Friday, November 16, 2012

An Inspired Splash of 'Scarlett' for PPF!

I looked outside and asked Trinity what day it was... "Wednesday" she called from the bedroom... 'no... no' I said staring into an eerie landscape... 'I mean on the Mayan Calendar'...
It was 7am, the sun that had been hanging in the bright blue morning sky had been blaring through out curtainless windows since before 5am, but now it was semi-dark, the birds weren't chirping and the ocean seemed still...
Next minute my 15 year old Trinity raced out wearing an old pair of 3-D glasses "There's an Eclipse" she said as she raced to the window...
Mmmm... yep, of course I YELLED... DON'T LOOK AT THE SUN!!!! As a matter of fact people within a 10 mile radius probably heard the warning... so here is my COLOUR pic, can you believe it, the sky/ocean all zapped of any colour, the photo I took aiming directly at the sun, ended up a massive lens glare that highlighted our flithy windows... as you can imagine, I would like to keep my reputation as a domestic goddess, so I will NOT be posting that one ;)

Memphis my darling18 year old (did I say darling for Trin? She picks up on those things) is in chilly Scotland at the moment spending time with some of her wonderful extended family before she starts University in the new year... I miss her so much and we Skype most days, on a recent virtual hook up she told me as well as journalling she was going to start to blog a short story every day (or thereabouts) using 'prompts' pulling out a 'name' from one hat & a 'word' from another... when we were chatting she asked me what I thought of a short tale she posted last week called Scarlett and how did I picture her? I loved the quirky story and then I realised I hadn't anything for Paint Party Friday for so long, I took the challenge to accomplish both tasks... so MangaMem I introduce you to Scarlett, my PPF post :)


I took some photos as I progressed...


I hope you enjoy & if you get the time please read the story "Seasons-Scarlett" that inspired this painting :) Thanks for dropping by and a big thanks once again to the lovely Eva & Kristin for being a lot more diligent than I could ever be running this AWESOME Party each week!

Oh! One more thing... The 6 people that commented on my last party post were thrown to Mr Randomiser & MagicLoveCrow, you are the winner of the $15 voucher for my Etsy Shop! Congratulations!! Now get over there & buy something ;)

Have a great weekend all!

35 comments:

Jenny said...

Hi Shelle... how awesome is your photo... that is a fabulous shot... and Scarlett is wonderful... love the progress pics... her eyes are mesmerizing... off to read Memphis' story about her...

Happy Weekend...
Jenny ♥

MangaMem said...

Yay!! Scarlet looks awesome Mum! Great post! I'm still laughing about Trin and the 3D glasses. When I get back, can I put Scarlett up in my room?

Mary Walker Designs said...

I like how you captured her blending into her surroundings the way her story explains.

Giggles said...

Scarlett is fabulous! A powerful, determined young woman I see! I may have to pop over and hear more about her!! Nice photo of the eclipse!

Hugs Giggles

Carolyn Dube said...

How wild that it is a color shot that looks B&W! Love seeing the steps in Scarlett! Happy PPF!

NatashaMay said...

Scarlett looks fabulous. Love your inspiration and congrats to Stacy for winning! :)

denthe said...

Wow, I first have to ask this: is that a view out of your window!? Imagine living there, wow! You're so lucky to wake up to this every morning! It's eerie though, with the eclipse.... Your painting is just beautiful! Love seeing the in-progress-pics!

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful view!
Beautiful painting, love the intense expression and the limited color range that highlights the eyes and the lips! Great style!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Laughed out loud at your line about the filthy windows! And congrats to MagicLoveCrow.

wednesday said...

She's great! Such a mesmerizing gaze. I have to go read the story.

The eclipse photo is amazing. The last one that happened here I watched from a downtown parking lot, so everything already looked gray.

clare said...

really great work. x

Susan said...

She's beautiful. I love her trusting eyes. Beautifully done.

Virtual Boy said...

This is stunning. Love that the eyes match the background so perfectly, it makes her gaze so intense! And the shading is superb, as always. ^-^

//Virtual Boy

Netty said...

Thank you for showing the process, really love that and of course Miss Scarlet. Happy PPF, Annette x

Lynn Cohen said...

What intense green eyes and red lips! Love her! HPPF! Enjoyed the kids tales too.

Amy said...

Great photo and love the face.
Off to read the story !
Hugs

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Scarlet is stunning. I enjoyed seeing her process. Beautiful. Happy PPF

IrelandBrady said...

Love the Wednesday Eclipse photo ... it bestows a sense of serenity and calmness on the viewer ... Beautiful!

Scarlett is amazing ... the intensity in her eyes looks as if she is looking into another world and quite mesmerized by what she seeing...

Sharon Evans said...

Love Scarlet's red lip, and the intensity of her eyes. Great to see the steps of painting the portrait.

Magic Love Crow said...

I won really??? Really??? Wow!! Santa Claus has came early this year! Thanks so much Shelle!! You have filthy windows, I think not! LOL! I love the photo! Beautiful! Trinity was wearing 3-D glasses! Very cute! LOL! And, Scarlet is amazing!! Big Hugs my friend ;o)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Congrats to Stacy! The painting of Scarlett is just awesome. Such expression! Eclipses are so eerie and it is amazing the way animals/birds sense something.

Debbie said...

You're using complimentary colors to great advantage in this piece. Her face is very expressive. Great job!

Jessica Sporn said...

The picture from the eclipse is amazing. Thank you for sharing it! And that lady - sooo intense. Don't know what the strikes to her left are - but something about her intensity makes me think of lovers she's knocked off! She reminds me of Bonnie in Bonnie & CLyde! Happy PPF!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Great photo of the eclipse... and thanks for showing the step by step on Scarlett... love seeing how people work...xx

Rita said...

Neat photo and I love Scarlett. Beautiful! Happy PPF!

Nicola said...

ohhhh I'm loving Scarlet what a beauty! Really enjoyed seeing the progress shots, those eyes are really beautiful and contrast of the red lips against the greens is perfect well done! :0)

Linda said...

Love your photo of the sky during the eclipse! Your Scarlet is gorgeous!!!and those red lips-wow! Thank you so much for sharing the progress pics too. Happy PPF!

Karen Smithey said...

Oh, I love love love seeing the process!

I'm having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post--hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

Ayala Art said...

wow.... awesome WIP pictures!
Congrats to Magic Crow on winning! I will go visit Mem right after this, I'm sure you miss her terribly, so far away! And let me tell you, that is a wonderful photo on the eclipse... so unbelievable, isn't it? All the colors gone! Thanks for sharing it Shelle, I love it ♥

Carola Bartz said...

Scarlet looks awesome! I love your photo of the blue-less ocean during the eclipse. I experienced a total eclipse back in 1999 in Germany and it was raining! However, it was still fantastic.

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

You phote of the ocean is amazing, what a fantastic but eerie sight!
Love Scarlet and seeing the process, great work!

Gloria said...

Really wonderful to see your process and the stunning end result. The eclipse photo is amazing! Where are you? How lucky to live in view of the water! Gorgeous, so romantic.

Debbie said...

I love your painting, and thanks for sharing your process. It's always interesting to watch how other artists paint!

Magaly Guerrero said...

What a lovely pic. Almost black and white, but so full of life. Love it, love it. Not as much as Memphis’ one-story a day idea, what a brave girl! I’m jealous. And I will be there reading. I love your Scarlett ;-)

P.S. Damn! I miss the last post *sigh*

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

The progression is just amazing... loved Scarlet :)