Saturday, 6 July 2013

Back in blogland

More than a week almost without computer ..... it's definitely a change from "normal" life. But so much fun. We have been having a wonderful time with my sister and her family visiting from Belgium. Leaving family and friends behind is the hardest part about emigrating to the other side of the world, but when they visit it's double the fun.

They have now left to go travelling up north in Queensland, and will be back here in a few weeks for another 5 days. I am now trying to catch up with emails and blogposts, which have been severely neglected in the past week...

I managed to make a new Summer of Color painting in the nick of time. The colours this week are charcoal grey and soft pink. If there's one colour I really do not like it's grey. I don't even think of it as a colour.... But that's the challenge, isn't it? Using colours that you don't choose yourself. And I do like the combination with the pink. So here it is:

A girl and birds of course .... What else .... ☺. And a quote from Alfred Tennyson.

And I received a pleasant surprise in the mail once again. Sandra is giving away her SOC-paintings every week to a lucky winner, and guess who was the winner of her first painting? Yes indeed: lucky me :-)

Here's what I won:

Thanks so much Sandra! If you want a chance to win one of her paintings, go visit her blog and leave a comment!

That's it for now. Linking this as always, though a bit later than usual, to Paint Party Friday, and of course to Summer of Color. I'll be doing my best to visit you all this week!

Thanks so much for being here. I hope you're all enjoying the weekend and for those of you in the northern hemisphere the long warm sweet summer days.... ♥ ♥ ♥

41 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, what an amazing soc! Love how this came together. The emotion of sadness on her face is so powerful...her sweet eyes and vulnerability! A very impressive piece. I 'm guessing many feelings are being purged on paper!

    So glad you had such a wonderful time with your sister and her family!! Now you have something to look forward to in a few weeks!!

    Glad you won the artwork....

    Sending love
    Giggles

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  2. Grijs is inderdaad een saaie kleur, maar
    Die gedachte komt niet bij je op als je deze schitterende
    Creatie in grijs/roze ziet! Heerlijk voor je dat je familie in de buurt is.
    Fijn weekend! Groetjes karin

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  3. The pink and grey together are smashing, Denthe. I love how you are always able to create emotion in your drawings and match them with appropriate quotes. What come first, the drawing or the quote? What medium did you use?

    I am glad you are having a grand time with your sister and her family. That time together is so precious!

    Welcome back to blog land! Happy weekend!

    Renee

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    1. Thanks Renee ♥ Usually, the drawing comes first. I draw something, and then I go looking through my extensive collection of quotes and poetry, until I find something that I feel fits perfectly. I used acrylics and acrylic pens for this, on MDF-board.

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    2. Thank you for responding with the answers to my questions.

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  4. Ha Dente,heerlijk hé familie zo dicht bij je.
    Een mooi uitdaging grijs met roze dit heb je prachtig gemaakt.
    Een prachtig schilderij van Sandra,wat je gekregen hebt
    Gefeliciteerd.
    Liefs en heb het goed.
    Groetjes
    Christiene.

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  5. Geweldig schilderijtje Denise, dat is inderdaad een uitdaging voor je geweest, maar je hebt het er zo goed afgebracht. Ik vind het helemaal prachtig. Ook de tekst en de uitdrukking op het geschilderde gezichtje passen weer zo goed bij jou en wat je voelt.
    Ik ben erg blij voor je dat je een fijne week hebt gehad met je familie.
    Ik wens je een heel fijn weekend!
    xxx Marianne
    PS Leuk schilderijtje heb je gewonnen!!

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  6. Oh I love your soc piece it has a sadness and at the same time the birds give it another dimension of happiness. Hope you understand, a sort of bittersweet. So pleased you won Sandra's prize, her work is wonderful.

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  7. oooh,i love your piece,its soo wonderful with the lilac colors, i love her eyes and the bird,very beautiful work.
    and i love sandras work,thank you for pleased here.

    have a nice weekend :-)Jeannette

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  8. Congratulations on winning this painting!
    So glad you are enjoying time with family.
    You know I love your paintings and the patterns you incorporate so wonderfully!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. Very nice painting and well combined colours with lovely composition. I am glad that you had nice time with your sister. Much love to you!

