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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Edinburgh skyline at Sunset....

I never imagined for a minute that I'd pick up a paint brush during this last week, never mind actually begin to paint...especially after only just settling back home after our holiday!
But when I saw this photograph that my daughter took using her phone through the office window of the Edinburgh skyline, I thought it would be great to reacquaint myself with my silk paints. 
Well the ironing mountain had reduced (slightly) and the cases have all been unpacked and put away... 
So why not paint?

Fantastic isn't it?
(Don't forget it's through glass and on her phone ~ she wanted me to mention that....)
I had thought to include it in Jenn's Artist Play Room  with this week's theme being sunsets...
but one...I was too late (what's new?) and two...it is only a work in progress!  
(Pop over using the link above if you want to see some great artists work)

Let me tell you I feel very vunerable at this stage of the post because I hate to show unfinished work...
It's a little like showing someone your 'intimates' (underwear) drawer'!
But here goes....
It was very strange opening the box containing the paint pots because some of them haven't seen the light of day for about 12/13 years! 
They all looked so used and loved and I remember we had such great times together. 
It was like meeting really old friends that you haven't been in contact with for years and firstly feeling rather awkward. 
As I picked up the crinkled tubes they fitted in my hand but felt strange. I knew they'd moulded to my grip in the past and we'd had many hours of sheer bliss together, where everything else had been forgotten for a while....but they didn't feel comfortable anymore. I suppose it will take time to re-establish a rapport.
It was like shaking someone's hand for the first time...you never know how it's going to be...whether a strong grip with a definite shake or a limp, whoosy, shy touch or a gentle squeeze. 
I know we need to spend some quality time together and hopefully that will happen...then hopefully we may return to our special relationship. 
But there again maybe it's time to move on...it was good whilst it lasted but I should try a different media? 
Time will tell....

So here's what I did...please remember it's still unfinished and needs quite a lot more adding to it but at least it's a start!

The wispy lines in the bottom right hand corner and the window lights are actually gold, but it's difficult to see that from the photo. 
So there you are...I've even shown you my 'intimates'...can you believe it!??!?
I won't say now you show me yours for obvious reasons (https://secure.quebles.com/content/hotmail/emoticons/1511769.gif) LOL

That's it for today peeps...the sun's shining and it looks glorious outside, so I'm away to appreciate the day.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend too. 
Have fun until we meet again...https://secure.quebles.com/content/hotmail/emoticons/1508618.gif


  1. oh my gosh I love it, I love the soft muted tones of the sunset, I love the clean lines of the sky line ( I have so much trouble with clean lines, ) I envy you those clean lines and appreciate this work so much, can you tell I LOVE this, the colors of the sunset are PERFECT!!!!

    1. Wow Laurie I get it....I think you actually like it...or dare I say it...even love it! LOL
      What a treat to read your lovely compliments. They mean so much to me especially coming from you. I really respect your opinion and after all it was you that inspired me to return to painting ;D

      I did have trouble with the 'clean' lines because they weren't really clean or as I would like them. I had a terrible problem with the old brushes and now I realise I'll have to replace them all. Kerrrr....ching!
      I managed in the end using my old Chinese brush that would always get me out of trouble in the past. I LOVE that brush!!!

      I hope your weekend is going well. I'll be popping over soon.

  2. oh my, this is beautiful, and you have trouble thinking of yourself as an artist??!? This is spectacular, even for a finished painting. I can't imagine how much better it'll be when you finish, my friend. When you finish, no matter what the theme, make SURE you post it to APR, even if you're posting two things, or it doesn't match the theme. It should be shown.
    Much love,

    1. Yep that's right Jenn, but I'm trying to get over it!

      Aww thanks so much for saying such lovely things my friend. You've all been so supportive and kind.
      So there's not a lot of pressure on me for finishing it then? :$ (gulp)

      With silk painting you can achieve amazing vivid colours and I just thought that the sunset was a little soft and muted.
      It's difficult to go back once it's dry, but if I'm feeling brave enough then I'll have another dabble. I'll let you know the outcome.
      Good or bad! :$

      I hope you're having a fantastic weekend with lots of fun and I'm really looking forward to visiting the APR gang over the next few days :D

  3. Oh yes! The sky is just gorgeous. In a way, it's probably best to have the photo filtered through glass. For me the translation into paint might be easier. Don't know really, as I'm not a painter. Delighted with idea of re-acquainting yourself with the tubes.
    Take care,

    1. Hi Ros,
      The paints used to be like an extension of my hand, but when I opened the box the other day some of them shied away from the light it's been that long since they've been out!
      I think I need to renew not only the paints but also some of the brushes. Still needs must and all that.... ;D

      The weekend is nearly over, so I hope you've enjoyed it to the max with the fantastic weather. I've only just come indoors from early this morning. Temperature just perfect (ahhh....)

