Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Days Flower Garden


Thanks goodness for sprinklers or there would be no summer garden here in Texas!  Well into the 100's every day, it's so wonderful to still have flowering blooms to see.  Somehow though - they don't seem quite so vivid as they did in the spring.  It's almost like the hot sun blanches some of the color out of them.  

That's rather how I see these two paintings...
like my summer days "color blanched" garden!!

My sister-in-law actually sent me a picture of something similar to these and asked me to paint them.  I had no idea whether I could but for her I was willing to try.  Here is the set as they are on the wall together in their new home.

They are both 20 x 30 acrylic on canvas. 
I think that they look a bit brighter here. 
Must be caused by the different setting and camera!

Would you believe that the two paintings were done with different mediums?  Yes - they were... and it was so fun!

The first painting was done with Neocolor II and distress paints.  It was the first time using Neocolor II for anything this large and I enjoyed every minute of doing this painting. 
There are more pictures of it here

For the second painting (see pictures below)...
I used DecoArt Fluid Acrylics for two reasons. 

One for fun.  I didn't have access to the Neocolors.  Since I needed a pair... thought it would be fun to try to make them match.  Worst case - I would have to redo again to make them match!

 And two - for the DecoArt Dare to Create with Tracy and Andy.  They asked us to inspire their "face-off" in painting something from Art History - one of the master painters. 

Guess I will go with Monet since a sweet person told me that these looked rather Monet inspired!!! 

Again, I enjoyed doing this painting very much.  In some ways it was different than using the mediums in the first painting but in other ways very much the same. Both flowed beautifully under my fingers and both gave me a good variety color tones and textures.

Which would I do again?  BOTH - for sure!!! 

I think they turned out to be a good enough match even using different products.  What to you think?

Thanks bunches for stopping by to see my Summer Days Flower Garden fun.  I learned alot doing these paintings.  
Hugs. j. 

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I would also like to share these with the
 Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 

These mixed media creations reminds me of my gardens in summer - a bit sparse here and there as well as a bit blanched by the sun.  They have many of the same colors as The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Mood Board.  Since I never go far from home... I don't go to the beach or the ferris wheel or even wear sunglasses but...
I do soooooooo enjoy my summer days looking at the summer garden here at the ranch. 

Click HERE: The Mixed Media Challenge SUMMER DAYS



Valerie-Jael said...

They are really good, I love them both. The colours are so delicate, really reminiscent of Monet.I like painting with the deco art fluid acrylics, don't have a lot of them though, so always use a mix. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Fliss said...

These are so lovely and beautifully soft in colour Joi. They remind me of those lovely Impressionist paintings from days gone by.
Fliss xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Your art is just fabulous! I always love visiting!

Lizzy Hill said...

I think they look tremendous and I love how you mix different colours, that I would be [maybe] a little afraid to try! They don't look different, either.....interesting that they are made using different mediums!! Bet your SIL was way pleased with them :)

Pamellia said...

Wow Joi, so dreamy! Your colours are like wispy clouds dancing across the sky! Absolutely stunning!! hugs :)

Candy C said...

Joi...your art is always so lovely. It fascinates me. Love these paintings. I love your combinations of colors and how calming each painting is just to look at it. They make me happy. :) And I would like to thank you for your always positive, sweet comments you leave on my blog. They are much appreciated. I LOVE YOUR ART! :)

laury55 said...

beautiful paintings...great to try different mediums, they both look great

Sharon Fritchman said...

Gorgeous paintings, Joi! I think they look beautiful together! We are having heat and humidity here, too, but the temps are not into the 100's! YIKES!!!

whyducks said...

Lovely work

whyducks said...

Lovely work

Lynn K said...

I LOVE these paintings - such a soft look! The color palettes are beautiful!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

Donna B. said...

Gorgeous summery paintings! I love the colors you used. Thanks for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

sarascloset said...

Beautiful paintings! I love the fact that you use your fingers to paint! Your colors are fabulous! And Monet, for sure! Hugs!

Raymond Quinn said...

If your garden is half as beautiful as those pictures you painted, it must really be some sight. The way you used the colors and the blending patterns are so gentle on the eyes, yet they scream beauty. I know water is definitely an issue in the southern parts of the United States, hope things improve for your garden this summer.

Raymond Quinn @ River Oaks Plant House