Monday, July 25, 2011

This Week I Had Some Inspiration

........with  Kristin's  Summer  of  Color.    The  color  for  this  week  is  purple--what  a  pretty  color!   And  all  of  the  shades  of  it  are  wonderful.   So  first  off--here's  my  art  piece  that  I  made--


So  my  first  inspiration  was  with  the  workshop  that  I  took  with  Christy  Tomlinson--her  She  Art  Course.   I  loved  this  class,  and  I  also  wanted  to  mention  that  these  girls  that  I had   made during  my  class  and  took  with  me  to  my  art  fair  were  VERY  popular!

And  the  next  inspiration  (or  should  I  say  obsession)?

.....what  else---but  the  little  family  of  finches  that  are  living  in  my  flower  basket  right  now.   I  have  to  say  that  I've  become--



....with  Mom  and  Dad  Finch.   Everyday  I  take  down  the  basket  to  get  a  glance  and  a   photo  while  they  patiently  watch  me  from  the  neighbor's  house.     As  you  may  have  guessed,  this  is  the  first  time  I've  ever  experienced  this  miracle  of  life.    To  think--just  a  few  short  weeks  ago  it  went  from  this--


to  this


...and  yes---I  did  get  this  close  up  to  it.   I  cropped  the  photo  just  a  bit,  because  this  nest  and  it's  surroundings  are  getting  pretty  disgusting,  to  say  the  least.   I  guess  the  kids  don't  mind,  as  long  as  they  get  fed.  I  see  the  Dad  in  there  a  lot  too!   And...one  of  the  birds  started  to  flap  it's  wing!!    They  are  all   still  alive,  but  very  very  crammed  into  this  tiny  nest  that's  only  about  3  inches  across.   I  think  it's  time  for  Scott  (the  oldest)  to  leave  the  nest    :- (

So  I  really  enjoyed  this  week's  challenge  and  to  see  more--remember  to  go  over  to  Kristin's  blog.

I  also  want  to  remind  everyone,  if  you  haven't  already,  you  can  enter  my  giveaway.   It's  the  post  directly  below  this  one.   I'll  be  drawing  the  name  on  Friday.

64 comments:

Juls said...

wowzer!!! this is A-MAZ-ING!!! I love the purple and green together, your lady is just stunning!! and I love the birds and the added bling, as always a total masterpiece!! Hugs Juls

rachel awes said...

purple
is SO
pretty
on you!
LOVE!!!!!
& also
loving
the ongoing
bird story!
xox!!

Mandy said...

oh...this is beautiful...i have heard so much about this she art course...wow wow wow....i love all ♥the little details you have put on her....xxx

Lesley said...

This is totally charming Diane. I just love all the shades of purple you have used. Your girl is so pretty and that dress.....
The little birds are lovely additions.
Altogether wonderful.
Ant thanks for the update chez finch!! Not long and will have flown.
Enjoy.
x

Bren said...

Beautiful pieces and glad to hear that your 'girls' sold well at the fair. Love your birdie inspiration too. I admire your ability to create something wonderful based on a prompt or suggestion from another not something I could pull off!

Netty said...

Oh wow your piece is fabulous, x

Lisa D. said...

Looks great! I always love your colors.
Hope your summer is going well.

Buffy said...

Oh such a soft color,love it! I was wondering if your she art girls went well at your shows,I'm glad they did. I can't believe the mom and dad finch let you get that close to take pictures.

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Loving the purple and green together, they work perfectly with the lady, what a gorgeous piece :)

Janet Ghio said...

Love the purple--very nice! Can't believe the birds let you take their nest up and down. Very trusting!

Rebecca Anthony said...

That's wonderful Diane, how exciting to be able to not only experience it but also get some close up photos of it. Your artwork is also so beautiful, I love the summer colors!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

One of my friends makes these same "women." She sells them at a local art establishment and they are very popular in Kansas, too. So I am glad you are having fun with yours.

Lobe the bird photos as well as the ones you added to your painting. Nice tie-in.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That should read LOVE, not LOBE! It's way too hot here and my brain is in meltdown mode.

Terrie said...

I LOVE your purple lady - her layered dress, the text paper face, the attention to detail. The birds are a great addition, making the whole piece just gorgeous.

Cathy Bueti said...

Loving the purple Diane! And your girl is lovely!! how cute are those little birdies! :)

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! Purple and green remind me of the advent / Christmas season. But in your art work, the colors gave me a refreshing, elegant and serene look. I love it.

rebeca trevino said...

DIANE! i have been following your posts on this nest full of eggs and now full of babies!
you are right it is a miracle, and i can totally see the inspiration in your beautiful art work.
congrats, grandma!

Healing Woman said...

She is enchanting Diane. Now you have me wanting to take yet another class!!! I will check into it. The colors you used made this piece really come together.

Sharon said...

Love your she gal. All the wonderful background too. The finches are adorable. We have baby chickadees and I shall miss them when the fly away.

Joyce said...

So beautiful.

NatashaMay said...

Magical, Diane! :) Love the vintage dress on her. Just beautiful!

JessiVille said...

Oh Diane your piece is SO lovely! I really enjoy coming to your blog each week to see your wonderful art pieces and get an update on your birdie family. They've got some real feathers growing in! So cute!
I have pondered taking the She Art course - it really looks fun!
Jessi xox

sugar Creek said...

Oh she's just beautiful! I love love love all the layers and texture!
Lucky you for the baby birds!

WrightStuff said...

Oh Diane I love your piece - all the more so because your friends the Finches are in it. I hope Scott and his siblings come back to visit often!

