Thursday, February 23, 2012

Art 102

Hello everyone!
I hope you are all well today.
I am doing good, still fighting with this cold that doesn't want to go away completely but, oh well, such is winter time I guess.

I have been painting more this week and I wanted to show you two paintings that I finished up on.

The first one I completed about two weeks ago.  
It is ok, nothing spectacular, I was learning about reflections and practicing my beach grass and just playing with colors.   

I am not thrilled with how it came out but that's ok, I learned about distances and details and trying to reflect a time of day or type of weather.

My next painting I did on a bigger canvas, 12 x 24.
This one took me a while and a couple of do-overs. 
That is what I love about acrylics, if you don't like it you can paint right over it and start again.

I found that I love masking tape. :)
It really helps so much.

It was fun trying new things with colors, especially with the sand.
I would have never guessed that you would used blues and purples in the sand but when they are mixed with other colors I was having so much fun applying them.

I was really nervous about the driftwood and I have found that blocking in colors and then layering really helps.  Above I blocked in the driftwood and then later added the details.

Same with the grasses (though I still need to work on them) blocking in a section and then building on it works much easier than painting every blade of grass and gives depth to the area.

I am pretty happy with how this turned out, there are still lots of things that I need to improve on like waves, grass, color mixing and glazing.
I had a good time with this one though and took my time completing steps on different days and it helped that I could walk away when I wasn't  doing so well.

Some of you expressed your interest in picking up that brush again and I say go for it!!
I am really enjoying this and find myself actually finding myself!
Does that makes sense? 
I am happy when I am painting and I have even found myself thinking about what kind of painter I want to be, finding a style and a certain feel to my paintings.
More on that later though,
 right now I am enjoying the journey and seeing what I can do. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!



Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i think those are beautiful! i especially love the first one!




Comeca Jones said...

So pretty!

Cindy said...

Those are wonderful! Wow, good job! and working with acrylics too... great shadow colors, there's something about the first one that really appeals to me. I'm not sure why you're not as happy with it. The only thing i noticed that my eye wants to see, is maybe the path getting a little wider as it gets closer to you. The colors in it are fabulous. Isn't it funny how things one's eye sees as white, are really blue, and lavender and gray and only a little white!


Mary said...

Beautiful! I love it all!

NanaDiana said...

Michelle, My Belle! You are doing a wonderful job. You are a REALLY GOOD painter! Keep going!!!! xo Diana

Privet and Holly said...

Ah yes, the
journey is truly
what it's all
about. I think
you are doing
great!! Keep
having fun with

Happy Thursday,
xx Suzanne

elizabeth said...

They're all so lovely! I vote you have a painting giveaway. I'm sure all of your followers agree with me on that. :)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Michelle- I hadn't realized you had taken to painting. I was without internet for a while and some days I get on here and I think...did I miss something? And then I realize, yes about 2 weeks! ha!
Anyway, I was just thinking last week that I might try painting. I've never done anything like that really, just a few little things , like t-shirts or tote bags, years ago for my kiddos.
Your paintings look so great to me. I think you've done a really good job first with the painting and secondly with describing what you've done!

I had a chuckle, because I recently watched a video at and the husband was doing a critique of some 'originals' that his wife bought from thrift stores and places...and it was funny to watch. That man made me laugh.

Anyway-- I don't know much about art. But I like yours!



Love your painting !
I want that one :) hang it in my bedroom !!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I am loving that you are sharing this journey. I feel a peace about me while reading about your painting and looking at your work. I think you are doing a wonderful job.

iheartsunnydays said...

Your paintings are both beautiful, well done!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

The last one is my favorite! You are so talented girl!!

Natalie said...

Oh oh oh - I love that second one!!!!! I can see it in my sitting room! I also like the first one - your so amazingly talented. Awesome xxx Nat

Deborah said...

Michelle, these are stunning...really!!!!
Oh my are so good at this!!
The waves are so life-like!
The sand, driftwood, grasses...are just like looking at the real thing!
I'm so happy that you are enjoying this so much and your love of painting shows up in everything you put your hand to.
Well done my friend!

Much love,
Deborah xoxoxoox

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Michelle- you have a gift - I can tell! It's gonna just get better and better and I like it already.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really are very talented, my friend! And I think being creative is what makes us happy! I feel that way when I sew...especially when a design works out the way I want it to! ♥

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

you are so talented! these are stunning and I cannot believe that you are able to churn these out so quickly. glad that you are loving your new hobby!! hugs, cathy

beachcomber said...

very clever! & beautiful ! i'm going to be doing some beach painting too.

Low Tide High Style said...

Ok, you know I love your work, but every time you show me something new I am more in awe! I love the color of the water in your newest go girl!

Kat :)

once in a blue moon said...

aren't you having fun! beautiful~

Coral and Coast said...

You are doing so well Michelle! I feel like I'm 'finding myself' through photography just like you are with art. It feels so amazing to be creative! :) xo K

reFresh reStyle said...

