Monday, 11 June 2012

Sun, Sand & Sea

Over the last few months I have been working on 2 very large canvasses for my brother’s lounge room. He selected the canvass size and gave me an idea of the colours he likes and then left it to me to come up with a creation. These canvasses are huge, about 2 metres by 1 metre each which is a lot bigger than the surfaces I am used to working on. Not to mention the added pressure of painting something for someone else’s house…..

So it is a big job and a very interesting project which I am loving.  However, this weekend I reached yet another impasse, stuck on colour and flow and after about 7 hours working on them yesterday I had that song “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers going through my head. 

“You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run………….”

I think there’s a certain point when working on an art piece that’s not flowing, that you have to know when to just walk away. Let go for today and look again with fresh eyes tomorrow. I did end up doing this, even if it was about 2 hours too late.

So after a very “serious” day yesterday I decided to do something fun and light hearted today. This week via CED I discovered Carolyn Dude from A Colorful Journey was having a Virtual Vacation Link up. What a beautiful idea!! On a rainy day like today I thought it would be perfect to spend a holiday amongst the Sun, Sand & Sea.

Small canvasses with texture, acrylics and metallic paints. On the sand section I glued some beautiful tiny shells that I had collected from the beach sometime ago. For the backing I used a section of a table runner. To add a little more interest I also added a couple of lovely balsawood features.

I really enjoyed this project today. No expectations just the joy of creating. Thanks Carolyn for inviting me to join this wonderful vacation by the sea,  just what I needed.  :-)

Art:- Sun, Sand & Sea


  1. Absolutely love this creation ~ great idea ~ ~ enjoy the day ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Your joy shows in this! The design, the textures, the colors- Wow! So glad you joined the virtual vacation!

  3. Wonderful, I love these pieces and the display rocks!


  4. What a wonderful composition!! looks sooo holiday ;))))