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  10. Welcome back! I love your pink and grey painting! Congrats on that win, too, wow!! Enjoy a relaxing weekend, kath

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  11. so nice that you had good time with your family. my sister also lives far away and that can be so hard.

    your piece is lovely, sad, meaningful and lovely.

    sweet days to you ~

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  12. Lucky you! I love Sandra's work. So glad you are having a wonderful time with your family. You deserve it! Lovely pink and grey work with a beautiful haunting quote.

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  13. So nice to have beloved family in touch. And also your painting is full of life and color. Wonderful! HPPF Erika

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  14. i agree with you about using grey....not my fav color either. But...you have done an amazing job!! really nice.

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  15. Congrats on winning. The pink and grey looks wonderful. Great job. Love it!
    gloria

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  16. Love the pink and gray doodle! I had not heard this Tennyson quote before, but I can relate to it. Congrats for winning Sandra's beautiful painting.

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  17. This is a beautiful painting for the pink/charcoal challenge. There is so much expression in the piece of art. Congratulations on your prize
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  18. Wonderful detail painting again!!. A break from the computer is always a good thing :). How lucky to own a beautiful art from another :).

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  19. beautiful piece for SOC and PPF! I guess your sister and family trade their summer for a winter vaca!

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  20. Congrats on winning that beautiful work of art from Sandra! And wow! I love what you created with this week's SOC colors, too! It is fabulous and so creative.

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  21. Beautiful art! I'm glad you enjoyed family time, but nice to have a little break, too. :)

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  22. yes, lucky you to win that piece-congrats!! LOVE your SOC project-you have such an eye for perfect placement of color blocks and imagery. It really takes your eye around the whole piece-really fantastic!

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  23. A beautiful creation in pink and gray- fantastic design and love the imagery!

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  24. This is beautiful. I actually voted this colour combo each week so far! Although I love vibrant colours when I paint, I do seem to have a lot of grey clothes! Mostly for work as I loathe black clothes (probably the black overkill during my teenage goth day put me off for life!!) lucky yoy winning Sandra's painting!

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  25. I know what you mean about grey! It does 'go' with practically anything though :) I love what you have done with it!

    Lucky you on your win and enjoy your family time again when they get back again.

    Karen x

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  26. Love your pink and gray for SOC! HPPF!

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  27. Very artistic, grafic and wonderful painting. I like it a lot. Beautiful lines and colors. Painting is so peaceful and symbolic, very interesting.
    Greetings from Finland :-)

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  28. We lived across the ocean from family for three years and I do remember how sweet our visits were. I love your composition this week...the quote, the girl, the bird. I hope you are finding healing in your art. Blessings to you.

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  29. lovely art and well done on winning

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  30. This is a beautiful... quote brought tears to my eyes and the colors actually compliment the sentiment well, despite your dislike of "the color that is not a color":-)

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  31. Wonderful picture, so sad. I am sorry you couldnt see my pictures, I lost my blog this morning and had to go through a verification procedure to get it back, they said there had been unusual activity on my account??? Hopefully all is well now.

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  32. So happy that you had a wonderful week with your sister and her family Denise... love the pink and grey together... and of course your gorgeous girl and birds... and lucky you... Sandra's work is fabulous... lovely mail to receive...

    Jenny ♥

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  33. Even though gray is not one of your favorite colors you were able to use it beautifully. This is a wonderful piece with words that make me think. Have a great week.

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  34. Very beautiful and Powerful painting♥ I can feel the pain and sorrow. SO happy that you had such a great visit with family and that they are returning shortly.
    Still sending you hugs and love everyday.

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  35. Pink and grey are not my usual color scheme either - but the challenge is to stretch us in some area. I think you stretched very well. The painting is very lovely. So glad you had a good family visit and still one to look forward to.

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  36. Nothing you paint ever looks dull. You have even managed to brighten up the grey with beautiful patterns and tones. Fantastic work!
    I am so glad your sister and her family are enjoying their stay:)

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  37. Denthe! So nice to read your blog! Love your painting! Truly beautiful!!!

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  38. This is a beautiful piece. I love how you have integrated the quote into it, and the colours work well. Such an expressive quality on the girls face. Beautiful work.

    And lucky you to receive that piece in the mail!! :)

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