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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Paint Party Friday... Pastels

Morning everyone.... it's that time of the week once again when we reveal all. 
Well, I should clarify that statement perhaps and say... to revealing what's on our work desks.

As you can see on mine, there's the ink drawing of my butterfly which I did post about last week.
I have to confess I went in once again and added a little more detail! 
I know, I just can't help myself.... but I did feel it needed a little more.
But that's it now... it's finished... and I mean it!
I'm now thinking about printing it on to tea towels or tote bags... what do you think?

As mentioned on one of my previous posts, I've also started a coloured butterfly design. 
I wanted to practice using my oil pastels, so this was an ideal project. 
Although having said that, it wasn't really because I didn't have a pastel blender other than my finger, which is now incredibly sore and has a little hole in the tip!
It also had a tendency to stick up and considering it's my middle finger it's causing some concern... whoops!
There's such a long way to go with this design and I'll need to spend quite some time on it to build up the colours.
Here's another photo from a few days later....

Here's a little peek at another desk that I've been working on...
Don't worry, I'm as shocked as you to be working on two desks this week! 
Obviously, the weather must be bad to keep me inside and creating art.
Maybe winter won't be so bad after all.

This desk was taken at my art group.
It's the last week that we will be using pastels and I was overjoyed to be doing a portrait (NOT)
Anyway, taking a deep breath I dived in.
I was thinking that if Penelope Cruiz ever saw my drawing then she'd probably sue me... but I persevered and was a (little) pleased with the outcome. 
Depending on the finished version, I may or may not show you at a later stage. 
But that's enough for this week because our host Julie over at Stamping Ground likes us to keep things brief so that we can hop and skip about to each others desks.
It's great fun so if you'd like to take a peek click here.

Just before I sign off today I'd like to say that I've been trying to visit everyone that's popped in to leave a comment with me over the last week... but I've struggled. 
I'm still working on it and will continue until I've managed it.

I'll end here today with my thanks for all your visits and comments. 
I love to see you and hear what you have to say.

I hope your week is going well.
Until next time... have fun everyone
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I thought I'd also link up with Paint Party Friday...
Eva and Kristin would love you to visit... just click here

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83 comments:

  1. Your pastel butterfly is beautifull. Sorry to hear about your finger. I hope it heals up soon.

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    1. Thankfully we're on the mend Fuzzie Fingers (your user name made me giggle given the topic we're discussing)
      It was all worth it but I'll definitely have to purchase some blenders before I carry on.
      Thanks for calling in. Have a wonderful Wednesday and enjoy WOYWW ;D

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  2. That zentangle butterfly is amazing - it really would lend itself to being printed on canvas, tea towels or even greetings cards/notelets. I love black and white cards and that's the one I'd go for, seriously!
    Hugs, LLJ 20 xx

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    1. Aww thanks for such a lovely comment Jan,
      I really appreciate your thoughts. I'm going to scan the B&W design today along with the garlic I did a while back.
      Thanks for stopping by my desk... have fun with your Wednesday
      Hugs backatcha xoxo

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  3. The butterflies are amazing! You play very well with color and I love the layers of color that you are using.
    Glenda #44

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    1. Thanks Glenda,
      I really had fun with this design. The oil pastels are a little challenging as I've never used them before but I hope to become firm friends soon.
      Have fun with desk hopping and thanks for choosing to stop by mine.

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  4. Hi Neesie, I love the B&W butterfly- he's awesome. I think he'd look fantastic printed onto totes. maybe even shrunk down and onto matching make-up bags etc. You could also print him onto fabric and cover notebooks/journals. I know what you mean about your finger- I did some background sheets using artist oil pastels, and just streaked it on and blended with my finger or thumb. You don't actually realise it at the time, do you? Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #36 xx

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words :D They brought a big smile to my face
      I hadn't thought about make-up bags etc.
      I didn't notice my raw finger until quite late into the blending... but it's on the mend now.
      I hope you have a great week too...
      Happy Wednesday ;D

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  5. Hi Neesie, Your drawings are stunning. Butterflies always remind me of my mom. She has her own wings now, Peg R 44

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    1. Hi Peg,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. I think butterflies are a reminder to many people of their loved ones.
      Thanks for visiting my place and I hope you enjoy WOYWW hopping.

