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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Primrose Egg

On Easter Monday evening I painted my Easter Rhea egg . . . I used acrylic paints and the egg shell was a beautiful textured surface which took the paint perfectly. I didn't draw a design to follow or use a pencil to draw the shapes first – I just had an idea and dived in with my paints.

This morning was perfect for a photo shoot in our primrose-filled gravel garden along the side of the front yard.


Here's a closer view . . .


I've signed it and painted 'EASTER 2012' on one side . . .


The Rhea egg was already Primrose coloured, so I just needed to add the tiniest shading and paint the green background.


Maybe I should make this into my Easter tradition and paint a Rhea egg each Easter?


And thank you to one of the Rheas at Oakview Pork and Poultry for the beautiful egg.



Celia
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21 comments:

  1. Charming! Perhaps you need a rhea of your own? Whatever would Tarragon think?

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  2. Thats such a beatiful thing ................I so wish I could draw/paint

    Love the idea of a new one each year, they could become part of your family tradition.

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  3. Very lovely. Did you blow it first? If you did that must have been spectacular!

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  4. Your design compliments the rhea egg so beautifully! Adding the date is a very good notion too, and definitely hints at a series to come.

    I guess that the acrylic paint dried quickly enough to allow you to sort of keep going, rotating that lovely egg shell to reveal the next place to plant a primrose. The green you chose is lovely.

    Best wishes Celia!

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  5. Lovely egg :) Also, neat website link. In one state in the U.S., seeing photos of heritage breed pigs available for market could well be a thing from the past ( http://jasonfoscolo.com/?p=594 ). A pity that would be!

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  6. Sigh, I would love to be able to paint something as beautiful as that. Instead I looked at it when I should have been working - and it was much more lovely than writing!

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  7. OMG that egg is just wonderful. How exciting to receive a egg like that at Easter, so much better than chocolate. An idea for next year.

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  8. What a lovely idea and beautifully executed. This is sort of connected - last week we had to clear the loft out for some insulation to be added and I found a pebble that I had painted years ago when it was all the rage - you've set me thinking that maybe I should paint some more as garden ornaments.

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  9. Your Easter Egg is spectacular and so pretty. I presume you blew it first, and then what, scrambled, an omelette or Easter buns?

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  10. Oh yes, should have explained... using one of my lino tools I made a tiny hole in one end and a slightly larger hole in the other, then blew the contents out (worth the effort!!!)
    I made the beaten egg (equal to 7 hens eggs!) into a baked egg custard (silky and delicious!)

    Celia
    x

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  11. Beautiful! I think you should create a new one each Easter and hang them up as a small table decoration :)

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  12. What a brilliant idea and so beautifully painted.

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  13. It's beautiful - We always used to paint eggs when the kids were small and they come out every Easter and they always remember who painted which. A great tradition! XCathy

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  14. Oh it's gorgeous! and I love the primrose gravel garden too.

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  15. How gorgeous - like Fiona I wonder if you blew all the egg out first!!? Is it a chicken's egg -it looks fairly large... x

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  16. An egg the colour of primrose: how wonderful.

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  17. It's lovely! And annual tradition I should thing.

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