Sunday, February 22, 2009

Outside my comfort zone



I love shabby art, but have never been able to create like that. I tend to be very controlled in the way I work, which is something I really want to change.

I painted this cowgirl, and used the background techniques from Suzi blu's latest workshop to create a more shabby effect. I ended up making it too dark, so had to go in and add some stars and stamping to break it up a little.
I just put her up on Ebay, and if she doesn't sell she will go into my Etsy store. I've got too many original paintings sitting in my art room, they need some love too!

It was fun doing something outside my comfort zone, and I'm already thinking the next girl I will do in this style. What a nice change from my usual 'pretty' backgrounds.
How do you like her goofy looking cat :-)

17 comments:

Rebecca Lynch Photography said...

It looks good and I like that you added the stars to it.

BizzyBee said...

Wow she's great. I have the same trouble. I need to learn to let loose once in a while. I tend to be very controlled.
I love the skull on her hat and the stars really make it!
x Bee

Julie-ann said...

She's beautiful and so is the background.

Sassy Scribbles said...
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Sassy Scribbles said...

Oh! she's adorable...I like the black cat and its eyes that are looking away, I want to get its attention!^_^ ...'love this one!

Fotf said...

I think it's good to explore your options, we all tend to stick with what we know and yet this works so well with the cowgirl and i love her cat :-)

Lorraine said...

Hello Betty, just to let you know that your lovely print of Alice arrived safely today and I have put it on my blog to show everyone your work..thanks again

Lisa Gatz said...

I like it! The contrast between the background and the more controlled characters is great. It's always good to step out of your comfort zone.

Lucy said...

Oh she is lovely :) It's good for us to stretch our wings here and there, you take the pieces with you that fit what you do and leave the rest behind in an effort to make it your own.

carolyn said...

i love your art! i remember you were in suzi blu's les petite doll class last summer with me but i didn't get much done but you are creating such beautiful work!
i just did my first wood burning last week!

Linda said...

She is very cute, I like her a lot.

Lisa said...

You did an awesome job! Gorgeous.

Renee said...

Well Ms. outside your comfort zone looks fantastic.

I love her and her goofy cat. I don't find the background to dark.

She is wonderful.

My sister is on holidays and will be home at the end of the week. Can't wait though. When I was first diagnosed with cancer she quit work to take care of me and my family and yes she has a family of her own. We consider her a saint.

By the way, I have 8 sisters.

Love Renee

Renee said...

Zip up your coat, put on your hat and mitts and wrap a scarf around your neck. It is -46 with the windchill.

xoxoxo

Veronica said...

oh my gosh I love it. You lucky girl... I didn't win anything...but there is always next year. right?
This one is just too cute. Great job.

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

She came out great! I haven't started my workshop yet! eeeeekkkk!
Cheers!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.