Friday, September 23, 2011

Practical Magic Blog Party 2011

Welcome and thank you for joining me today. Anna from Frosted Petunias is hosting this marvelous blog party and I'm thrilled to be one of the participants in it. I hope you enjoy what I’ve prepared for the occasion. I just finished baking some pumpkin muffins with walnuts and chocolate chips and they're waiting in the kitchen so go on in and help yourself.

This has to be my all time favorite kitchen. I love the dark plank floor and beams and the open shelving and tile work. I'm not sure I'm as crazy about the stove as I am about everything else in the room but I could make myself love it if I could have the kitchen and the house to go with it.

“Practical Magic” has been one of my favorite movies for over a decade. This is one of the few times that I liked the movie better than the book only because the movie has such lovely visuals. I love the story and the characters in the movie but most of all I love the house. It is my dream house and although I can never live in it nothing is stopping me from drawing or painting it. The house is beautiful inside and out and the grounds surrounding it are wonderful as well. My love of this house is why the drawing at the beginning of this post is my first offering for the party. The drawing is done in colored pencil on Bristol vellum. It has been double matted and will fit into an 11" x 14" frame.

Since I love working with paper mache clay I felt a need to make something with it for the party so I’ve made a small figure of each of the Owens women. The tallest of the four is Fran who is 8 1/2" while Gilly the smallest is just over 8" tall.

Shown left to right are Bridget, Gillian, Sally and Frances.

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman were perfect in their roles of the Owens sisters and Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing did an equally wonderful job portraying the aunts Fran and Jet.
The first piece I completed for the party was this portrait of the sisters Sally & Gilly. I used the cover of my DVD as a reference for the painting. This piece is acrylic on canvas board.

Although Sally and Gillian are the main characters, there are three sets of sisters. The aunts are so feminine and wouldn't you love getting a chance to spend time with them? Now if I could just find out where they shop for their wonderful outfits. I can't remember the last time I wore a hat but if I could find a shop that sells clothing like this I might just have to see what I'd look like all gussied up.


When I painted the four figures I used colors that you might find in a garden as the garden behind the house plays a major role in the movie and because the colors are very romantic as are these lovely women. 
The other set of sisters are Sally's daughters and they are completely charming. I especially liked them in the scene of the pancake breakfast and them running off with the pitcher of syrup.
A potion in the making

Breakfast in the garden
I'm sure that you'll agree with me when I say the sisters seem to attract very handsome men into their lives. Officer Gary Hallet played by Aidan Quinn could melt any female's heart, young or old.

You can't fault Gilly for being attracted to Jimmy, played by Goran Visnjic. The man is sinfully sexy, too bad his personality needed a makeover.

Now you see what I meant about the visuals. Alice Hoffman wrote a wonderful book, I loved every word, but don't you agree the movie has some terrific visuals?

I'll be leaving this post up until next Saturday, October 1st and on that day at 12:00 noon  I'll name the winner of the colored pencil drawing of the house similar to the one shown at the beginning of this post. The one shown above was accidentally destroyed in a work shop mishap. Don't ask. I think the replacement may be even better than the first.
If you're interested in entering the drawing let me know by saying I want to be entered in the drawing in the comment section of this post. There is no need to be a follower of this blog to enter but if you are a follower you will receive an additional chance to win.
There are many other sites out there who are participating in this blog party so before you continue on to the next site I wanted to thank you for stopping by.

September 25, 2011
I want to take a minute to thank all of you who have visited with me over the past few days. I also wish to tell those of you who have participated in this wonderful blog party how much I enjoyed visiting your sites and seeing all of the amazing ways you celebrated this shared obsession we have with the Practical Magic movie and book. I've tried to make it to every site to see what you have put together. It was very time consuming but well worth the time spent in front of my computer. Because of this party I've found blogs that I may never have visited and many where I want to return over and over. If there's a Practical Magic party again next year I hope to be able to be a part of it. To sum up, thanks to all of you for making this such an enjoyable experience.


Bird said...

A beautiful day to you Maddyrose.
Love your blogs. I'm so happy you came to mine this morning for the PM party and that I followed your link back to your blogs. They're wonderful. Your post today is gorgeous. I am just taken back by the artists involved in this magical day. Your work is beautiful and I just love all of it...your four little papermache dolls of the aunts and Gilly and Sally are adorable.

thank you so much for sharing a slice of your magic today.

Bright blessings,

Linda in New Mexico said...

Oh Maddyrose, you have presented such a lovely post for Practical Magic. And you have shown what a talented and adept artist you are as well. I love your work. And yes, please enter me in the giveaway.
I would love to live in that house too. And the gardens....oh my, that would be nirvana.
Off to see what others have done. Have a lovely weekend, Oma Linda

Krista @ The Random Dabbler said...

