Saturday, 28 July 2012

RED!

In my younger years, I used to hate the colour red, especially for home furnishings or clothing.  I think I've only ever owned one piece of red clothing in my whole life.  It was a red T-shirt and, even then, it was given to me by my son who re-organised his own wardrobe at the time.  You can even see me wearing  said T-shirt in THIS post.  I must admit that, in the past five years, the colour red has really grown on me although still not in clothing because it totally clashes with my complexion.  

So what's all the 'red' talk for, you ask?  Well, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect bag which is not an easy task considering I'm the type who carries everything but the kitchen sink.  There's my sketch journal and sketch supplies to consider too so I need a good-sized bag. Well, about a week ago, I was browsing the bag shop when this beauty caught my eye.  It was available in black but the red completely mesmerised me and, yes, I bought it! I also sketched it in my journal which worked in perfectly because #3 of the EveryDayMatters challenge was to sketch a wallet or bag.  Btw, I bought myself a matching red wallet but didn't sketch it.  Maybe another time.

This pic was after the first layer of watercolour

....and this was the end result after a couple more watercolour layers.
my new red bag
Pencil-free sketch using Faber-Castell Artists PITT pens and watercolours in large Moleskine sketchbook.

I am lovin' my new red bag!!

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Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to participate in the APR challenge this week, I had to give it a miss.  When my usual deadline date rolled around, my lower back was killing me and did not want to let me focus on the task at hand.  The type of pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night is never good. :(   I'm only allowing myself short stints at the computer.....heat packs and painkillers are my friends at the moment.

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We've had a few winter weeds pop up in the yard of late and some of them have such pretty flowers.  I don't know what the name of this weed is but just had to snap a pic of it's flowers.

(UPDATED - I have since found out that these are Wood Sorrel/Oxalis flowers)

Pretty, aren't they?
weed flower


Well I'm off to rest my back some more.


I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

~ Love, light and peace ~ 

31 comments:

  1. love that bag.. I have all my travel stuff in red... easily spotted at the airports! Suitcase = red, and accessories =red too! so loving your bag in that colour too!

    hope that back gives you some relief from the pain! take care!

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    1. Thanks, Krissie! Travel sets in red would look great too! My back is still playing up but just grinning and bearing it. :)

      Hope you're enjoying a lovely week with your daughter. xo

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    2. I am - its been delightful! really going got miss her when she goes back!

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  2. I always liked red, blue too, but my favourite colour is purple. Still, I'm glad the red grew on you and you found a nice red bag and wallet that you like. :)

    Hope your back stops hurting soon! *hugs*

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    1. Thanks, Tori. xo Blues, greens and purples are my favourite colours. I quite like magenta too and now, red.

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  3. The bag painting is great and I think red suits you!

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    1. Thanks, Ruca...glad you like it. :)

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  4. LOVE your painting of the bag! Red has never been a good color for me either but I find myself using it quite a lot in my art. Your new bag looks great...nice and roomy, just the way I like them.

    Take care of your back.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! Red can certainly add some drama or brightness to a piece of art...I love turquoise or teal with red in decor.

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  5. Thaat's a great bag Serena. I have a red t-shirt, but never wear it. Sorry about your back, that really hurts a lot. hope you feel better. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! Glad you were able to work out the comment thing. xo

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  6. I don't wear red much either but have a couple of shirts I bought for work and when I do wear them, I always get compliments so I guess I look okay. When I was in my 20's, royal blue was my color but now I don't wear much of it. Your new red bag is great. Love how your sketch even reflects the folds in the bag as it is sitting. Hubby gave me a red wallet but haven't used it yet. So funny that I didn't have a wallet for years -- just used a makeup bag to keep money and such in. Then when I went and bought myself a black wallet, I wound up getting three as gifts. I change my bags/purses out all the time, but never my wallet. Sorry to hear about the back pain. I've been sitting a lot which isn't so good. But too hot to do anything outside and I'm enjoying hanging out at home. School will start in a month, so might as well enjoy this quiet time while I can. Best wishes to you, Tammy

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    1. If you get compliments, red must definitely suit you, Tammy. I'm glad you like my new red bag. Really??!! A make-up bag? I think I could do that....mind you, with all the loyalty cards nowadays, I need a wallet with lots of compartments. lol How uncanny that you got three wallets as gifts after buying one. Red, green or purple wallets are supposed to draw money in according to Feng Shui. In that heat, I think I'd prefer to stay at home too. Have a lovely week ~ xo

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  7. very nice bag :D i look all right in red, just don't have a lot of red things.

    really hope your pain goes away and you manage to get more sleep!

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  8. I LOVE a red handbag, (and red eyeglasses too, lol). Beautiful sketch and watercolor!!!

    I like you in that red tee shirt as well.

    Keep your back comfortable....goodness...what a misery!!!

    Xoxo...Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I might have to just buy a pair of matching red sunglasses ~ :)

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  9. I've always liked red accents. That is one cool bag!! Great painting with the washes--makes it glow! :)

    I know how your body can just take over and take charge. :( Feel better. Take it easy. *gentle hugs*

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    1. Thanks, Rita. I've liked red accents in my kitchen for five years now....chilli/Mexican theme. That's probably how it's grown on me. ;)

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  10. I love ur knew bag. I was so surprised when I first saw you with it, as I know you have never liked red. Great water colour sketch!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Yes, I kinda surprised myself when I bought it. lol

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  11. LOVE, love, love that bold red handbag, Serena! And well done on all the paint layer to capture the color and lush-glossiness! I've always like the color red, and wear the color sometimes. In my home I've preferred calm, light colors. It's only in the past year or so I've been adding color to the mainly white, cream and touches of aqua blue scheme throughout the house. There's lots of touches of red in the kitchen when we spruced it up! So sorry you're baking is giving you bother... hoping very much you are feeling better now. LOVELY daisies...such happy flowers. :o) Happy Days, Serena ((HUGS))

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! Your home sounds lovely! I LOVE lots of white and creams in a home too...I use other colours are accents. I LOVE turquoise with lime green. I too have reds in the kitchen.

      Have a lovely week! xo

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  12. what a knockout bag and such an amazing color!> Red is strong, isn't it? It will definately make you stand out:)) I love the sketch and that shadow is perfect!

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  13. Love love your sketch - great bag! Hope your back feels better soon - almost nothing worse than awful back pain.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! My back is STILL acting up. :((

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  14. Hope your back feels soon, Serena! Love, love, love your sketches, as always!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny...love your sketchbooks too! :)

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