Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Memories Embossed Into My Heart

Pansie Face

DSC00764It’s a funny thing about flowers, they escort memories just at the sight of their little faces each season.

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DSC00764As if you have forgotten that special time in a chapter. Then you see that face of the flower and the memories come rushing back.

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DSC00736I walked through gardens of pansies in a very special chapter, and the sight of it’s reflection this morning got me finding music that I enjoyed Once upon a time...

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DSC00764Sigh. Well, let’s pour a cup of tea, listen to the sweet sound of music that holds memories dear and sweet, sit at the kitchen table and let’s take out the paintbox and paint these little faces.

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DSC00764An AquaBoard which has a lovely watercolor surface seemed perfect to capture the little folds in each pansy petal.

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DSC00764I painted pansies using watercolor paint and then embossed pieces and bits throughout the painting to add light and texture.


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DSC00764Embossing and watercolor...

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DSC00787hmmmmmmm I guess that means mixed-media.


DSC00764Let’s take a print of another watercolor design

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DSC00764and pop it into the perfect frame capturing a vignette.

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DSC00764How about a charm? Let’s take a tiny print, hand-paint it with a bit of Perfect Pearls, pop it into a 2 x 2 charm with glass on both sides and add a bit of garden ribbon.

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DSC00764Pansies, a cup of tea, painting memories into my day, listening to enchanting music. Embossing my memories into each little pansy on the canvas board.

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DSC00737What do pansies remind you of, pour yourself a cup of tea and walk down the lanes that lead to sweet memories and the delightful face of the pansies from garden paths long ago...

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DSC00734The song for this post is One Day In Your Life.

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26 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning, Karen! I love pansies too. I am on "Spring" break (I am a French teacher) but here in Minneapolis, it is cold and windy. This is no weather to plant or even bring out my bistro set, but thank you for the visuals that promise that change is on the way! I have a watercolor set that I am going to bring out today, thanks to you!

Blessings, Anita

Kathleen Grace said...

Pansies remind me of my grandmothers garden. Full of these beautiful flowers and so many more. Snapdragons, petunias and peonies. Another beautiful piece of art Karen:>)

Vee said...

One memory sparks another...one moment of creativity sparks another. It's so much fun to come in here and find all that you're doing. There's an amazing amount of sparking going on!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ah yes...paradise. We are given the gift of our Father so that we can make our own paradise; created in his image! I am playing my harp at the moment, enjoying the snowy day and the melodies of "Greensleeves"

Have a splendid day, Karen! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ah yes...paradise. We are given the gift of our Father so that we can make our own paradise. I am playing my harp at the moment, enjoying the snowy day and the melodies of "What Child is This?"

Have a splendid day, Karen! Anita

TattingChic said...

Karen, those pansies are just beautiful! What a beautiful painting and it's displayed in such a lovely way! Pansies are close to my heart, too! My Grandmother grew them and she loved them so I love them, too! :)

Charli and me said...

Your are amazing Karen! You make art seem so easy. To just sit down with a cup of tea and paint something so beautiful leaves me just speechless. You are so blessed to have this gift and it is such an inspiration to be able to come here and enjoy it. Thank you so much.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Splendid! How you captured the beauty of the pansies so magnificently! Oh Friend, I could almost smell the sweet fragrance of the flowers. Mmmmmmm! Spring is indeed on it's way home again, and I, too am longing to welcome the season in!! I adore your flowers Karen! What incredible blessings you hold.
Can't wait for tomorrow!!!
Sharon

Kathleen said...

Karen, thank you for beautiful color in my day today. Your artwork is amazing, and you always seem to choose the perfect song. Have a wonderful day, Hugs, Kathleen

LiLi M. said...

Your pansies (in fact all pansies) take me back to the summer of 1976. My grandmother died end 1975 and my aunt was living alone now, so I stayed with her that summer. She bought a magazine for me '100 ideeën' = 100 ideas, a dutch translation of 100 idées, that still exists today as Marie Claire Ideès. I still can recommend that magazine. Inside the summer 1976 issue was an article about herbals. Photos of the herbal of Jean Jacques Rousseau and other important historic herbals. That inspired me to make my own herbal. Of course I had pansies in it, in all colors as my mother always had beautiful flowers in her garden. My mother taught me the names of all flowers in the garden. She was someone who just had green fingers. I still have that herbal, that I tried to make look old by writing with pen and ink in it. Pansies evoke lovely warm memories. No wonder pansies are amongst my favorite flowers! Thanks for this beautiful post again and do't forget to say Hi to your mother!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

You do pansies well! I love pansies. They are so sweet and they do have faces!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I love the beauty you create. It is always so awesome...m...

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

I am in love with the charm!
It's just awesome!


~ Gabriela ~

Laurie said...

Beautiful - I will never outgrow my love of pansies!

Natasha Burns said...

Karen your pansy paintings (and mixed media) are wonderful! Such beautiful detail and they just look so fresh and alive!

Donna said...

You are so creative, Karen. Your pansies are wonderful. I like planting pansies in the fall so that their sweet little faces carry me into spring.

Hugs,
Donna

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Pansies are my very favorite cool-weather flower.
Brenda

Janet said...

Beautiful post! I love pansies, too, and they remind me of my two best friends....it's also their favorite flower.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love meeting new people!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
Your pansy paintings are wonderful. I love pansies with their cheerful little faces.
Yes I did see Penny's studio. It was so fun. Now I can picture her sitting there creating!
Hugs, Rhondi

CIELO said...

Too pretty! May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day, my sweet creative friend...

Hugs

cielo

Bellamere Cottage said...

I thought the first picture of the pansies was breathtaking, but you topped it! GRAND! I so wish I could watercolor. It's on my list of things I want to do before I go to heaven!

Blessings,
Spencer

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, your pansy painting is beautiful. For me, pansies remind me of a canvas checkbook cover I made for my mother many years ago and also taught it for a class in Indiana. What a sweet memory of those students this is for me.
Thank you for sharing.

I love the gorgeous frame you used and also the charm. Our pansies here are about finished for the season. Getting too warm for them now.
Have a great evening.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Joyce said...

You are simply phenomenal.

xashee's corner said...

i LOVE flowers and your paintings are AWESOME!! you do such WONDERFUL work and i thank you for sharing your talent! :) AND BEAUTIFUL wording too!! :) Have a FANTASTIC day!

Linda said...

Hi Karen,
Wow what beautiful pansie paintings I love pansies each one is different and they are just so super cute.
Cheers Linda

Schotzy said...

What an amazingly beautfiul tribute to spring! Your work is exquisite as always! Love it all!