You're artwork is fantastic! I agree, the visuals in the movie are really stunning!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maddyrose,

Mom would love to be in the giveaway. I like the drawing of the witch house know how "ascared" I am of the whole Halloween thingy.

Mom said she will get the DVD, Practical Magic for me. Hmm, I'll have my blankie next to me just in case...

Heaps of Hugs

Mom is putting your giveaway on my sidebar. (o:

LuLu Kellogg said...

Maddyrose...your artwork is splendid and I so enjoyed your post celebrating this wonderful movie!
Thank you also for popping by my Blog and visiting me. Please do enter me in your Giveaway!

Happy Autumn!

Kays Kids said...

Maddyrose , your art work blew me away,You are very talented
with your doll as well as your art. Wilbur is not looking forward to Halloween, He said he might peep through his fingers some of the time.

Christel Hutson said...

ok, I must confess, I have never seen Practical Magic..but this painting is Fabulous Maddy!!! You should be showing off! Dang girl who knew? not that I don't love the Santas, and dolls, I truly do, but the painting is superb! I wish I could paint..I can't..not even a little bit..nor am I very good at drawing...I guess I will just stick to the clay..or it will stick to me! lol Have a great weekend, xoxox Christel

Anonymous said...

One of the best things about these parties is getting to meet creative and talented artists. Your work is amazing.
I would be proud to have it on my wall, to dream over.
I am a follower, so toss my name twice in your caldron, please.

monkeycstars said...

Wow, you have a real talent for art! VERY COOL. I wish I was as talented... I'd paint all day long :)


Magaly Guerrero said...

Are you kidding? Of course I want to be entered for the giveaway, those witchy ladies are precious!

Andréann said...

I love you painting! I love that you corrected the weird gap of nicole kidman's neck and no-ear-where-it-should-have-one-space! and the little sculpture are very cute!

Kiki Howell - Author said...

Please enter me in your giveaway, I know just where I could put such a drawing in my witch-decorated writing room :)

Tamara said...

Hi Maddyrose! I'm completely blown away....your art is amazing!! I can't even believe you drew the Owen's house in pencil like that! I honestly thought it was done digitally from a photo or something. Wow! Really good. :) And the figurines are so cute!! Please enter me, owning a house like that has been a dream of me and my sister since we first saw the movie. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me by as part of the PM Blog Party!

Your papier mache dolls are adorable, and I envy your art skills!

Charlotte :)

B'ham said...

So much talent !! Your paintings are wonderful !!

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful post. I love the little figures you have made and the drawing and painting. You are a great artist !!
I want to be entered in the drawing. I love the drawing.
Have a magical weekend.

victoriantailor said...

Your painting is beautiful,
Hope you get time to visit me

K.Michele said...

Your post and artwork are beautiful! I too love that house and wish I could live there as well. It would be a dream come true. Thank you for swinging by my PM party.

K. Michele

Que Bella said...

What a lovely post! Your artwork is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Pabkins said...

I would definitely love to be entered to win! love the cover redo that you did - beautiful! also, new follower. Go check out my sister's awesome giveaway too!

Celia said...

Your artwork is amazing! Very beautiful! I think we all have the dream of living in that house! I would love to win your giveaway....blogger isn't letting me become a follower at the moment but I will save your link and come back later and try again. Thank you for such a fun party!!

Celia said...

Yay! I tried one more time before I left and now I am a follower!!

Birgit said...

Your paper mache clay dolls are so sweet -- what a lovely idea to create the ladies that way! Of course, I also like your painting and the drawing of the house. I am sorry to hear that it was destroyed... Anyway, it would be lovely if you included me in your giveaway -- your artwork is amazing!

Magical Times,

Sandi said...

Maddyrose, you are amazing!! Those works of art are gorgeous, especially the dolls!! Good job!

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Susan said...

Merry meet MaddyRose!
Your PM post is PERFECTLY MAGICAL, as you took the words right out of my mouth about the visuals (especially the men...sinfully sexy indeed!)
You are insanely talented! I love all the art you shared here. I would be HONORED to showcase any of your work in my humble home. Please add me to the draw for the house print! Do you have an etsy shop? I would so love those little "women" also!

I am a follower so please add my name a second time :)
Be well and be blessed,

Maggie said...

Well, Maddy, the drawing of the house and the painting of the sisters turned out just wonderful. Anyone would be thrilled to have their name drawn for any of your art! Love you, sis.

Rinni's Playground said...

Your dolls are darling and that painting is AMAZING!! fabulous job!! You are VERY talented!

I hope you can fly on over to my PM Party post when you get the chance.