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  6. Tea towels Neesie, tea towels! I was only saying this week that white tea towels should be banned in our house, but if we had a tea towel with a butterfly on it that we could colour in over the months of use, such that spaghetti sauce would not ruin the look, then you're onto a winner me thinks !!
    I'm impressed with Miss Penelope, fantastic job. I love seeing all your different works of art each week :)
    Wren x

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    1. LOL I HEAR YOU WREN! Tea towels it will be!
      It's a brilliant idea to have the buyer use their own culinary colours. I think we might be on to something there... patent it quick Wren ;D
      Thanks for giving me such a good chuckle (as usual)
      Have a great day xoxo

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  7. Beautiful artwork Neesie but do be careful with that finger!! x Jo

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    1. I'm at the stage when I don't have it embarrassingly sticking up now... thankfully ;D
      All's well now but I'm sourcing an alternative blender!
      Thanks for visiting my desk Jo... have fun with desk hopping
      xoxo

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  8. I love your butterfly!! Such a neat desk :-) Will you show us Penelope when you are done with her?

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    1. I think I work best when my desk is tidy Cat... and that's why I think I like ink drawings. Minimal supplies and mess although I love to see messy desks. They just shout 'Artist at work... stand back creativity being produced!'
      I'll show Penelope although I might have to give her another name in order to protect the innocent and a law suite from Ms Cruise!
      Thanks for stopping by... and a great time with WOYWW desk hop

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  9. Butterflys and Penelope quite the combo..... and both look beautiful!!! I think your doing a Lovely job on the portrait from your class and would love to see it when your ready. The colors on the butterfly are just perfect it's really comming along nicely!

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    1. Maybe she might like a butterfly tattoo... or maybe she has one already?
      I hope to carry on with the portrait later today (fingers crossed) I'll try to show it when it's finished whether it's good or bad. If it's bad I'll not show her photo and give her another name... to protect the innocent.
      I think the butterfly might take some time to layer up. I can't wait to add the darker colours. I saw three in the garden yesterday which was a surprise. I'm sure they'll be gone until next year soon.
      Thanks for popping into my place.
      Have fun and enjoy your week ;D

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  10. More gorgeous works from you, to look at :D The idea of that b&w butterfly in print would be perfect on just about anything, I'd say. A real winner! I look forward to the day when I can say I will do that with something of mine. And I know I'm getting there. Your oil [astel butterfly is looking amazing, I'm very impressed with your seamless blending. Have you tried cotton buds Denise? Until you get some paper stumps/tortillons or whatever you prefer, lol.
    Your portrait is also awesome, imo. I think you are a perfectionist, and will be unhappy with anything you see as not right. Like most people, but, others do not see them the same of course. Keep going with it and please do show us the end result :D ((hugs)) xx

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    1. Thanks for all your lovely encouraging words TT2day,
      I really appreciate your visit. I'm not sure that cotton buds will work as a blender... but it might be worth giving it a go until I get sorted.
      I think you've sussed me... I'm my worst critic but I'm trying to stop that because it can become tiresome.
      I'll be sure to let you see the end result of the portrait no matter what.
      Have fun today and thanks again for stopping by.
      I'm off to collect Mufftypup from the groomers... oh boy will she make me suffer this afternoon ^..^
      ((hugs to you too)) xoxo

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  11. Wowzers not only are your butterflies stunning your portrait is fabulous. You are one talented lady! I've got some birthday cake from Keagan's birthday here if you fancy it! Take care Zo xx 57

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    1. Wow... thanks Zo, for your kind words and invite.
      I'll be right over... ;D
      In the meantime have a great day
      xoxo

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  12. beautiul beautiful butterfly!! that portrait will be amazing as well, I just know it!

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    1. Aww thanks Laurie ;D
      I just love your confidence in my ability (hehe)
      Have a great day
      xoxo

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  13. You did make me smile, thinking of your finger sticking up! Those butterflies are fantastic, and Ms Cruz would be flattered by the care you're taking over that great pic. It's all lovely. Have a great week, Chris # 23

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    1. I hadn't a clue it was stuck up until my kids chuckled and mentioned that it was a little embarrassing Chris
      All good now though ;D
      I feel like I'm putting on Ms Cruz's make-up (hehe) with all the tones and blending.
      Thanks for your visit and lovely comments...
      I hope you have a great week too.

