Friday, 1 February 2013

Start of the 29 faces challenge, and discount on my calendar!

Yes, my favorite challenge starts again! The first time it was on was February last year. Because it was a leap year, Ayala Art challenged us to make a face every day, for 29 days. Any kind of face, any kind of material, human or animal, it doesn't matter. This year is not a leap year, so we will have to do one face extra. If you want to join in the fun, go to this blog, that Ayala Art set up specifically for this popular challenge, and you can read all about it there.


I love this challenge, because it makes me create every day. The 3 times that I've participated were my most productive months ever. I admit, it's not always easy to find the time, and I'm always a bit relieved when the month is over, but on the other hand, I learn a lot because I push myself to try out things and to not dwell too much on details. And that's what it's all about. Not to mention the great people you "meet" and the awesome blogs that you would otherwise maybe never have found.

So I made a face in my journal. I didn't have much time, because I also wanted to work on my bigger paintings. And it's not only a face, I had to add a bird ☺. Actually, it was the bird that gave me the idea for the face. It was sitting there visible in the paint splashes on the page, I just had to outline the form and it was almost ready.


Yesterday I used my painting time to work on my canvases. Two small ones that are in the ugly teenager phase, as Flora Bowley so nicely put it ...., and the last one from the 3 canvases with the sand underground. Didn't get very far yet, when I haven't painted in a while it always takes me some time to sort everything out again and remember how to paint .... ☺

 detail of painting in the ugly teenager phase ....

detail of my sand painting ...

One more thing: since it's February already, I decided to discount my year 2013 calendar. When you buy it now, you get a 20% discount. You can still use it for the remaining 11 months, or you can buy it just for the prints. It's nice sturdy satin-gloss paper, so perfect to use as prints. You can buy it here.

I also want to take the chance to thank all the people who have bought it already. Except for the people who have told me they got one, I have no idea who the other buyers are.So if it was you: THANK YOU! I hope you enjoy!

That's it for this week. I might have to resort to making lyrics-girls in the weekend, or maybe even one-liners, because during the weekend I get very little chance to paint. And I really don't want to start lagging behind already!

Linking this to Paint Party Friday. And guess what: they've told me I'm the featured artist this week!!  Go check out their blog, and while you're there, visit the blogs of the participating artists as well. It's worth it!

I hope your Friday is happy and sweet, and your weekend will bring whatever you need to relax! Thanks for visiting! It is so much appreciated! See you tomorrow with my next face ☺

♥ ♥ ♥

41 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see where your creativity leads you this month!!

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  2. congrats on the interview over at PPF ... it was so interesting to read about your artistic journey and how you got to where you are...xx

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  3. So beautiful! Did you add yourself to the 29 faces Linky yet?? it is open!

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  4. I'm doing 29 faces too! Glad to read that you loved it so. I think your kick off face with the bird is beautiful and what a nice way to start the challenge. Will love to see what more beauty your bring to this month.

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  5. Hi Denthe, I am so excited to be participating again. Love your first girl.
    Hugs,

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  6. Just love that face with the bird. Awesome. I am doing the 29 faces too. So loved your interview and the journey you have made to get where you are now.

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  7. Wow! i'm so looking forward to seeing all your faces this month. I'm in the challenge also

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  8. Great interview on PPF- it was interesting to read how you got started. I love your face and the inclusion of the little bird of course! I'm wondering if I could join in with my dog sketches as I didn't realise it didn't have to be human faces!

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  9. Hi Denthe, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  10. She is beautiful Denise... I love her hair... and gorgeous paintings... even in their progress stages... here's to another wonderful month of 29 faces...

    Jenny ♥

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  11. Thank you for the interview, interesting to read about your journey! Somehow I didn't know that you just emigrated to Astralia couple of years ago!
    Lovely face and I love the detail shots! <3

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  12. Lovely face to start the challenge! Enjoyed your PPF interview!

