Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Lilac Festival

That's the name of my next art show  that I'll be in.  It starts the week after next, and it runs for 10 days.  On both weekends is the art show, but I'm just doing the first one.  If you like lilacs, then you would love this festival.  It's in Rochester, New York in Highland Park--with 1,200 bushes and over 500 varieties of lilacs.  Martha Stewart even went there in 2007 and enjoyed it very much, from what I hear.  So what's the 
Lillac Festival without some kind of lilac art?--


I started out with one of my favorite surfaces--an old cupboard door that I painted and then I collaged the outside border with my papers and also some handmade paper that I had--



I didn't even remember that I had this pack of handmade paper.  I love it--it's very textured and it has dried leaves and flower petals in it.  I stamped on it--you can't really paint on it, unless you spray some sort of sealer on it.


 Just great texture!

I really like working with these doors, because they have their own built-in frame.
And I haven't just painted in a while--so that's how I wanted to complete this --just get out the paints and go!

 





46 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

WOW! Gorgeous Diane! I've heard of this Lilac Festival and never went. It's not all that far from me either. I love your lilac art; stunning! Good luck with the show; this will sell quickly! xxoo

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Oh Marilyn stole my thought but I'll say it too.. GORGEOUS! I think it's wonderful to have a lilac piece ready to go... I'm sure that's a seller. Love the shape of that cupboard door...

Peggy / Blissfactory said...

This is beautiful Diane ! I hope you will sell a lot.

Carrie Joy Byrnes said...

I love this! Gorgeous!

pammyjo said...

This piece is just fantastic. You do beautiful work and I bet you don't have much to bring home from the show. :) Take pics.

Silke said...

Diane, I've been having fun this morning catching up on your blog. I loved the posts you did on the papers you create and your beautiful collages. I'll have to study that some more and get a little bit more creative that way... This latest painting is just gorgeous!! I love lilacs and I can almost smell their sweet scent when I look at your painting! I wish you much success with the show! Love, Silke

Jonny J Petros said...

Good Morning Diane. This is a beautiful painting!!!I never notice how those doors have that built in frame what an awesome idea. That green is gorgeous and the lilacs are painted so pretty You have a natural talent and a good eye for color and design . Those paers are neat I once tried bark paper it was so neat. Have fun getting ready for your next show Sincerely, Jonny

*jean* said...

gorgeous work, diane!! really stunning!

Buffy said...

I think your lilac door is perfect for the lilac festival. Its Gorgeous. Love the spring colors. I'm sure you'll do good. Good luck.American Idol is getting good huh? Although they did'nt do that well last night except for lee. Now I want either Lee or Mike to win.

Terri Kahrs said...

Oh, Diane! This is STUNNING! Best of luck for the show. I think your work is going to be a huge hit! Wishing you much success! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

That is a great project- I have to cover up this old shelf and I just might try doing what you did and cover it up with papers. I love your color combination!

Janie Husband said...

what a clever idea to use this door....and what a beautiful painting.....

Janet Ghio said...

Your lilacs are beautiful and what a great idea to paint on a cupboard door!! Too good! Hope you sell lots at the lilac festival--one of my favorite flowers--just love the smell of them!!

tammy said...

awesome job with the lilacs, they are beautiful, lilacs are probably my favorite flower. what a sweet smelling festival it must be, have fun.

Janine said...

Diane, WOW! Gorgeous work!

Adrian said...

Just beautiful, Diane. I love how you made the vase look so translucent! And, the lilacs! Oh, how I miss their scent. Have fun at the festival!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Diane, this is absolutely stunning! It's making me miss my floral painting days big time!
I actually have to paint a 'cottage' welcome sign for a friend so I'll get my chance soon :)
Wonderful job! You are multi-talented!

Micki said...

Fabulous work, i've never done a cupboard door painting before, your's loooks great!!

Micki x

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

soooooooo beautiful!!!

Hello! I love lilac! Have loads of fun dear!!

Thank you for your visit!

sharon said...

