Sunday, 18 March 2018

Two Autumn Paintings - Holding up my end of the bargain

So some of you may know that Jodi from My Miniature Madness and I are having a little swap. She is making me a fabulous custom sink for the San Franciscan's basement bathroom (see it here and in progress here. It has a nice industrial vibe and the chalk black will be a nice contrast to all the white in the room. It's going to be a real statement piece! Excited much. :D ) and in return she will have her pick of an Autumn landscape painting. I intend to paint four or five for her to choose from.

Jodi, is very easy going and didn't have a particular painting in mind other than she would like one for her Autumn house and a tree lined road in Autumn colours sounded good.

Ever helpful she gave me a couple of examples that she liked.

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Fast forward a couple of months and while she has been slaving away over my sink, I've been goofing off on vacation and generally not holding up my end of the bargain!

So in the last couple of weeks I finally had a chance to set aside some painting time and I've come up with two paintings so far. I'll be painting at least two more so that she has a good selection to choose from, but consider this picture "proof of life" that I have at least gotten started on my assigned task.. lol


As you can see, these are not copies of the paintings Jodi liked, they just incorporate some of the colours and themes that she wanted. They are both painted on Watercolour paper. The top one is more of a traditional acrylic and the bottom one is a looser almost watercolour style. That little blob at the end of the road is supposed to be a dog walker.. lol

I think I'll try to head more into the oranges and browns in the next two paintings as looking at her inspiration above I don't think I've quite nailed the spirit yet... Fear not Jodi there will be more to come! :D


28 comments:

  1. Oh, but they are pretty. Keep painting!

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    1. Thanks Megan.. I intend to.. when I find the time.. it's an eternal struggle. :)

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  2. Beautiful paintings Sam! I'm a painter myself of mostly portraits and large canvases, and I really admire your miniature work and technique! You did a wonderful job on the dog walker, I know it's a detail but with a few brush strokes you captured the figure perfectly! The paintings are lively and so well painted, I think your friend will be thrilled! <3!

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    1. Thanks Millicent.. It means alot coming from a painter. I have great respect for portrait artists like yourself.. I think they are the hardest of all paintings. When I started, I was quite surprised how all these random shapes on a canvas added up to a composition.. particularly distant figures where it's really just a suggestion of something.. Amazing how the brain interprets those couple of brushstrokes/blobs of paint into "something". :D I often surprise myself with how effective they are.

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  3. Beautiful paintings, Sam, I truly admire them: so tiny! I agree with Millicent about the person in the painting, it's very well done! I bet that Jodi will get some difficulties to chose one ;O!
    Kind regards, Ilona

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    1. Thanks Ilona.. my dog walker is such a tiny detail.. but I'm really proud of him.. :D And, I'm aiming to make it as hard as possible for Jodi.. lol.. If I do that then I have upheld my part of the deal. :)

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  4. Gorgeous paintings! Love them.

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  5. So cute! They will be perfect for an autumn house. Reminds me that I have to get back to painting something for my dollhouse!

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely paint your own artwork if you have the time and inclination. It adds a lovely personal touch in my opinion. :)

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  6. Beautiful paintings! I love everything in them :)

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  7. Hello Sam,
    Once again, I am in awe of your talent. Both paintings are just wonderful. Jodi will have a difficult decision to make.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac. I really enjoyed painting them. I hope Jodi gets much enjoyment from her painting which ever one it eventually is. :)

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  8. Each time I look at these I notice more and more incredible detail. I am just in awe! I don't know how I am going to be able to choose! But no matter which one comes to live in my autumn house, I know it's going to make a stunning impact. And knowing it was created at the hands of my talented friend just for me? Well that is a treasure beyond measure!

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    1. You are too kind, dear Jodi.. maybe you need more than one painting? ;)

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    2. What!?!? Don't even tempt me with that option! You may have to give them all to me! :O)

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  9. Hello, Sam - These paintings are beautiful! I love the colorful foliage - and the added interest of the bridge in one painting and the dog walker in the other. It's like being right there! How will Jodi choose just one?
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks Majorie. I'm glad you like them. They are a pleasure to paint. :)

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  10. Very well done! So colorful. :D

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  11. They are amazing Sam, I particularly love the dog walker - really no need to explain that one :)

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    1. Thank you Anna.. lol.. I didn't know if anyone would figure him out. :D

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  12. Beautiful paintings! You're so talented, these have layers and layers of detail!

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    1. Thanks Kristine! I'm really getting into mini art. I've kind of surprised myself with how much I'm enjoying it and that I can actually produce something recognisable at the end.. lol. Amazing how many different sub-hobbies there are in this wonderful miniature world.. there really is something for everyone.

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  13. such a beautifull work dear,i love your beautifull painting..

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  14. It's amazing how much detail you capture in such a small space. They're beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Penelope :) It's surprisingly not as hard as it looks. It just takes patience.. it's an excercise in patience. lol.. And, you can always walk away and come back later. :)

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