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  13. Your artwork is truly amazing. Happy to found your blog and following you now.
    Happy PPF :)
    http://designdecoranddisha.blogspot.in/2013/01/moment-of-creativity-togetherness-love.html

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  14. Congratulations on being featured on Paint Party Friday's website this week!
    Lovely interview!!
    And wonderful paintings again this week!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  15. She is beautiful ~ and lovely colorful creations ~ Great interview ~ Happy Weekend to you ^_^

    Carol of: A Creative Harbor ^_^

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  16. Helle, dear Denthe, your bird and your face are beautiful. The face in motion to The bird moved so soft. Sending love
    Erika

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  17. I really enjoyed your interview this week. Your story is very inspiring, and your work is beautiful! I love your face this week! The colors and pose are gorgeous. Good luck with your business endeavors this year. My eyes start to glaze over and I feel a headache coming on whenever I consider the words business plan. It seems to counterintuitive to an artist's way of thinking, and yet, I know how important it is. Good for you!!!

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  18. Beautiful painting of lady and bird, Denthe/Denise. Congratulations on being Artist of the Week for PPF. I really enjoyed the interview and learning more about your painting.

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  19. Loved your interview...I can relate to so much of your story!! Love your work :)

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  20. Enjoyed your interview on PPF and as always am loving your paintings. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  21. It was wonderful getting to "know" you on the PPF blog interview.Your work is so beautiful and has a lovely softness to it. Happy PPF!

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  22. Loved reading your interview on PPF, I've always been a big fan of your artstyle! Happy PPF!

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  23. Zo leuk om het weer te doen en al je gezichten weer te zien.
    ManonX

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  24. Fabulous interview on PPF today. It is such fun getting to know my fellow artists better. Happy PPF.

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  25. Just beautiful Denthe. Awesome work. I joined 29 faces this year. All in fun. Hey, have a great weekend and great interview. I'm a fan of yours. Take care.

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  26. I love her - the bird is icing on the cake! And I love the texture on the sand painting, very cool.

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  27. Amazing stuff Denthe! I'm looking forward to visiting your blog more and seeing your beautiful artwork. Your first face is amazing and I love the little bird!

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  28. Okay, you have convinced me to try the 29 Faces again! Even your "ugly teenager phases" are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process! The posture of the girl is so gentle! This reminds me of my experience I had on Tuesday. A little bird was trapped in my garage. It was trying to fly through the closed window to get outside. I tried to nudge it outside with the soft end of a broom. It didn't work, it kept flitting about, tapping the window. I reached out by gloved hand, and it landed on my glove. It was as light as a paper clip, I couldn't believe how light it felt in my glove. What a little miracle! With my hand,the little bird got the idea to try going through the garage door. As it flew off, it gave a little peep in thanks! And, thank you for reminding me of my little bird experience!

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  29. Congrats on the PPF interview. I loved reading it and getting to know more about you. Lovely lady leaning over that cute birdie! Off to join the Faces challenge! Happy PPF!

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  30. Congratulations! What a wonderful interview. Have a great year!

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  31. Oh, I love this image. Cool that you took Flora's course...I just finished the first week of Bloom True and am having a blast. I have four canvases in the teenager stage sitting in my studio right now! I loved learning more about you at PPF! Congrats!

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  32. Wonderful sneak peeks at art in progress... I am off to read your interview, as i hadn't gotten to yet!

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  33. A lot are doing this Challenge.. have fun with it. Great interview. HPPF

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  34. I love your painting of the lady and the bird. I love the light play and the color on the woman. Well - so what - I love all your paintings. You are a very talented lady and your colors make my heart sing. (corny I know). HPPF

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  35. Loved to read about you and know you even more ...you well deserve all this appreciation :)

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  36. Beautiful face...and your paintings 'in the ugly teenager phase' still look gorgeous to me!

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  37. She is beautiful and as an owner of your calender I can tell everyone that it is worth every penny and a joy to see every day :0) Love your reading your interview too and learning more about you, your art and your life!

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  38. she is so very beautiful ......

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  39. Congrats on being this weeks star. I love your use of color and people. Everything means something in art, but not the same thing to all people. I love that about art. Blessings, Janet PPF

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