Diane...this is incredible! This will go in a second! You are truly amazing!

Janny said...

Gorgeous,thanks for your inspiration and your kind words on my Blog;o)

Heavens2Betsy said...

Fantastic Diane. Imagine having an actual real live working cupboard adorned with one of your wonderful pieces of door-art! Absolutely gorgeous x

Jeanette said...

WOW... this is just amazing. Makes me want to have a bunch of old doors laying around. Take care =)

Lisa said...

WoW! Very nice Diane

Mary said...

simply beautiful!

Debby said...

WOW!!! You are so amazing and creative. This is such a stunning piece. I would love to be able to visit you at the art show,beautiful work.
Debby

joanna said...

Hi Diane! Finally catching up with your blog:)
What a great idea, a lilac door for the lilac show!! best of luck! I'm sure you'll do great!
xoxo

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh wow - small world! My hubby is from the Chili...his sister still lives in the area. We've been to the Lilac Festival lots of times. Great fun!!! What a lovely lilac creation you've made to showcase there...perfect! Theresa

Heather said...

Wow! This is SO gorgeous! maybe the prettiest lilac I've ever seen :) I love the richness and color you used. Its so alive!

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Hello Diane!

So glad to meet you! I'm following your blog now too! I'm loving your paintings and your colorful blog! Best wishes to you at the lilac festival, your painting is BEAUTIFUL!
Love,
Jenny

Emelie said...

YOu did a wonderful job with those lilacs, they are not all that easy, I know from doing them in watercolor. Your whole idea is just perfect. I agree it is important to have something that says I am in the Lilac show. I hae a friend who does a Blueberry Festival and does many chickadees with the berries and they are gone in no time.

I know it would be nice to have it for a bit and not sell it first thing. YOu can always do a couple faces and have lilacs in their hair.

Manon Doyle said...

That's beautiful Diane!! Wow!!
Hey... good luck at the show and say *hi* to Martha for me...lol!

Lovey said...

Whoa Diane...this is gorgeous! Such detail and the colors...wow. I love it! Oh...and BTW I went to RIT for undergrad..years ago...saw you were in Rochester. Smiles...

Dianne said...

It's beautiful... I wish I could paint.. cupboard doors sound like fun!

joyfulploys said...

This is definitely a wow piece! Love the Lilacs...what a great job you did on painting them and the other elements work along with them!

Andrea said...

Diane, I LOVE this piece!!

wanda miller said...

what a transformation...sooo beautiful!!!

Barbara Jean said...

Diane,
This is wonder!
Love your painting, and the door shapes.

Hope your event goes great!

Thanks for coming by

blessings

barbara jean

Regina said...

This is gorgeous!

Ansota said...

Hi Diane!
Thanks for the visit to my blog! I am so glad you found me because now I found your blog! :)
Your door is beautiful and so are all your other art. Love your style!
I am sure your work will be tops at the show! Good luck!
You have a new follower!
Have a lovely day :)

Martha Lever said...

I am LUVIN' this!!! Beautiful!!! I took your suggestion and bought the book. I already had the other Color Collage book. Can't wait to get it!! Thanks!!!!! Have you drawn Bloody Mary yet??? ::)

Christa Irell said...

How beautiful, Diane! I honestly thought the flowers were silk bouquets somehow attached to the door- you captured the look of the individual petals and the dimension of them so perfectly. The shading is awesome and the lilacs look just lovely on that stunning door. I too, think you will be coming home with money and no art... YAY! Have fun at the show- and thanks for sharing what you do! xo

Betzie said...

Diane, this is gorgeous! Those lilacs look SO REAL!!! As though they are hanging out of your painting!! Wonderful design!

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

When I was scrolling through my reader I though the lilacs we silk flowers glues to the door. I didn't realize they were painted until I started reading. This is great work! Beautiful!

Kimmie said...

what a cool idea! I love using that old cupboard door - the arch is perfect for your flowers :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm blown away by this mixed media piece. I'm sure this piece will be snatched up quickly.

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