Friday, February 3, 2012

Peeling Paint & Collecting Water: Done!

It's done! My eyes are glad.

I didn't go all out on the grass the way I wanted, but I still like it. I think I just got pooped out in the end. My favorite part is the peeling paint...or is it the collected water...

...now to find another nautical scene...

...and thanks again to Liza Carens Salerno for the photo to play with!

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  1. You should know you have captured this beautifully, especially the peeling paint! I love how you interpreted the background. It looks like the boathouse is pointing right out to sea instead of the other side of our little harbor. Now I'll tell you my conundrum. This boat has been sitting there forever. To my knowledge, it never moves. I always wonder who abandoned it...but noticed this summer, the rope mooring it looks new. The boat holds water, so I'm guessing it also floats. I'm wondering if it's not abandoned at all and is owned by someone who doesn't care to scrape the paint. It's out of the way enough that I wouldn't see it being used, unless I took a special trip and ended up at the right place at the right time. Ah, well, this mysterious little skiff has made a wonderful subject.

    I love this Bridget. I really do.

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    1. Well, I didn't detect any gaping holes as I painted it, lol. Just the same, that would be one slimy little boat to go tooling around in! And wouldn't it be awesome to see it out on the water some time...makes me wonder about who owns it--what's their story?

      Thanks again for going through your archives for me :)

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  2. I came over from Liza's. Beautiful :)

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    1. Thanks Carol :) and thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Wow! Absolutely beautiful! If your book is even half as good as your painting, we're in for a real treat come October.

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    1. Thank you Susan! I guess there's only one way to find out about the book, lol! :)

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  4. I came over from Liza's too - what a fantastic painting! Well done.

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    1. Jan, thanks for your kind words and for stopping over :)

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  5. You continually amaze me with all you can do.

    and @ Susan, I've read the book, it's so awesome, I can't even find the right words.

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    1. Oh Anne...don't know how to respond to that...thanks...

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  6. Breathtaking! I think my favorite thing of this (and I'm not going to say the water!) is the colors. So soothing.

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    1. Hehehe, Michelle, I think one of my favorite things of this IS the water...well, the paint, too...and I do find it soothing to look at, once the tension leaves my neck and shoulders from hunching over it for hours!

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  7. I came over from Lisa's too. Your painting is beautiful! I like that the picture is so uncluttered. That's a brave move on your part.

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    1. Thanks Mimi! I love Liza's photo and almost hated to take out the lobster boat, but I also like a simpler composition. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  8. Evocative, beautiful, haunting. Bridget, I love this. You and Liza made quite a team here.

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    1. Thanks Sharon :) I so appreciate your kind words and support. I always look forward to seeing your 'face' here...:)

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  9. wow! It looks just like the photo.

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    1. ...yeah, I guess I like realism...thanks for stopping by...

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  10. This is gorgeous! You captured it in wonderful detail.

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    1. Thanks Ginger! I do get caught up in details!

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  11. You did an amazing job on the painting. I came from Liza's site. New follower.

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    1. Thanks for coming by and following, Tonja--I hope it won't be too long before I start another project!

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  12. Such talent, sigh. It is gorgeous and evokes a haunting timelessness.

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    1. Tricia, I'm glad it evokes emotion; it did for me when I first saw Liza's image--I kind of lose that while I'm painting, but in a week or so, I'l feel it again...

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  13. I just dropped by having looked at the photo in Liza's blog. I'm very impressed. You're very talented.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I zipped over to your blog--nice to meet another chocolate lover! thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. Lovely seeing both Liza's photo and your interpretation. Very satisfying to visit you both. I like how you've painted the water, but it doesn't look very inviting for swimming.

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    1. Sue, the water does look rather uninviting, and I don't know that I'd want to take that boat out for a sail, either! Thanks so much for stopping over! :)

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  15. Hi Bridget! Stopping by from Liza's blog and now happily following you too! I love photos and paintings of the coast and all of the hidden little treasures that quietly live there, almost waiting for someone to come along and "discover" their charm. You did a wonderful job capturing the beauty and simplicity that Liza's photo evokes. Someone commented on Liza's post that the two of you should collaborate on a book. I agree!

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    1. Mary, You have well expressed my sentiments about the coast and things to discover there! It was really enjoyable to work from Liza's image. Not all photos lend themselves to watercolor interpretation, so it's always serendipitous to find one!

      ...as for a book...now wouldn't that be ambitious for both of us!

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  16. I haven't been around for a few days. Sometimes life gets in the way of my online activities. (That's reality for you.)

    This is a gorgeous painting. I get lost imagine me in the window looking out. I love the realism and the detail. It's hard to specify a favorite part. The peeling paint, the rope in the back of the boat... I don't know. You are very talented.

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    1. Life happens, Charlie (and in case you didn't know, too much internet life isn't good for our brain cells!)

      I'm so glad you like the finished painting--I do so love the challenge of realism in my work. I know it's simply a manifestation of my obsessive-compulsive nature, but it helps keep my o-c out of the disorder range, lol. As always, thanks for your ongoing support. :)

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  17. I'm only about 10 days late in saying this, but fantastic job, Bridget. I love the composition overall, but in terms of detail, the work you did on the boat is just exquisite.

    Congrats. I look forward to seeing what you tackle next.

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    1. In my case, 10 days late is pretty relative, Nate, given the irregularity of my posts! And you know I always love when you stop by and say nice things about my work, no matter when. :)

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  18. Gosh, I can just taste the seaweed! And I agree with all the previous comments ... an absolutely breathtaking watercolour. :)

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    1. Thanks Craig! Makes me want to take a trip to the New England Coast (in warmer weather, of course) so I can take a few pictures for painting! Thanks for stopping in :)

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  19. I just thought I would mention that I am watching you non-paint. You are going a bit too light on the brush strokes.

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    1. I thought I felt someone over my shoulder, Jerry! 'Tis true, I'm having some difficulty with my stroke lately...I think it's my follow-through...or lack there-of

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    1. Oh Charlie, I'm sorry to disappoint...I've been sitting on my painting hands, though my writing hands have been busily typing away! :)

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