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  14. I love that zentangle butterfly! Beautiful! How does it work in the art world? Do you copyright it? (When my husband writes a song and he records it and sends it registered post to himself and leaves the parcel sealed)
    Your portrait is going to be awesome, given time.
    I enjoyed browsing your blog page, looking at the beautiful photos and meeting little Muffin too.
    Thanks for letting me peep over your shoulder.
    Have a good week.
    Lisca#35

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    1. Hi Lisca,
      All of my designs have copyright ;D
      Does your husband do that as a record for when he produced the song?
      Thanks for your lovely comment and visit... having such positive encouragement is brilliant.
      I'm also happy that you've had a little look around my place ;D
      You're welcome to peep over my shoulder anytime.
      Next time I'll pop the kettle on
      Have a great week

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  15. Oh wow, the butterflies are stunning. Your blending is superb, shame about the finger though. I think tea towels, totes and cards would be a great idea, they would sell for sure. Hope you do show your portrait finished, I'd love to see it.
    Have a great week,
    Luv Von #19

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    1. Aww thanks Von,
      I've enjoyed creating the butterflies designs and yes I'll certainly show the portrait when finished... (warts and all) ... but it might be some time. I planned to carry on today but it just seems to have been taken from me.
      Have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend.
      I'll email soon xoxo

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  16. So gorgeous Neesie, you are one talented lady. I love you Zentangles and the pastel one too. I think you should publish a book of all your designs. I bought one recently and the designs were not as good as yours but I found them very helpful. I am sure people would buy it.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Hi Angela,
      Wow I'm blushing with your lovely words. I
      Thanks so much for not only stopping by but for leaving such a comment.
      Food for thought there maybe?
      Have a great weekend

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  17. I love watching pastel work 'grow'
    not mine, you understand, I can't work the things!
    Hope your blender is better soon
    Laura
    x

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    1. I'm still learning whilst playing Laura,
      It's only the second time I've used them so still a little unsure ;D
      I'm happy to report my blender is much better although I've still got to finish the design and I've not got a new blender yet!
      Thanks for your visit... have a great weekend

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  18. I would love to know what technique you would use to get your butterfly on a totebag. I have several drawings i would love to see on a totebag but i'm never sure the best way to go about it.....?? Just love your butterflies. You are brave tackling a portrait! I think your doing a great job! Hugsdeb

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    1. My daughter has just had tote bags made with her stag design on them. She used a company to produce them. They are fantastic and brilliant quality, which is what she wanted. I'll be doing the same and then popping them into my Etsy shop.
      By the way, I'm not brave tackling the portrait Deb.... I'm just doing as I'm told every week. That's one of the reasons why I wanted to join a group. It's certainly stretching me ;D
      Thanks for your visit and positive encouragement. I appreciate it
      Have a wonderful weekend xoxo

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  19. Wow! That butterfly is amazing! :)

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    1. Thanks Natasha,
      I've enjoyed working on them ;D
      Thanks for popping by my place and I hope you're having a brilliant weekend.

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  20. Your butterfly is so gorgeous, and I love the portrait. You have so much talent!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Faye,
      I'm really flattered to read your comment. I certainly appreciate such kind encouraging words.
      Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful weekend ;D

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  21. Oh Nessie you are such a joy to visit...don't be stickin that finger up at me though...lol Love your gorgeous butterfly and heck yes...be sure to have it printed on tea towels and tote bags! Great idea...love the work in progress too...the portrait is gorgeous so far...can't wait to see more and enjoy your lovely humour!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Oh now don't start Giggles... I'll be blushing like a ripe tomtarta!
      My fingers well tucked away now thankfully. All repaired and I've bought a stump!
      I know... there's no way you can dress up that word is there? Yep I've now got a stump!!!
      Hopefully I'll have the printing sorted for next week, if all goes to plan.
      Desperately spinning plates here this weekend.
      I can't wait to see more on that portrait either, but I'll have to add wrinkles soon... as it's taking so long Emoji

      Thanks for your lovely comment... you've made my smile even bigger.
      Hugs backatcha... have a wonderful weekend too
      xoxo

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  22. Love the colourful butterfly. I do have blenders, but I prefer using my finger! Have a good weekend, Valerie

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    1. That's interesting Valerie, that you prefer to use your finger.
      I have a suspicion that I may have put too much pastel onto the paper. I'll try blending using the stump and then see the outcome.
      Thanks for stopping by... have a great weekend too ;D

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  23. Oh I do love coming here, I am guaranteed a chuckle and to boot some lovely art. That butterfly is coming on well, sorry about the finger! (roll up strips of newspaper very very tight the thickness of a pencil and tie it it makes a good blending tool.) That portrait looks great!

