View Full Version : third time's a charm(er)

05-26-2011, 01:16 AM
I have attempted to paint this charming local cottage three times. My two previous efforts failed to capture the character of the place and were scrapped. This time I finally think I'm close to portraying this little home as I had envisioned. Sadly, the lovely lady who lived here passed away just as I began this painting. I like to think that maybe her spirit helped me out with this one!
18x24, on canvas


05-26-2011, 03:53 AM
Its quirky, love the foreground, and the pallette is excellent.
and the cammomile? large daisys are fantastic..

05-26-2011, 04:28 AM

05-26-2011, 04:56 AM
Terrific style and color.

05-26-2011, 05:20 AM

05-26-2011, 09:15 AM
I really like this painting. I like that style and it has an almost whimsical feel to it.

05-26-2011, 09:34 AM
Coralie: boy do I love your style, this is such a feast for the eyes. Delightful,

05-26-2011, 11:49 AM
It is charming Coralie and your painting makes it both charming and whimsical. Wish I could be as creative as you are.:thumbsup:

05-26-2011, 12:08 PM
Dominic, Connie, Arlene Doug, Elinor, Derek & Patti - thank you all for the lovely comments! Once I decided to abandon the ref I moved into my "happy place" with this one! Prior to that I had been battling all those straight lines and perspectives and it felt far too structured & contrived. In the midst of a brushstroke I suddenly felt the urge to throw in some curves and it went from frustration to fun & I'm glad that translated to the viewer. I really appreciate your feedback folks!

05-26-2011, 12:21 PM
You have definetely captured the whimsy and quaint personality of this lovely cottage. Nice work!!

05-26-2011, 07:27 PM
Coralie, what a fun painting! yes, the curved lines add to the whimsical feel. I like the way you've left the door open, would love to see the inside of that house!

Margaret 59
05-26-2011, 08:18 PM
Your imagination has no bounds Coralie and I'm enjoying the result very much!

05-26-2011, 09:30 PM
What a lovely whimsical scene, so welcoming and cheerful!

05-26-2011, 09:43 PM
This one is so very Coralie and so very charming and the story while sad and heartbreaking, it just ads to the beauty of the work. I really adore this one.

05-26-2011, 11:09 PM
I keep looking, and marveling, and seeing new things. How fun is that. You are an inspiration.

05-26-2011, 11:11 PM
Oh, I love this! The colours are spectacular! Such fun!

05-26-2011, 11:53 PM
Charming and FUN!! So much to look at!

05-27-2011, 12:08 AM
Oh my gosh, how nice to open this thread & find such nice words!
Debbie, Deb, Margaret, Linda, Howard, Patti, Cameron & Ruth - thankyou!!!
This little place really does exist with all these bits & pieces - in fact I had to eliminate some of the bric-a-brac for the sake of composition! Well, the house isn't quite so wonky irl, but quirky & whimsical for sure. You can see why it appealed to me so much!:)

05-27-2011, 12:18 AM
This is how I often envision scenes, but it is so difficult to do this at all, much less so well! Art should be a treat for the eye, or else does not touch the soul. I suspect the woman who lived here is smiling right now!

Thanx 4 posting, this pleaseth our eye, Greg.

chammi kaiser
05-27-2011, 09:47 AM
Oh I just love this Coralie with the higgledy-piggledy charm and the bright cheerful colours. You certainly have captured the old lady's spirit . It seems she loved quaint things.

M Douglas
05-27-2011, 02:57 PM
As always a fun, interesting, quirky view point, that brings joy to the viewer. I believe as artists we are all trying to find our unique style that is ours and recognizable as ours. You have done that and the fact that it takes you to your happy place enforces that you are on the right track. I could walk into any gallery and be able to spot one of your paintings, you are an original!


05-27-2011, 06:07 PM
Coralie I think it is so charming, I feel like I've stepped into a make-believe land of fantasy. What a shame the owner couldn't have seen it.

05-27-2011, 10:45 PM
Definitely a charmer! Love it!

06-02-2011, 02:16 AM
Birdhs, Chammi, Melodie, Jackie & Virginia, thank you so much for your lovely comments & I apologize that it's taken me so long to acknowledge them. I got distracted with another project. When I revisited this thread the first thing that I noticed was how blue the overall image was. I didn't intend for it to be a dark painting so I did some tweaking to lighten things up.... I think it better portrays the light-hearted feel of the cottage now. This may be the final version... but who knows.... I do have a tendency to fiddle :)


06-02-2011, 11:06 AM
Your "happy place" produces winners every time!

06-03-2011, 02:24 PM
what a delight to look at

06-03-2011, 04:42 PM
I love the warped perspective, I sure that was much harder to do than it looks! Love the deep solid colors too.

06-03-2011, 04:42 PM
Oh it's charming! I liked the way you have captured the sunlight on the daisies.

06-04-2011, 03:03 PM
Thanks so much Gayle, laf.art, reverseengineering & pauseintheday! I really appreciate your comments. So far I haven't tweaked any further but I still need to finish the sides (this is a deep canvas). In my excitement to get on with the image I have a bad habit of not doing the sides at the same time - a headache later on when you have to match colours. Oh well, I only have myself to blame!:o

06-04-2011, 07:28 PM
I like your revised version even better! :thumbsup:
About the sides...any chance you could just paint them some sort of funky offbeat color? it might work with this painting, and it would be a lot easier! :)

06-04-2011, 09:43 PM
Oh I dont know how I missed this one, but with so many weekends away this past month I'm so behind in viewing alot.

How delightful and kinda whimsicla this is.. an great painting of colors and cheer!! I'm sure she was with you when you did #3!!
I do also love the foreground best... the wonky cottage makes it much more interesting!!!
Love it!!!:clap: