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Monday, January 29, 2007

whoo hoo !! I finished them and I am now offically Dead on my feet lol !!

LOOKING BACK

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GOLD DUST

Well .... finally .... I did actually finish both paintings .... you dont even want to know how much sleep I got
.... or is that how much sleep I didnt get.... am I stuffed now.... YES AM I A JOY TO BE AROUND NO !!!! JUST ASK MY KIDS LOL ....

Man I said this year I wasnt going to over commit myself.... hehe

I'm still waiting for signed contracts etc... regarding photo shoot for these two paintings....so????? we'll see if its all above board or not ?????soon ....

But if they dont go north for this shoot then I will resin Gold Dust..... I think even if it does go then I will probably resin it when I get it back....

Saturday, January 27, 2007

ok....here's where I'm up to ....

Ok finished this painting... and have just resined the reflection!! so after the resin is set I will take a photo and post it on here for you !!

I am about to start another painting today .... have just been contacted to use some of my paintings for an add compaign... Ya Ya... but one of the paintings they want to use has just sold in the gallery so.... where does that leave me ?? Well painting painting painting !!! especially as they need them in the north Island Next week...

So I will be starting this painting today and will be spending every spare minute this wkend on it ?? so Keep tuned it is the same size as the painting I have just finished 1.2m x.6m

will post some pickies soon cheers D :-)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Ya Camera batteries FINALLY ALL CHARGED !!

THIS FIRST PHOTO I HAVE JUST ADDED SOME MORE REFLECTION SHADING DIFFERENT FROM THE PHOTOS BELOW !!

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OK SO HERE IS WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.........
I have posted 2 photos on here to hopefully show the difference of the shadeing in different lights... Photos never show the changes in colour throughout my work... but in different angles as you walk around my work.... the shades and colours usually change.

Still have heaps to go so keep tuned .... today I will be working mainly on the detail of the flowers.....
THANKS AGAIN FOR TUNING IN .... CHEERS D :-)















Thursday, January 25, 2007

THE ONE MILLION MASTERPIECE ?? Hi guys....

Hi guys thanks for stopping by and checking up on my latest progress....

Well I have done heaps more but I went to take some photos just b4 .......bummer !! Camera batteries flat.... not impressed as I just bought some more rechargeable ones the other day and did charge them up ... well I thought I did ....??

Never mind you will just have to wait till tomorrow to see what I have done....

but in the mean time ...I need to tell you something !! something really cool.. that just happened ...and you know what you guys YES You Guys can go and do a picture too if you want to but I went into the site below and did a picture I"ll post it here now but it is one of the chosen pictures for their 2007 Calendar !!! How cool is that!!! I didnt even know they were doing a calender !! This cause is for Charity so you can make a donation on top of the free picture you do if you want !! but if you have a spare couple of minutes go and check out this site you will have loads of fun.

Ok here is my picture ... But Hey remember I am a total Dope with computers so I did my best and check out the month of December on this site to see it on there :-)

SOUTHERN ALPS OF NEW ZEALAND


Go to this link www.theonemillionmasterpiece.com/en/blog01.php and if you want to you can do a picture using there software Free !! ...

Ok I am now rambling went to bed last two nights around 2am painting ....painting.... yawn....... so this is what I am talking about....
The one million Masterpiece is about trying to get one million ordinary people from all around the world to add a picture that they do on this site, so that it becomes the worlds largest ever Artistic Collalboration !!!

Ok till tomorrow nite nite :-) cheers Donna

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ranunculus Lyallii ???

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AAbove photo is of flowers with less modeling compound.



What I hear you saying ???
.... Ranunculus Lyallii....
Well that is the correct name for the Mount Cook Buttercup or also known as Mount Cook Lily.... which is the flower on the side of this painting.... well I thought I was pleased with what I had done with the texture ... but typical of me .... I was looking through some Photographs I had and books etc... on just what they looked like and mine were far to flat looking ... so I have done a few more layers of modelling compound.. with the petals and I think it is slowly looking better.... I have also attached the 2d stones.... but need to do their reflection and paint them + need to shade and paint the flowers ....
so anyway enough of my ramblings .... WHAT DO YOU THINK ??I have taken a photo of a couple of the flowers b4 I have added extra texture so you can see what I mean about them being too flat... and thrown in a photo of the mount cook lily.... till tomorrow cheers.... D :-)












Tuesday, January 23, 2007

OK LETS SEE WHERE I AM UP TO....

Ok here are the photos so far remember that its still far away from finised!!



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Hey guys I have been really busy .... I have done the mountains, sky,water, and am still working on the detail and colouring of the flowers and leaves. I still need to do the 2d stones and their reflection .... then when I am happy with the painting I will ......????.................. part of
.........????................. what the ?? does that mean well you will have to stay tuned to see !! hehe

talk soon cheers Donna :-)






ANONYMOUS? OR COWARD ? WHAT DO YOU THINK ?