Sandra Kaye said...

ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!!!! Love the purple. Great job!! --Hugs--Sandie

linda said...

So beautiful and elegant. I love the green with the purple, they really complement one another. I have heard so many good things about the She Art Course.

Geri Centonze said...

Love the color purple and you've done such a beautiful job on this piece ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Those birds are just amazing! What a nest FULL! Love the shades of lavender! ♥

kluless said...

LOVE the purples together with the green - what a beautiful and soothing combination!

Kindred Spirit said...

I simply adore this piece! So much depth & detail :) xo Joanna

Nan said...

Beautiful piece!!! I loved seeing the nest and the babies too..TFS!

Elisabeth R said...

Wow! I am stunned! This is so lovely! :-)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

The whole combination of design and colors is fantastic and a great inspiration!
Hugs Anja

laurie said...

beautiful work,, its amazingly beautiful,, those photos are brilliant,, imagine getting so close,,

Lovey said...

Oh so amazing...you are!

Ella said...

This is gorgeous; your art is always inspiring and layered with rich details~ Love the birds; thanks for sharing! xXx

tina kirk said...

Hi Diane, hope all is well with you! I love the colors on this piece the yellows and purples, so pretty!

Gloria said...

Love the purple and the green together. It looks great. Love the birdies too. They do look like they are growing fast. Take care.

Sandra Foster said...

I love these colors - what a lovely collage!

Becca said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and following your story about the finches...they are so sweet!

Theresa said...

So pretty! Love how the finches inspired this one - they are growing up so fast!

Terri Kahrs said...

I can't believe how close you got to the nest, Diane! How lucky you are to be able to watch these little guys grow!!!! And, BTW, I ADORE your purple piece!!! No wonder these little ladies find new homes so quickly -- your work is beautiful! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Diane, You are fabulous! I love the colors, the adorable birds, and that birdcage she is holding. Christy's class was wonderful & I am so glad you liked it too. I love coming to see all your creations. :)

PS I know I saw this post earlier in my reader...but, I must not have commented then. If I did - here I am telling you how fabulous you are - twice! :)

Trade Your Talent said...

wow, I just stumbled upon your artwork and it's really nice! I love the box you created for the giveaway!!!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I love this piece Diane! It's beautiful!
Jennifer:)

Tammie Lee said...

so wonderful to see your lovely art!
and the bird nest and babies are a joy indeed. Always a treat to come to your blog.

Kristin said...

Oh! They are adorable! And growing so fast . . .Thank you for sharing those with us AND for sharing your beautiful work with us - I love your purple piece - with all the collage work and hand drawn accents - and that birdcage purse is the best! xo

Tina said...

What a blessing after having internet troubles to be back and catch up on your posts. Wonderful!
Inspirational!
Blessings to you,
T

An Altered Wonderland said...

the purples and greens look amazing together! I soo wanted to take the she art class but didnt have the money! it looks well worth it! great job!

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; your purple art, here, Diane is gorgeous! I love the birds, too. Thanks for sharing the journey with the finch family. My time goes quickly! xxoo

joanna said...

Just beautiful Diane!! I love the pretty purples with the olives.
how lucky you are to be able to see the birdies and take pics!

creatingme said...

oh, I have seen a lot from artists taking her workshop, but let me just say, you have made this your own!!! Fantastic!

Artist Terri Smith said...

Sweet Friend, Thanks For Popping Over With Your Generous Encouragement Regarding My Recent Disaster. Hey, Your Newest Piece Is Fabulous! LOVE The Multiple Shades Of PURPLE! This Morning I Set My Glasswork Aside And Have Returned To The Studio. Guess My Muse Is Trying To Tell Me Something. So It's Best That I Listen. I've Drafted Out One Of My Rural Country Cottages. Thinking About Taking It To Canvas. Hope You Have A Glorious Upcoming Weekend! Sending You Some Love & Sunshine, Terri

Yael Assia said...

Wow ! The colors are just wonderful ! And thanks for sharing the little miracle of the nest :)

Janelle said...

I love your purple piece. I love all the details. The text and pattern paper backgrounds are really neat. I love all the glittery purple details.

Emakesart said...

Gorgeous piece!!! And I love your inspiration!! Sweet little birdies. I'd be like you... poking my nose around the nest as often as I can to watch and take photos!! Enjoy!

xoEsther

Dorthe said...

Diane,
oh how gorgeus it is, I love the purple colors, and the birds there are so wonderfull together with the sweet "she"
looks just fantastic- Diane--
so does your little ones , :)
Hugs,Dorthe

Sandra said...

So ladylike and victorian in style. Very pretty, not surprised they sold well at your art fair.

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog I was so tired when I posted last night I'm glad I made sense LOL. Glad you were able to find me from Rasz's blog, she is so sweet and I am enjoying meeting all the artists online.

~Rasz~ said...

The purple art/lady are spectacular! And the way you got to watch the eggs into little birdies is precious!

Heather said...

I love your beautiful purple girl. She is lovely! I love the birdies! Oh how lucky you are to get to see this wonderful birth of the babies!!! Beautiful!! Circle of Life!

Айрин said...

Very nice!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

WOW, your purple art work is amazing Diane!! I've heard lots of great thing about Christy's courses. I'm liking the look of the She Art Course :)
Jan x

ArtfulLee Designed said...

This is a gorgeous canvas Diane. I just love your lady and purple is one of my favourite colours.
Love the little bird story, ah the miracle of life!
Lee:)

Art Expression said...

She is wonderful...I have been wondering about her she art course.It looks like a fun class. I love her , the colors everything.... = )

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