Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Artful August And That's A Wrap

Hello friends!

Well, this ties up Artful August with the final three pieces of art for the month long challenge.  There's a few extras as well that I'd already done, and I might just as well show them to you as leave them in the box.

Day 29. Prompt Drips. Totally outside of my comfort zone with this one, so I just painted a quick background. I made some very watery paint mix and just let it drip down from the top of the paper all the way down, making drippy marks. I added some gouache paints into white acrylic and did the same process as previously to make some flowers just to go on top of it. Although it's not meant to, I think it's got a very sort of underwater tropical feel to it.

Day 30. Prompt was Book.  Initially I was at a bit of a loose end with this one. But then I decided to draw stack of books. Drew on some favourite titles and this is the result.

Day 31 Prompt was Vintage.  Maybe I've interpreted this more in the vintage colour scheme rather than something that looks particularly vintage. I like all the frames in the different colours and I think it would make a useful background for a journal page or for a scrapbook where you could put your own photos or images into the frames.  Someone misread "vintage" as "village" and thought it looked like abstract windows.  I can just see a curtain or two twitching, can you?

Now the extra ones I did just for the fun of it!

You must be wondering what happens to all the leftover paint at the end of the day? Well here's a couple of examples, what I usually do is end up painting onto some blank cards creating backgrounds that will be used in something in the future. Waste not want not!

and finally, "The Stack" of 31+ cards {it's a tradition to show them all in one at the finish}

I'm not sure what's next on the agenda but there are more online art challenges coming up so no doubt I'll be taking part in some of those. September 6 through September 16th there's a short challenge for drawing “inchies and twinchies” miniature works on pieces of paper no larger than two inches square. It should be quite challenging to go onto such a small scale, but I think I'll give it a go because it's something you can do quite quickly, and it's all good practice.

At some point in the future, I'm hoping to be getting back into sharing things in the garden but it's all in a state of flux out there at the moment as some of you know. 

Don't forget to let me know which one is your favourite will you?

Until next time
Stay safe, stay well


  1. A lovely selection again and as always hard to pick a favourite but I do like the stack of books :)

    What a brilliant way to use up leftover paint each day - a great idea. Hope you do decide to do the miniature works as it would be a very interesting project.

    Take care.

    1. Thank you, my friend. I think it is my favourite too, possibly of the entire month's work.

  2. Love the books - obviously! And also the squares with petals and leaves - would make a perfect birthday card

  3. Deb, your miniature paintings are so pretty. I can't imagine them smaller with your next challenge, but I'm sure you will do well.
    My favorite is your stack of books! Such a variety of subjects you have. Also how clever to make use of leftover paint--One reminds me of a sailors delight sky.
    Take care, my friend and enjoy your creativity. xoxo

    1. Thank you, Martha Ellen. Yes I think the book one is a favourite with everybody. I can't bear to waste left over paint so I'm always making backgrounds like the ones I've just shared then they ready to you just pick up and use. I seem to have picked up another course along the way in addition to the miniatures ones so I'm going to be busy in the coming fortnight or so! Watch this space ... xoxo

  4. Deborah, you are quite talented. I especially love your determination and perseverance. Congratulations on producing beautiful art! I do love the first 'leftover paint' picture (purples and blues), but I also love the books. Take care, precious friend.

    1. Thank you Marigold, your words are so kind and touch my heart. The book seems to be everyone's favourite but some of the left over paint pictures make pictures in their own right. I'm so pleased you stopped by today!

  5. Hello Deb,

    I'm loving the "leftover paint" pictures. I can't wait to see how they end up in the future. Okay, you asked for it, so here it is;
    Drips- The colors are beautiful and it reminds me of an underwater garden.
    Book- It's pretty and you picked a lot of my favorites, too.
    Vintage- This reminds me of something that would be in "Alice in Wonderland" and you would pop through a frame into another world.
    The first extra one- I will call it "Swirling Kelp" and it's my favorite one of the bunch. I love everything about it.
    I agree with Sue that the next one-Petals and Flowers, would make a perfect birthday card.

    A lovely effort on all of them.
    Love and hugs,

    1. Thank you, my friend. I love seeing how others interpret what I've done, and yet again you've shown me different ways of looking at the some of these images. I could now see vintage worked through in Alice Blue, but the first extra one that you called swirling kelp I see it as fairground from above, but I like the idea of it as swirling kelp as well. Take care my friend, speak soon xoxo


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