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Painted Rain

I’ve been visiting sites through Paint Party Friday links and decided it was time to join in the fun.  Since November is  also Art Every Day Month over at Creative Every Day I decided to jump into a larger canvases this month.    This one is 24×18 which was a big shift for me from my art journals.

Started with random squiggles and started to fill them in with paint.








Didn’t like how it was going – so I started spraying with water and letting it drip.  Now I started to like it!







More color and drips.  Then some white Sharpie words.








A few stencils and spray inks.  The circles and flowering tree are from Crafter’s Workshop.  The fluer de lis I made using a craft punch.  Used the Tulip Fabric Paint Canon so I could get more of a spray paint look without the fumes.






The dark blue circles were from a dixie cup run through a glob of extra paint that was starting to dry out.





Black Sharpie words.  I love lots of words.  Still working to like my handwriting, but it will be buried in layers.







Using plaster gauze I created an umbrella.  Just a bit of texture to add depth.  I am impatient so I didn’t let it dry/cure all the way.   An hour under bright lights and I was ready to go!





Started with the yellow umbrella, but it looked different on the canvas than I anticipated.








Added white raindrops.  Liked them on the background but the umbrella still wasn’t right to me.






The white droplets needed a little sparkle.  So I used a glue stick and foil to add a grungy touch of silver.







When I started with the black I intended to cover all the yellow, but the bits peeking through made me happy!  You can see some of the silver sparkling but the photo doesn’t show how it changes as you walk past it and light reflects off of it.  Really like metallics!

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  • Sally Bowen November 4, 2011, 8:02 am

    Thanks for your comment on my website (Little Tree). I always appreciate comments!

    That being said, your art is just unbelievable! I love it! Plus, I admire it. I appreciate that you do not put words on your art…it’s just a thing with me, but I like art better without. It’s my fine arts background, I suppose. Thanks for providing the steps you went through, very interesting. The end result of this piece is marvelous. There is so much that I like about it.

  • Sally Bowen November 4, 2011, 8:13 am

    Oh, I see you do use words! But handwriting is not what I meant. It blends with the rest.

    You have inspired me to use a 24 x 18 canvas…I’m going to try it.

  • Ann November 4, 2011, 8:22 am

    Enjoyed reading the process for creating your amazing work of art! I liked seeing the different steps and layers both in words and pictures. (Found you through AEDM.)

  • Carol November 4, 2011, 8:25 am

    very creative and expressive ~ love your ‘technique’ descriptions ~ Love it! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

  • tami November 4, 2011, 9:05 am

    love seeing your process! And love the art! so glad to have found you thru aedm.

  • amanda November 4, 2011, 9:41 am

    I really enjoy the step by step. It is so interesting to see how it all plays out.

  • annie! November 4, 2011, 9:51 am

    I’m so glad you visited my website because it brought me to yours…and your really GREAT painting! Wow…I love it. Thank you so much for the compliment and a million times right back atcha!

  • Cynthia November 4, 2011, 10:08 am

    Wow. Not only do I love this page, but I really appreciate the step-by-step pictures! I love how the umbrella evolved and your ‘grungy’ raindrops are awesome!!

  • Faye November 4, 2011, 10:23 am

    It is so fascinating to see the stages of your painting. The painted raindrops are just wonderful. The vivid colors of the work are so beautiful.

  • Anne November 4, 2011, 10:54 am

    I LOVE this painting. The colours are beautiful and I like the way it flows. Gorgeous work!!

  • Jehanne November 4, 2011, 12:10 pm

    This is gorgeous. I love seeing the process.

  • Claudine November 4, 2011, 1:37 pm

    Oh, I love your BIG bold color choices! Yeah! I also love how you have layered different images and techniques in there. Fun piece!

  • Annette G November 4, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Terrific colour combinations and a smashing canvas. Happy PPF, x

  • Teri C November 4, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I love this bright and happy painting. And thanks for showing us how the inspiration led you.

  • Nora November 4, 2011, 3:00 pm

    What a beautiful piece. Love the colors and reading/seeing all the fun you got while making it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Dave November 4, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Beautiful art work! I really enjoyed seeing the step by step photos of your progress. Made me appreciate the artwork even more!

  • Tracey Potter November 4, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Hi Carolyn,

    Welcome to PPF, so glad you’ve joined in.

    Your work is lovely, very bold and colorful, I’m going to dedicate some time to snooping around and having a better look later in the day.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a beautiful comment.

    I’m glad you are drawn to Valentine’s eyes, there is a few highlights I need to put on them to really make them pop.

  • AJ November 4, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Big love

  • Serena November 4, 2011, 3:59 pm

    I loved seeing the steps in this one….great finish!

  • Tracey Fletcher King November 4, 2011, 4:16 pm

    This is just beautiful and I loved seeing your progression through each step… I really like seeing how other people work, and hope you do this again so I can see more of your process. Loved the whole blog and happy PPF xx

  • Daniele Valois November 4, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Wow. I love this so much. Wow! …thanks for showing your progression pics. Really great! I would love to buy a print of this piece!

  • Liz the Poet November 4, 2011, 5:35 pm

    This is fabulous! I love seeing your step by step creative process.

    Very inspiring!

  • Natasha November 4, 2011, 5:36 pm

    This is simply stunning! I am awestruck by this work – your process is fantastic – completely organic – and what I love most is that it’s so clear your enjoyed this entire process of creation. That joy is communicated through your art. I’m a fan!

  • Valerie-Jael November 4, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Great picture, I started humming *Singing in the rain* while looking at it! Valerie

  • Terrie: Creative Explorer November 4, 2011, 6:04 pm

    Wow – this is a great, energetic piece. I love that you shared your process and allowed us to see each step along the way. That’s always SO interesting. I look forward to seeing what else you do this month – the first 4 days were amazing!

    Thanks for the visit – hope you’ll check back….

  • carlarey November 4, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I love how you just jumped in with such abandon. It looks so carefree and happy.

  • Debbie November 4, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I really love seeing your process. What a great idea to take pictures along the way! And the finished piece is really fun — I love it!

  • Rita McGregor November 4, 2011, 10:59 pm

    I love that you share the steps and your thinking process with us. This turned out to be a bright, cheery rainy picture. I hope you share your process again. 🙂

  • T.W November 5, 2011, 5:08 am

    How fun seeing this piece develop!
    Awesome work, the colors are so striking~

  • Janet November 5, 2011, 5:32 pm

    I love this painting!!! And thanks for sharing your process with us. It’s always fun to see how everyone creates.

  • Carol Samsel November 5, 2011, 9:44 pm


  • Nicole Foshee November 6, 2011, 12:01 am

    I love this piece. The colors are beautiful and I know what you mean about working on a larger canvas. You have inspired me to move to a larger canvas as well.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 November 6, 2011, 12:04 am

    This turned out beautifully! I really love the colors you’ve used and thank you for sharing the process. I am always fascinated to see how other people work! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #10 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

  • patsy November 6, 2011, 4:53 am

    Super! Thanks for sharing your step by step! I like your writing- it’s got character! Patsy from HeARTworks

  • Sylvia Montesinos November 8, 2011, 11:56 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! Love all the layers and colors. A wonderful technique. Hope you planto make more in this style.