Monday, 18 June 2012

Summer of Color - Mint Choc Chip Zombie

The colour prompt over at Summer of Color was Mint Choc Chip this week. My instant thought was... ZOMBIES! Come on - it was all your first thought too wasn't it? Well? Wasn't it?

I had hoped to get two things ready for this post but I'm running short of time so am uploading my painting... hoping to finish a little zombie/monster softie too.

I have used one of the techniques in the book Atmospheric Watercolours for this. The idea is to create a figure. (Hey, zombies were people once too!) I found it really hard, much harder than I thought I would, to be loose and not try to fill in all the little details. The effect I was aiming for is kind of a loose abstract but sort of realistic at the same time. Jean Haines actually says in the book "now STOP." In fact she says it several times. It's hard to tell your brain that though. It's a start... and I enjoyed my play.
Plus, this is me using my watercolour Moleskine. This is momentous. I have been coveting it for so long for fear of ruining it. I think I'm becoming less precious about my sketchbooks.

Apart from finishing my softie, I may also add a journal page this week. I'm having very vivid zombie dreams at the moment... may have something to do with my bedtime reading matter!

Thanks for stopping by :)

31 comments:

  1. I think possibly only you could associate zombies and mint choc chip ice cream, but hey, whatever floats your boat! The painting is cool, however, I like it!

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  2. Thanks for the comment Carmen, glad you liked and directed me here!!! You are so right loose isn't easy, but it seems to be the only way for me which is why Jean's book is so handy!!! Seems like you are enjoying it too, your painting embraces colour which is what Jean loves most so you are already half way there!!!

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  3. hahahahaha, a mint choc chip zombie - only YOU, Carmen and I love you for it :D

    Your painting is BRILLIANT, just BRILLIANT!! I am in awe of that green skin toning, it's wonderful.

    I hope we do get to see a zombie softie too.......

    xxx

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  4. Wow, she is so, so, so atmospheric. Love her hair, love her eyes, love the almost dripping effect on her body. She is beautiful (in a Zombie way) Carmen, I certainly wouldnt want to bump into her ... ever.

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  5. Oh my gosh I love this!! It's soooooo you! I think you did well with the technique...I don't know what it was supposed to look like but it looks great to me :-D

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  6. LOL - this is fab, but only you could associate mint choc chip with a zombie!!! x

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  7. Ha! I love painting zombies too - such fun (as long as they don't appear in your dreams though... - that happens far too often for my liking!)

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  8. You made me laugh at the idea of a chip mint zombie - I think she is wonderful-mysterious and a little scary!

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  9. Aagh! You should have put a warning on for those of a nervous disposition (me!) Love this watercolour style, I would have difficulty stopping though, too. Choc chip-zombie, lol. x

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  10. Zombies weren't what came to my mind first, but now that you mention it...Love how the watercolors have created such detail and shading with flowing colors!

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  11. :) Mint Chocolate Chip equals zombie? It will from now on, zombie will be the first thing I think off! I love the painting style...I am going to go investigate the book.

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  12. scary - and such staring eyes - great piece and I love how you make connections

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  13. Fabulous zombie! I really love her.
    Hugs xx
    p.s. sorry but zombies weren't the first thing to spring to mind when seeing "mint chocolate chip"!!!

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  14. No, not my first thought!!!!

    In fact I try not to think about Zombies, especially at bed time!

    Your Zombie though is in a league of his own!!!! I love the drippy effect!

    I'm wondering what popped into your head for Week 3!!!!!

    Karen

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  15. Lol! Mint Chocolate Chip Zombie! :)) Fantastic!

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  16. My boys are totally intozombies and plan all the time what they would do in a zombie invasion...lol...your zombie is fantastic...xxx

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  17. falling off my chair laughing - my watercolour I did in class this evening? my tutor nearly gave me a heart attack, I didn't know she was stood behind me watching me paint and suddenly she YELLED STTTOOOOPPP stop stop stop,

    i jummped out my skin (zombie like)

    it really is hard to stop- but stop one must....

    love the left hand side of the neck - fabulous volume,

    photograph it print it see how it looks with india inked contours over the darkest darks...remind me to show you if I am making no sense - email me a jpeg...

    dxxxx

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  18. I'm not normally a zombie kinda girl but yours is too cool. And scary too.

    I've got a watercolor moleskine that I've also been too afraid to mess up. I may have to break it out now that you said that. LOL

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  19. Strangely Carmen Zombies were not the first thing that came to my mind but you've done an awesome job!

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  20. lol honestly can't say that zombie was my first thot.. but love your zombie.. very cool...
    xx

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  21. well done on venturing into the precious moleskin... I get like that too... I love this and think it is great fun... I love really expressive watercolours that use strong colours... and this ticks all those boxes...xx

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  22. Zombies work for me all day long, love this.
    also jealous of your daughter, wicked is great, i have the book i really need to start reading.
    have fun, mak

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  23. LOL-- your post made me laugh for so many reasons. First, I love your zombie... although, he looks kind of like a Christmas zombie with those colors. I know zombies are the first thing I think of when thinking of ice cream! :-)

    Second, I'm so proud of you for busting out the moleskin watercolor journal. Here's how bad I am... I have three empty ones and can't bring myself to mess up those blank pages!! You've inspired me. Maybe I'll paint a Valentine zombie. ha ha!

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  24. I never thought I'd say this - but I just love your zombie! I love the loose, impressionistic style, I think you did a really good job. I have the same issues with control and wanting things to be perfect. And I'm also very proud of you for using your watercolor moleskine - I have an empty one that I haven't been able to get myself to start. So silly...

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  25. Ha, I will never look at mint chocolate chip ice cream the same again. Creepy cool zombie!!

    -:¦:- Art Update: Mint Chocolate Chip -:¦:-

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  26. ooooohhhhh, wicked!!! Love it!

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  27. uuuhhhhaaaaawwww he melts right away ;)

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  28. Your zombie is simply oozie!

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