Thursday, August 12, 2010

My week in review


I'm experimenting again with abstract style. I painted this large 30 x 24 canvas the other night. I painted the hydrangea and while the paint was still wet, I sprayed it with my water bottle. It turned out kind of cool I think?

Here it is leaning on top of my entertainment center to show you the size. I've been experimenting with Epoxy Resin finish and I'm thinking I might want to coat this one to really make the colors pop. I'm just scared to do a piece this large. We'll have to wait and see how gutsy I get :)

It was my son, Josh's birthday on Tuesday. My baby turned 25! I made him these Chocolate Caramel cupcakes. YUM!


Last weekend Dale and I went to Alexandria, MN to visit with my brother and his wife. We visited the Carlos Creek Winery and had a wonderful time. I loved it! This is a picture of a grape cluster I was able to capture. I would love to paint it someday.


Another pic from the winery.

Well, lots to do the next 24 hours and then Dale and I are taking my Dad to visit my other brother in Minneapolis for the weekend. We got some AWESOME tickets to see a Twins baseball game in the new outdoor Target Field.

This summer has been so busy with running non-stop and I'm actually looking forward to fall and settling back down into more of my normal routine. I miss painting so much and NEED to get back to it on a regular basis. It 'completes' me :)

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Darla

14 comments:

Tina Eudora said...

Very beautiful and inspiring Darla!
I had tried the water bottle trick a while back for the acrylic background on an oil I did and I liked it, but it never occurred to me to do it to the actual main subject, great idea for a new effect...
Tina xo

Brown Sugar Babies said...

DARLA!!!!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!

Micki said...

Darla your painting is gorgeous, I love that you did all that work on the flower then went and sprayed it, that is already being gutsy, as for the resin...well if you do it, i for one would love to see the results ;)

Micki x

Isabel said...

Love the painting!!!:O)

Kiki said...

Darla!! this piece is absolutely gorgeous..such wonderful energy, vibrancy and life emanating from it! yes I love the water bottle effect..how fabulous and creative you are! Beautiful art..very inspiring!
And thanks for sharing your adventures..lovely!
Victoria~

Createology said...

I can picture you with your water bottle spraying your painting just like David Bromstad! It looks wonderful. The grapes are definitely asking you to paint them. Safe travels...

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Love the flower - almost liiks as if it's crying...

Yummy looking cupcakes my dearie!

Serena said...

Awesome abstract, Darla! I love working with the spray/drip effect...it's a beautiful touch to your painting!

The winery pics were lovely too...it sounds like you had a nice time there.

Happy 25th Birthday to Josh!! Those cupcakes look mouth-watering! YUM!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Darla,
Ohh, that piece with the colours running looks great!

Hm, I'm not sure I'd use Epoxy Resin on such a large canvas {it may crack up over time especially being canvas} but I'd love to see it in a few months time if you do!

Love the pictures of the winery, looks very inviting and relaxing.
Happy creating and travelling,
Hugs,
Anna

Poetic Artist said...

This is beautiful..I love the effect.. Truly Beautiful.

Cathy Bueti said...

Darla, this painting is so beautiful and I love the effect of the water spray! Very cool!

Erin said...

Darla, this is one amazing painting. I love how you experiment and are brave with new styles and techniques. It's really fabulous and the result here is gorgeous x

PBsArtStudio said...

I love your abstract flower, its gorgeous!!! And oh, those cupcakes look amazing! what a lucky boy!!!

melocoton said...

i love the cupcakes!
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