Friday, 21 March 2014

Finished my painting (I think ...)

I am not completely sure yet, but I think my new painting is finished.


It's a bit like one of my doodles, but in colour. I just love drawing something and then putting lines through it everywhere and getting all these little spaces to fill up :-)


And this time I could fill them up with colour, which adds a new dimension to it.  I used mostly transparant colours and inks, and my Inktense pencils.

Because I wanted to make a more detailed drawing, I didn't want the canvas structure to come through, so I collaged the complete background, then gesso-ed it and then sanded it. Got me a pretty smooth surface to work on. Although there's a lot of texture too from the collage. But I wanted that.

This is how it started out. I didn't take many in-progress pics, since it was basically just colouring in.


Love the brightness of the transparent paints and inks. But since they're more fluid, it's hard to paint without seeing the brushstrokes. So after painting I smoothed it out with a soft cloth.

And this is the finished painting:


It's 30cm x 30cm (11,8"x11,8") on a box canvas. I never used to work on a box canvas, but I had some in my cupboard and because I didn't have any other ones left I used this and I must say I like the stability of it. Might use it more in future.....

I called it "I don't know how to let you go", for no other reason than that I was listening to a CD from Sarah MacLachlan when I was painting, and this was a sentence from one of the songs. It stayed with me and when I had to think of a title it just popped in my head and stayed there. And I think it fits the painting well. I even wrote this sentence down on the painting, but not really visible. You can only see it when you go real close.

In the meantime, I've been studying my other canvas and drawing out some figures I saw on there. I found 2 figures, 2 birds and 1 face. Can you see them?


I admit, they're not so easy to find ... ;-)

I'll show you next week what I did with it ...

I found something interesting in one of the Facebookgroups I'm a member of so I want to share it with you. If you do art journaling, you can try to get you pages published! Here's the link.
It's for a new book: "Artjournal Kickstarter", and the deadline to submit pages is the 16th of April.

http://www.createmixedmedia.com/editors-picks/art-journal-kickstarter-featuring-your-art

I'll be submitting some of my pages too, although I must admit my artjournaling is a bit on the backburner at the moment, since I've been painting so much, and there's only so many hours in one day ...

I'm linking this again to Paint Party Friday, which has just entered it's fourth year running. I haven't participated since the beginning, since I didn't even have a blog then, but I'm sure happy to have found it 2 years ago. It's a great group of artists that come together every week and share their art. And new artists are always welcome. Have a look at their blog!

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for visiting! I hope your day is beautiful, and your weekend will be happy ♥ ♥ ♥



48 comments:

  1. amazing art you do! Happy PPF and Happy Spring to you to
    -Kat-

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  2. Your art and it's process always fascinates me! Wow!! HPPF! Thanks for thus link too!

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  3. Wow, you work has such intricate nature...amazing!

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  4. Love the texture and the patterns in the first piece, there is a lightness I love. In the WIP I can only see the face, wonder if it is the face you see. My art journaling is on the back burner too. But will check out the link, might inspire me. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Fabulous, and I love your finished piece. Very inspiring and lovely colors as well.

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  6. The finished work is wonderful! Valerie

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  7. The little pattern details you incorporate within the blocks of colour really excite me, they break up the colour and give your work so much movement and magic!

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  8. Loving your latest fab work Denthe. Good luck with the book entry. Happy PPF, Annette x

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

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  9. Thanks to you Denthe, I found Paint Party Friday-link in your blog in February and now I found the courage to participate for the first time!

    "I am not completely sure yet, but I think my new painting is finished." Sounds so familiar since I'm always overworking my paintings. But your painting looks ready in my eyes. I love what you've done with the background! And the coloring! It's rich, but it has so much light in it!

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  10. Love it! Love everything you do!

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  11. I love the collage underneath and colors are fabulous! Thanks for sharing the link. :)

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  12. We met at PPF and I´m so glad we did! :D Interesting to know the size of the canvas.

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  13. Ik had je schilderij al voorbij zien komen.... en ik vind het weer een prachtige creatie. Leuk met die doodles erin; dat zal wel een heel werk zijn geweest :-)
    Heel fijn weekend!!
    Liefs,
    Marianne

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  14. Wow, wowo and wow. Your work always brightens my day!

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  15. Love the finished piece...all the colors, textures and details are wonderful! I couldn't find the images in your new painting...so I'll be watching for progress on that one.

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  16. I always love seeing your paintings in progress and then the finished painting. Don't we all say it is finished (I think)?

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  17. Your first painting is so colourful.I think it looks finished. It amazing how you find the figures in your work. It's a great technique.

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  18. Yes, I´m repeating myself...but I love your way to paint!
    The texture, the patterns, the colors...really wonderful!

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  19. Love the texture from the collage ♥ Cant' wait to see what you do with the other painting.... sometimes I see where your going but this time not so much :)

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  20. The colors as always are fab and she looks finished to me. Awesome work Denthe!

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  21. I really love the wonderful colors and flow of all your paintings Denise!! Like you I only began blogging and discovering Paint Party Friday 2 yrs ago and PPF is my very favorite place to party-still:)

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  22. Fabulous work, Denthe. I also like where you put lines through and fill in with colors. Makes for fascinating works of art.

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  23. beautiful finished piece, will check out that art jounal printing link thanks.

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  24. Those fingers in your painting are long and enchanting! Love seeing the process...so inspiring. :)

    Happy Paint Party Friday!
    Tam

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  25. That painting is really beautiful Denise. I love how it started out like a puzzle and then you pulled all the pieces together. Is it for sale? Thanks for the kickstarter link. I'm off to check it out!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Yes, it's for sale. Have to figure out a price still since I've never painted this size before, it's always either bigger or smaller ....

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  26. I was just thinking that you are getting so good at finding faces, figures, birds and more in your colors and shapes that you must be getting good as sensing things in life, seeing things in clouds and maybe other things as well.

    these are beautiful!

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    1. I'm not sure if I'm getting better at sensing things in life, but I'm definitely getting trained in seeing figures everywhere ... ;-) I only need to see a certain shape, and it gets translated immediately into a shoulder, or an arm or something like that ... It's just practice really ....

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  27. I love seeing the process by which you create your beautiful art, so intricate, colorful and lovely.

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  28. OOhh wow,what a wonderful colorful painting, i love t hose long fingers, very enchanting, i love the way and your process you paintend all the beautiful shapes and ladys there,its very inspiring,thank for sharing your work,realy beau t iful,love it.

    greetings and happy ppf Jeannette

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  29. The colours are so vibrant and captivating! All of the little patterns are captivating! I like the rangoli on the lady' hand! Stunning, Denise!

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  30. I love this painting with all the bright colors - and the title really says a lot!
    Beautiful!

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  31. Your art is gorgeous, so bright and interesting, I love coming here and enjoying all your colorful pieces!
    I can well see the little bird in that new painting, the faces are harder, still it's such a fun process pulling things out from a mass of tangled color, wonderful art!

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  32. I think your new painting is just gorgeous. I really admire your style and how much color you use. Everything you do is always so pretty and cheerful! It's also cool to see the works in progress to see how you go from A to B.

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  33. Fantastisch, zo mooi weer!
    Gezellige avond verder!
    Groetjes Karin

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  34. Maybe that's why you can't let this painting become finished! 'I don't know how to let you go' was running through your head while you were making it! It's gorgeous, I was interested to know your technique too with the layers and then sanding it. I love Inktense pencils, the colours are so lovely and bright. Great job!
    Jess xx

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  35. Always so colorful, and fun! :) I appreciate seeing your progress shots, even though I tend to be lazy about doing them myself. lol I get so into painting, I forget to stop and shoot..plus, my hands are always messy.

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  36. Magical and perfect, yes it looks finished, 'don't know how to let you go' I don't think there is another pencil stroke that could make it better than what it is, and I really like the way you prepared the canvas for your vision, sometimes I so hate those little bumps and that is the real reason I grab some old recycled board or paper bag LOL.... Oh look forward to the update on the new artwork and now off to check out that link! Have a great day :)

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  37. Wow Denthe i am totally blown away by the colour as usual! Helemaal geweldig. Liefs ManonXx

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  38. These are fantastic, but I see more than two birds. . .but then I could see birds in anything. I love them. That was interesting how to smooth the canvas. . .I do have the ink to try, did not think about smoothing it out. Thank you for your details. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  39. Hope you get some of your art in the book! I think your work is certainly individual and would be great for it!

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  40. Ha Dente, fijn zo mee te kunnen lezen zo mooi hoe je verteld over je schilder werken.
    mooie werken met fijne tekst
    Bedankt voor je berichtje.
    Liefs een groetje Christiene.

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  41. As usual I love your colors! They're bright in such a beautiful, satisfying way. Your paintings always inspire me - and giving it the name from a song by Sarah McLachlan can't be wrong either! I love her music!

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  42. When I drop in here I feel as if it's sunny outside which today actually is but no matter the weather outdoors if I need a burst of warmth and sunshine I just need to pay you a visit! Adore the colours as always and the designs and compositions are beautiful! Lovely, lovely art Denise!

    Annabelle m..m

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  43. Oh, wow! This is absolutely stunning! I love seeing your process shots and the bold colors here really sing. It is so cool and so YOU! AND cool thing about the book - good luck submitting your pieces! xoxo

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  44. It's always interesting how these faces and figures hide in a piece. Although we may be able to see them, they will only come out the way they want to be when YOU find them. It's a complex and interesting point in the painting.
    The first painting is unusual but very interesting and sets the mind thinking.

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  45. I just love the colors you use in your paintings! You have such a unique style! Happy PPF!

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