OK .... as this is my site and its about the process of my thoughts and artworks I thought I would post this ...... I wasnt goin to worry about it but thought No I will feel better for putting it....

So here goes....

.... I got a really nice comment NOT last night ....and hey I have no issue with anyone commenting on my work... it takes all sorts to spin the world... and we all have different tastes!!! so what I like and what you like will not be the same... and I encourage anyone to entre a comment but PLEASE AS A COURTESY TO ME AND MY READERS PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME !! DONT BE A COWARD AND LEAVE US COMMENTS UNDER THE ANONYMOUS BRACKET...... IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE TO DO THAT THEN I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE YOU NOT TO BOTHER WITH MY SITE.

I HAVE NO ISSUE WITH WHAT U WROTE BUT HAVE AN ISSUE WITH NOT BEING
BRAVE ENOUGH TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO IT.

CHEERS DONNA :-)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

ok sky done water done now gotta ....

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Thanks for checking back in to see what I am up to.... well as you can see I have painted the sky and the water so now I am up to shading the hills and placing the 2d stones in.... but one prob gotta make the stones yet.... so betta go and sort that out ... keep tuned... cheers D :-)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

SO HERE IS WHERE I GOT TO.....












Sorry about photos took them at 2.30 this morning so not to straight hehe... the sections on the canvas above dosnt look straight but its just the way I have cropped the photo...lol
Everything I have done so far is just the beginnings.... so dont get to worried that it looks funny... the flowers and mountains have a long ways to go....
So I better get off this computer and do some more..... Oh if you havnt guessed it yet this painting is based on Mt Cook South Island NZ... and the flowers are the Mount Cook Lillies....
Check back later today .... to see what more I have done cheers D :-)



Friday, January 19, 2007

NEW PAINTING STARTS TONIGHT !!!!

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YAYAYAYA I collected my latest Blank Canvas from the Gallery Yesterday it is

1200mm x 590mm and I cant wait to start it.....

This photo is of the canvas Tissued... looks a bit bitsey as it has several base layers of tissue... this painting will have loads of texture....

I will be building up the hills,mountains and flowers with texture but I havnt decided yet if I will use tissue or some modelling compound....??? or maybe a mixture of both so lets just play that by air ???

check in tomorrow to see what I have done.... cheers D :-)

OK.... This is where I left it ...

Ok ... this is where I am leaving this painting at the mo..... I dont think its finished yet.... oh I duno .... will sleep on it for a while and carry on to the next .....








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COZ HAVE I GOT A TREAT FOR YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMILES DONNA :-)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

works in progress ???

Boy am I glad I called this blog works in progress .... as I seem to change my mind by the minute!! lol
This year I was goin to try and span out and put some more detail into my work... so I thought to do that I would have to take photos and paint them..... hehe what a dufis I was... to think that lol... so I set out and took some really cool photos ...umm well I thought they were cool anyway.... then I started to paint this last painting.... yea I know the hills were not exactly like the photo... as I said it was just the beginning of the blueprint... when I start out I just roughly paint what will be there and fine tune the details eg.... how the hills will roll and the outlines later... so for people that do touch base with this blog please note that it is a works in progress and that I do post photos of the work from a blank canvas to the end and my work does start out very basic and as I go along more detail is applied :-) .... but as I kept going with this painting it became very clear to me that I HATED PAINTING FROM PHOTOS HEHE!! I found it really boreing !!! I loved the idea of having a starting point ie for eg on the way through Porters Pass to Arthurs Pass ,and seeing this really awesome hill. and thats where it ended.. so I have gone on my own tangent and taken bits and pces from photos and put my spin on it.!!!!
I havnt finished it yet but will take a picki tomorrow of where I am up to.... so you can see what I mean....
Thanks for taking the time out to check on me seeya tomorrow nite nite:-)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

This is my first painting from my photos....




You have seen the preparation and undercoat... now this is where I am up to ...


the photo is taken on the way to Flock Hill Lodge.... Remember this is the very early stages in this painting...... just the blue print really....keeped tuned as I am on a real roll with this ....


cheers D :-)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Well I went to Arthurs Pass Today ....

Ok here are a few of the photos.... I took today..... Arthurs Pass is on the way to the West Coast Of the South Island of New Zealand .....just a little geography for those of us that dont live here....hehe

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OH MAN WHAT A BUZZZZZ !!!!!!!! DO WE HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SIDE OR WHAT...... I KNOW I KNOW I AM SLIGHTLY BIAS....HEHEHE
I was like those tourists we see clicking every minute ....like a kid in a candy store......
I forgot how beautiful my home land is.... the hills.... and country side.... my kids in the back of the car going Mum look at that mountain.... wow look at the clouds ....look at those flowers...... what a buzz !!! I filled my cameras memory card by the time we got there....
I am definitely going to use some of these for artworks coming up.....

gesso done !

ok back again photo all loaded ready to start painting

Gesso done ! so now up to the fun part... seem to be having probs uploading photo will try again... later ,so I am just about to fly out the door and go for a drive to take some photos...you know thats what is so cool about living in chch you can go for a drive and within an 1 hour you are near the mountains and from my place only 10minutes drive from the beach and 20 minutes from the rivers Man do I love chch ... sorry hehe.... do get carried away on that note must fly got some awesome shots to take.....and if you are good I might even share them with you!!

