Friday, 9 August 2013

The joy of a new painting ...

Even though I didn't have much time this week, I managed to paint for a few hours and oh, I can't express how I enjoy this way of painting. Every time I start a new canvas I feel a bit reluctant, wondering how on earth to start and how to get past the mess I'm making on my canvas .... It's as if I have to learn everything from scratch all over again.


But then, almost without notice, I slip into another phase, where I find figures and start to get an idea where this canvas is going. And then it starts to get really fun. Which doesn't mean I don't get frustrated at times, or doubt whether I'm making the "right" decisions. But then I only need to think about Flora Bowley's very wise words: "it's just another layer" .... If I'm not happy with it, I paint over it. It's as simple and sometimes as difficult as that.

The painting I started last week moved over to the phase where I started seeing things in it. And this time I just saw figures everywhere!


I wonder how many more will surface ... ;-)


This is where I am now. I'll show the in-progress pics from start to finish when the painting is finished. I'm really loving the new colours I bought: neon pink and neon orange and neon blue, all from the new range from Golden: the "High Flow Acrylics". They're perfect for this way of painting. I love the high pigmentation of the Golden paints, the colours stay strong even when you spray water on top.


Ooohh, just looking at all that orange and pink makes me happy. It's weird how colour can have that effect on me. Maybe it's because I grew up in Belgium, where more often than not the skies are a drab grey, the buildings are grey, even most of the cars are grey. I yearned for colour living there....

And here are some more painted rocks:



Jez was wondering how big these rocks are, so I took a couple of pictures where they're laying in my hand ....



They're all different sizes, the biggest one so far is the size of my palm.

Well, that's it for now. I'm linking this to the weekly party at Paint Party Friday, where more than 100 artists every week participate and play. Go have a look, or even better: join in!

And if you have the time, take a look at my previous post about inspiring artists. I'm so in awe of this guy I just need to share it with everybody....

Thank you so much for being here, and also a massive thank you for answering my question about shipping in my last PPF-post. Very interesting, and a big help for me! So thanks ♥

Hope you're having a beautiful Friday, enjoy your weekend and don't forget to relax and play ;-)

37 comments:

  1. I LOVE your vibrant art!!! I am in awe of how you FIND figures...and then I find them in your colors and they flow...so beautifully.

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  2. Love your canvas and the figures that emerge for you. I just adore your style. and those rocks are amazing too. WOW - so much eye candy in this post!

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  3. I love to see your canvases in progress to see how they transform! And the rocks! Especially love the ones with big hair! Happy PPF!

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  4. Wow, this painting with the three most dominant figures is really speaking to me!
    I love your stones :-)
    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

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  5. How interesting that info on the gray cars! I love hearing about other countries!
    Your art as always, so awesome. It is a party for the eyes ♥ The rocks are great too, I'm getting one tomorrow, can't stand it anymore lol

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  6. oh my gwad Denthe, I LOVE the rocks! The dark lined ones in special. Great great work as always! :)

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  7. I'm still so in awe about your painted stones! They're simply amazing! I also love to see the progress in your painting! It already looks amazing and the colours are so vibrant!

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  8. Wow this is some gorgeous art...and wow that middle character looks like they are holding the other woman...so beautiful...Your work is so powerful! I too love the neons and color fills my soul like nothing else!! If you ever figure it out let me know...we have so much color here in B.C so it's not a lack of color.... it's something deeper...
    Love the rocks and everything else! You are amazing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. Your WIP is awesome! The colors are so bright and beautiful. The neon colors really pop. Thanks for showing the lovely painted rocks in your hand so we can get an idea of the size.

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  10. I too love your choice of colors and I find the emerging figures to be quite mystical! What a process, it's completely mesmerizing!

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  11. Geweldig... ik zie je figuren alweer tevoorschijn komen in je schilderij. Hoe magisch is dit om te zien :-) Leuk dat je de verschillende fases weer met ons deelt. En je stenen vindt ik prachtig.
    Liefs,
    Marianne

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  12. OOooh Your painting and figures in it is so amazing,love your progress,the stones is sooo wonderful,i love the faces in it,its so diffrent and beautiful.

    Greetings Jeannette

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  13. Love how your figures emerge from the layers. The rocks are so sweet...off to check out your iniring artist. xox

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  14. Your rock art is gorgeous, all the faces are so beautiful!

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  15. Great WIP! I can't wait to see it finished. :) And the stones are fabulous!

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  16. Oh I just love all the figures that are coming to play on your canvas Denise... and yes... loving the neons too... you are rocking those painting stones...

    Jenny ♥

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  17. I love seeing the progress of your painting! Thanks for sharing it.

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  18. Your new canvas looks amazing! I love the colours you use and the way you see figures in the paint is amazing:) The painted rocks are awesome, I love the blue one:) You should get my start for the FITW II soon:) HPPF

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  19. I just love the feeling of joy in all your work. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that gets a feeling of fear before working on a canvas. However, just like you, that feeling goes away once I submerge myself in my work. Blessings!

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  20. Wonderful traveling in paintings different land. I love to visit there, too. When I can get that place, I forget all in this real world.
    Your painting is coming very interesting. I like very much the persons who want to come. Your brush is amaising, it is temting so miraculous persons.
    HPPF

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  21. i always enjoy watching your figures emerge from the canvas :)

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  22. Ha Dente,een bijzonder doek en de kleuren zijn prachtig
    zo ook je stenen zo mooi ik vind het juweeltjes.
    Groetjes
    Christiene.

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  23. Beautiful, intriguing canvases! Really like the rocks, especially the girl with the beehive! <3

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  24. Your rock ladies are very beautiful. I want to see the progress of your painting. Love how you show each step of it here.
    SusaN

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  25. Just beautiful. I always enjoy how you find so many faces on the canvas. Your rocks are awesome. I'm going in my backyard to see what I can find.:) Thanks.
    gloria

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  26. Your art is magical! Always such a joy seeing your paintings come to live :) and look at those cute stones! I totally love them and I am sure I will paint some also on my journey ;) ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  27. i also know that feeling at the beginning, what will happen, can i find my way...

    i love these painting you create
    and
    the wonderful words you but on your beautiful rocks, well they touch my heart.

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  28. I love that quote - it's just another layer. Painting should not be stressful - sometimes that little nasty left brain critic sneaks up on me and lets me know what a no talent I am. I try to give it a swift kick and keep on going! I love your process and how your paintings evolve.

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  29. I love seeing your paintings evolve + I can't wait to see which direction you take it x

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  30. oh yes, the joy of painting, I love it!! Beautiful painted rocks Denthe, they look fantastic. Thank you for sharing and wishing you a creative week, filled with joy!

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  31. SO beautiful! I LOVE the bright, bold colors (I now need those Golden paints ;) and how you get the figures out of your backgrounds. AND your rocks are just gorgeous - how you get so much detail on them I will never know! Just amazing, xoxo

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  32. Denthe your art is always such a treat, beautiful! I really love your stones too, they are great pieces!

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  33. I love the way you find your faces and persons in the colors. And I admire the way your draw and colors them!
    Best Beate

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  34. The joy you find in the intuitive process is so evident in your paintings. You have really mastered this style! I react the same way to beautiful colors as you do...the joy they bring me never ceases to amaze me. Those Golden paints must be amazing to work with. Blessings to you. xo, janice

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  35. Che spettacolo le tue pietre dipinte... bellissime!!
    Bellalullo

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  36. The ladies on the rocks are so amazing. I love the art. Blessings, Janet PPF

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