Friday, 21 February 2014

Hidden memories

Well, today's painting is a bit of a surprise-painting. Meaning that I didn't expect to work on it for at least a couple more weeks.

It was one of those paintings that I had just put beside my easel, to wipe of my brushes and clean off my palette.


Actually, to be honest, I had only used it to mop up the floor after I'd been dripping paint on another canvas, and to clean up excess paint left in my foambrush ....


But the great thing about not having my own studio and having to work in the kitchen and livingroom, is that I have my easel right in front of me when I'm making dinner. And I couldn't help but notice two faces in there.....


Can you see them? Click on the picture to see it bigger, I'm sure you'll find them :-)

And when I see faces, I have to pull them out. Even though I had no idea what to do with the rest of the canvas. Gee, there were even spots that didn't have any paint at all ... But I'd worry about that later ....


Hmmm, now what? While I was thinking about that I saw another smaller figure in the right hand corner. So I pulled that one out too ;-) (lately I keep seeing these small figures in long dresses everywhere ...)


Still no idea how to finish it. Added some squares in white, to lighten it up a bit (I found a small box of square sponges in the depths of my closet, and can't stop using them ☺)

I decided I wanted more colour, but I wanted the drips to shine through, so I used inks instead of paint.


Hmm, still not satisfied. It didn't look (nor feel) finished to me, and I wanted to lighten it up some more. So I outlined everything with a thin white line. After I'd done that I knew it was finished.

 "Hidden memories" - ink and acrylics on canvas - 40 x 30cm (15,7"x 11,8")

Aaah, that's so satisfying to just finish a painting in 2 days without even knowing you were going to finish it :-)

So these are my 2 faces for the 29 faces challenge:

Day 21:
 And day 22:

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Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving those uplifting comments.  I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday and 29 Faces Challenge. Worth a visit, both of them!!

I hope you're having the most wonderful day, and a lovely weekend ahead of you! I'll be back on Sunday with face 23 and an overview of the week :-) ♥ ♥ ♥


54 comments:

  1. I love your pulled artwork - amazing!
    Happy PPF!

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  2. This is Awesome!!! I love your style!

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  3. Beautiful work! I find brush wipe pages also most inspiring! Valerie

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  4. I adore watching your process, I could only see one face at the start but you are so imaginative and creative to pull these beautiful ladies out the canvas, I always admire your beautiful use of colour, It seems almost translucent, what paint do you use, do you thin the acrylics with medium?

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    1. Thanks! I first tried it with acrylics mixed with glazing liquid but that didn't give such strong colours. So I decided to use my Daler-Rowney inks. They're acrylic inks that are waterproof when dry. Perfect for when you want strong colours and a translucent effect (you have to make sure you use the transparant colours because they also have opaque colours).

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  5. Great to see your working-process!! Beautiful and unique work!!!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  6. Fantastic and inspiring work. Thank you for sharing the process of creation! Big hugs to you, Denthe!

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  7. wow Denthe you have done it again and produced the most wonderful artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Gorgeous and I can't tell you how thrilling it was to see your process from start to finish....beautiful thank you!

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. so lovely as always. I was looking for faces in your progession of photos and I would have gone somewhere else entirely. I am always in awe thst the spirit guides what we create from paint covered canvases. Love the inks....so transparent. xox

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  10. Always your number one fan, Denthe!Amazing work again!

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  11. I love that you show your process - it is so very inspiring. I am so drawn into the way you work so freely at first - I would like to try that. Your faces are so often filled with serenity, such calm, but still energetic.

    I have been working on a big piece of masonite with watercolour paper taped to it on the table and it's starting to bother my neck - my husband said that he thinks I need an easel now but where to put it? The kitchen, of course!!! xx

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    1. lol ... there's no place better... ;-)

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    3. folk HARP!!
      I'be set up in the dining nook off my kitchen.

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  12. absolutely beautiful!! I love all of the progression shots...and all of the vibrant colors you used!

    http://www.artworkbyjm.com/

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  13. hidden memories … hidden treasures!! love the finished painting. the little squares throughout are a great touch.

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  14. Wow! How fascinating to see through your eyes as you created this beautiful painting! Wonderful!

