THE WOODS ARE LOVELY DARK AND DEEP

THE WOODS ARE LOVELY DARK AND DEEP
"You have to have a sense of humour, darling, to be alive. Even a bit mad. It helps to be mad."

Friday, March 28, 2014

A PLACE OF FAIRYTALES AND DANDELION DREAMS



“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”

― Audrey Hepburn




I have dreamed all of my life to escape to a world that may just exsist after all. A place far removed from Human Society to one of a Humane Society. Somewhere quiet, serene, still beautiful and untouched by the human hand where all of God's creatures great and small are your neighbours and friends and of course some humans mixed into the equation for casual sporadic conversation when one feels the urgency to refresh their earthly presence.

I created the above banner "Tansy " many moons ago for my Etsy shop but never used it for the simple fact I was too lazy to go back into Dreamweaver to remove the name. Now, many years later I think I will tackle the work on the weekend since hubby rekindled my desire to work on my graphics when he brought home a business card with a picture of me in Bermuda on our honeymoon that he had designed; it definitely wouldn't do unless I want business of a different sort and with liabilities attached of false advertising lol! : ) So now I'll have to rethink the banner and a business card that will more suit the kind of work I do : )


It's funny how thoughts of the day play in the dreams of the night; many wonderful musings came to me as I slept and this was one of them.


The Dandelion Door ~  A Fairy's Home in The Countryside





Like the Spider Fairy Door, The Dandelion Door was constructed in the same way….see last post

I love the idea of a peep hole so it too got one.




A beautiful piece of drift wood was used for the tree which was attached to a slate base with a metal screw. I then nailed the door to the tree , the nails being both ecstatic to the design and purposeful.



Now a word of warning …. I should have known this and I did but still made the mistake because I was overly anxious to see it finished and resulted in losing the work.

This was my first attempt at drawing, wood burning a dandelion on a piece of birch wood needless to say, I nailed it too close to the edge and it broke! I love the design I drew so i will recreate another one when I get more wood. 





So that's it for this week. 
Don't forget to visit everyone on Paint Party Friday and thanks again 
Eva and Kristin

Until later ,
Annabelle







Friday, March 21, 2014

The Fairy Spider and her SpiderWeb Door

A work in Progress

I had a small wood circle and thought it might lend a touch of whimsy to a Fairy's Door so I went about creating a little Fairy/Hobbit Door. The shape of it reminds me more of a Hobbit's door to their home but being such a tiny door I thought it was meant more for a Fairy, actually a Fairy Spider would suit it best : )


Materials Used

Wood Circle

E 6ooo Glue

French Vintage Glass Button

Art Deco ? Earrings

Upholstery Tack

Inks

Silver Leaf

Wood Burning Tool

Sorry but when I wrote this post it was early morning and I was half asleep so I forgot to say that the spider web , spider and flowers were first sketched in followed by wood burning and then the silver leaf was applied.


I started with a light sketch of the web and Fairy Spider and then applied the silver leaf to the Fairy Spider and her web. I then went over the web threads with a metal tool to give a thinner touch to the Spider Fairy's web threads. The silver leaf is wonderful in mimicking the glittery gossamer silken threads created by the Fairy Spider. After that was done, I worked in the colours with inks. I also thought it be great to have the Spider Fairy know at all times who comes knocking at her door by enclosing a Peep Hole at her door.So I drilled a hold in the centre of the wood circle and added the glass button, when the Fairy Spider Door is placed in front of a light source a light shines through…..magical. 




I will now need to attach the Fairy Spider Door to the burled wood base 











and then I think I will add this Spider Fairy Door to my Etsy shop, I just can't keep holding on to everything : )

So until next time signing off and don't forget to visit everyone at PPF!

Annabelle ~m..m~

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day



Old Weir Bridge Killarney Ireland 

 “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, may your heart be as light as a song, may each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.” ~ Irish Blessings 




Vintage Postcard courtesy ~ TSS PHOTO

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cottage By the Sea

Mixed Media Collage Painting ~ Cottage By the Sea





























Sorry for the bad the pictures. ……Will try later to see if I can get a better image of the entire painting .



I have been meaning to do a mixed media collage painting for some time now. After much acquired inspiration from artists like Carolyn Saxby, Louise O'Hara, Morag, Marji , Linda K and Serena Barton and visiting numerous artists on Youtube I was armed with enough knowledge to tackle the painting….."Cottage By the Sea".

I first started out painting the background , the mountains and cove and applied the cottage painting I had from before. I then added the Old Lace (dyed with coffee) for the sun, sea stars and the birds (Swallows) which I tried to emulate a "murmuration of swallows" but it didn't turn out exactly how I had envisioned them to be; oh well, next time. The waves were also done with Medical Gauze as well as with the Old Lace.
The mountainous hilly range, the sandy beach, the cove and the sun were built with modelling paste . Once the paste dried, I painted what was left uncoloured with acrylics, inks and reInkers.
Finally, adding a smidgen of gold leaf to the sun, mountains and horizon line, sea stars, netted waves, water, cottage windows and cove worked fine in creating the setting sun's glitter upon the landscape below…...Just love the gold leaf pen! And another tool which also came in handy was my heat gun. It worked beautifully in creating depth and dimension in the hilly terrain and sandy beach.

So now I think I would like to add to the painting a film of bees wax but not sure if I can depending on what I have underneath which is glazing liquid and if that's okay, will have to read up on that or maybe some of you might know; love to hear from you if you do.
 Of course there are many things that could be better with this work like shadows and light , the waves and the sky, the murmur of birds, etc etc etc but as a whole, I'm happy with this painting.
 I can't wait to work on another MMCP and explore the multitude of college elements, so much fun!!!


***
* Side Note…Do you paint while listening to music and if you do , do you somehow find it influences your brush??? Or even after listening to a song?

While nearing the completion of my painting and after listening to "Starry Starry Night" I tripled the width of the horizon line into a mountainous range and didn't realize it after I read the lyrics to the song. I also found the sea stars and sun and the cottage gave thought to Vincent's work : ) I suppose I really do love his work!

Music is a higher revelation
than all wisdom and philosphy.
Music is the electrical soil
in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.

***

~ Materials used  ~

Canvas Board
Old Lace ~ Sun, SeaStars, Waves,Netting, Swallows, 
Medical Gauze Material
Baby Mussel Shells ( found in my bag of mussels I steamed ) Lovely meal and bonus treasure : )
Vintage Flowers
Old Book Cover Binding


~ Acrylic Paints , Inks & ReInkers ~

Blue
Orange
Yellow
Brown
Blue
Green
Red
Violet
Purple
White
Gesso
Molding Paste - Modeling - Pasta Moldeado
Glazing Medium
Gold Leaf Pen

Submitting my mixed media collage painting ~ "Cottage By the Sea ", to Paint Party Friday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINT PARTY FRIDAY AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVA AND KRISTIN!!!
Leaving you now with this beautiful song….Starry Starry Night  by Don Mclean





Thanks to wysty67 for uploading this video




Until Later,
Annabelle 




Friday, March 7, 2014

THE MAGIC COTTAGE

~ MOON LAKE ~ TRANSMOGRIFIED ~ 3 TIMES A CHARM

And now known as……..




~ THE MAGIC COTTAGE  ~ 




So I decided adding the cottage to Moon Lake would be a nice touch to it's landscape . 
I added some violet colour to the water and sky , lightened the background trees and also added some yellow to the moons. I think this is it.

After the painting was done I discovered the cottage would  disappear into the woods depending from the distance, angle and time of day I viewed it. I adore when paintings keep a little trickery within their panorama and when you least expect it , there it is. 
It kind of reminds me of the cottage in James Herbert's book "The Magic Cottage": ) ~ 3 Times the Charm


Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday


Until Later,
Annabelle

Charlotte's Web Tangled Garden

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Sometimes a haunting melody can make quiet an impression ~^..^~
Thanks to Vic Mizzy for creating such unforgettable soundtracks and to Hollis Kim for sharing this fab rendition of the Haunted Organ from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken ….will always luv listening to it, no matter the time of year but especially great in the month of October

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