Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Crayfish Creek Landscape, a Walk and a Thank you!

Well I worked very hard yesterday, on my painting of Crayfish Creek and some of last night, purely for touch ups and (I think) I have finally finished my very first landscape! Hooray!

Yesterday morning I had already painted the sky and later added the waves (which I did on pure whim and came to later regret)... the waves ended up changing the entire scene and the sky looked so wrong! You wouldn't think it but little changes really can impact a painting and I learnt that the hard way! So... I had to go back and redo the sky... I believe the waves were a blessing in disguise because I much prefer the horizon now. 

I'm still not positive on the waves though... I really believed I had completely ruined the painting after I had added them. When my Andi got home though he quite liked the waves and after a few touch ups to them I am happier.

You guys TOTALLY should leave a comment and tell me what you think! Is it good enough now, perfect or should I go back for more touch ups or butcher the whole thing?
On a totally unrelated note I thought I would share with you a couple of snaps I took while on my walk today... just because I loved the view!

Isn't it beautiful? No where near close enough to the water for my liking though. But I just love being able to catch snippets of it through the trees while being on the hill. Gorgeous.

I'd also like to say a big "HELLO" to all my followers and thank you sooo much for sticking around! As you all probably know I'm still very new to the blogging world and I'm just working out the place. So I thank you for thinking I'm awesome enough for your precious time.

But I will reiterate... please please please give me some feedback on my painting! I'd love to hear your thoughts whether they be big or small. Also... I have not received nearly enough advice on my last post as to what I should make let Andi by me for our anniversary... come on girls! Hop to it! What's on your wish list?

Thank you


  1. I love the water. The waves are good, but in my opinion (am not a painter, so possibly not worthy) they need a little more shading just underneath them so they don't just look like white stripes.

    - Bec

  2. Popped in from Lady Bloggers! I think your painting is good. You could go several ways with the waves, depending on whether you're going for a more stylized or realistic approach.

  3. I couldn't begin to paint so my opinion is very uninformed - but I would tone down the waves, or make them just the finest line...

  4. I love the painting, I think it is beautiful the way it is. I may not be a painter but I can see. :) You did a wonderful job, congrats on your first landscape.

    ~Meg @ "Through the Roses"

  5. Wow! That looks amazing. I wish I could paint but I've never really been gifted with it. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you.

  6. I don't have a particularly artistic eye, but I'd like either version on my wall! Well done, especially for a first landscape.

  7. Hi Kirsty,
    That view is awe inspiring! And your pic is quite good! I would be proud of it, I could never come close to something that good!
    Welcome to blogging~

  8. You are obviously very talented. I enjoyed your blog and will be back to visit soon. In the meantime, keep painting!


  9. I too am not an expert so to me it looks lovely. I couldn't of painted it! I love your snippet view of the water. I think sometimes those are the best views.

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday!

    Beautiful paintings ~ you are so creative!

    Happy Anniversary to you ~ 4 years ~ you are still newlyweds! :)

    And you have a kitty ~ how enjoyable ~ fleas and all ~ ha!

    Creativeness and cats ~ yes ~ a very sweet blog!

    Have a happy day!
    xo Catherine

  11. the painting is beautiful. i like the colours in the water (greens) and the sky (pinks). i was going to ask you about the medium, but i see you've tagged it as "oil" so that answers that.

    for me, art is so personal. i can walk by a thousand paintings and not give any notice, but then one will pop out at me and pull me in. i'll stand there staring at it for ages. those are usually the ones that come home with me. as for making art, only you'll know if it's "just right" when it feels right to you. :)

    keep creating.

  12. Hi Kirsty -
    Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I LOVED your comment :) I wish all of those lovely treasures were mine, but the photos were of all the different vendors who participated in the sale. Sorry about the pig ;) If I would have known, I would have saved it for you :) Regarding the painting....now I'm the one who is jealous!!! I think it is beautiful just as it is. You did a fantastic job on it!! I do a lot of creative things.....painting is one I have yet to do and hope to someday be able to paint.
    ♥ Toni

  13. Hi Kirsty, Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you come back often. I am enjoying yours. You are doing well so far --as a fairly new blogger. The key is to visit others --over and over...

    I know nothing about painting --and am always in awe of those who do paint and have that talent. I like everything except the waves.. They need something --maybe more shadowing. Good Luck!


  14. I can't wait to see what else you do with your painting!

  15. First, THANK YOU, for leaving a comment on my blog...so that now, I have found YOU!! I love your painting and I agree that art is so personal! I couldn't begin to critique your landscape...I think it's great..especially after reading it was your FIRST!!

    It's so amazing that YOU posted about your walk....and so did I! Yours sounds sound much better. . . you almost photographed a wallaby!! Wow....I just see squirrels and birds and cats and dogs....pretty boring!!

    Welcome to blogging...your blog is great!!


  16. Wow...I'm only looking at it from "non-artist-ty" eyes and I am very impressed. It looks beautiful, I'd love to see this in a nice ocean view room with lots of light!

  17. Painting is all about making yourself happy. Your'e doing quite well even though its been too long since I so much as took a pencil to paper so I'm hardly an effective judge. The only thing I would even think to sugest is consider your angles a bit more. Keep at it. The more you paint, the happier you'll be.

  18. Beutiful paintings! I too, love the water. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  19. Hi Kirsty, thanks for stopping by my blog. You are so talented! What a perfect painting to inspire the design of a room too. With your love of coastal design, I'd love to see how you incorporate your painting into your home.

  20. What a beautiful painting, especially for your first! I've painted a little before and I have to say you did a great job on the rocks. A little thing but like you said it makes a difference, my rocks always look like boring blobs, lol. You did an amazing job on the water too. As for the waves, I wish I had some hints, but I'm just as good at waves as I am at rocks...I think I would make them appear smaller or add more shading but as was said in one of the earlier comments, art is personal, so do what makes you happy! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I loved hearing from you and seeing your blog! From what I can tell you are very talented and I would love to see more paintings!

  21. Hi Kirsty, Thanks for visiting my blog, glad you like the pincushion. An I have just been having a wander round your blog you have some interesting topics to read, but I have to say this painting is really good, you have done well. Julie.C

  22. I love this one too. The water, especially in the foreground, looks real. I'm not an artist, but I like it.


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