Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year !

Hello and Happy New Year !  I hope you enjoyed the festive season with family and friends.   

Thank you for all your visits and comments in 2016.   I wasn't 'here' as much last year as life is busy and I'm doing my best to make time for creativity.  

I am spending enjoyable time drawing and painting stylized/whimsical faces using techniques learned from on-line classes with Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts.

Today I'm showing a mixed media lady who is ready for her wedding day.    I thought she was appropriate to show for the New Year as we think about new beginnings.  

You can see the stamped hearts under the paint on her dress in this close up.   I find stamping under layers of paint much easier than collage but am experimenting with both.

Thanks for your visit.   I hope you have a wonderful year filled with good health, happiness and lots of creativity.



Unknown said...

Happy New Year Shirley and what a beautiful piece of artwork you have made.

She looks very thoughtful as if she's trying to decide if she should walk down that isle or not. Her facial features are flawless and that little bird is the cutest.

Have a great day sweets.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Greta said...

Just gorgeous, Shirley! Your drawings are amazing! I love the bird on her shoulder & incredible background!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your lady is gorgeous, your drawing skills are really, really good.Have a great 2017, hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

And a Happy New Year to you as well Shirley and a great piece of artwork to kick start the year.

Here's to a very crafty 2017.

B x

Anneke said...

A happy new year for you too Shirley.
What a beautiful lady. You're so good in making these faces.
They look so kind and sweet. Thanks for showing.

aussie aNNie said...

BEAUTIFUL Shirley, great colours, hope you had a lovely Christmas Day and peace to you and yours in 2017. xx{aNNie}

froebelsternchen said...

Happy New Year dear Shirley! Wishing you time for creativity, and wishing you health and good luck!
A wonderful bride!
An amazing painting!
oxo Susi

chrissie said...

This is stunning Shirley a wonderful mix of Shirley colours and stunning imagery that you have learnt.

Have a wonderful

Love Chrissie xx

Enny said...

Wow, what a beautiful lady, you are so talented !! I wish you also a happy, healthy New Year, with enough free time to be creative ! xxx Enny (in Belgium they kiss 3 times...)

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Goodness the face looks like porcelain. Gorgeous work. The bird and the hearts are a nice and fun touch. No snow here and it's a bright sunshiney day today. 2 degrees now and supposed to get up to 5. Have a Happy New Year Shirley!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Happy New Year Shirley. This is stunning, she sure is a beautiful lady. Love the colours you've used for her.

Sue xx

Pat said...

What a fabulous lady Shirley and you have managed to get such luminosity in her skin and her features are beautifully stylised. You are so skilful and I look forward to seeing lots more of your wonderful creations in 2017, and would like to wish you a Happy New Year too. x

Felicie said...

Happy New Year Shirley.This is so beautiful,absolutely stunning.

BożenA said...

Oh, WOW !! This character is so luminous! I love this picture. True masterpiece.
Happy New Year,

Donna Ellis said...

Shirley, I am so enjoying your portrait creations. The colors and richness of her creamy skin, the shine on her moist lips, the serenity and confidence in her light-filled eyes, complement her regal stance, and peaceful expression. Gorgeous in every way! Happy new year, Shirley! XOXO

Annette P. said...

What a fantastic start in the new year! Your portrait is just gorgeous! Wonderful colours!
Wishing you a happy new year, too!
Hugs, Annette

Little Artbee said...

Purple with a little bit Turquoise is a very nice choice of colors, and your Lady with the bird looks so very nice. I love this image very much. A dream!
Hope you feel fine and wish you a happy,healthy and creative New Year 2017.

sheila 77 said...

This is a really beautiful portrait with the lovely details, the flowers, the bird, the hearts and that marvellous background.
You've given her such a great personality, she looks so confident, ready for anything.
Happy New Year!

Margik said...

What a beautiful portrait! I also love the cute bird and all the details.
Your paintings are really wonderful and well done Shirley!
Happy New Year!
Hugs, Mar

Gerrina said...

She looks like she is so happy! Great to see another beautiful face here :)!
Must say I like stamping instead of collagging better aswell!
Make 2014 a beautiful, colourful and creative year! Hugs, Gerrina

maria's knutselplezier said...

You surely have begun the year on a new and fantastic way!! What a beautiful way to start, great piece of art , you are the one with a lot of talent , and I really hope we will see a lot's of this new art in the future!! Just beautifull!!