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Ocean Inspiration

Fall Fearless and Fly #5 has begun!  There is a fabulous journal page from Marcia Beckett and 2 great prizes!  An ephemera pack from Marcia and $25 from Blue Moon Scrapbooking!  They have the most wonderful selection of goodies!

Headline Prompt:  Lifelong Fan:  What or who have you consistently valued or looked up to in your life?  What lessons have you learned from people you admire?
Color Prompt:  Your favorite color now or from childhood or both!
Quote Prompt: “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator; but among those whom I love, I can:  all of them make me laugh.”  W.H.Auden

The ocean has always been a  place of joy for me.  As a child, I had some of my best family times there.   As an adult, I still have some of the best family times there.  Not surprisingly, my favorite color from childhood is ocean blue. Here’s how my piece came together:


Randomly smeared paint.








I found this  lady and the waves in the paint.  White paint simplified the background.







Green paint to tie into the green in her dress.








The green paint I put on top loosened the white paint below it so I used a palette knife to scrap some of the white and green away to let the blues peek out.

Her dress needed something- so I painted over it with blue Twinkling H2O’s to deepen the color without loose the detail.



This quote was just what I needed today!  After gluing down words, I ran an oil pastel around the edges giving it just a touch of texture.

Looking for more creativity? Check out Fall Fearless and Fly, Anything But a Card, Creative Every Day Month, Inspire Me Monday, Spark Your Creativity and Show Me What You Got!

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  • Nigel November 26, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Beautiful, and a wonderful sentiment.

  • Marja November 26, 2012, 5:20 pm

    This is beautiful and also the sentiment.
    lovely greet

  • Mary Walker November 26, 2012, 5:48 pm

    Love this saying

  • Corrine November 26, 2012, 6:00 pm

    How did I guess the ocean would be your home and inspiration? Great piece. I can see you basking in the waves now, serenity now! xox

  • Karen November 26, 2012, 6:06 pm

    I am always so impressed when people see something in paint and draw it out into something beautiful – truly creative x

  • Cynthia November 26, 2012, 7:14 pm

    That is so so so cool!! Love the lady, love the colors!!

  • Julie Jordan Scott November 26, 2012, 7:38 pm

    What a marvelous outcome & wow, I loved following your process.

    So vibrant and alive and yes, the quote is perfect!

    So grateful I came over from Art Every Day Month today!

  • Shari November 27, 2012, 12:31 am

    Love your artwork. This is just beautiful, and goes with the sentiment/quote. I also love the quote.

  • Shari November 27, 2012, 12:33 am

    Just so you know, I came from the Artists in Blogland website.

    • Carolyn December 5, 2012, 9:14 am

      That is such a wonderful site too!

  • Mark November 27, 2012, 1:06 am

    I love the colour and the texture on the close up. Great quote as well.

  • Rinda November 27, 2012, 1:25 am

    What a great prompt, and I love seeing how you work. The ocean is definitely a long-time source of comfort and place that I have valued.

  • Corrinne Quinn November 27, 2012, 8:32 am

    Wonderful creation – Thanks for joining us at ABAC!

    I invite you to share with us at the ANYTHING GOES challenge here (Only 3 Days Left) http://pinandtack.blogspot.com/2012/11/spark-your-creativity-now-challenge-3.html


  • Judy Shea November 27, 2012, 2:42 pm

    I’m with you, Carolyn. The ocean is a place I love and it’s also a place I fear. I have a lot of respect for it and don’t ever want to be in its way. The colors of the ocean are close to my heart. I love this. How serene. They say if you paint rooms in your home with nature colors, like the ocean, it’s very calming.

  • Claudette November 27, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Love that lady! Love that quote! You are fabulous!

  • Carol Samsel November 27, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Love her!!! The quote is great too☺As for me I’m barreling headlong into the ocean waves ♥♥♥

  • lynn richards November 27, 2012, 7:46 pm

    wow, wow, wow! I love this process and the colors!!

  • Tracy November 27, 2012, 8:33 pm

    This is such a true saying. I recently found myself having to move from the shallows. It’s scary, but so rewarding.
    I love the way you are brave enough to cover up so much of your lovely background to make the figure stand out. Sometimes we have to sacrifice parts of the work to make the page better.

  • Marjie Kemper November 27, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Swim, girl! Love your found lady, and awesome colors, and courage to work over and make her pop. Fab quote as well!

  • Valerie-Jael November 28, 2012, 4:10 am

    Lovely page and great colours; the ocean colours are faves of mine, too! Valerie

  • Kathy November 28, 2012, 6:42 am

    What a perfect way to begin my day!! This is fantastic!! I love your process and how you SAW her in the blues and greens…and I can hear the ocean right now… Wonderful quote! I LOVE this! Have a happy, creative day! ~ kathy

  • Kay Wallace November 28, 2012, 9:26 am

    Hi, Carolyn, am happy to rejoin the world of the living and happy to again follow your wonderful blog. What inspires you seems also to inspire me! I love the step-by-step creative process that you are always so willing to share with us. Your outcome today is awesome!

  • Ginny November 28, 2012, 12:55 pm

    The ocean is also my favorite place. I love what created and the saying as well. Your intuitive paintings are wonderful.

  • Marcia November 29, 2012, 7:09 pm

    Love what you did with the prompt. It is so fun to see everyone’s interpretations. Your page is beautiful!

  • Julia S-W November 30, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Wonderfully vivid and full of energy, yet your piece has a certain calmness too – must be the lovely blue/green tones. Love it all.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card again.

  • Leslie December 2, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Great page and I really like the quote. I’ve been a shallow end of the pool person for so much of my life but as I grow older, I’m venturing further out. Love the colors too.

  • Leah December 2, 2012, 9:31 pm

    This is great! I love how well the quote correlates with the painting. They seem made for each other.

  • Ritva December 3, 2012, 8:19 am

    Love the colors 🙂 Beautiful, and a wonderful sentiment.

  • Gloria J Zucaro December 4, 2012, 12:44 am

    I love your “found” lady and the techniques you use to make her the star. Great quote, too!

  • Carin December 4, 2012, 5:38 am

    Wonderful creation Carolyn! Love how you’re able to see things in your paint. I try, but rarely get there. I’m hoping to get back into Fall Fearless it with this prompt, I got sidetracked by life for a few weeks, and love this one.

  • mark December 5, 2012, 10:31 am

    Beautifully layered up, great choice of sentiment, I love the freeness this seems to have and a great fluid flow. If that makes sense 😉
    Thanks for joining us at ABAC

  • MissyK December 5, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Oh I love it…. especially how you ‘found’ the lady!

    Great words too.


  • Daire December 7, 2012, 4:50 am

    The painty texture is just lovely! I feel like I’m alway saying the same thing to you, but yet again I love this piece and the colours are fab! And a great quote!

    D x

  • Margaret F December 9, 2012, 4:06 pm

    Even with the beautiful vibrant colors, this is such a soothing piece! I really enjoyed your step by step progression and the quote was perfect for your ‘found’ lady! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card with your wonderful creation!