Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm Seeing Red (in a good way)...and Meet the Finches

This  week  it's  Red  at  Kristin's Summer  of  Color.   This  has  been  really  fun,  and  even  though  I'm  very  busy  getting  ready  for  my  upcoming  show  season,  I've  been  able  to  make  these  pieces  and  plan  on  taking   them  with  me  to  my  shows.   As  a  matter  of  fact,  I  finally  had  my  first  one  for this year  on Saturday  (more  about  that  later).   My  point  is--is  that  I  was  in  a  hurry  this  week,  because  I  was  getting  ready  for  it  and  also  getting  ready  to  leave  since   it   was  out  of  town.  This  piece  just   came  together  for  me  very  easily--I  think  mainly  because  I  didn't  have  time  to  over think--I  just  did  it--

This is  what  came  to  mind  when  Kristin  told  us  the  color  was  red---heart  and  home--so  I  just  went  with  it...

...and  the  other  prompt  she  suggested  was  incorporating  wings  of  any  kind  into  our  piece...butterflies---again,  my  first  thought...



...and  of  course...some  embellishments

And  they  all  came  together  on  another  one  of  my  favorite  surfaces--these  very  deep  wrapped  canvases  that  I  find  at  Dick  Blick ( which  I've  mentioned  before,  and  probably  will  again)  --the  sides  are  over  2  inches  deep--wonderful!



....and  here  are  the sides--



I  love  that  you  can  make  the  sides  a  piece  of  artwork  in  themselves  or  you  can  just  extend  the  art  that  you  have  on  the  front.
So  once  again--thank  you   Kristin  for  having  this  very  fun  weekly  prompt,  and  it's  never  too  late  to  join  in  on  the  fun--head  on  over  to  Kristin's  to  check  out  all  of  the  other  red  art!

And  like  I  said--I  had  my  first  show  on  Saturday---here  I  am  all  fresh  and  ready  in  the  morning  waiting  for  the show  to  start--

...after  about  an  hour...I  was  all  wilted--it  was  SO  extremely  HOT.....however....that  didn't  keep  the  crowds  away--



This  is  a  great  little  community  where  the  residents  support  their  town,  and  they  always  come  out  for  this  show...not  to  mention  their  support  for  us  artists  with   their  appreciation  and  also  their  purchases.   It's  just  a  great  show  that  I  really  enjoy  being  a  part  of.

And  here  they  are--the  Finch  family--all  5  of  them  (yep...all  5  eggs  hatched!)


Their  names  are  Scott,  Nick,  Lisa,  Jennifer,  and  John....and  by  some  strange  coincidence..that  happens  to  be  the  name  of  MY  kids  too!!

61 comments:

NatashaMay said...

Oh, you're so cute, Diane, behind your stand. :) And wow! What a coincidence that the bird would name her kids the same as you! That's Karma I tell you. :))

And what a wonderful red piece. I first thought it was 3 different project but all in one makes it even more grand. Awesome!

Mandy said...

oh...i love your piece home and heart...and wow...look at your great pieces on show...hope you prospered...littlebirdies...more kids to worry about...lol...xxx

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Your work is absolutely amazing! I love the theme of your piece as well as all the beautiful embellishments on it.

Great picture of the baby birds, too! I got to see a baby robin this week - a bit older than your finches.

A couple pictures are on my post this week here:
http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/2011/07/red-summer-of-color-week-6.html

Sharon said...

You are so cute....and then you are funny too.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful red piece - I just love all the things to look at!!!

Bren said...

You do red really well, this really grabs the eye, I bet it's even more impressive in person. Here's to very successful shows.
All fuzz and beaks, rare moments, so great that you were able to get a picture.

PaperPumpkin said...

Fun post with a bit of everything! Loving your Red for the Summer of Color, and especially the Heart and Home theme! (I found it challenging...but will post mine as soon as the sun comes up higher!). Your show looks wonderful. Have a wonderful new week, ~kathy

linda said...

Another stunning wall hanging! You excel at these deep canvases. Love seeing all your artwork on show, hope it turned out really well for you.

Heather said...

Oh, i do love red! this is lovely! Hope you had a good show and it wasnt too hot. those birds and their fuzzy little heads...too cute!~!

Theresa said...

Hi Diane! Fun seeing you at your art booth:) GREAT setup - everything looks so fabu and bet you did very well and had little to pack up for home.

