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Not yet named as not sure if its finished yet !
Posted by Donna Steel at Sunday, April 29, 2007
Posted by Donna Steel at Saturday, April 28, 2007
Posted by Donna Steel at Friday, April 27, 2007
Don't you just love Autumn !! the different shades of Golds, Browns, and Reds...... and Trees.... Everywhere ...... The leaves turning and changing colour !!! JUST BEAUTIFUL !!!!
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Remember this is just the beginnings of this painting.... ..... still plenty more to do with this artwwork.... so keep tuned come back tomorrow to see whats changed ??
cheers Donna :)
Posted by Donna Steel at Thursday, April 26, 2007
Hey there !! still have to add a little something .... ??
ummmmm .... Been thinkin about this overnight and have decieded to just leave it as it is !!!
Was going to add a couple of flowers near the bottom of the tree trunk ...mmmm... but on reflection I think it may make it too busy.......so at this stage I think I will leave it !
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Do you like it so far ??
Better go and collect my kids from school !!
cheers Donna :-)
Its starting to take shape and form now .... just started to underpaint... hopefully will look better later in the day.... so wish I could throw some gold in here and there heheh !!
oh by the way ! click on image to enlarge it !
So what do you think so far ??
Cheers Donna :)
White Pages Phone Book Awards !!
Thought I would have a go at this one !! BUT OH NO !! NO GOLD ALLOWED :(
Never entered into any competitions up until now .... so thought it would be fun to do one !!
I meant to enter this one last year but .... mmm just didnt have the time and what a challange I found it not being able to paint with gold !!
Your work should capture the spirit of your region today. Show us what you love right now about where you live. We’re looking for your unique take on your region.
Your work should be on paper, canvas, board or a combination of these only. Your entry can be a painting, drawing or collage. You can use photography as part of a mixed media or collage work as long as it is your original photograph. Your artwork needs to be suitable for publication on the cover of the White Pages. Entries that are laminated, have a glossy or glazed finish or contain gold or silver can’t be accepted, because we can’t reproduce them. You can use computer graphics that you have created entirely: scanned images, other than ones you produce yourself, are not permitted.
Your work should be square. Your work should be within the range of 110mm x 110mm minimum to 450mm x 450mm maximum. Artworks that are not square will be cropped.
OK ... so now you know the rules etc... lets have some fun .... I will show you what I'm upto with this one !!
Canterbury to me is a Fantastic place to live... you are only minutes about from the Forests,Mountains,Hills and the Rivers !! So for me this year it was really a No Brainer.... so now I'm up to painting ... awwww thats the hard part as I'm not allowed to use gold... boy thats gonna stretch me hehehe keep tuned in cheers D :)
Posted by Donna Steel at Saturday, April 21, 2007
Posted by Donna Steel at Friday, April 20, 2007
mmmm I have a question for you ?? Should I Sacrifice what I believe for simply making a buck ?? !!
My Answer is NO! WHATS YOURS ???
People might call me Stupid but ... I paint because I have to .... it is a passion that comes from within... and I seem to have found my niche . I love painting in the colours and style that has chosen me! I paint from what seems right at the time colours... texture... I might have planned to paint a golden sky but when I lift the paint brush only blue paint will do .... lol so I go with what feels right !
You may wonder where I am going with all this.... well I went into one of my Cafe's the other day and they were talking about the art and saying maybe we could change things around for Winter and would I do some bright Coloured funky art .... I said sure I can paint anything......
THEN I WENT HOME AND THOUGHT ABOUT THAT ............
I know I can paint lots of ways... but you know what....if I did that I would be simply not painting from my Heart ! and call me stupid but I just can't ...... do that .. I sat down and sketeched out some funky wee pieces .... but I was not enjoying it ....
So that got me thinking ....Why do I Paint ? What are my Goals ?