      I'll catch up with you soon xoxo

  4. Oh, wow! I am so glad you drug out those old friends. Keep using them!! They may have felt unfamiliar, but it sure doesn't LOOK like they did! Wow! Love it! :)

    1. Hehe...thanks Rita, ;D
      Yeah we've had some good times together in the past!
      I just hope that I can become familiar with them once again.

      I'd certainly forgotten how tricky silk painting can be. :$
      I'm glad that you liked it.

      Enjoy your Sunday and I'll pop over to visit soon.

  5. please tell me you will finish this and show it to us when it is done... it is so very lovely... the trip seems to have sparked your creative juices xx

    1. Hmm...do I have to promise Trace?
      I'll certainly try to revisit it but silk painting can be a real challenge to once it's dry. I'll try my best...how's about that?!?!
      Will that do? ;D

      I hope your weekend has gone well and you'll be ready for another fun packed creative week :D
      Catch you later

  6. This is just gorgeous Denise. I am in awe of your talents. So beautiful!! xxoo

    1. Hello Maria,
      Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind comments.

      Enjoy your Sunday! :D

  7. Utterly gorgeous ... and a stones throw from my home too ;0)

    1. Really...that's interesting.
      So my daughters office must be near you? What a small world it is!

      Thanks for stopping by...it's great to hear from you ;D

      Enjoy your Sunday ~ I hear you're having a nice day! Hehe :D

  8. Neesie...it's incredibly lovely. I can't believe you haven't done this sort of thing for so long! I was in a panic when I saw the title..I thought you were here in the UK without me knowing!!!

    1. Aww Julia thank you so much. It's so lovely to hear such lovely positive compliments...especially when you show unfinished work.
      Now how could I come back to the UK and not let you know? I'd certainly be in touch beforehand because I'd expect you to greet me at the airport! ;D

      Missed the WOYWW gang but I hope to be organised and back into the swing of things soon. In the meantime I hope you have a great week whatever you have planned. :D

  9. Neesie- that skyline really is incredible and you have totally "nailed" it with your color palette--- your painting is well on its way to being amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Vicki,
      All I need to do is find more time to finish it off (Ha!)
      I'm pinching a little time here and stealing a little time there to try and get as much out of my day as I can but it's difficult.
      Then today I heard the first Christmas song on the radio...ARGH! I can't believe it....I've only just got back from my summer holiday!

      I've seen your two promotional posts and will return to get all the details soon. It all sounds very exciting :D

  10. OMG - so gorgeous! I'm impressed that you get those gorgeous shades on silk... we've missed your arty contributions - and this is why! :)

    1. There are certain designs, scenes and objects that lend themselves more to silk painting. As soon as I saw the skyline I knew it would be ideal for the silks.
      Truth is I wouldn't know how else to do it at the moment, but I plan to look at tutorials and maybe do a workshop in the New Year.

      You're so kind to say you've missed me Terrie, but I've also missed you and need to catch up soon.
      I can't believe so many have entered into the AEDM which is making the task of catching up with everyone and what they've been creating so much harder.
      I'm dedicated thought so I'll get there. ;D

      I hope you have a great week whatever you have planned. Enjoy!

  11. Stunning! You can show your intimates anytime! Well done you! As always I leave inspired and kicked in the artistic pants! Off to do some of my own "creating" now... Thank you & have a super duper day! xx

    1. LOL...I only show them to a select few you understand!
      I'm thrilled to hear you feel inspired when you visit...that truly is a compliment. Thank you so much. ;D

      I'm hoping to create something later today but at the moment I'm completely blank. Hopefully something will come to me.
      Enjoy your day too xoxo

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    1. It is rather spectacular isn't it Catharina,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment ~ I appreciate it ;D

      I hope you're having a great week whatever you have planned :D


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