Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Do You Like Colouring-in?

I still love to colour in and have my own colouring-in book. Its got pictures of fairies in it and I like to sit in bed and colour it. I refuse to completely grow up. I thought it would be fun to do a painting of coloured pencils, larger than life of course to elevate their importance. To give you an idea of their size, the dark blue one is the length of my arm from shoulder to wrist. I had real fun with this painting as its got so many different colours in it.

Why Stay Within the Lines?
mixed media on canvas

60.9x50.8cm (24"x20")

I've set myself a goal of 30 paintings for the exhibition. That means there's 9 to go and 9 weeks to do them in. I will be working on a series of Zoe's dangling legs next. Again larger than life. There will be four in the series, each one with the legs in a different pose and with different socks or stockings on. That will leave another 5 and at this stage no ideas. I am thinking of another domestic painting, maybe with some washing on the line. I have visited washing on the line in an earlier work and have always wanted to do another. Maybe with a nice blue background representing a glorious blue sky. I also must ask April if she minds if I paint some cupcakes. She created some lovely collages of cupcakes and I would love to give them a try if she doesn't mind. Check them out on in one of the older posts.

I'm going away for the weekend. I'm leaving on Friday and back home on Monday. I'm giving a workshop in Mt Gambier which is about 5 hours drive from home. Its about an hour from Naracoorte so I'm going to stay with my friend Vanita on Friday and Sunday night (if she'll have me). I've bought all the materials so all that's left to do is pack and hope I don't forget anything.


april said...

Uta! I could not believe my eyes this morning - this piece is wonderful! I love to colour too. Never can pass up the chance to buy new coloured pencils or crayons! (love that spelling - I guess we say "colored", but I am changing my ways) Your ideas for your paintings sound great and I can't wait to see your cupcakes!! xx And have a fun workshop and trip!

Sally+Biggi said...

I also love that one - I love colourful paintings.
look in an office room- all grey
look outside the window during cold season - all grey
look in the eyes of sad people - all grey
Colours light up the world!!
Have a nice weekend!!

Laura said...

Ok, Flies are flying in mouth right now as it hangs open so wide in awe!!! your on your way and I'm so thankful you have shared it with us! Splatter some paint and stick some fingers together at the workshop lady!!

butterfly woman said...

Great painting Uta. The colored pencils are so real and the background so magical, great contrast.And the size eye-popping! I'm glad I zoomed in to this image, so much more than meets the eyes in background. I like how the pencils are arranged, like a half rainbow. Great homage to creative process! Can't wait to see Zoe's legs and some cupcakes. Such variety whets my appetite for more!

Uta said...

Thanks everyone for all your encouragement. It is really appreciated :)

julielea said...

This just makes me smile and smile! What awonderful painting and such a great title too!

Enjoy your workshop and I can't wait to see what your next piece is!
Love Julie x

Doris said...

Fabulous! I thought it was a photo until I read the comments!