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    1. Ahh thanks Sharon... you've made my day with your lovely comment because that's what I think blogging is all about! ;D
      I'm all sorted on the blender now thanks... fingers tucked away nicely now it's mended and I've since learnt that the blender is called a 'stump'!!!
      Learning all the time
      Appreciate the tip on rolling up newspaper though. I'll keep that in mind.
      Thanks for visiting my place and I hope you will pop back again soon.
      Have a wonderful weekend whatever you get up to... have fun

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  24. Beautiful artwork Neesie. I use a torn up paper towel to blend or a dried wet wipe, so much easier than the fingers. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Annette,
      I'm now sorted with all the equipment I'll need I hope. I'm keeping everyone's advice though in case I run out.
      Thanks for visiting my place once again.
      Have a great weekend and Happy PPF to you too

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  25. beautiful butterfly! And a great start to the portrait, challenging for sure.

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    1. It certainly is challenging Christine,
      I don't do portraits and it's only the second time I've used oil pastels. Steep learning curves indeed.
      Thanks for your visit. I really love to have visitors.
      Enjoy your weekend... whatever you have planned.

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  26. Your work is lovely, so staying inside has definitely been a good thing. As to Penelope, I am sure she would be delighted at your portraiture abilities. Blessings, my friend!

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    1. Well yes, but I've had to chose outside today. It's been beautiful weather and it might be the last for some time.
      I hope to finish off all the pieces I'm working on and hopefully they won't take me so long that I'll have to add wrinkles into the portrait ;D
      Blessing to you Arnoldo.
      Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting.

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  27. I love the colors you are adding to your butterfly. And I can see Penelope in that drawing. Still needs a little finishing, but I think with your talent you will be get it perfect. have a great weekend.

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your kind words Erika... they're very much appreciated ;D
      I've managed to finish the butterfly (well I think I have) but the portrait will take a little more time.
      Thanks for visiting and yes I've had a great weekend.
      I hope you have too and that your week ahead is a good one.

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  28. Nice, I love this butterfly to pastels!

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    1. Well the good news is that I've finished it Leovi,
      I think you might like it because it's very vibrant and I know from your work that you like colour!
      Enjoy your Sunday evening and I hope you have a great week ahead.

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  29. I really like your butterflies, and am anxious to see how you progress on the colored one. Your portrait looks likes it's coming along quite well! Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi Helen,
      The good news is that I've finished the butterflies (well at least I think I have... although I haven't sealed it just yet) ;D
      I'm quite pleased with them and hopefully will show them to everyone next week.
      Thanks for visiting my place and I hope you have a great week ahead.

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  30. Your butterfly still looks beautiful even though it's a bit heavier in weight from more ink added. Pastels of any kind is fantastic to work with. . . however, the pan pastels are amazing. I do work with my fingers with pastels except the pan pastels. However, else in the world would you do it? Thanks for visiting. Blessings, Janet, PPF

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    1. I think I may have added a little too much pastel to the coloured butterfly, but I do like the textured look of the wings. I've tried to use both my finger and blending stick, but it isn't working so it's a good job I like the outcome... because that's it! ;D
      Thanks for your visit Janet... I hope your week ahead is a good one full of creativity!

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  31. Hi, there, Neesie! We haven't "talked" in a long time, so I'm happy to be here, and so happy to see your beautiful work! What a gift you have! I hope to see some on cards, tea towels...and museums!! Lovely to visit with you!

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    1. Well hello there Zuni,
      How wonderful to see you again, I have to tell you that I've peeped in on you from time to time, but I haven't always left a comment which is very naughty of me!
      Anyway, thank you for stopping by and I hope to have some work printed soon... so those tea towels will be out there!
      Lovely to see you and I will let you know when I nip over to your place ;D
      xoxo

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  32. Gorgeous work !!
    love the portrait :)

    http://beneathmyheartart.blogspot.ae/2014/10/turning-pointe.html

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    1. Thanks so much Ritu,
      I've finished the butterflies now but the portrait will take a little longer.
      Thanks for visiting my place.
      Have a great week

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  33. I love that you have worn a hole in the top of your naughty finger lol... that is so perfectly Neesie... I just called Phoebes in to share the news and she just rolled her eyes and muttered something about being glad you are on the other side of the world ... personally I think she needs a mary Berry fix as she has been a bit snarky at the moment... we need GBBO!!!!!!
    Love the artwork though... you are brave tackling a portrait...they bring me out in hives at the thought...xx