NEAT red inspired piece and the finches...sigh...too precious.

okienurse said...

Love your rd piece. I like the deeper canvases too! I have thought about shows but don't think I am ready yet. I have a finch family that has had their second brood this year that I have been tracking on my blog. I would be these 4 will fly within the next few days. Wonder if there will be a third?

Healing Woman said...

Loved seeing you set up at the show. You look so lovely. I didn't see the name of the town where the show was held. Curious, since you remember I'm from Ohio. Bet you did really well.

Emelie said...

I appreciate that worn look with the background red, I always like what I think I see and then how artfully someone has done the work on a piece. You do things artfully BTW.
Such tiny birds, but then Finches are not that big. I just read that hummingbird egs are the size of a pea. Makes sense I think.

You're looking pretty at your booth, and yes it is so hot these days in July. Great looking display

Stay fresh and artful

Sandra Kaye said...

Hi, I was rolling through oodles of doodles blog, and saw your site. I checked you out. Wow!!! Love your work. I'm going to sit and watch several of your tutorials. Can't wait wait to see whatbyou do next. Sandie

sugar Creek said...

OOh I love this piece! Don't ya just love how things just flow and come together so easy?!

tina kirk said...

Hi Diane, Good luck with all your shows. Your "red" art is beautiful! Thanks for telling us about the eggs and following them! Your a great blogger!

joanna said...

Beautiful piece Diane! and look at you at the show, ur soo cute :))
xoxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I bet you were as fresh as the crowds at the end of the day. No one noticed that you were wilted, I'm sure.

That red assemblage is wonderful. I'm always in awe of your art on canvas and this one is no exception. And, I'm sure it will be a good seller at your next craft fair, too.

At least you won't forget the names of the new members of the finch family!

Lesley said...

haha! Look at those funny little things...Awww i hope they all survive. Keep us posted Diane.

Your Heart and Home piece for this week's red challenge is stunning! It would look very good on my nice new cream wall in the living room!!

I hope your show went well. I'm sure it did with so many lovely original pieces of your marvellous art.

x

Joanna said...

So sweet, love the red/cream/black colour combo. Lots of great details to enjoy.

laurie said...

what beautiful art and you look as fresh as a daisy there in your stall!Beautiful,,

Ella said...

I love this post, the happy heartwarming art, the support..You look so pretty at your booth and the the finches! Thank you for sharing~

Anita Van Hal said...

awesome piece! You nailed this challenge! I hope your art show went well too! Everything looked wonderful...wish I could've been there to SHOP! Hugs!

Netty said...

Terrific art canvas so loving your Home is where the Heart is. Your stand at the show looks marvellous and you look great. Enjoy your week, Annette x

WrightStuff said...

Something about the idea of a finch called Scott has really made me smile today! You are so cute!

Pretty pretty pretty as always Diane - you never disappoint. Your stand at the fair looks so lovely. Bet you sold out!

Janet Ghio said...

Don't you look cute!! Love that you named your birds after your kids!!

The Altered Paper said...

Diane a Great Post! Love your Art Creation! And Hope your art show was a success! hugs,Tee

Sharon said...

Delightful red! I am sure you did quite well on Saturday as your items are fantastic. Sweet little birdies.

JessiVille said...

Diane, I'm in LOVE with this red piece! Of course I love all your pieces - ha! I think it wasn't just the color and all the fun you put into it that attracted me but the subject matter as well. Beautiful! And your 5 little darlings are so brand-new! Thanks for sharing them.
Jessi xox

Sandi said...

Diane another stunning piece from you! I adore this..

Manon said...

I might have a go at that chalenge to get a bit of colour back into my life!
How gorgeous you are!
ManonX

Lorraine said...

excellent canvas Diane and your stall looks fantastic with all your marvellous art hope you had lots of purchases and arent those finches cute

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Oh, your canvas is amazing...so many lovely details - I Love it!!

Dianne said...

I just love your whimsical artwork...

kluless said...

Well that momma bird obviously appreciated the good care you gave "her" plant since she named her children after yours! 8+)
Glad your show went well. You look so sweet standing there surrounded by your artwork.

Marlynn said...

Love the little ones - so happy all hatched. Love your red creation! xoxo

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Look at you there in amidst your gorgeous work! Lovely!

