Friday, March 18, 2011

Egg-cellent Morning




Although it is a bit chilly this morning, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the air smells amazing. Besides a perfect hot cuppa, what a wonderful way to start a Friday morning after a long week of being sick and dealing with life stresses.

Pictured above is the first of three Easter cards I have been commissioned to do for a dear friend in Tennessee. I'm discovering that I enjoy watercolour painting the most and am working to improve/sharpen my skills. Can anyone recommend a fairly affordable book or two that would help me on my journey?

Thank you to Kristin and Eva at Paint Party Friday, as it really kept me motivated in getting something started on this project. Their button can be found here - grab it and join us for some weekly fun!

Being creative really is helping me cope with the stress of my father's condition and makes him smile when he sees what I've sketched/painted. :)
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  1. Hehe. Love it. Can't seem to get enough of the bunnies and chicks today!

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  2. Such a sweet card. I love the easter colors and those two birdies are adorable.

    I wish I could help you with a watercolor book. I am going to check back and see if anyone has any suggestions.

    Have a great weekend....."see" you on Sunday!

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  3. Love the eggs and the little chick peeking out. So cute and whimsical. Glad to hear that you can make your father smile, still praying for his recovery.

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  4. Love the Easter card! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Hello Sophia!
    What an adorable card this will be - a little chick in the egg...sweet. the jellybeans are a fun detail, too!
    I have a book that I LOVE called Painting with watercolor, pen & ink by Claudia Nice. I borrowed it from the library and had it for so long, that i decided i better buy my own copy! hee! it's very helpful.
    I am glad to see you being so creative and that your dad is getting to see all of this fun filled art of yours - i am sure it lifts his spirits so very much!

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  6. I love this, Sophia! Really well composed and the colors are wonderful. Good for you falling in love with watercolor. I love the medium as a viewer not a practitioner, so email me your mailing address and I will send you the watercolor books I have but will never use. Have a great weekend and see ya on Sunday sketches.

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  7. Sophia it is too cute! Your friend is going to love it! Not sure if you have a library close to you but I've found a fairly large collection through our library. I would also try a used book store if you have one in your area and if you have a Hobby Lobby close by, you can use their 40% off coupons for books! I just found one on clearance for $11 the other day.

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  8. Love your Easter card. Colors are great. Great work. Have a wonderful weekend and glad you are feeling better with your "cuppa." :D

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  9. Oh, I love it! The chick is just perfect!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!

    Charlie

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  10. That is just too stinkin' cute! I was going to say before I read your post that it would be a cute card...duh, you already knew that LOL! I love easter and that chick is just too cute!

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  11. your creativness is showing my friend:) luv it.

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  12. Keep being creative: it's the answer - or at the very least the palliative - to so many things.

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  13. Gorgeous work..beautiful, festive and fun..wonderful energy! And yay..hoow awesome you have been comissioned to do cards..shine on! I love the name of your blog too..fabulous!
    Thanks for your lovely visit and super kind words..i am touched!
    Wonderful to meet a fellow artist!
    Victoria~

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  14. oh this is adorable Sophia, so glad you enjoyed your morning.

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  15. Oh, such beautiful, happy colors! Anybody would LOVE receiving this card. :)

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  16. Such a wonderfully cheerful and bright card (you know how I looove color!) That bluebird is absolutely adorable :)

    Until Jennifer generously sends you her books (big smiles - she's so great!!!), here is the link to some free tutorials on the web:
    http://www.watercolorpainting.com/watercolor-tutorials.htm

    I'm so glad you're partying with us!

    xo
    Kristin

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  17. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    @ Jen - just sent you an email.
    @ Kristin - thanks for the free web tutorials

    :)

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  18. Such a cute chick emerging from his pretty egg. Lovely Easter design.

    Wishing that creativity continues to help you through.

    Kat :-)

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  19. Your card is just too darn cute and comical...lol ...the jelly beans...adore the way the chick is looking at them !!! You do create beautiful cards.

    Glad to hear you can make your dad happy with your art. Life sure has it's hurdles and art seems to always help us preserver. Hope your dad gets better soon.

    p.s. Isn't a treat when all is quiet in the home on a chilly day and you can just create....heavenly!


    Annabelle >^.^<

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  20. Adorable! What fun!

    I've also been on the lookout for a good watercolor book. I bought one called The Complete Watercolor Course edited by Richard Taylor. I picked it up at Half Price Books (do you have those by you?) for something like $14. It's pretty good, but I've found I've really learned the most by painting. I'll have to check back to see what other books people recommend. I'm always on the lookout for great book suggestions.

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  21. beautiful !

    please have a good weekend.

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  22. What an adorable Easter painting Sophia! I'm sure it will bring happy thoughts to its new owner and a copy will help your Dad as well!

    So happy you are joining us at the party!

    Big hugs! My thoughts are with you!

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  23. Beautiful work! Makes me want to celebrate spring!!

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  24. Hey Sophia, What a lovely bright and happy piece!!! Really love it! :0) I don't use water colours very often myself but it is something that I would like to master myself one day! :0)

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  25. So cute! Show this one to your Dad and it will make him smile for sure. I hope you're feeling better now. Got to take care of yourself!

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  26. Your Easter card is so very cute. I like the little chick breaking out of the egg. Happy Paint Party Friday...thanks for stopping by to visit me. :-)

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  27. Perfect for Spring- and I love Easter so this just makes warm inside!
    Happy PPF (a day late:))
    Stephanie

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  28. Seriously cute, bright, happy, and fun.

    Great going with the watercolours. I find them scary, so you have my admiration for even attempting them :D

    Nutty
    (wanna paint)

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  29. Sophia,
    I love the Easter eggs, and the little chick is adorable. I am so grateful you are coping by being imaginative and creative; beats the negative, doesn't it?
    I am praying for you and continuing to send thoughts of health and healing..
    (((hugs)))

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  30. hi Sophia, love the egg and chick.. very cute..

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  31. I love your eggs... that's what I remember my easter eggs looking like - WONDERFUL! thanks for stopping by my blog - I absolutely love your work!
    cheers, dana
    ps see you Sunday!

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  32. This is so charming! How wonderful to be commissioned to create art.

    Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has some watercolor tutorials here:

    http://www.shadowscapes.com/profile.php#tutorials

    I have been meaning to try them. Her art is wonderful!

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  33. I am a fan!
    great work and congrats on the commission!
    xo

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