When Jenny (Jenny Stamps Up) asked me to participate in this blog hop, I was a little bit stumped. The theme is to create a project that is inspired by my favourite piece of art. I love anything ethereal that uses light and shade … so I figured I would highlight an Australian artist, Hans Heysen.
Hans Heysen is most well known in Australia for his pastoral landscapes, especially featuring the iconic Australian gum tree. He also captured the many facets of Australian light, from sunsets to early morning light peaking through misty treescapes in his artwork.
Here is my inspiration piece, Droving into the Light, an oil on canvas by Hans Heysen.
Now my piece does not resemble this magnificent work of art in any way really, except that I have tried to capture that gorgeous ethereal light shimmering through the trees.
My trees are created with the Stampin’ Up! set Sheltering Tree, about as far from a gum tree as you can get. I masked off some watercolour paper with masking tape and applied a colour wash with some of the Stampin’ Up! pink inks, keeping the central area very light. The Stampin’ Up! range of pinks is amazing, from the light Pink Pirouette through to Rich Razzleberry.
The bare tree trunks and branches are stamped with Smoky Slate ink. The horizon and foreground area are created using the curved graphic element from Sheltering Tree, stamped in all the pinks and then lightly water coloured to blend. White craft ink has been sponged around the lighter areas and spilled over into the foreground, creating a misty, early morning feel. Don’t you love those crisp misty mornings?
I added some clouds with Embossing Paste and the cloud stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. They have been coloured with the same pinks and some white craft ink, along with a swish of Wink of Stella to add a subtle shimmer.
Lovely Laurel Thinlits Dies
The leaves on the tree are created with the Laurel dies from the Lovely Laurel Thinlits dies in Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig cardstock. I snipped the Laurel diecuts into individual leaf branches, applied some sponging with co-ordinating ink, white craft ink and Wink of Stella, and then adhered them individually to the trees.
I very much enjoyed creating this project. My favourite type of creating is an artistic challenge, and this was so much fun to try and re-create the shimmery, misty light featured in Hans Heysen’s work. Let me know what you think!
I am sure that the other blog participants have interpreted this challenge in some exciting ways, they are such a talented group. Natalie Lapakko (Stamp Witch Blog) is the guest designer this month. I love Natalie’s work. So take a moment to hop around and check out all the art inspired projects. Click on the image below to head on over to Natalie’s blog. Thanks for stopping by.