I love them both! The water looks so real! Love what you're doing!

becky said...

I have a white canvas hanging on the wall, taunting me to pick up the brush again. It's too scary to start...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


YOU ARE DOING IT. You are getting it so quickly because YOU have talent my dear, YOU DO! And I love the aqua touch on the seashore. You are making it HAPPEN!!!!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY MY SWEET! Anita

Polly said...

Wow! Michelle! This is so impressive! You are very talented! They are both beautiful! You go girl!!


designchic said...

Michelle they are all impressed with your talent!! Happy Friday ~

Tricia said...

Michelle, these are so beautiful!! Those grasses look amazing. I'm glad your enjoying your new journey...I can tell how much you love painting.


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow Michelle! You are gifted. Those are really beautiful. said...

Well look at the're amazing Michelle. They are all beautiful to me...and you're painting my favorite things...water and the ocean and sand. Gorgeous!

Green Willow Pond said...

I really love that second painting Michelle! Beautiful. You've got some talent girl. I've done a very small amount of drawing, but never tried to paint. My mom is an excellent painter though.

That reminds me, I did a drawing of my the old brick farmhouse he grew up in. I'll have to go over and take a picture of it sometime. Have a fabulous weekend my friend.


Sally Lee by the Sea, LLC said...

You're doing so good, Michelle - very proud of you!!

Hope you get over that cold soon...enjoy the weekend.


Seaside Style said...

So beautiful!! You are so talented!


An Island Mom said...

Love the blues in the water and the details in the grass at the end there. Beautiful!

michele said...

i love that you are going deeper with your love for art and discovering more than you imagined. loving your color palette (of course!) and your subject matter!


Stacy Curran said...

These are beautiful!!!! Give yourself more are super talented!!!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Ok....Little Miss Picasso! All I can say is WOWWWWWW! You are totally amazing, girl!!!! Those paintings are so very pretty! I'll bet that you'll be able to sell them at a local shop, won't you...?? Keep up the great work, sis!

xoxo laurie

Elyse said...

so beautiful.

i totally get 'finding yourself finding yourself' -- enjoy!!!


Shabby chic Sandy said...

GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing your talent

Darleen Hope said...

Your drawings are amazing!! I love your blog!! I'm following you now ;)

Darleen Hope by

A Cottage Muse said...

Absolutely beautiful Michelle!!
I could stare at those all day!
Love the detail!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you dear Michelle for YOUR words of encouragement to me....we are all finding out who we are, aren't we?


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow, wow, wow Michelle!! What wonderful paintings! It's so cool that you are taking this on. I would love to learn to paint someday. I can draw, but don't know how to paint. Keep up the good work (Fun!)

Kelle Dame said...

Totally makes sense! Keep going! It's looking great!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

You're doing so great in such a short time. Maybe your meant to be a painter!!?

Jessie Saxton said...

Lovely, lovely:) Keep up the beautiful work! I especially love the way you have painted water;)

Sorry I didn't get back to you about my post...BUSY weekend! I am doing the Bay Harbor 5k. I am afraid to go to TC during the Cherry festival...haha! If you do, you are braver than I, friend;)

Let me know when you will be in the Glen Lake/Glen Arbor/TC area again! It is only about 70 miles from me!

Have a WONDERFUL week!! I hope that you guys aren't in the eye of the coming storm (we are:/).


Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a great job you are doing. You certainly are learning fast! I love the colors. Are you working from a photograph?

Sharon said...

Hi,found you on Pinterest, The lamp shade . Being an artist myself I love to see what other folks love to do .These are lovely ! I'm following now , come by and visit sometime.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I hope you are on the mend. I swear by cold eeze (any zinc cold remedy). And oh to be by the sea.

Muskokangirl said...

Michelle! You have done a fantastic job!! Just like me with the sugar cookies, patience and practice!! Beautifully done! I could never have come close to something that great! I'll do the cookies and you do the paintings and we'll swap!! :D Keep up the great work!!!

YONKS said...

What a wonderful gift and talent you have. I particularly like the first one and how you have captured the early morning mist - beautiful!

Desire Empire said...

Wow Michelle the second painting is simply beautiful. I love the rich blue of the ocean and the spinaphex and the logs. It's all so lovely Congratulations
Carolyn xx

luci wallis said...

What beautiful paintings... That I imagine is such a relaxing thing to do. Enjoyed your blog.

Rayanne said...

How so LOVELY!! Beautiful art work!
Happy leap day friend!!

Debbie said...

Oh Michelle....these are wonderful!
I especially like the second one!
LOTS of detail.

The Single Nester said...

Just spectacular! Beautiful!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Very beautiful work! I really like the grassy details. It must feel great to be spending time on a creative activity you enjoy!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I'm so impressed! I still just draw stick people. :) I like the whispiness of the grass.


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