Friday, April 4, 2014

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~ NURSERY RHYMES




The theme for this Creative Tuesday was "Nursery Rhymes"  I grew up on all of them and can't pick a favorite.  Can still say most of them by memory.  So picking one to illustrate for CT was difficult.  In the past, I always seem to be running late and would just crank out a quick cartoon an a dab of watercolor for my entries.  But today, decided to take the theme more seriously, and do a more detailed watercolor.  As I was looking at the google images for Nursery Rhymes this illustration of "Old Mother Hubbard" caught my eye, and I decided I wanted to do my version of it.


Several of the artists in this co-op have shown the process of getting to their final entry, so I'm giving you a little background on mine.  Those of you that have followed my blog for some time know that in our little retirement cottage...The Laundry Room has become my studio.  Here I am set up with a pencil sketch on my watercolor paper.  The illustration from google hanging on the door for reference.



I was fascinated with the "black" in the illustration, and being a fan of Laurie and her use of black in her beautiful watercolors I wanted to make a huge contrast with the black.  So that's where I started.

When I finished, I was pleased that it did look somewhat like the illustration and I was feeling a real kindred to Old Mother Hubbard as she begin to appear under my brushes.  I also remembered times in our early marriage when cupboards were bare, and the Lord always seem to send in some extra money, or a friend would drop by with some extra groceries.  

I love to  paint, and this morning when I was working on this, my dearest came by and smiled and said it's good to see you painting again.  Yes, I was a good morning.

To see all the other "Nursery Rhymes" from other artists, just click on the CT Badge on my sidebar.

34 comments:

  1. I love your painting room and its just my style!! I love that painting, its a beauty, you are a sweet heart,

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    1. It works for me Laurie. I will keep practicing with black...My first attempt. I forget when it dries it gets lighter.

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  2. nice job on Mother Hubbard Wanda!

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    1. Thanks Christine. Isn't it funny how many Nursery Rhymes speak of tragedy...Miss Muffet scared by a spider, Humpty Dumpty falling off a wall, and poor Mother Hubbard...no food. Yet there is something about them that draws us in.

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  3. I love your illustrations, Wanda. Mother loved nursery rhymes and could always recite them from memory. You have a great spot for working on your art; so happy you enjoy!

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    1. I love my little studio...there is a lot of light coming in from the window on the back door.

      This was a fun theme.

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  4. I think that it looks lovely and takes great inspiration from the original that you used. Hope that you are happy with it and that you enjoy it. xx

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    1. I love finding something that really moves me and then doing my rendition. Hope the original artist doesn't mind my using it for inspiration.

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  5. I admire all you artists out there! I couldn't make anything look like anything if I tried all night.

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    1. Computer froze and when trying to get going, I wound up at Laurie's. Sometimes blogging is a riot and takes far longer than it should. If only Blogger and computers would cooperate! Now I forgot what I was going to say. LOL!

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    2. So much of art and creativity is not with a brush or paint...such as you crafty gals with material, needle and thread, redoing furniture...on and on...but I do enjoy painting, and I do love watercolor.

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  6. Oh- how sweet! You are very talented, my friend. I cannot paint a stroke! I know all those old nursery rhymes by heart, too. It was THAT TIME of life, wasn't it? Wonder how many kids today know them? Mine do because I have read them to them over and over and over. xo Diana

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    1. I think mine know most of them too... I read a lot to my kids, and the grandkids, and now I give books to my daughter for the great grandboys.

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  7. Your Old Mother Hubbard is delightful! How long have you been a painter? I would guess a while, from the skill you have.

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    1. Thanks. Have been enjoying it for quite a few years, but have a lot to learn. That's why I love seeing other's work too.

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  8. I can see that you really enjoyed this painting, it is just perfect. Love your use of black as well. You are such a talented artist Wanda. Great process shots as well, now every time I see one of your paintings I will be able to envisage you sitting in your laundy room.

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    1. It was a fun experience..to try something new..Now that I look at it, I want to start over..see lots of places I would change. Oh well...we've got next theme...right? No room to sit in the Laundry room, I stand in front of the washer...HaHa

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    2. Well said, Linda! Yes, totally.

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  9. What a really special little painting you've made!

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    1. It was a fun project. I do love the Nursery Rhymes. Thanks, Janet.

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    1. Thanks so much. It was a fun project.

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  11. Oh how I wish I was that talented♥️
    Enjoy your weekend dear...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks so much Linda, but anyone visiting your blog knows how very talented you are. I love that we all have our own little "Nook" of talent.
      Sending hugs and smiles

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  12. What an awesome painting! I definitely appreciate the time spent on this since lately I don't seem to lately.

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    1. Thanks Alicia..I really going to try to take more time in the future, and put more thought too.

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  13. Dear Wanda, this is a seriously impressive piece. I can see you put in some extra time and enjoyment too as Linda commented above. It's made all the more impressive thinking of you huddling over your laundry machine! you must surely sit with your knees to the side, no? Perhaps side saddle like or do you stand through the whole thing? Wow. I'm sure you've considered your dining table too but the marvelous thing about here is if you spill, no big deal, jsut swipe clean! LOL.

    I love your rendering, love the in-process pics (fascinating) AND particularly love how your hubs was also thrilled to see you paint again, as indeed are well all. you see, it really is good medicine to the soul!

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    1. Oh, and I did want to say too that when special blessings like that come our way or provision what a joy and miracle it is indeed! :)

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    2. Thanks for all your kind words...btw sent you a few emails.
      Looking forward now to my Birthday Celebration....what shall I do???

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  14. I love your Mother Hubbard piece Wanda, the shadows are awesome and I appreciate the 'at work' pics.
    Have a wonderful, wonderful birthday when it arrives. I hope it is a time filled with lots of love and happiness. :o) Mo

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  16. That is a great reproduction, Wanda. You put a lot of careful time and effort into it. Good for you!

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