Thursday, 7 July 2016

Summer's the time...

...for friends, fruit, feasting and frivolity.  This week had all of that and more.  A friend, Louise Olinger, came to play in the studio for four days, and we had a blast.

Our studio time was excellent as we worked on paintings in progress,  new ideas and general craziness.


Time on the deck in the hot sunshine was at least that entertaining as cherries arrived on the scene.


Louise takes her passion for colour to an amazing extent.  Not only did she manage to colour coordinate her dress with the house, but she dyed her hands to match as well.


 John, of course, wanted to get in on the colour act, so he quickly improvised a chapeau.


While all this was going on, the dogs (JoJo left and Daisy right) kept guard on the exit to the garden. They're perfectly aware they're meant to stay on the deck if they're off leash, and occasionally provide their own gate to comply.


And just to ensure that the summer colour hit every aspect of our day, the food was ample insurance.


I neglected to get Louise' permission to post her work before she left, but I can certainly show you some of my stencil play (all over really unhappy Gelli prints).  


 They're much improved now, and will make great backgrounds for ATCs or tags.


I love working with acrylics - nothing is ever beyond rescue!


I hope your summer is at least as much fun, and as colourful.  Happy playing, all!

Edited to add some of Louise' work:




Fabulous, right?


26 comments:

  1. I'll be sitting in Louise's seat come Monday (maybe even Sunday evening?) and Meg will be opposite me. You'll be standing at the high drawing boarding keeping you eye on us! The image of all this is very comforting to me.
    Anyone who sits in your studio wins, Win ... for there is such a treasure trove of play things and you share it all so willingly. Happy Louise enjoyed herself - maybe she'll give you permission to post her pieces so that you can add them here?

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    1. I can hardly wait until you all get here - three days of arting around, and much more fun, laughter and perhaps a glass of wine! Only three more sleeps....

      I've emailed Louise for an OK, so they may turn up here yet. Here's hoping.

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  2. Looks like you had a great time - it is always nice when friends come to play.

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    1. It's always fun to have an art-filled session, and days of it is even better. Best is having more, and the upcoming weekend will be filled with more art friends, visiting for a few days. Hurray!

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  3. Hi Win, I have already sent you a comment about the Gelli art but just had to pop over and see what you've been up to. You are so lucky to have a friend with similar interests, sure lots of my friends just think I am quite mad! I can see that the dogs are keeping guard Lol! Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. It's wonderful to not only live in an artful community but to have like-minded friends join me in my madness. You MUST come and play sometime!!!

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  4. Well I love cherries but I never thought to use them as an art medium have I been missing out? Beautiful stencils great colors.

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    1. That's the best part of chumming with other artists, isn't it Deann? So MANY ways to use the commonplace materials. :D I'll be looking for some cherry paintings from you now. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

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  5. A wonderful blog post celebrating art and friendship. Wonderful burst of glorious colours.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Thanks, Lynne - it was a great visit, and colour-ful beyond measure!

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  6. Looks like great fun, your fur family members look sweet and the artwork is gorgeous. Take care, xx

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    1. te had a ton of fun and they're truly well-behaved animals, Shirley; it cracks me up to see them gating themselves.

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  7. Glad to see Louise was into being published here - why wouldn't she be?!!!

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    1. Goodness knows, Alice, but we both know that all of us artists are totally nuts, right?! :D

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  8. Summer pure.. friendship- beautiful dogs and amazing artwork!
    Just good for the soul!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy weekend !
    oxo Susi

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    1. Indeed, Susi - the perfect weekend. xo

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  9. Your friend looks like she's having the time of her life! And what wonderful works of art created! I adore that geometric print of yours and love your friend's leaf pictures, especially the last one! The doggies are cute too and cherries yum!Enjoy your summer!

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    1. We had a great time, Zsuzsa, and as always the creations were legion and varied. Right back at you for a fabulous summer! xo

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  10. I really like your work with the stenciling over the gelli prints. I recognize two of your stencils because I have the same ones! Glad you and your friends had such a good time!

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    1. I enjoyed tarting up those not-so-lovely prints, too, Lynne, and was happy with the results. Now you've got me wondering which two - I'm guessing the retro squares and flowers, right?!

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  11. Fabulous Yes!!!!
    Oh I just love friends have play time together!! The results are always so happy and fulfilling-right!! Thank you for sharing Win!! xx
    i',=m playing catch-up, so you will see me alot today! ")

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    1. It's a favourite thing here in my home studio too, Jackie - and the summertime, especially seems to bring out the best of our friends. Lovely, lazy painting days! xo

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  12. What a wonderful visit you two gaf and isn't it just the best way to recharge your batteries... Hope to see you again soon💖

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    1. It was great fun, and summertime is the best in the valley!

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