Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sunday Sketches - 'Water Sprite'


Happy Sunday
Everyone!!!

I've missed my sunday sketches group the past couple weeks - summer is starting to get busy and I was out of town last weekend, but I'm so happy to be back and can't wait to see what you have all been up to this week!  For more great Sunday Sketches, head over to Sophia's place and say hello!

Above is the piece I shared earlier this week with more color and detailing completed...I am in LOVE!  I call this piece 'Water Sprite' and she is inspired by the magical weekend I had touring some really beautiful gardens in Oregon recently ~ I fell in love with all the incredibly lovely water features sprinkled throughout too, and this idea was born!  Started a rough sketch while away, and got right to work when I got home.

Close up of her face - I initially found it difficult to draw her with her eyes closed, as eyes are such a big part of the pieces I normally do...Maybe that is why I chose to make her hair and headscarf so vibrant!



This shows some of the detailing up close and all the blank spaces just waiting to be filled in with lots of color and detail - I just love this stage - everything just FLOWS!  This is another large piece (12.5" X 24") and so takes much longer to complete, but oh is it a rewarding journey!


I hope you are having a peaceful week, full of LOVE and JOY, and if you aren't, I would be happy to send some of both of these your way along with a
S M I L E!
xo
Julia

33 comments:

Nicola said...

Hi Julia, she is GORGEOUS!!! I really love how it all flows together, beautiful details already and colours and I think she is very sensual!!! :0) Gorgeous piece! :0)

m7 said...

wow there's so much of details..Great Work ma'am!

Jehanne's doodles said...

oh this is just so beautiful Julia. It really blows my mind :)

craftattack said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! Valerie

WrightStuff said...

I was really hoping we'd get to see more of this piece today. No wonder you are so excited. She's really magical. Can't wait to see more - so what are you reading this for girl, get back to that paper and pencils and keep at it - you have a hungry audience waiting for you (you are allowed to visit my blog though!!)

bicocacolors said...

ahhhhhhhhh Julia el detalle de la cabeza es impresionante, me encantan los colores!!!!
y que ganas tengo de verlo terminado!!!

que tengas un felĂ­z Domingo!!!

xoxo, elena

toadinaboat.com said...

She's so beautiful! I'm crazy for her head scarf. And I want her hair, LOL. I've never seen a sketchbook this size. What kind is it?

My Style Canvas said...

Wow this is gorgeous! Amazing to see this work in progress. Love what you did with her scarf and hair and I think it works that her eyes are closed.

art2cee2 said...

OOOOh Julia, when I come here I am awed at the beauty of your art. Today is the same!, Awesome!!! :-)

Emma Grace said...

Wow, I love her! She looks beautiful. Great details, as always!:o)

Ces said...

This is my favorite, ever! This is truly beautiful. Please do not think my comment less sincere but I must say, she has a beautiful derriere. Have a beautiful day, this special day.

Missy said...

Wow, I love the details in her hair and of course all the flowers cuz your flowers are always so pretyy!

Christine said...

your water sprite is beautiful!

- hey bro! - said...

Absolutely gorgeous work!
Those patterns in her hair looks amazing~

Tammie said...

hello Julia,

i love all your magical details, so full of the magic of life. Such a soothing yet vibrant piece. I love seeing it come to life.

lovely week to you~

Joni Nickrent said...

Gorgeous Sketch...love the patterns and color! MAGICAL!

Debbie said...

Wow! Your art just gets better and better! I really love this one!

Heather said...

oh she is just GORGEOUS! that soft expression and beautiful hair, you are on a roll my friend...and i so love seeing your talent just blossom! HUGS!!!

Ces said...

Julia, Not vain at all! It is true. I have seen the great and wonderful path you are traveling with your art. You give me so much credit. I truly believe that we meet people somewhere for a reason and we decide to let them affect us. Let me tell you, I have learned so much just being friends with a few special people. They inspire, encourage, support and cheer me. Will I be able to do what I do without them? Perhaps, but I am so much happier that they are in my life. Keep on going! You rock!

Sophia said...

Glad to see you back, Julia. You've been missed. Very nice WIP. I LOVE her hair and bandana. I seriously don't know how you have the patience to put in all of the detail you do but it always turns out amazing!! :)

Amalia K said...

Julia, you are definitely shining more new lights in your art with this work! I guess what I love most about coming here is that you just continue to be inspired, grow, and inspire others.

All is well here with the baby! I hope your little darlings are keeping you entertained! oxx

Joanne Osband said...

Wow! Love the details and colors in her hat and hair....magnificent! She is a beauty from head to toe. Your passion is inspirational, thank you!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Oh Julia!
She's beautiful....even with her eyes closed!
Great inspirations to be found here in blogland tonight!


Ciao Bella!


CREATIVE CARMELINA

outdoor.mom said...

she is very pretty. you make them so alive!! also your sister an artist too - amazing!! You guys must just have inherited artistic genes.....

Shayla said...

As always you have the most colorful and creative work ever! She is very darling and I can not take my eyes off of this piece! You are amazing

lissa said...

she is lovely. love all the details in her hair and headscraf.

Rebecca Anthony said...

Julia, your passion for what you saw is clearly shown in this piece, it's really beautiful!

Julia Christie said...

Thank you so much for all the wonderful commments! I never take them for granted and so enjoy sharing all of our artistic endeavors - You all inspire me every day!

Smiles

Reflections said...

She is just Gorgeous! Love the attention to detail... for some reason I feel there are some surprises coming our way as you fill in with all of the joyous colors you select.

craftattack said...

What a gorgeous painting! Just lovely! Valerie

aquariann said...

She is absolutely beautiful, no wonder you are in love! Her hair is amazing, I especially like the purple scale strand.

Elizabeth GLZ said...

She is absolutely gorgeous1 Love the details in the hair!!

Elizabeth GLZ said...

She is absolutely gorgeous1 Love the details in the hair!!