Monday, 17 November 2014

falling stars on wild shores




Wild shores ( mixed media collage)

Last weeks post had an autumnal theme....
This week... well lets wind the clock back a few months to warmer days. We all have favourite seasons and Summer is mine. I dislike the cold and damp days of November and am constantly complaining of cold toes and fingers, so here is a little piece of Summer sunshine.

I finished this canvas a few weeks ago and hadn't got round to sorting through my photos till now to share with you how it was made.

It's not often that Scotland can look Mediterranean but on a day back in August it DID! ;)
I was driving along the coastal road marvelling at the sparkle of the deep azure sea when I noticed a carpet of wild Montbretia tumbling down to the sea.

In the UK it is a garden plant so I am not sure how it ended here!




I read that in the States the plant is known as Coppertips or falling stars... what a wonderfully descriptive name!
A cascade of golden orange blooms...




 The sea was collaged first



Then moving down the canvas more pieces of paper tumble down to the sea.


The distant hills of mainland Scotland are added.


along with liberal amounts of gesso


Purple foil and discarded sweet wrappers are added to the foreground to add sparkle.


And very last of all I add the montbretia blooms...
Made from hand printed mulberry papers


linking up to Inspiration Avenue where this weeks Theme is Seasons...
 and also.paint party friday


Roll on Summer 2015....  :)


30 comments:

  1. So very beautiful...love your work.

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  2. This is absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing the process.

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  3. hee, morag, let's have summer start *soon*! i too love the warmth of summer - it just seems awfully, awfully cold and damp to me right now!

    i love the way you interpret your photos - you're so *good* at it! you capture the essence of them completely... i love 'wild shores'. those bright flowers in the foreground - sigh...

    xoxo

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  4. This is truly wonderful. The colours, the textures, those flowers look so realistic. I just wonder how many chocolates you have to eat to get all the wrappers you seem to have stashed away.Lol!

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  5. I have not heard of these flowers before, they are so beautiful. Your painting of them is delicate and cheerful. They seem to be dancing sweetly on the hillside. Your process is awesome and the way the colorful papers came out beneath your painting is your magic touch.

    I love summer too, the warmth, the green, the laziness especially. Winter can be nice too. I started to embrace it more when I began walking in it. I just bundle up and enjoy the quiet outside.
    xoxo

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  6. Your mixed media pieces are so beautiful. It is so interesting to see the progress photos

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  7. Lovely, Morag. It's just like seeing several different pieces. The collaged one is really beautiful as is, and then you add gesso creating another beauty. Paint and finishing touches transforms it into a brilliant piece of art. I feel lucky to see and read your process. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks so much Morag for sharing your process and journey, it's always so fascinating!
    This piece is beautiful and full of peace, I can feel the warm Summer breezes and scents of the sea, your art reflects nature's beauty so wonderfully, I love it!

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  9. so gorgeous, I looked at every detail, layers and layers, a real beauty!

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  10. Very beautiful - it really does remind me of warm summer days - a lovely and cheery thought on this cold, damp November day! I love Montbretia, but this year we had hardly any flowers on it - I have no idea why, but I'm hoping they will return next summer - how lovely to find so many growing wild, what a stunning display.

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  11. This is lovely Morag! I love seeing shots of works in progress, and how another artist reaches the final piece. Really love the textural finish and the effect the gesso has over the collage.

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  12. I love this. So much texture and vibrant colour. Scotland can be a surprising riot of colourwhen it isn't grey and dreich & you've captured it wonderfully!

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  13. So love this it is definitely summer I can imagine laying amongst the grasses and flowers drinking in the view. Wonderful. Love that you shared your processes.

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  14. Lovely photos, you have a good excuse to eat sweets to get the papers to use in your art! Valerie

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  15. Your colourful "Wild shores" is so beautiful and it is quite amazing how you have made it from little scraps of painted paper, that's very skillful.

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  16. Just love your work, thanks for sharing your process it certainly time consuming.

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  17. it's absolutely gorgeous! I love the process, but the final effect is just stunning!
    happy PPF!

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  18. Morag, I was mesmerized seeing how you put together this enormously gorgeous canvas. This is such a wonderful and warm piece to push away the winter blues. It is so cold here and so early in the winter that seeing this collage makes me feel warm inside.

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing your process, I did not realize you did collage underneath. I guess that's what gives your paintings this marvelous three dimensionality. I loved summer too when I lived in UK but now I live on East Coast USA it is a bit like being trapped in an oven and I miss those drizzly English summers and BBQs that get rained out. Happy PPF

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  20. Oh my! this is lovely. The collage work is marvelous

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  21. Oh YES-roll on summer 2015!! I am SO with you! Thank you for your gorgeous summer inspired painting/collage. I can just smell that sea air:)

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  22. Cant say enough about this! I love it! Did you simply use regular consistency gesso -undiluted, not colore, over the collage? Never thought of doing that but wow it looks great, very textured (well, that is gesso) yet not too busy on the eye.http://postcardsworldwide.blogspot.com/2014/11/golden-fall.html

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  23. Absolutely stunning!! Truly you have captured a gorgeous scene and a wonderful piece of summer!! Wow I love it!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  24. oh wow love it all just getting into mixed media and collage and loving it all thanks for sharing on paintpartyfriday have a great week

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  25. I feel magic in this piece. The photo of the coastline reminds me of the one I see on my drive home, half of the way around the world. I like to think of the connection between all of the waters of the world, between people who live in different lands but share a passion. Have a lovely week, Morag.

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  26. You created some magic with this beautiful season-rich work. Thanks for joining our Seasons challenge this week at IA.

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  27. Oh wow..... You really did the picture justice. Your painting is beautiful and just what I needed to see in these grey November days ....

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  28. Fabulous ~ and I really love seeing the evolution of this piece. Truly stunning!

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  29. Fantastic. I loved seeing all the steps of this piece. I would have never guessed how you created it. It's beautiful.

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