Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Painting and A Card

Hello!  How's your weekend going - I hope you are having a wonderful one.  I have been catching up on sleep and just enjoying a quiet day.

As you know my birthday was last month and I'm excited to share a cool present I received.  I reckon it's one of the BEST presents ever.  I've been nudging a friend of mine to start painting again, and after a year, he finally did it!  Here it is :

He said he's pretty "rusty" but I think it's a marvellous job!  I love the colours of autumn and the photo does not do justice to the real thing. The colours are beautiful and I love that he added a favourite colour of mine - teal, into the painting.  Gorgeous, isn't it?

Well, I can't paint, but the painting did inspire me to create a scene card with one of my newest Paper Smooches' set Promenade.  Nothing like the fabulous painting but I tried to use some similar colours on the card.

Here's a close-up:

I used Copic markers to colour the images, and tried a different technique for the pot plants.  Perhaps the light & shadows didn't quite work out the way I planned {grin}.  The clouds image was from the set Forest Whimsy.  I cut and popped up one of the clouds, and the awning just above the door - just for some interest.

Have a Lovely weekend!


Beate said...

Wow! I can't wait to see how your friend paints when he isn't rusty. I think it looks gorgeous!

Your card looks great. Love the scene you created and the popped up cloud and awning.

Have a great weekend!
Hugs and smiles

Cassie said...

What a gorgeous scene, Kary! I love how you were inspired by that beautiful painting :D

lisa arana said...

the painting is beautiful (even at his rustiness). I can see why you urged him to pick it back up.

love your inspired card. just perfect.

Christine Ang said...

Autumn leaves announce the arrival of winter soon - the colour scheme is serene. The card is simple and the words of going out sound 'tempting':) Love the 'popped' up images.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Wauw! First of all: that painting in stunning!! Soo sweet that he made that for you, it's gorgeous! And with your fave color! Cool! Your Paper Smooches card is perfect to me! Love the popping up elements and gorgeous framing!! Very, very nice!!
Oeh, exciting that you mailed my goodies out! I will surely let you know as soon as they arrive here!
Hope you are enjoying the weekend!
All the best!
Hugs, Wendy

Pryn said...

That painting is AMAZING!!! I got lost in my own reverie when I look at it...truly a fabulous piece of art when you can take yourself there, inside the painting, in the blink of an eye. Please tell your friend to continue painting...he has incredible talents!

Your card is soooo cute, Kary! I have to go check out those Paper Smooches stamps...uh oh! I feel another addiction coming on....hee hee ;)

MaxineD said...

Wonderful painting, Kary - please encourage your friend to keep painting!!
Love your simple but elegant card :-)

Renee said...

OMG you ARE lucky! That painting is gorgeous, and so is the card!

Megan said...

I need this stamp set!! So cute!

Lindsey said...

What a fabulous birthday gift! And what a pretty card, perfectly coloured as always. :)