Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Something Old, Something New

So this week The Three Muses challenge is Something Old, Something New, and here's my entry--



My something old was the background pieces and the birds  that I collaged onto the canvas--




I found this vintage book at a flea market with a few others.  At the time, I didn't really look through it, but it's one of my favorites now.  It's called The Junior Instructor for the parent and child, and it was published in 1918.  It covers every topic relating to school with many illustrations, colored photos, sheet music, and even a full page of the alphabet, and it's oversized (about 12" tall)--I love it.

And for the something new, I used one of my Christmas presents--




This set of Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paints.  I've never painted with them before--I really like them.  The colors are very vibrant, and there is a good selection here so that you can mix them to get many more shades, plus a little goes a long way.

Now that Christmas is over, and things are getting a little back to normal, it was fun just to take my time and just paint as long or as little as I wanted to without worrying about anything else. I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!!

41 comments:

Sandy said...

OMG this is absolutely stunning. Fantastic creation. Love them.

WrightStuff said...

Wow! Love the vibrancy of the colours, they almost have the feel of a stained glass window about them. I do so love looking at everyone's creations - I get so inspired!

Taluula said...

Yay, just look at that! It really is so colourful and happy and yes it does look a little like a stained glass window. Very clever and beautiful and wonderful.

Astrid Maclean said...

A gorgeous piece, I LOVE the vibrant colours!!

Martina2801 said...

Wow, what a fantastic creation!
I`m blown away!
Happy New Year to you.

Mary said...

A wonderful piece!
I have not picked up a paint brush in weeks. My studio needs a good cleaning up, I think I will do that today!

Wishing you a blessed New Year!!!

Buffy said...

Beautiful,love the colors of this,and that book sounds neat.

Kelly said...

gorgeous! love the colors!

indybev said...

This is SO unique and creative. I keep going back for another look. I think you need to go to the head of the class and take a big bow! Thanks for playing along.

Ozstuff said...

Oh my, oh my! This is FABULOUS and STUNNING and SUPERB and AMAZING. What a wonderful piece of art, so creative, so clever and so original. Standing ovation from me!!

Betzie said...

This is so neat Diane! I love it...and I too am a collector of old books, especially children's books. Now if I could only paint...:)) Happy New Year!

Lori Saul said...

This is a beautiful collage- wonderful to see all of the components- wonderful art. Happy New Year!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Spectacular! Very creative use of mixed media and meeting a challenging subject! I love the acrylic paints, too, and Windsor Newton is a super brand. I love the way they can be very opaque or transparent depending on the medium you mix with them. I especially love using them as a glaze....very transparent effect. Thanks for visiting CollectInTexas Gal....I enjoy your comments and I love your blog, too....Sue

vintagesusie said...

Your piece is awesome, so filled with color & love!!! I really like it alot! Have a Wonderful New Year filled with Happiness & Good Health!!
Hugs,
Susie

Marilyn Rock said...

I'm lovin' this collage! Wonderful composition, colors and shapes!

Diana Evans said...

very beautiful...I love the colours and the details...wonderful work!!

Happy New Year!!!

Janet said...

Wow! Your art is just amazing! I love this piece. And that book!! What a great find.

Enjoy your painting time and your new paints.

Yvonne said...

Love this collage!

Happy 2010!

Lynn Stevens said...

So colorful. Beautifully done!

Eila A said...

Oh, Diane - your artwork is stunningly beautiful! I love your powerful design and your strong colours. Happy New Year to you!

Judy said...

wonderful piece of art, Diane, best wishes for a creative 2010!

A Mom With A View said...

..Hey I've got an award for you...!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have a real flair for color and whimsy. I'm really taken by your blog. I can tell color is something you don't run from.

Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful and safe new year.

joyfulploys said...

I really really like this piece. Have you made your grayscale for the Suzi class yet? I have done two but I haven't really started a face yet. I'm working on two other classes at the time as Suzi's. I love old books or books of any age.
Cheers,
Mary

johanna said...

wonderful contribution! i´m sure you will have lots of fun with these paints!

BlueRidgeLady said...

Hi Diane! I love this new page! The colors are amazing! Very inspiring. I think we are all ready for things to settle so we can get back to creating and playing. Happy New Year friend!!

Lisa said...

I love the color in this. What a pretty piece and neat idea.

purplecat said...

Love the page :0
thanks for your comment on my blog, I hope 2010 brings you many blessings :0

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Diane, you are so gonna enjoy Suzi's class, it is awesome!

Your new art is so beautiful, love the birds sharing the hearts. The birds have such a loving pose in their bodies. Really special.

Happy new year!

Hugs!

Julie

Melissa said...

Beautiful! Great colors!
Happy New Year!
Smiles-
Melissa

Celestial Charms said...

Love those colors of paint. So vivid. Hope you and your family enjoy a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Maureen

Janine said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Chrisy said...

You clever thing...this is fabulous!

Brian K said...

Hi! Thank you for posting on my blog! Yours is wonderful! I love Bob! I love Frenchies!

Tina said...

Oh Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm thrilled we've found eachother. Your style is wonderful and I play with mixed media when I need my soul fed. For some reason that is what it does for me. Your work is stunning and I'm so excited to get to know you in 2010.
Blessings and thanks
T
Oh, I'm from Amish country area near Sugarcreek, Oh

Where are you from in PA?

Betzie said...

Thanks for your blog too Diane and glad you are a part of the blogging community!
Hope to see you a lot this year!!
betzie

Amy said...

WOW!!!! Yours is amaZing...love it so much!

Leila Gervais said...

Love the vibrant colors, beautiful piece!

liannallama said...

your page is amazing! Thanks for sharing it--I love the colors and fluid lines.

Janny said...

Fabulous, great colours!

LiveArt said...

This is fantastic!! LOVE it!!!

Linda

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