Friday, 29 April 2011

The Naked Facts of Paint Party Friday!

Good morning you all, another week has exceeded the speed limit and flashed by, and here we are again at Paint Party Friday!
Today I am showing you some naked facts. One sketched in red chalk at a drawing class, and the other painted just for fun - which is the way I like it best. Here they are:

The second painting has been done with tempera colours, and has been hanging over my couch for some time now. I had a phase where I loved these very bold colours - still do! - and painted a lot in blue and orange.

And I have another mini book to show you. I made this one for a friend who doesn't like embellishments or *bought bits*, and it should be simple etc. Might be easier just to give a blank notebook! But I have tried. The covers have been made from fibre board scraps, covered with some paper from an ancient book from 1763 that is literally falling apart at the seams, so I am using what is usable. I recently made an altered book using some parts of it, too. Anyway, I painted the covers with gesso after covering them, and then distressed and stamped the front cover. My theme is *winged things*, so I have added some quotes about wings, flying, angels etc. The images have all been stamped with Stazon black and then partly coloured with watercolours. I distressed the pages with TH inks in antique linen and Victorian velvet. The quotes have been written by hand, The only *bought bits* were the rings, ribbons and roses on the front cover. I was trying to get the effect of those pretty old books with water-coloured wood-cut illustrations. I am entering this into *Sunday Stampers* too, as this is about wings this week. I have ordered some smaller rings as these are a bit large; hope the postie brings them today!








OK, that was it for today! Have a great day, stay creative, and thanks for looking in!

43 comments:

  1. Terrific studies Valerie and loving the bright colours in your art.
    This is possibly my favourite book so far. Have a great BH weekend, Annette x

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  2. Great work again! Love the paintings and the mini book! Have a nice weekend, hugs, Sarah

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  3. Fantastic! I love the first one. It's my favorite. :)

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  4. This is a fabulous mini book Val and that sketch is awesome.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs xx

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  5. OOOooo! Hard to choose between the figures - both so different. I like the tension in the drawing .. curves and angles .. however the second one is so fluid. hmmmm. Your book is fabulous .. the colours very subtle yet deep and rich. I notice the stamps you use are very very versatile ... hugs from Mexico .. have a great day, Valerie. Donna

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  6. you are so talented the life studies are brilliant so well done. And then the book so lovely all those wonderful pairs of pages just lovely. XOXO Zoe

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  7. All your artworks are just fantastic! Such artistic talent. Just wonderful! :)

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  8. The first nude is great, has an air of old studio that I love. The book is a gem ... Hug

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  9. Wondrful pages. Love the colors and swirls and just all of it. Lovely work. Happy PPF.

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  10. Great work Val, it's always a pleasure to look at your art! Hugs, T

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  11. You are so amazingly talented! Your sketch and painting are both fantastic! I really love the book!!!

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  12. I am blown away by your little book. You must have the most amazing collection of stamps!

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  13. Those sketches are gorgeous, Valerie! and the mini book is absolutely awesome! No embellishments needed there :)

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  14. Great job with the sketch and the painting is lovely - I like bold color also and blue and orange are a favorite combo of mine. Your mini book is very charming, I am sure your friend will love it.

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  15. Lovely nudes and the book is fantastic. I think your friend will love it. I certainly do!

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  16. lovely work today, you really meant naked!

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  17. Very nice nudes! Also your mini books are wonderful! :-)

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  18. Beautiful sketch and painting. Mini book is gorgeous, each page is a work of art. xx

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  19. Beautiful work..both figures are wonderful..i love the look of the tempura paint..awesome and your creations are gorgeous!
    Victoria~

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  20. What a fun and diverse post today... such beautiful nudes! (When I saw the title of your post I thought it was going to be a PPF expose - ha!) I'm a big fan of those vivid colors you used in your tempera painting :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  21. your book is lovely

    i really like the diamond shape at the painted ladies sacrum, that feels like a sacred spot on our bodies and the way you used paint accentuates it for me.

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  22. How gorgeous and you know...naked would fit right in to my nudist colony..hee-hee!

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  23. Jan!? What should I be thinking now?? ;)

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  24. Oh that little book is just awesome. WOW! I also appreciate the naked look and the use of Tempera colors really brings it to life. Very nice job! Have a great weekend.

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  25. Fab paintings and the little book is gorgeous, thanks for dropping by, enjoy the weekend:0) xxx

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  26. Hi
    Your mini book is page after page of fabulousness (is there such a word?!!)
    As for the nudes, you captured the fluidity of the spines so beautifully.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  27. Beautiful work on the nudes! I'm not sure which is my favorite. I love both for different reasons. The red sketch really draws me in. Gorgeous work.

    And that book! Ah! LOVE it. You had me laughing when you said it would be easier to give a blank notebook. ;) I love all things to do with wings, birds, angels, etc. Yours is so beautiful.

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  28. Oh wow, how beautiful!!! Amazing work, Valerie!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  29. Super paintings, I love to visit your blog. The book is stunning as well. Yvonne xx

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  30. Valerie your paintings are absolutely amazing, and your book - wow your frient is very very lucky x

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  31. Enjoyed your altered book but the first red chalk drawing took my breath away. Just loved it. The painting was wonderful so, love how you captured the curve of the womans back. take care, gerri

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  32. Love both of your nudes, well done! The little book is cute, though I personally find the metal rings distracting...perhaps ribbon or something would be better?

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  33. Great life drawing/painting and the book looks great and like it took ages to make.

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  34. Wow, you are so creative. Love your drawing and sexy painting. The journal is awesome, love the line that goes with the wings.

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  35. Nice work on the nudes. Your BOOK is beautiful!! HAPPY PPF!

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  36. Wonderful nudes!!!

    And a great little book! Hope your friend enjoys it!

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  37. All very lovely work and that little book is just precious, especially the owl.

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  38. Wow I love your nudes! Very good.
    Your books are awesome! Your friend must have loved that! What a great gift.

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  39. Your sketches are just gorgeous! Love the mini book too! Such creativity!

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  40. Thanks Ladies, I very much appreciate your comments and the are a great encouragement for me!

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  41. Oh WOW, these images from your book are so beautiful. SO, so creative and just wonderful! I love how you kept it simple yet so lush with your beautiful images and gentle washed out palette- absolutely gorgeous!

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  42. Wow! Your nudes are fabulous - I love the style of both of them but think I especially like the bold colours of the second one.

    As for your book - this is so beautiful! Although I can't believe you used paper from a book from the 1700s - wasn't it valuable?? Anyway, the book you made is stunning - such beautiful colour schemes which add to the old vintage feel to the book - I really love this!

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  43. Your book is absolutely gorgeous! So lovely!

    Your nudes are lovely, too. Both so different, but each beautiful.

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