Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mountain Love

Deer Jim

This is one of the pieces I made inspired by Mary Ann's Stencilry class - she'll be running another in July. And Stencilry 2 sometime in the summer too. I can't wait!

This has been such a fun class - Mary Ann exudes enthusiasm and encourages one to play - keep going, never mind you've made a mistake, it'll probably be fine... you can always paint over it... etc. My only problem was that my computer is so old I had to borrow Jim's laptop to be able to see the videos properly... guess that means I need a computer....

The above uses stencils and masks based on a couple of photos from Jim's mountain adventures in Scotland. I also ad libbed with some torn paper to make more mountains...

Jim's not been to Scotland this year but we did spend a week in Dartmoor and Teasel went up several tors - here's one that I went up too:

Teasel and Jim bagging a Tor Top

Though as I didn't actually go to the very top of the rocky bit Jim doesn't count it as properly bagged by me... I consider having got myself up as far as I did quite sufficient! Teasel clearly had the same urge as Jim to reach the absolute top.

Does the rock they are standing on look like a TORtoise to you?

12 comments:

GreenishLady said...

Yes, I see the TOR-toise! I love the colours in that stencilled piece.

Caroline said...

Imelda - glad you can see that too.

I loved the stencil class - its finished now but I'm going to carry on making more.

tinker said...

Your stencil piece is lovely. And from the view here, it looks to me as though you bagged the TORtoise! ;-)

andrea said...

That line of red deer really makes it for me. Love this a lot. And I susepcted, as soon as I saw it, that it was based on Jim's adventures in mountaineering.

Caroline said...

Terri - thank you - its odd but neither Jim nor I noticed the tortoise nature of the rock until we looked at the photo.

Andrea - thanks - glad you like the deer like that - so do I!

Jim has lots of lovely photos that might become other stencils - its not that I haven't some potentially stencillable photos too but I like the aspect of collaboration like this.

Dru Marland said...

It looks more like a turtle to me, swimming through the sky. I suppose you could put on an Irish accent and call it a tor-tle.

Nice stencilling!

Caroline said...

Dru - sounds quite Pratchetesque... Jim, being a tortoise lover tends to call turtles, water torties anyway... this one would have to be a sky TOR-ty! (I can't quite get that to rhyme...)

merlinprincesse said...

OH! A tortoise! ;o)
I find your creation beautiful!!! A very moody painting. I love it!

Caroline said...

Thanks MP - sorry I didn't answer sooner - I've been neglecting my blog and all those of others too... sorry!

HemlockMan said...

What peak is that? Where is it? (I love hill climbing and peak bagging--hobby of mine.)

Leah said...

oo, i absolutely love this piece, caroline!

Jo said...

Looks like a tortoise, well spotted, love the stencilled mountain too, hope you are coping with the hot spell!