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  15. gorgeous!! I love seeing how you come up with these paintings, and your faces always have such beautiful expression and character.

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  16. Beautiful faces and I love how you shared your process. I do the same thing with "mistakes," make faces out of them. Like Bob Ross does with birds...only we do them with faces. lol Great blog; I'll be back!

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  17. I always love seeing how you create your beautiful paintings. Thanks so much for an inspiring post. HPPF!

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  18. I really like the composition! The two faces are gorgeous and delicate. It's so strange how the most delicate and elegant figures can sometime be born of chaos and randomness. Thank you for sharing the WIP. :)

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  19. Such a wonderful painting, from such humble beginnings. Stunning! I love the faces, the colours and the composition.

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  20. you always have a way with colour!!!! love your pieces!!!!

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  21. Oooh wee, beautiful. It's so much fun pulling out faces as you do. Wonderful color Denthe. Great work as always.:)

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  22. To create is a wonderful journey, to have imagination is a gift. And to have talent to turn journeys into art is so fascinating to follow.

    Thank you for this journey with your Hidden memories.

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  23. Prachtig werk Denise! En leuk dat je de gezichtjes ziet groeien in elke foto!!
    xxx Marianne

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  24. Ohhh truly amazing to see the whole piece come to live :) It´s so like I was working most of the time! I have to smile the whole time while reading and watching through your post...thats why I always enjoy visiting you here ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  25. wonderful unique faces Denthe!

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  26. Beautiful colors, Denthe. I am always amazed at how you can find the faces in your beginning pieces.

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  27. Love this and isn't it awesome when something literally demands to be painted when you least expect it.
    Have a great weekend!
    Carol

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  28. Love your process so much. Both the faces look so serene.
    Happy PPF

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  29. I've loved the journey you've taken us on, your paintings are magical, I love how you see things and make such beauty out of a few strokes and color pulling out and making the most of what you see, thanks so much for sharing the process with us, incredible work here as always!

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  30. wow wat een talent heb je, prachtig om te zien hoe zo'n canvas ontstaat!
    Fijn weekend!
    Groetjes Karin

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  31. Gorgeous faces, and lovely process! Love seeing the images emerge

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  32. uuuuuuuuu sssiimmpply amaze me. Your art is so inspirational to me. You make it look effortless, light, happy, and full of life. Thank you.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  33. these or rather this is absolutely gorgeous
    i love the feeling of serenity in the faces
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    the white outline is so lovely
    sweet weekend to you!

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  34. Great Denise, i love the faces and the lines and the white pixely squares!

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  35. I always love seeing your work especially seeing the process. Wonderful.

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  36. Well I looked and looked and did not see the faces that you were seeing. Good thing you did! LOL!

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  37. Denthe, your colours are so vibrant! I like the little touch of the small white squares. The intersecting lines are so playful! What a great fun and gorgeous piece!

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  38. Wow, the faces are stunning! So peaceful and the features are beautiful. That tiny delicate hand on the third figure is so perfect! I love the way this started out and then evolved. Love the process pics!

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  39. It is a privilege to watch your progress through the paintings. The colours always make me think I would love to eat them. You have sich a steady hand to be able to paint white outlines so accurately. Both faces are peaceful and beautiful.

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  40. It's great to see your process. I think it's a great idea to find your faces hidden in your background.

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  41. Fantastic paintings! Thanks for sharing the process.

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  42. What can I say - just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your process as well

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  43. Yes!! I think you are right, the thin white lines pulled the piece together beautifully. I like seeing how you came to the process. I forget to take pictures and end up with only start and ending....one day I will remember to click. Nicely done.

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  44. Your pieces are so moving and ethereal. I love them. I could get lost in the piece where the two are looking at each other. What a talent you have!

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  45. Excellent. It is amazing when you finally, really look at something. Love the story. Blessings, Janet PPF (and you didn't burn anything, right?)

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    1. lol ... No, I didn't, it just took a bit longer to get dinner ready since I was interrupting my cooking the whole time to take a closer look at my canvas ;-)

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  46. Brilliant. Love how your work comes alive and the white lines really do make it complete.

    Annabelle : )

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  47. I also love seeing your process, and watching the faces emerge. Thanks for sharing.
    Great idea, to start canvases by using them for that extra paint!

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