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Painting with Friends

The second challenge for this month was to create a layout inspired by an artist or a style of art. This challenge was especially difficult for me because I have such eclectic taste in art.

What I finally decided to do for this challenge was to create a layout featuring me and several of my friends showcasing paintings that we created ourselves. It is apparent that I love many different kinds of art because in just the 4 painting sessions I attended, I created an abstract painting, an expressionism painting, a realistic painting of a sunset (realism) as well as a whimsical style tree.

Here is a collage of my paintings:


If I had to choose my favorite style, it would probably be a whimsical style. This style of art is playful, childlike and carefree. Here is a painting called Bird Paintings Whimsical Tree by N. Janow that I love. 

This is probably my favorite style because of my young kiddos. The style is just so playful and fun!!!

Here is the first page of the layout I created:

And my second page:

My paintings are mixed with the photos of my friends and me at 2 different art studios. At the first studio, Sundust Gallery, each person chooses what to create and then creates their own painting. 3 of my paintings were done at this studio. The landscape painting of the sunset was done at a different type of studio, called Party with Paint, where a teacher leads the students through each step of the painting process.  I must admit, both were great!!!  

I was really quite unhappy with this layout because it seemed too busy and I couldn't seem to make it work as well as I would have liked. However, I am glad I did the layout, and I have great memories of my friends Stacy, Julie, Jami, Mandy and Nancy. Thanks Ladies!!!

Here is a final look at the layout:

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Shared by Billi Glenn on March 18, 2013 | Memory Date: March 18, 2013
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This layout is so creative and colorful. I would never have thought to use the patterned paper you used, but it really works. Everyone looks so happy. You are lucky to have such talented friends.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  March 23, 2013 at 2:36 am   
Fun layout and cool that you chose you and your friends, along with the Janow print, as inspiration. I especially like the way you used the photos of your paintings! Very much your style...bright and vibrant. Nice job!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  March 23, 2013 at 12:56 am   
Beautiful pages Billie! I love it! The colors are so vibrant. Creative and inspiring at the same time. Nice, nice job!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  March 23, 2013 at 12:17 am   
Inspirational indeed. It makes me smile. At first I wanted to say< " especially like the owl . . ." Then the sunset captured my eye and I wanted to say, "I especially like the sunset." But I couldn't stop there because the tree with the curly branches popped up in front of the others and I wanted to say, "I especially like the tree . . . " In other words, each photo is an adventure waiting to be experienced. I love it.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  March 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm   
What a fun page! I love the bold colors and fun embellishments.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  March 22, 2013 at 11:57 am   
Billi, I'm coming to expect Bold and Bright from you! It certainly seems to be YOUR style. I wasn't familiar with your famous artist choice so I had to search around to learn more about Helen Janow. That whimsical modern look is one I haven't seen often, but it does seem to suit you! That style shows in your own paintings too.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  March 22, 2013 at 3:04 am   
What a great idea for a layout! I love that you and your friends are your inspiration! Good for you!! You are so talented and it looks like you all have so much fun. I love the paintings you created, especially the abstract one. Great job!!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  March 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm   
It looks like you had a great time in art class. The easel is a fun page detail and clever way to add journaling to your page.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  March 19, 2013 at 10:40 am   

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