Friday, February 10, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: The Sun

This week the challenge at Inspiration Avenue is the Sun, as chosen by Gemma, and co-hosted by IA team member Hettiene. Since I got such a wonderful response last week, when I co-hosted, I simply had to play, even though I had limited time to do so.


I used one of my pre-primed blocks of wood (size is 8 inches X 10 1/2 inches X 1 inch, sorry I didn't have time to convert to metric) I painted with sunny colors. Next I copied the 3/4 side view of a woman whose image I found in a magazine (I hope you didn't think I was good enough at drawing that I did that image on my own!). The sentiment came from my printer that I colored with pigment ink, and the paper is some gorgeous pink with embossed silver swirls I found in my stash. I had just enough for the dress. I showed this view so you could see the size of the block and how I painted all around.


This view is scanned and the colors (and details) are so much more vibrant. As for the sun? It's actually the green top from a strawberry that I pressed and dried, then painted to look like the sun.

Please hop over to Inspiration Avenue to see the rest of the entries on Sunday afternoon.

28 thoughtful remarks:

Jacqueline said...

THAT'S gorgeous!!

Thanks for sharing.

Jackie x

Marilyn Rock said...

This is definitely a favorite of mine! I love it! It makes me happy with a broad smile just looking at it - thank you! xxoo

May said...

This is lovely such happy colours, it made me smile just looking at it, Love the idea with the strawberry top, beautiful art work, Hugs May x x x x x

Monica said...

This is great.

Yvonne said...

Love this and especially that you used the strawberry top.

Healing Woman said...

Your create so effortlessly Elizabeth. This piece just shines.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

I saw this in a little blurb and fell in love, love this piece. xox Corrine

Netty said...

Beautiful canvas, x

Halle said...

So cool! I love the gradient background and how you used the book pages as her skin. Awesome!

Nancy said...

Love this (thought it was canvas) and I especially like that you used the stawberry top :) Such gorgeous colours!

Krisha said...

Beatuiflu work of art

Clare with paint in her hair said...

ohhh love this!

Jingle said...

This is gorgeous!

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

splendid canvas ! I love it !

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I really like this! Such imagination to use the top of a strawberry. Very sunny indeed!

Terrie said...

Great entry - guess I better get busy and post mine tomorrow! I like the 3d effect you managed.

kimmie said...

Beautiful piece! I love love love the pressed strawberry top!

see you there! said...

Clever you! Who'd have thought of keeping that strawberry top? Really like all the different layers and papers.

Darla

gma said...

This is so cool. I love reading about your process then finding out your sun is a strawberry top...
yay!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

You are such a creative "up-cycler"....even the strawberry tops! Love the colors but you knew I would!

Chris said...

Hi there, this is so unique. I love how you rescued the strawberry top and dried it and then sprayed it to look like the sun. Who would have thought to do that?? Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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artangel said...

What lovely warm sunny colours, and I'd never have guessed that was a strawberry top - that's so creative! x

Yvonne said...

This is really beautiful, Elizabeth!

priti.lisa said...

You really are a creative genius, Elizabeth...the strawberry-top-sun-flower...who would have ever thought of that??? No one but wonderful you♥♥♥

New End Studio said...

Pretty- like the colors starting w/yellow and changing down the face of the block. Her skin in words and the pink dress are terrific!

Margaret said...

Just playing catch up, I LOVE this Elizabeth, superb work!! wow! Mx

Dianne said...

Gorgeous work E! These are my favorite colors...it warms me just looking at it. sums up sunshine pretty well I'd say!

craftydvl said...

This is beautiful and I love the colors! It's sometimes hard on days that are cloudy, whether literally or in a person's heart, but we all hold sunshine in our palms and inside us if we can just let it shine out. Thanks for posting something so uplifting and pretty <3