Friday, January 12, 2007

OK NOW I HAVE THAT SUSSED.... WHAT NEXT ?


THIS IS MY NEW CANVAS JUST PREPPED WITH A COUPLE OF LAYERS OF TISSUE.... I HAVE TAKEN THE PHOTO WHEN THE MEDIUM IS STILL A BIT WET... I USE THE MEDIUM TO ATTACH THE TISSUE AND ALSO OVER THE TISSUE... SO YOU WILL SEE SOME LIGHTER PARTS AND WHITE PARTS THATS JUST THE MEDIUM AND DIFFERENT LAYERS OF TISSUE....THIS PAINTING IS GONNA HAVE HEAPS OF TEXTURE !! YUMMMMYYYY...

I JUST HAVE TO GESSO IT AND SHE WILL BE ALL READY ... TO GO....SO CHECK BACK IN TOMORROW TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING..... CHEERS D :-)



NITE NITE DONT LET THE BED BUGS BITE........

ok this is the finished product what do you think?

SUMMER HARVEST

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Finally finished this painting hills above Hamner Springs at Dusk.
with a 2d tissue ropegrape vine weeding its way through the painting ,
and 2d tissue rope leaves with veins and stalks.
AND GUESS WHAT IF YOU CLICK ON THE PAINTING IT
WILL ENLARGE !! YAYAYAYYAYA!!!!! Finally I have worked it out !!!
CHEERS DONNA .... NITE NITE.....

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

This is last photo that I have taken so far...



as you can see I have changed the format a little bit ..... this year I am going to experiement on sky's... as I said b4 this is like a view of the sky and mountains at Hamner Springs !

Still have been working on the hills (shading) so will update this afternoon and let you see what I have done.

Cheers D :-)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

ok major overhaul !!

Ok .... I just wasnt 100% happy with this one ... so I have changed my mind slightly.....

I have changed the background format .

I have taken a photo when on a holiday to Hamner Springs.... we stayed in a house on Conicle Hill oops hope I got the spelling right there ?? and looking out the window at dusk I took a photo and man was the sky just BEAUTIFUL!!!

This year I am going to try and base more of my work on actual places rather than fiction....

Even though some of my work will be based around real places etc... my main challange this year will be working on different techniques with texture and colour etc... so with that in mind I will go and take a photo of this new look painting remember its still in the early stages... cheers
thanks for checking out my work. cheers D :-)

Friday, January 05, 2007

ok This is where I left this painting b4 xmas .... and

This is where I left this painting ... B4 XMAS


This is where the painting is at as of today...



As you can see I have added a little colour to the hills and background ...
and thats about it...


I am still trying to work out how you can click on the photo and the image is inlarged.... ummm so if anyone can help ??? please let me know.... as photos are not very large sorry..... so tune back later today and you should see some change in this painting!

cheers D :-)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

2007 whats in store for me ??? Well ...

My goodness where did 2006 go ?? Dont ask me I 'm still looking for it ?? hehe

Well 2007 Ah !....

I have tried to have some time off painting to give my mind and body a rest ...
BUT.... WITH ...Deadlines for galleries & cafe's etc... I am still trying to fit that in...lol I delivered 2 paintings to a gallery yesterday and the remaining 2 paintings tomorrow YAYAYAYAYAY and then I can have a rest.... or is that start all over again ...hehe...

I keep telling my hubby I know !I know ! I will stop spreading myself thin.... but I cant help myself....

I dont do that NEW YEARS RESOLUTION THING !! as I believe if you want to do something there is no time like the present !

So with that in mind ... Whats in store for me in 2007...??

Ok for a start... I am going to try and not over commit myself... , I will be experimenting more with texture.... and colour.... and form.... and will be working towards two exhibitions I have booked for later this year.... Ok I think that is enough for now hehe !!... lol what was I just saying about not over committing myself....hehe

So " My Works In Progress" blog 2007, will be concentrating on my works ...that will be exhibited later in the year... so you guys get a sneak peak and insight on how I go about producing the ideas and completing the artworks.

Late last year I left a painting with a background and some 2d vines in the forground.... so I think I should really finish that work b4 I carry on so tomorrow I will update you with a photo of where I am up to which from memory I dont think I have touched it since my last photo update on here.

Well CONGRATULATIONS !!!! IF you have managed to stay with me and read this whole post.... sorry I do tend to ramble when tired.
till tomorrow cheers D :-)

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