Sylvia said...

It's so much fun flying with a friend while blog hopping, thanks for coming with me!

Would have loved to see what kind of men the aunts dated? LOL...

K...race you to the next party...
Yes, please enter me in the drawing. I worked up a braided hair spell so that I could win..hehe

Katy Cameron said...

Love, love, love that film, just didn't have time to participate this year. I'm with you, the film is better than the book. Well, to be fair, the film is SO different it could be a different story, but the visuals are stunning indeed. I too love that house, and your renditions of both it and the girls is fabulous!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

First, let me say that you are a very talented artist!!! I would definitely like to be entered in your giveaway! And thank you for hosting such a lovely Practical Magic party! :) Please feel free to come and visit with me, too. :)
Sincerely, Theresa

Linda said...

I had a wonderful time at your PM party. I never tire of looking at the photos of the house and the memories they bring. The dolls you made are amazing. You did an amazing job..You are so very talented. Please enter me and please visit my party.

Carousel Dreams said...

Maddyrose, what an enchanting post. You are incredibly talented - your drawings and clay models are amazing! Being such a visual person myself, I just love everything about the movie...thankyou so much for having me and have a wonderful witchy weekend x

Victoria said...

Maddyrose, what a talented artist you are. Loved this post!


Victoria from Brushstrokes

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Wow! You are so talented (and creative)! Your drawing and painting are beautiful, and the papermache characters are so cute!

Thanks for visiting!

lisa said...

You are a talented artist and I really enjoyed every bit of your post. Come over to the enchanted oven for some PM cookies.j

Misty said...

LOVE your dolls! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

wickedfaerie said...

I have enjoyed your Practical Magic Party so much. I love your work, you are very talented. Thanks for stopping by mine for a visit as well. Your blog is beautiful.


rachelsmith133 said...

I love the little models that you made, they are so cute.

ps Your Christmas countdown got me all excited, not that long to go now. :-)

Marijke van Ooijen said...

Dear Maddy Rose,

I love you creations..
and your paintings are amazing!
Your blog is so beautiful.


Mina said...

You are such an amazing artist. This post is so eloquently written, as are all of your post. Whenever I read your blog, it's as if I am sitting right in front of you listening to you speak and feeling the warmth of your essence reach out to me.

I LOVE the paper mache Owen's ladies so much and your painting is exquisite. Your work simply enchants me, Miss Maddy Rose.

I think I will join you in getting gussied up like Jet and Fran. If we're lucky we will run into Aidan Quinn and Goran Visnjic. ;-)

Thank you for always making my day a delightful one. May your week be filled with magical blessing, my sweet friend.

Sharon M. said...

Maddy Rose I want the your "House"! Pick me...pick me...pick me...

What a great artist you are!

This was fun reading your blog. I feel as if I've taken a little breather from my hectic work load these few moments. Thank you for that. Helped me to catch my breathe.

I'm going to tell you the "name" of the Bluebird of Happiness. You'll recognize it right off :D

Her name is:


Jo said...

Pumkpin muffins with chocolate chips?! Delish!!! Thanks so much for dropping by my PM party post and for your kind words! Happy 2nd Annual Practical Magic Blog Party!

Michele Seraphim said...

Wow your painting is beautiful! What a lovely post and you put in a lot of thought and time for this party! I really enjoyed this! Thank you

jonny j petros said...

Maddy Rose, Thank you so much for your visit, and so glad I stopped by I love your portrait it is beautiful!!! and your House, you are very talented, looking forward to visiting and seeing your work! I seen that movie loved it. Sincerely,Jonny

Anonymous said...

WOW! Look at all the amazing art you created. I'm awed by it all! Thanks for sharing all your hard work with us.

Lisa said...

What a talented artist and a great post! Blessings, Lisa

CuddlyBunny said...

Your painting is unbelievable! And your adorable dolls! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing such fantastic art!

Stampinmama said...

Maddyrose--such an awesome blog--I loved your clay PM dolls they are all fabulous--Thanks for visiting Stampinmamas Place--I',m with you I love the feminine way they all dress--maybe explains why I love hats I bought a new one just the other day!!

orchid said...

Hi!!! Dear Maddy,
I must tell you "sadly" that there isn't rental video available of this movie.
Wow, this painting of yours is Stunning and Fabulous my Maddy!!! You should be proud of yourself♡♡♡

PS> So sorry for my belated comment. And I think I won't be able to post for a while. But I'll try to keep in touch commenting to your post, my friend♬♬♬

Melissa said...

How talented you are!! Those dolls are amazing and the paintings are beautiful!

I'd love to be eneterd in your contest!

And I am a new follower!

mk261274 at gmail dot com

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings