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The Happy Tree – New oil painting project finally finished!


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It has been a long time since last post… being very busy with many painting projects.
I have switched momentarily to oil painting, love the texture but still use acrylic for specific effects on other projects which demand that quality, texture & movement.
The birth of this painting was magical. It reflects the joys of our daily routine which usually go unnoticed.
The tree collection is thriving…
This one is called Happy to bring trees to our notice & appreciation.
I guess you can call it a work of gratitude.
Trees make life beautiful, it’s alive, it grows, summer it gives shade, winter shelter from winds & storms, it (sometimes) nourishes, provides wood for all kind of purposes, gives oxygen, lightens our hearts in every aspect, decorates our outdoors, indoors, minds & souls,goes with the cycle of seasons a symbol of rebirth…
This is a reminder that We are lucky to be surrounded by them day in day out!
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The Happy Tree

Mother/newborn finished!


Mother/newborn

Finally polished the last details of this painting belonging to the mother/newborn collection I am busy with.

A realistic painting I sketched in 2012 and picked back up in 2015.
The energy between mother and newborn was a priority (as a big admirer of Johannes Vermeer) the display of light and shadow too,
a major role in the atmosphere in my opinion.
Abstracts are amazing projects but I thoroughly enjoy working at detailed ones too.
The lioness is one of them, scroll all the way down to the first post to see.
Mastering many different techniques is a very enriching experience.
It contributes vastly to the quality of abstract works too…

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“In a nutshell life is fun” project revealed!


"In a nutshell life is fun" finally revealed! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

“In a nutshell life is fun” finally revealed!
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The 12th of February I wrote in this post that I was busy with a new project & posted a photo with it see…
https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/?s=busy+with+new+project well, it actually started in February 2014!
Sometimes an idea begins with a spark & mine was cracking nuts… observing how nature is perfect, feeling there was something to the line, folds, cracks & even fresh mold from the ones rotting… yes, I thought, life’s journey is all that, the good & the not so…

That was long before “Life’s cobblestones” was born, actually that one came as an accident ­čÖé see… https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/?s=life%27s+cobblestones
I was preparing the canvas with a thick white coat of paint for this project but it wasn’t subtle enough & on the advice of my mentor, let it rest… to make a long story short, one thing led to another & to my surprise “Life’s cobblestones” matured into completion as a result of the “In a nutshell” project!
“Evolution trek” https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/?s=evolution+trek & “Odyssey” https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/?s=odyssey are all part of a collection of projects on the same theme, the one of life’s journey.
Note in the close ups (for you to be able to see the details) the half nutshells, the colours, the ones shining but authentic in their original “dressing”, the whole hazelnuts small & shining (see in full photo) the beauty of the moldy ones, the specks of nutshell residue, the white one at the far right corner… they all are respectful to the idea of life’s journey.
You are the observer free to use your own interpretation!

I’ll be posting here, the whole set of photos following the long process, step by step till its completion, I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Click on photo to enlarge please. All orders are more than welcome! Just let me know in a comment if you are interested in further details.

1st steps into the project... ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

1st steps into the project…
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On the left, another project coming eventually. ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

On the left, another project coming eventually.
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Isn't she a beauty?Moldy stand out as art in this project! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Isn’t she a beauty?Moldy stand out as art in this project!
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1st try at making order on brand new covered canvas! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

1st try at making order on brand new covered canvas!
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This could be called a "sketch" the germination of an idea  ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

This could be called a “sketch” the germination of an idea
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Phase2. Preparation of canvas with subtle strokes of the flow of life ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Phase2. Preparation of canvas with subtle strokes of the flow of life
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Sticking carefully each piece & speck in its rightful place! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Sticking carefully each piece & speck in its rightful place!
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Getting exciting after more than a year of planning! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Getting exciting after more than a year of planning! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Close ups to bring out every detail. ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Close ups to bring out every detail.
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And another…
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The specks & halves... ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

The specks & halves…
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Splashes of satin paint & a range of different shades of blue ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

Splashes of satin paint & a range of different shades of blue
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And the last photo in full! ┬ęcopyright2015owpp

And the last photo in full!
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A technical glitch becomes my muse.


This project isn’t new.
In fact I have long been busy with it and still have a long way to go…
There are still a million details to refine.

The whole idea was a sheer stroke of luck.
Our printer was nearly out of ink and the result was this amazingly hazy, blurry work of art…
On paper.

A technical glitch became my muse.
Our printer, despite itself turned what could’ve been a more or less ordinary idea into a punch of genius.
In an instant it had taken a whole new dimension.

Today, looking so very closely, I continue detecting, along the work (which often needs a magnifying glass) so much movement in what appeared at first to be a soft, romantic, vague looking image.

This “failed” print I notice, is a host to so many nuances, shadows, blurry, ghostly, ephemeral expressions…

And it lies in every stroke of this ongoing project.
It is very precise, nothing is left to chance.

Yet, it would have gone unnoticed to my eye, if I wasn’t so busy with its minutiae.

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Sunset after storm. The continuation…


Sunset after storm in progress...

Sunset after storm in progress…

An ongoing process until satisfaction…
Down to the last detail.
A new and one of the biggest project I ever was busy with.
A sunset I experienced a while back when least expected.
The day was a stormy one from the word go, when it approached to its end I had given up on any flamboyant ending, then it took me by complete surprise.
Which shows that things can turn for the better at any moment… Not always does it go with logic.

In a nutshell you write your own script


In a nutshell You write you own script

In a nutshell You write you own script

In a nutshell you write your own script.
This is a project very close to my heart and one busy simmering, maturing and elaborated to its last detail since about 2013.
The title says it all. The script on the nutshells were very carefully selected after long research. These came from very rare newspapers focusing on the positive changes in our environment.
The position of the nutshells represents life’s journey, each one’s path.
In the next posts you will get a chance at seeing the words close up. The last shell is about a seventy year old man climbing a mountain top.
The pieces on the sides are the unsuccessful scripts we have written and discarded as a writer does.
I am familiar with that concept… I have been writing since a young age.
(You can check my writing & poem category if you are interested).
We chose the music we play, the weather of the day, our kids schools and their success as a result of right choices made… You will all find it on this canvas.
The drip painting representing life’s force will always be faithful to the Jackson Pollock’s method that had and still has a tremendous influence on the works I display.
Note the half nutshell too… the close up of old, tired, tossed, undesired and repetitive scripts some whitened over…the (accidental) T shape.
You are the observer, free to use and enjoy the interpretation of your own experiences and perspective.

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In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

In a nutshell you write your own script

Sunset after storm.


Sunset big projet 2nd under layer end oct.2015-a-1-

A new and one of the biggest project I ever was busy with.
This is only a third layer.
A sunset I experienced a while back when least expected.
The day was a stormy one from the word go, when it approached to its end I had given up on any flamboyant ending, then it took me by complete surprise.
Which shows that things can turn for the better at any moment… Not always does it go with logic.

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