Thursday, 16 February 2017

Faces faces faces

I had forgotten how the 29 faces challenge tends to overtake my life. While I find it do-able to make some art every day, actually finishing a new piece every day is pretty much impossible for me to do for longer than 1 month. We're over halfway now and I know I'll breathe a sigh of relief when it's finished, but at the same time I know months like these give me lots of new stuff to work with. Which is why I do it.

So on we go! Here are the faces from the last 7 days:

Face #10: markers

Face #11: sketch

Face #12: another roadmap-face, with an excerpt from this beautiful poem about refugees called "Home" by Warsan Shire

Face #13: marker and graphite

Face #14: watercolour

Faces #15 and #16 (and maybe # 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 too!): found a lot of smaller faces in my roadmap-journal, I will count these now as 2 faces, but if I get behind in the following days I might count them all as a separate face ;-)
Another excerpt from that same poem by Warsan Shire, because they reminded me of refugees ....

That's it for this week! Linking to Paint Party Friday and to 29 faces. Hop on over there to see some great work!

I hope you're having a great day! Thanks so much for your visit! I'll finish with some funnies :-)

And some to think about ....

Enjoy your weekend! I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 9 February 2017

New painting: Heal the world

In the midst of painting faces for the 29 faces challenge, I finished my painting! There are two faces on there, so they count for two days :-).

I started this painting a long time ago, but never got around to working out the ideas I had for the background.

While I was working on it, I wasn't sure about the dark background, but it kinda grew on me, and I think it makes the colours pop. So I'm happy :-)

I call it "Heal the world", because it just feels like that for me. I notice that lately I feel the need to make paintings where people live in harmony with nature and animals. I am so saddened by what we are doing to our beautiful planet and to the animals in it, and my paintings are sort of a tribute to all I love about nature. Bringing some kindness to the world in these sad and upsetting times. I reserve my raw feelings of anger and worry and resistance for my artjournal pages and my Facebookposts :-)

This is not an intuitive painting, so not so many steps to show here, but here are some pics from start to finish:

 using up leftover paint and trying out some things with drips

 stamps, sprays and lots of colour

 lightening it up a bit, because I already know I want to put a dark colour in the background.

 drawing my figures and starting to paint the negative space

mix of Payne's Grey and Phtalo Blue

And here it is finished:

I didn't post my faces for the 29 faces challenge on my blog every day. Not enough time for that, so here they are from last week:

Face #3: black ink on a map

Face #4: watercolour and marker

Face #5: found image in a map

Face #6: another watercolour and marker

Face#7: the first face from my painting

Face #8: another "found map-face"

And #9: the second face from my painting:

I managed to paint every day, but boy, I'm way behind with other things now! Guess by the time I finish this challenge I'll be up to my ears in administration and paperwork .... Oh well ...

Linking this to 29 faces challenge and to Paint Party Friday. Join in if you want, it's fun, and there's so much to see and admire in both of them!

Ending with some funnies :-)

And some to think about ....


That's it for this week! Thanks for being here, I really appreciate your visits and comments. I hope your day is going well, and that your weekend will be filled with kindness.
I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 2 February 2017

29 faces challenge: yes, it's that time of the year again!

I only hesitated a little bit this time. Can I do it? Do I have enough time? And then I thought: yes, let's do it again. I'm trying to get into the habit of daily creating, so what better motivation than to participate in my favorite challenge. I won't be posting every day on my blog (I'll try to post on Facebook daily), but I'll show an overview of my faces every week.

And since yesterday was the first day, here's my first face: watercolor and marker

A few months ago, I bought an old road atlas in a thrift store, but until now I didn't really know what to do with it. And then I thought I could use it for weird faces with quotes that reflect a bit of what is going on in the world today.  I decided to use the lines of the map to "find" faces. This is how it started:

   And here's face #2:

I love the effect of the road maps shining through. It's also a really nice size. Might become one of my favorite journals :-)

I also finished the dark background in my painting, and gave it a second coat. The under painting still shines through a bit when you look up close, but I like it better this way. Now I just need to finish the figures, and I can call it done! Hopefully next week.

Lastly I want to share with you a picture of the sunrise last week. It has been really cold here, but the sun was shining almost every day, and this is how it looked when I went out to the car to bring the kids to school in the morning. Isn't it beautiful ?

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday and to 29 faces. Click on the links and take a look, and maybe even participate yourself!

Thanks so much for all your heart-warming comments last week. I'll continue to share my funnies, and some thought-provoking memes too, because I think it's important that we stay vigilant, now more than ever. But don't worry, there are non-political ones too ;-)

 This one might need some explanation: these are elephants that were rescued, I think it was somewhere in Thailand, and the weather was unusually cold, so these women made "coats" for the elephants. Isn't this great!? I love it!

Some to think about ....

by Brian Andreas

And the last one:

did it work ? ;-)

That's it for this week!  Thanks so much for your visit, it is greatly appreciated :-) Wishing your worry-free days ahead! Take care and see you next week ♥ ♥ ♥