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Tuesday, June 2

My Kind of ORANGE! (Creative Tuesdays)


 Pen and Pencil with Acrylic Watercolour Gouache (original size: length of cheese a bit smaller than my hand print).

All along I had planned to do a traditional still-life painting of different shades of orange fruit, even going out buying a grapefruit, some peaches and a nectarine but as you can see, I chose something rather more cheesy instead. In fact, we were at wonderful little local cheese shop the other day where I sampled some lovely crumbly bright "red" Leicester cheese. Having been yonks since that was on my palette, I kept relishing its memory through the week whilst also enjoying the small slab of divine Welsh cheese duly purchased.

This image crystallized in my head later, as I  thought about the various weights (of life) we carry. While some are hard, they are worth it too.. rather like Leicester Mouse here might agree. :)

OK, time to catch up with the rest of the ORANGE musings over on CREATIVE TUESDAYS!
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  1. Aside from the giant copyright across, it's a very cool orange.

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    1. Yes, I know! Have to do that as otherwise we find our stuff on other sites, not credited back to us. This prevents them cropping it out or worse yet, claiming it as theirs. that has happened before unfortunately.

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    2. In answer to your question, it's a Breville food processor at 1200 watts of power. Though in the UK, the same machine has 2000 watts of power. Lucky buggers.

      I'll be using mine to make homemade peanut butter, allergy-friendly ice creams and dairy organic butter for Hubby. Can't wait.

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  2. Well Michael d'Orange, the name suits you and sounds very noble! Like your reference to the weights we sometimes carry, although I agree that Leicester Mouse is happy he has cheese on his. Love the clean lines and look you have to this drawing, you have obviously got to grips with the gouache. I hope we see more of Leicester Mouse with his pocket watch in future challenges.

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    1. Yes, I just plucked that one out of the air. :) I think I am getting the hand of the paint better but still, I do have to use black lines or it's not held together terribly well as it's still hard for me to add detail. What I really need is more expensive paints. Mine are almost out already and were super thin and cheap. ...Time to start saving for some Windsor&Newton ones!

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  3. This is such fun... and I love his tool belt!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving this comment ,Suza!

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  4. This is a wonderfully inspired piece, once again in the 'Michael'style. Love all the details, such as the tools and tool belt. The cheese looks delicious, hope he makes it safely to where he is going with his treasure.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. So glad you like it. Such feedback keeps me going! I like his stopwatch and cheese fork in particular.

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  5. this is wonderful! I like the orange cheese color - it looks really bright on my screen. although I would have add some kitchen/eating tools in his pockets as well, as if suggesting that he is going to be feasting on the cheese, with his large family, of course. but than again, I think I read too much into things.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Ha, well, dear Lissa, you need to look closer. I did add utensils. :) that's a cheese fork and a type of cheese knife used for cutting thick slices. Yes, I tend to do the same thing--read further into stuff and imagine the story with it. Thank you.

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    2. sorry, I do not know there is such thing as a cheese fork. thanks for letting me know. I don't really like or eat cheese all that much, frankly, I've never even seen cheese that hasn't already been sliced and packaged.

      have a lovely day.

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  6. I love this piece and after gazing upon it this morning (after some rest to the eyes!)...I REALLY like how you did the shading under/around the mouse from the cheese. It's really brilliant! :)

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  7. I love this Michael. And yes we carry different weights at different times. I love the mouse, his work apron and all the little details. You are amazing.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Apron? LOL. you mean, dungarees? Thanks Janis. A lot on our plates currently in fact. I needed to focus on the positives so thank you for your support.

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  8. Mr. Michael D'Orange, I love this piece and the correlation of the different weights we carry around. I love how his blue overalls compliment his large piece of cheese and adding the tools shows how hard this mouse is working. Love it! :-)

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  9. Oh yes, he even measured out the width of the piece for equal proportions with his ruler. Now, I wonder if this is his first piece scurried off or his last? Oh boy! Ha. Thank you!

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  10. Oh that is just so adorable. I love all his little tools in his overalls. We are taking a quick trip up North for a wedding, and when we get back I will refill my art supplies and rejoin CT. I miss you guys. So glad Laurie (dear friend of mine) has joined.

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  11. Oh wow, I love this so much! A mouse is one of my favorite animals. Your art is fantastic!

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  12. Delightful artwork : as always. Having you visit my blog and my visit to yours is like friends bumping in to each other by accident and catching up with each others lives. One of the joys of community blogging.

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  13. Great art once again. I love the little details here and there.. cheese crumbs and the tiny tools :)

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