When life gives you lemons... 17

Mona Pendleton | Thursday, September 1, 2016 @ 12:27 PM | , , , ,

Happy September! Today I have a few very different projects to share both based on a common theme: LEMONS. First up is a card that I made for my dear sister featuring two of my favorite PTI stamps sets: Friendship Jars and Tiny Tags:

For card sketch inspiration, I'm joining along with the current retro sketches sketch challenge:
In hopes of improving my painting skills, I'm joining along with Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days September 2016
Day 1: Today I have an 8" x 8" painting to share featuring a tri of lemons that was inspired by an online art lesson presented by Hall Groat Oil Painting Video DVD course which I enrolled in recently. I haven't taken a formal art class since college in 1986 and I've been in search of an oil painting class where I can learn and expand on my knowledge regarding the fundamentals of still life oil painting. I've been considering returning to either the University or Community College to take some courses but the thought of trying to squeeze a class in my schedule was not appealing. Thankfully I stumbled upon Hall's site and it happened to be just what I was in search of! :) LOVE when that happens!
This is painting is my first lesson where I'm learning about shadows, depth and color harmony:

I'm linking this painting to the current Paint Party Friday site:
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ I hope you  have a great day / evening!
Be Sweet ;)
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17 Sweet Comments So Far:

Sherrie K. said...

Your card is super cute! Fun layering and cute little jar all dressed up! I am sure your sister will love it!
Your painting is amazing! Wow...the color is just gorgeous and so perfect! The shadows and depth are spot on!!!!! You are a true artist!
Have a wonderful day!
Sherrie K

Lisa said...

Both of your lemon-themed projects are absolutely gorgeous, Mona!! What a beautiful card for your sister!! I love the layers and the jar!! Perfect take on the sketch!! And wow!! Your painting is spectacular!! It looks like you attached real lemons to your canvas!! The depth and shadows are perfect!! I'm glad you found an online course that you enjoy!! Happy September!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

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Greta said...

I so admire your taking on painting, Mona--a great choice for you as you certainly have that talent! The lemons look yummy! Glad you found an on-line class so you can do it on your schedule. The sweet card for your sister is beautiful! I love Tiny Tags, too, & need to use them more often. Hugs, Greta

Pamela_U said...

Beautiful card; love all the detail and die cuts! Perfect companion to your stunning still life painting! You have nailed this one perfectly with such gorgeous color, depth and shadows! WOW!

Cheryl W. said...

Beautiful card! I love jar images and how they can convey warmth and caring. Your painted lemons look absolutely luscious!

Ros Crawford said...

Your card is beautiful and those lemons are amazing!! I love your paintings!

Paper Profusion said...

Brilliant range you have Mona! Beautiful card and stunning painting. Nicola x

Susan Lankford said...

Sweet card, Mona! Frankly your painting skills don't look to me as though they need improvement! The lemons look so realistic!

Patty O'Malley said...

What a sweet card and such a realistic painting!

Lisa Elton said...

Your card is perfectly charming Mona! I like the colors you used for the jar and all of your sweet layers. The white highlights on your lemons look so real, this is marvelous!

Samra said...

What an amazing painting Mona! You are one amazing lady that can do anything!
Sending happy thoughts to you and family!
Have a great weekend my dear!
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Sue Marrazzo Fine Art said...

What a fabulous theme...LOVE everything Lemon and Yellow!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Your lemons look so lifelike!!!! Great job!
Your card is so adorable! Love those tiny tags, too!

Fiona said...

Amazing! Love that incredible painting! The colours are spot on! You are so ridiculously talented!

Diane Jaquay said...

Beautiful card (love that jar!), and your lemons, WOW, they look awesome!!!

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous card for your sister...the mason jar is gorgeous! Loving the lemons too....you are certainly getting really good with your painting! Just squeezy!!!!! ;-)

Mirna said...

Wow, Mona, what a beautiful card for your sister! She will love it! I love the connected theme here. Your lemons are perfect! Very realistic! TFS!

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