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    1. Happy to report finger all healed and tucked away now Tracey ;D
      So the kids can relax now.
      As for the Mary Berry fix, there are so many spin offs from the show that you should be able to see one of them, if not the GBBO itself. Don't forget to let me know if it comes your way.
      It's reported that it was the most viewed programme here... even beating the viewings for the final of the World Cup!
      Can I just say I'm not brave for tackling the portrait because there's no way I would be doing it, unless it was part of this new art group that I've joined. They tackle horses, portraits and next week I think we're doing our pets!
      Oh lordy that'll be fun (NOT) poor Muffy may never speak to me again!
      She's giving me a hard time about getting her clipped as it is.
      This project will be a sight to see... if I can stop laughing enough to post it.
      I hope you had a fantastic birthday and that this week is a great one, whatever you have planned.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving a lovely comment (all except that bit from Phoebe... I'll try to blot that out!!! sniff sniff)
      Toodleloo for now xoxo

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  34. your butterfly is looking marvelous! Looks like your portrait is coming along beautifully too.Would love to see the finished piece!

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    1. I'm happy to report that the butterflies are now finished Linda,
      I'll post them this week for everyone to see the outcome.
      As for the portrait... I'm going to have to work quite a lot more on that before I've finished.
      Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment.
      Have a great week ;D

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  35. It's fascinating to read about and see your art in progress, rather than seeing a final picture (as we all sometimes do, me included). There is so much to making a painting that it is so good to read about it.
    Love your butterfly so far, and as for painting a portrait, that is exciting too, especially with pastels.

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    1. I know that I like to see others work in progress, so I thought I'd do the same myself.
      The trouble is that I get so little time for art that when I do start I forget to take photos. I'm so keen to use the time to the max.
      With joining my new art group at least my plan is working... I'm getting three solid hours of artwork in per week, because I leave the house to do it!
      I'm not sure I get the exciting part you talk about with the portrait... as I'm terrified of it.
      I've finished the butterflies and am quite happy, but the portrait is a whole other story!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving a lovely comment... I really appreciate it.
      Have a great week

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  36. What a beautiful butterfly, so delicate!

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    1. Thank you Kat,
      I really enjoyed creating this butterfly and I'm happy to say I think it's finished now.
      I'll probably be showing it next week.
      Thanks for your visit and I wish you a creative week ahead.

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  37. LOVE that butterfly, Neesie! I think it would look stunning on a bag, or on a T-shirt, or whatever. Have art, will travel.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #32

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    1. Aww thanks Shoshi,
      I'm hopefully organising the printing this week so we'll see ;D
      Thanks for your visit and lovely comment.
      Have a great week with lots of creativity.

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  38. mamma mia, your art makes me cry of joy and pain - when can I do something beautiful like you! :) Lovely works!

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    1. Now come on you're making me blush with your lovely words.
      Oh my... what can I say, except that if I can do this I'm sure anyone can.
      I've tried to take up a new philosophy this year... it's not about the finished article... it's all about the journey and how you feel during that process.
      It's helped a great deal.
      I would love to be loser in my work but I find it hard so there's always something for each of us to aspire to.
      Just enjoy your art.
      Thanks for your lovely comment and I wish you a wonderful creative week ahead ;D

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    2. hm...'anyone can' but there's a big difference how the final work looks! :)
      I'm in a aquarelle group (1.st time ever in my life!) and it's interesting to realize how different styles, 'sound' or 'handwriting' everyone has...No two alike even if they have certain style..
      I enjoy but sometimes it's really hard when I don't get what I want, I just can't do it! But I love painting, it's like meditation for me....

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  39. Lovely to see the different versions of the butterfly! Looks beautiful both as an ink drawing and pastel. Thank you for your kind words and hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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    1. I'm glad that you like both versions Abigail, because I like the two versions too.
      I knew I wanted to draw an ink line drawing, but then when I thought about it being a butterfly it just needed colour, so to draw the two just seemed to be the right thing to do.
      I did have a lovely weekend thanks and let's hope we both have a great week ahead.
      Thanks for stopping by my place ;D

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  40. Neesie, I look forward to seeing what you will post, every single Friday. Your artwork is wonderful and you inspire me more than I can say. These fill my eyes to the brim.

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    1. Hello Beth,
      Great to see you again and to read your lovely comment.
      You certainly made me smile ;D
      I think the PPF group is very special and provides so much inspiration for everyone.
      I wish you a wonderful creative week ahead Beth... enjoy!

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  41. Haha, I do hope your middle finger got some rest now and won't stick up anymore ;-)
    The ink drawing is absolutely beautiful, and the coloured one is progressing beautifully. I don't think Penelope Cruz would sue you ....

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  42. It's Fabulous! AND no, I think she would be overjoyed that you are recreating her likeness. And your butterfly is amazing - xoxo

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