I paint because I have to , I need to it is my way of Expressing Myself.... and to do that I have to paint from Within ... My Within not what someone else has asked me to do !! (After saying that I love doing commissions ... any commissions I do I talk exstensivly with the client to see what they are wanting and as long as I can interpit that in my style and colours no probs)
I want anyone that buys my artworks to be able to enjoy them for their lifetime if they want to ... so with that in mind I use really Good Canvas's, and Top Notch Paint.... and I stand behind my work..... I price my work the same wherever you buy it .... so people don't feel ripped of buying it dearer in one place and cheaper in another.....
You only have to flick into some online Auction Sites to see that Some people simply don't mind painting everything and anything just to sell and make a quick Buck !
They don't seem to mind flicking paintings off for next to nothing .... and using different grade canvas's and paints ... their artworks longevity dosn't seem to bother them , but fortunately I am not in that bracket....
I suppose this has really got me thinking as I am in the middle of answering some questions for an interview with The Web Site "Intinsic Expressions and the questions are really indepth about me and why I paint etc... hehehe how fitting really ! anyway when that interview is done and published I'll let you know....
...... its funny really ... coz since I made the decision not to do the funky coloured art I instantly had about 6 paintings come into my mind !! Ya Ya as I have been in a bit of a draught lately... so if thats not my answer what is ???
Anyway thanks so much for being a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen to my ramblings.... I would REALLY LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THIS SUBJECT !!!!
Cheers Donna :)
Posted by Donna Steel at Thursday, April 19, 2007
"Crossing the Line"
1000mm x 400mm
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Finally finished the 1st painting in this Series.... would you believe that there is about 39m of Gold cord , crossed stitched to this painting... 16 separate pces of canvas tissued and textured and painted.... all 16 pieces have been stitched together and then the whole painting then cross stitched to the main canvas !! Phew ...... anyway thats that one done a couple more in the series to go..... the next one is gonna be fun as its got more to it than meets the eye?????
talk soon .....
cheers Donna :)
Posted by Donna Steel at Monday, April 16, 2007
Cheers D :-)
Ok now thats better....
The first attempted of the butterfly was much to small !! so have upsized the butterfly... please remember that this is just early stages .... of the butterfly heaps more detail to go but thought I would post some pickies of the progression.... cheers Donna :)
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Hey guys I know I know started off with a hiss and a roar with this one and no I havnt forgotten it but have also been in the middle of a new project that I have been working on for a long time....
The Seed Was Sewn !!
About 3 years agoe I came across a painting that had a whole lot of different mini paintings within it.... I just loved the idea of looking at a painting that said so much in one go !!
About 18 months agoe I was doodling in my sketch book .... by the way thats my Bible if I lost that I would be devestated !!! All my art thoughts ideas, plans etc... go in there .. some to stay there forever others to be set free.... at a later date!
Anyway I started to doodle.... with the idea of combining a whole lot of paintings together, started thinking about Butterflies.... etc.... I wanted the painting to be a one theme painting .... not lots of different images.... I wanted it to be similar........
I decided that what I had planned would take a long time to do , and that I would keep it on the back burner for next year !! As I was planning to have some exhibitions near the end of 2007 and that would be a cool series to do for then , and thought I would wait till I would have the time and energy to spend on it!
At the end of last year I was asked to do a Commission " Don Quoixte" and that got me thinking about my earlier idea and expanding the idea of several paintings within a painting.... if you check out the D0n Quoixte painting you will see what I mean there are a couple of things goin on at the same time !!!
I wanted this painting to represent ME .... A JOURNEY , it is full of Texture, Earthy Tones and lots and lots of Gold !
So over the last few weeks the idea that came so long agoe has managed to emerge and evolve ...... I have a couple more in this series to go and they will hopefully be ready for my Exhibition later in the year Oh unless I cant wait and have to unveil them b4 for sale !
any way when I am finished this painting I will give you a sneak peak but until then mmmmmms the word !!
Cheers Donna :)
Posted by Donna Steel at Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Hi guys I am in the middle of doing a painting for a very special person but shhhhh dont say anything ... and I am goin to have to be a bit cagey here just in case they click in here to see what I'm up to.... so mmmmmmmuuuuummmmms the word ok ??
Posted by Donna Steel at Thursday, April 05, 2007