Thursday, 29 March 2012

Stormy weather


There should be more creative challenges with this theme - as it seems to have prompted the opposite in reality. The past week has been a positive delight - a taste of Summer, teasing us into our t-shirts. Bliss!

So I'm back to painting. I am getting acrylic all over the furniture and up the walls. I have very dirty fingernails. It feels good!

I've had an amazing week. I've launched my eCourse through my new creative business - The Wright Brain Stuff. I've also kicked off a book group picking up where us 'wreckers' left off a couple of summers ago when we destroyed our Keri Smith journals. We're going to attack another of her books this year - I'd love it if you got messy with us too - all the joining details are here.

Back to the art... These were really free and loose. I googled a couple of images of stormy scenes as my inspiration then just got messy with paints and oil pastels. No paintbrushes allowed. Although I loved the final results (below), I couldn't reist a little enhancement with some textures and extra layers in PhotoShop (above).

I can't believe I paint like this now - so carefree. Just a few years ago, the same painting would have been trying very hard to look exactly the same as the original photograph. I just couldn't 'see' the way I do now. It is so much more fun! It's why I wanted to run my course - I feel I have so much passion to share - I want to inspire you all to create words and pictures.

Posting for the Inspiration Avenue 'Stormy weather' challenge and Paint Party Friday.

I'm also having a Giveaway - don't miss out!


40 comments:

  1. Wild and wonderful, Lisa!

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  2. Ooh, all 4 are wonderful! I especially love the last one in the post, the original, before digital alteration. It is more brilliant and the storm seems to be fast approaching. My second favorite is the very first pic.

    Congrats on launching your new business! I am SO tempted to join up. I could surely use some help in collaborating with my muse! I just have to take stock of all my other 'irons in the fire', and make sure I have the time to be fully committed to it.

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  3. I can FEEL the energy, these are really awesome!!

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  4. Your paintings truly do look like stormy skies. AND... Congratulations on your new e-course! You are doing it!

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  5. Those are just gorgeous....and you didn't use a brush?! Wow!

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  6. This is really awesome Lisa. Just foot loose and fancy colorful free with a lot of energy. Great job!

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  7. These are so fabulous Lisa ~ the depth of color caught my immediate attention on my iGoogle homepage!
    ♥Sharon

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  8. Lisa, these are wonderful, I think I actually like the originals better than the enhanced ones. It is fun to play with paints and mixed media stuff, It seems Maggie's stormy weather theme has inspired multiple pieces in many of us. I just kinda did what you did today, just different supplies. I used Copics, Prismacolor markers too, watercolor pencils, gel ink pens, some graphitint pencils and a white acrylic pen. I always love mixing supplies, it comes out better, lol.

    Congratulations on your new course and new book club! You sound so busy, how are you getting it all done?
    Hehehe,
    Best,
    Jenn

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  9. Nice work, I love the second one especially. Valerie

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  10. Looks like you had great time playing with paint. :) Awesome!

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  11. wow these are fab paintings Lisa. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Annette x

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  12. Excellent creations ~ lots of wonderful 'stormy' energy ~thanks, namaste, ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

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  13. Hi Lisa!!! Wow these are such fantastic paintings! Your painting is certainly care free! I LOVE it!!! You've created such an intense atmosphere with these pieces they really are so well done you should be proud!! :0)

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  14. Wild weather - really atmospheric - gorgeous!

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  15. I love stormy rainy skies (as my rainy series will testify!) and these are awesome! I know exactly what you mean about how liberating it is to paint with feeling rather than trying to completely replicate the original scene. Some people are born to be photorealist painters (i know a few truly amazing ones) but I discovered that I'm not one of them and prefer to add a little whimsy and a lot of artistic licence and i love that you are feeling that way too!

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  16. Such gorgeous nature scenes. We actually had one of those stormy nights two days ago. Fierce wind, rain, lightning, the whole works. I love rain.

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  17. these are wonderful
    so much stormy feeling in them
    i also love your choice of colors!

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  18. stormy goodness. very nice. Happy PPF

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  19. WOW- this is ever so much better than a photograph! You've really captured the PASSIONATE violence of a really good storm. It's making me want to curl up in bed with a good book...or maybe my laptop so I can continue on the PPF travels...
    Gorgeous work!
    xo
    Stephanie

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  20. 'Love your stormy weather paintings. You've really captured a mood.

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  21. Great paintings!
    Love the rich blue colors and compositions filled with textures and movement.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  22. Loving these - full of energy! Evocative & inspiring. I want to have a go! May have to hold that thought though cause my supplies are packed away in the chaos that is my house being decorated. But...where there's a will there's a way...
    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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  23. wonderful landscapes, I like, nice sky.

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  24. I LOVE This!! And I totally agree - I have become so much freer too - could you imagine then that you would be painting without brushes?! OR starting your own new business? I am so happy for you talented one, I will have to read all about it, , , xoxo

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  25. These landscapes are beautiful. Very alive and dynamic, like the weather. I think I want to get my hands dirty too.

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  26. Just wonderful and full of vibrant energy. Well Done!

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  27. your stormy weather paintings are beautiful, and free.

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  28. Love the sense of depth these paintings have and the rich colors too. Nicely done. HPPF

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  29. Love these, you really did a great job capturing the feel of a stormy sky. I feel like I should head for the basement.

    Isn't it a glorious moment when you are conscious of seeing the world around you as you'd paint it?

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  30. Congrats on the e-course! And on finding a more liberating (and less literal) style to paint.

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  31. These are so brooding and wet! Shiver! Learning to loosen up is something I'm aiming for. :)

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  32. Oh how exciting for you!!! I am sure it will be a success!!! I love your stormy weather painting. Isn't funny how our style changes as we learn!! It's great!!

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  33. Love these, totally awesome paintings! <3

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  34. These are fantastic paintings. Just perfect for this weeks prompt.x

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  35. It's amazing what a bit of inspiration, a lot of creativity, and a few layers in Photoshop will do! Love them all.

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  36. Wonderful work. The paint does indeed have a sense of freedom.

    Darla

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  37. You nailed "stormy"! Both are gorgeous but I especially love the bottom with the road/path through the storm.

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