Sunday, March 29, 2009

Painting A Summer Breeze On A Rainy Day

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Rose QuiltA rainy Sunday kept me busy experimenting with some techniques that I learned at a Creativity Boot Camp class.

The Many Sounds of Rain

Pink RosesListening to favorite music, and the sound of raindrops falling got me in the mood to get cozy with my paintbox and a cup of tea. One of the techniques during class, that really caught my eye was embossing using a thicker embossing powder. I couldn't wait to use this technique inside a watercolor painting. What can be more perfect than dreaming of rose gardens and a warm summer breeze on a brisk rainy day?

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the old man is snoring

Rose QuiltI painted an original watercolor painting on museum series panel gessobord. I have been wanted to try using watercolor and metallic paints on this surface. I was pleased with the results. Then I took thick silver embossing powder to create a silver gate. finally I framed the piece in an ornate silver frame with tiny flowers reflecting the same design as in the roses. The original painting board measures 5 x 7 inches. I call this painting The Silver Gate.

My creation

Rose QuiltI have been looking for just the right surface that would enable me to frame without glass, and ship safely. This original painting is now in my Etsy shop.

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Mr. Robin closeupI looked for a song reminiscent of Hong Kong, because rainy days always remind me of Once Upon A Time days. The song for this post is Summer Wind...something I am dreaming of while Mr. Robin introduces the warmer weather. Until then you'll find me dreaming of a summer breeze, rose gardens and sipping lemonade on the deck.

11 comments:

TattingChic said...

That is so pretty! Love the metallic embossed garden gate! It looks like the sun is shining on it! What a lovely painting.
:)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you Karen for giving us a glimpse of the promise of change. It is still quite chilly here in Minneapolis, but I have already seen the cardinals and the bunnies in the garden. Your paintings reflect the joy of the Lord in you! Bravo, Anita

LiLi M. said...

What a great start of the week, looking at your painting, filled with promises of beautiful times to come. Here spring arrived today, the weather is gorgeous. Have a nice week!

Donna said...

It truly looks like a summer breeze. Lovely painting, Karen, and I like how you did the garden gate. Spring is finally here and I've been enjoying the garden.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I am in need of a warm breeze!

Thank you for your gift sent out after commenting. It is beautiful.

I expect your much beloved horse is galloping through places of great beauty right now.

Elyse said...

karen, i am just imagining you blissfully painting on a rainy day, all cozy with your cup of tea. it shows in your tranquil artwork. beautiful!!!

i love the photo of the wet screen. so cool.

still looking gray here in RI. haven't seen the forecast yet. hmmmm?

xo

xashee's corner said...

That is absolutely GORGEOUS! :) Thank you so much for sharing your BEAUTIFUL rainy day!! Have an AWESOME day!

Vee said...

The embossing really sets off that garden gate...I like your new technique a lot. Such rainy days we've had...glad to see that they're good for your creativity. For me? I'd just as soon pull the covers over my head. ;>

Kathleen said...

Hi Karen....I saw my first Robin on Saturday! Lemonade, warm breezes and sitting on the porch all osund mighty fine to me. Hugs, Kathleen

Debi said...

Hi Karen,
I haven't been in blogland for quite awhile but am excited about being back! I LOVE your watercolor painting and the gate adds another dimension that is lovely!
Can't wait to see more!

Hugs,
Debi

RobinfromCA said...

This is just beautiful! I love the silver gate. Watercolors are my favorites! I'm kind of partial to robins as well. :-)

Robin