edge to break up the background color from the color of your wall that they are hanging on. They are absolutely beautiful!

  8. Your work is so lovely. I think the lightness and simplicity work very well. If you do anything, I agree with 'Balancing' above--just a little darker something on the edges, maybe.

  9. These are simply beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  10. I love these! Did you use a brush or paint pen on these? I'd probably take a sander to the edges too, with a little dark paint or stain wash, but they are great just as they are too. Thanks for linking up!

  11. These are so pretty!!! I love how you made the whole thing yourself!

  12. I LOVE them. I'd be tempted to live with them as is for awhile. You'll figure out over time what more it needs if anything. Awesome project!

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  13. Wow - I LOVE them, especially the dandelion. Nice job. I would leave them as is for awhile.

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

  14. I wouldn't change a thing! I love the trio! Very pretty...I like the white! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Love them - especially the dragonfly. You are pretty talented and they look fantastic. I think I would add some highlighting to define them. Don't know about sanding maybe will wash away too much. Great job! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best.

  16. Beautiful! Love them all, especially white against the sage green color!

  17. Beautiful!!! These are awesome! Nice price too...way to make your own canvases!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


  18. Very nice paintings. I had added a bit of black.

    Hugs from Sweden

  19. Wow I'm so impressed with your sketches, I so wish I could do that. I think they're perfect. I like the "see-through" effect, I wouldn't add anymore details.

  20. I am always so impressed with your hand painted items!! I Adore these. I might sand them VERY lightly but that would be all. I think they are perfect. My favorite is the dandelion blowing in the wind. How sweet. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  21. These are gorgeous - I just happened to click on this post and now I'm thinking that yours were the inspiration for mine LOL !!!

  22. WOW! How beautiful are these!???!!!! You did an amazing job. The colors you selected are gorgeous and stylish.

  23. Stopping by to let you know I featured these today on Made in a Day. I would love it if you would link up again today!