Friday, June 10, 2011

Unexpected Nature studies

For today's Paint Party Friday, I am showing a group of pieces in the Chinese style of painting. I helped out an art friend who was teaching a quick Chinese painting class and after we set up, she let me take the class. We made 3 different shades of black  and used rice paper. We were told to hold our brushes horizontally and to just dab the paper.We didn't know she would then tell us to look at these random dabs and create something! We used a felt tip pen to quickly draw in some details. We could not pick up the brush again... boy, was that hard. To finish it, we added our signature as a chop using a red sharpie. My three painting turned into a bunny, a school of fish and some herons! I always love trying new things or a new approach. Don't you?
Hope you'll try something new this week.
artfully yours, gerri

"A bunny appeared"

"A school of fish swam past me"

"A flock of herons stopped by"

32 comments:

  1. These are great! What a great concept. I am quite fond of the herons, but I think they are all pretty cool!

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  2. Really great gerri,very different.
    hugs, Amy

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  3. What a brilliant exercise Gerri. Smashing Annette x

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  4. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Quick painting is fun .. I used to play this with my children and my grandchildren now. Saludos

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  6. I love Chinese brush painting. Your herons are just wonderful.

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  7. Gerri
    This reminds me of ink blots, where you make an ink blot and then create something that you see appear before you.
    Very creative in all three paintings.
    Do you plan on doing some more?
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  8. Very creative and looks like fun. Happy PPF

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  9. The school of fishies are my favorite. HAPPY PPF!

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  10. good for you, trying something new...very zen looking work.

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  11. very impressive! you are so creative!
    love the art you created!

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  12. How cool is this! You with no control ... he he. Fun ... very Fun Geri. Take care, Donna

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  13. What an awesome prompt, and wow, such imagination.
    Great submission. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy PPF!

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  14. I'm impressed, very creative! All 3 paintings are really great! Have a wonderful weekend/Happy PPF!

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  15. Creative and fun! I love the way you went with it, and yes, I would LOVE to try something new. I need to get into a class!

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  16. Ha ha!! That is so funny...and sneaky! I love that trick..and love what you created. I think I probably would've dropped my teeth. LOL. How fun! I love your creativity. I bet some of your watercolors would be lovely on those! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your great comments--I sure wish you lived closer. Would love to sit down & chat with a cuppa tea! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  17. As someone who is always "seeing things", I looove this!! You did a fabulous job - there is no way to pick a favorite - they are all too good!

    Fantastic :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  18. These are wonderful. What a great process in creativity.

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  19. Wonderful! And what fun. It's always great to try something new.

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  20. What a fun little exercise in helping us see things (and try things) differently :)

    These are great!

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  21. what a great idea! reminds me of a much more sophisticated version of that children's game of drawing a squiggle on a page and then turning it into something! i love what your imagination came up with and that they were all animal related!

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  22. I like this very much the idea of making marks and then creating pictures. As a child I remember doing this with clouds, I think it exercises the imagination and I should do it more often ;0) thank you

    Love Dawn xx

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  23. great exercises for the imagination!

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  24. Wonderful exercises to stretch the creative mind. Love the fishes! ;)

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  25. Oh, you did a wonderful job, Gerri! What a creative exercise. I love them ALL. The fish especially caught my eye. Great work! :)

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  26. How totally cool and fun! Beautiful too!

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  27. so much energy in the marks. :)

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  28. Wow these are adorable I love them! Splotch monster does something similar! You should check out splotchmonsteraday.blogspot.com... not my blog. Same premise! Happy ppf! Love the process!

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. Wow, you really have an imagination to make these beauty's out of splotches!

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  30. interesting concept and you did very well with it! I too like the fish - oh what the heck, i like them all. :D

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