Friday, September 15, 2017

Flashback Friday

"Out of the Blue"  -  watercolor batik on rice paper


A ten year old batik - long gone.  I still remember ironing off the wax and holding my breath. 

I look at this with different eyes now; not critical eyes, but smiling eyes as I remember hearing my friend and mentor's voice:

"Your art education never ends."

You were always right, Helen.


I did a blog post about Helen a few years back, if you're interested.
She has since passed away, but is not forgotten.


45 comments:

  1. It is really beautiful to look at and it's such a wonderful work. Greetings.

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  2. Wow, Chris, this is fantastic!!! Beautiful expression, colours and feel here!

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  3. this woman Helen is a true artist and great that he called for you at that time! You are also a dear Cris with this elephant of that time.
    That's true
    "Your art education never ends."
    interesting contribution I have read by Helen
    Happy Weekend
    Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke.
      Helen was very kind, very wise.
      Hoping you have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  4. totally in love with this elephant you are great artist

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    1. Thank you, Dorte.
      What a lovely comment!

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  5. A simply WOW for your elefant! Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike!
      Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Love the way you fill your space. Always with a great design.
    The elephant is a favorite of mine. I think they are very special. You captured their intelligence.

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    1. Thank you, Julie.
      You are looking at Helen's early influence.

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  7. Hey Chris!!
    This is amazing. So fantastic this paint of a wildlife animal.
    I like it.

    Kind regards and I wish you a nice weekend,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco!
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, too! Don't forget to take your camera.

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  8. I love this elephant - it IS incredible looking over paintings from the past..sometimes I say, did I do that? or oh ya, I did THAT...ha ha, thinking that I have photos of the work that I will have a burn party with someday soon. Love that Prince from the previous post..palette knife - so tricky, that is such an awesome one!

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    1. Haha! Thanks, Pattie. My friend would not approve of a burn party, but I may just have to join you. We will synchronize clocks...

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  9. Wow! This is amazing. I feel like someone with their head in a hole-I have never heard of watercolor batik. I did batik on fabric-but not on paper. I am smitten. I looked at your incredible portfolio of other batiks-I love them so much.

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    1. Thank you, Debra! The batiks are not hard to do - just a little learning curve to consider.
      I put a tutorial here on the blog - date: August 8, 2015 (http://chrislally.blogspot.com/2015/08/how-to-watercolor-batik-step-by-step.html) in case the link doesn't work. Hope you try one sometime.

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  10. This elephant is beautiful! I read your post about Helen and her art is truly superb. May her sweet soul rest in eternal peace. It is a matter of good luck to meet such accomplished artists and amazing persons.

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    1. Thank you, Ankita. I was blessed to have known Helen. We came into each other's lives at the perfect time.

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  11. Exquisite! Thanks for the link! Her paintings reminded me of an Israeli artist Anna Ticho.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Ticho

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I looked at Ticho's work, and you are so right!! Amazing!
      Really appreciate you sharing the link.

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  12. A fabulous work , a real eye opener ! I read you post about Helen, what a treat to have known such a wonderful and talented person .

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    1. Thank you, Jane.
      Yes, it was really a treat!

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  13. LOVE your elephant Chris!!! How wonderful that you met this amazing woman! I will be going on the link!!!!!
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda!
      Yes, it was wonderful meeting and knowing Helen. She was a gift.

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  14. Helen had lovely work :D

    art education only really stops if you give it up and that tends not to happen to passionate artists

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    1. Yes, she did have lovely work. The photos don't do her paintings justice.
      And you're right about passionate artists...

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  15. So gorgeous, Chris, and I remember and love Prince charming! I can only imagine the work involved in trying to get resettled. The minimalist lifestyle is something my son loves. Not so stressful. There's enough "junk" in the world as is. Just keep buying those art supplies!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. I will keep buying those art supplies, and I'll tell Tim you said so! :)

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  16. Dear Chris, a wonderful work and a lovely post. I'm sure your mentor should be very proud of you -- She will stay in you forever, across space, distance and time.

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    1. Thank you, Sadami.
      You are right - she will stay with me forever.

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  17. Chris - this is a gorgeous painting. It is such a delight to review your previous work. Hope your move is going well. Will be thinking of you. Take care - Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.
      Appreciate the good thoughts!!

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  18. Love that painting. I have a soft corner for elephants.
    It is always good to remember people, those who have passed away, but not forgotten.

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    1. Thank you. I love elephants, too!
      And yes, it is good to remember... I am so grateful to have known Helen.

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  19. OMG I thought that is a watercolor painting but it is an amazing batik Artwork. Breathtaking, I love it. All the best for your move and your new home.
    Dear Greetings
    Sabine

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    1. Thank you, Sabine!
      And thank you for the good wishes for the move.

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  20. Thanks so much for the encouragement at my blog....I sure needed it! I'm going to check out the batik tutorial now-thank you!

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  21. My pleasure, Debra. I remember being half way thru the challenge and getting really discouraged.
    Glad it helped. I'm starting to lecture now that I'm older (like my mother)...

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  22. A stunner of a painting! Lovely to read about such a lovely lady too. A good teacher and their lessons stay with us forever - they are a really blessing.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa.
      Yes, Helen was a blessing in many ways.

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  23. Oh wow, your painting is a sensation! What could you do better after ten years? I think this elephant is perfect! Now I go to read your link about Helen, I am curious.

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    1. I thought about my words - do not misunderstand. I know that you are painting better after ten years, it's a fact. But this elephant is so beautiful - I could not paint him as good as you did ten years ago!

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    2. I am sorry I missed your first comment, Rike. Thank you.

      I did not mean to say that I did not like the elephant. I would just put a little sparkle in his eye, something like that. We are our own worse critics. And you WOULD paint him beautiful. You would put your personality into the batik and make it your own.

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