Nawww...little babies all precious and lovely!

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful post! First of all, thank you for your kind words and for sharing your beautiful work with The Summer of Color - and your red piece is just FABulous! I love your gorgeous detail and the red really pops - I especially love the butterfly with the woman's face on it. And the Finch family! How beautiful, thank you! xo

Ophelia said...

Wow...your piece is so incredible. The red is so beautiful. Love your new family too...

Rina said...

what a lovely piece Diane...I love the color red...my fav....I went and took a look at that site you mention and think I may play along. how fun!

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! I am not a fan of color red but your craft made me appreciate the color. I love the lively and lovely color.

A Dancing Mango said...

Diane,
You did a great job and this piece and should be so proud.
you look sooooo cute at your art booth!!
xo, Darlene

Serena said...

A stunning red piece, Diane, and how sweet you look at the show. Glad to hear it was a success.

I LOVE that you named the finch babies after your kids! xo

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

I love red, fabulous piece! I can't wait to see those birdies grow, so amazing! Hope you had lots and lots of sails!!!
Much Love,
Jenny

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; Diane! You look beautiful, there, with your awesome artwork. What a lovely setting! Thanks for sharing that with us. Also; your red art is amazing - I love the textures and all of your embellishments! You work hard and it shows. That is why your shows are so successful because of YOU and your talent! xxoo

Marilyn Rock said...

PS I forgot to mention the Finch family! Incredible photo and I think it's cool naming them after your family. xxoo

rachel awes said...

ohhh! they hatched!
hello dear birdies!!!
& congrats on your show..
it would be so fun to
visit you there!!
& RED! hot dear!
love your flutterflies!
xox

Buffy said...

The show looks like it went well and you look like you were ready. Your booth looks inviting. Love your new piece,I always love seeing all the embellishments you add on. Too funny you named the baby birds. Thats really a neat coincidence that theres five though.

Isabel said...

Love this new piece and all the treasures you added to it:O) The babies are adorable!!!!:O) What a great picture of them:O)

scrapwordsmom said...

Beautiful pieces of work!!!!!! And your art stand is wonderful. I am doing my first in October!!!!

Kindred Spirit said...

I simply adore your work! Congrats on your first show! I actually had my first last month, & what fun it is :D Your little red house is so sweet...I'm looking forward to see what you do with purple!

xo Joanna

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Gorgeous! I am loving those 2 inch sides too. You are so right...it gives you a whole other surface to add to. I am going to have to get some of those canvases. I hope all your shows exceed all your expectations! xoxo

wanda miller said...

oh you are the best ever...love it all, love it! your presentation is so gorgeous and intriguing diane. if i were cruising by, i would have a hard time deciding which special DIANE to buy! and i love your shift, seriously, you look darling in it and looks to be the best thing ever for HOT TIMES!
and your new children...i know you're a good mom after all of previous antics...they are tooo cute! keep sharing them, i never ever tire of ANY kind of baby birds! love to you xo

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Tee hee the little birdies!!! how did they ever get the same name as you kids tath is amaing -you and momma bird must share a lot in common ????? Oh and red !!! Yes a very perfect color for summer .

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

your pieces look great! and your booth is so professional and beautiful! You look just great perched there in the center ;) The little birds are so cute.

Chris / CS Designs said...

Diane, I love your RED piece but I also had a great time looking at all your other wonderful work. Truly superb.
:) Chris / CS Designs
http://www.cs-designs.blogspot.com/
http://www.doodlepieces.blogspot.com/

Terrie said...

Love your canvases and last week's where you used the back and created a shadow box - genius!

Deb Harvey said...

I love your red piece! Your booth looks amazing...with all of your gorgeous artwork...and you are so cute! After attending an Art Show here...I would really like to start taking part in them, too. It sounds like you had a great time!!!
Your little baby birds are adorable, too!!!

creatingme said...

Your work is amazing. I love the black you use to outline. Is this an oil pastel?

Juls said...

wow!!! your display looks amazing!!! Hugs Juls

Joyce's Journey said...

Hi Diane! I'm catching up on your posts. I just love your artwork. You are truly amazing. I hope you realize that. What I love about you is that you are real, genuine, honest, sincere. It's always a pleasure to visit you. And I just LOVE when you throw in a great little diddy like the names of the finches. That was my chuckle for the morning. Great!

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