Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Nature Collection with a French Twist

I just completed a painting this afternoon and I have already added the print to my Etsy shop.  I am so happy with how it turned out. (I hope it doesn't sound like bragging to say that.  It's not every day that I finish a painting and it just feels right.)

I did the painting of a collection of small and precious objects:  beach stones (one with a heart shape), tiny shells, green and amber sea glass--all from a past holiday in Maine.  I also included a sparrow's feather, a bud from a tree in my backyard and a couple of pieces of garden twine.  Then I did something quite different for me.  I added text to my painting and I decided to write the words in French.

Most of you know this by now. I live in a bilingual household.  I am anglophone. My husband is francophone.  Sometimes the French words are prettier than the English ones and, in this case, they even rhyme!  'La terre' is the earth, 'la mer' is the ocean or sea and l'air is...well I think you have that one figured out.

The photo above is of the painting in progress before I had thought of adding the feather, twine and twig. I'm not a sketchbook person although I admire those who are. My paintings develop as I work on them.

Thanks to everyone who left the lovely comments about Chloé's photography in the last post.  She was proud and happy to read them. :)

8 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous painting ! I love it, it feels like I am soon going to the beach ;)

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    1. Thanks Lucile! Wouldn't it be lovely to be on a beach right now? :)

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  2. the subject and the composition are both really lovely, great job, Kathleen !
    Have a great weekend ahead !
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks very much Sonia. ♥ Have a good weekend too!

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  3. This does look lovely Kathleen, I like how the twine links the items and the lettering is perfect. You have really made them come to life.

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    1. Thanks Julie. That means a lot to me.

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  4. wonderful with all the little bits and pieces
    reminds me of a painting sonia did when we spent a few days at a cottage on lake huron

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    1. 'Little bits and pieces' would have been a perfect title too. I really loved doing this painting and it is fun for me to know that Sonia did a similar one. :)

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