Thursday, 6 November 2014

Soul Food Interview!

Hi, I'm back! I have to, since today my interview for Soul Food was scheduled ;-) But I must admit my head is in overload at the moment, with all the things I need to do to get settled in Belgium (who knew moving countries could be this exhausting ...?)

It is nice however to be back online, I missed seeing and making art in the last few weeks.

So, as I mentioned in this post, I will be teaching in Soul Food 2015! For those of you who don't know Soul Food, it is an online art class with 3 head teachers (headchefs) and 17 guest-teachers (sous-chefs). It'll run over a period of 3 months (1Feb - 30Apr 2015) and you will get 2 video-lessons a week from different teachers. Registration will open on January 1st 2015. More information is over here.


And, to introduce myself, I had to make a video of myself answering a few questions.... I did this weeks ago in the midst of packing, having no experience at all with making video's. I managed to finish it, and I included a lovely song of Sarah MacLachlan in the end part where I show some of my work. But today, when I wanted to publish it, I got the message the video was blocked in some countries because of this music. Waaahhh... I really loved that music in combination with my art, but I did what I have to do and removed it. So you'll have to watch it without I'm afraid....

Here it is:



Making a video of yourself is quite eye-opening I must say. I noticed I cannot keep to a script. I just start talking and think of something and add that too, and in the end I'm talking way too much.  I had to start over many times, just in order not to bore you with an hour-long video ;-) And I hope you don't get dizzy watching it, because I also can't seem to be able to sit still. I talk with my whole body.... I know I use my hands a lot when I talk, but I wasn't aware that I'm wiggling on my chair the whole time too ...

Anyway: there's good news: I can give away a FREE spot in Soul Food!!


If you want to have a chance to win: leave a comment on this blogpost, or visit my Facebookpage and leave a comment there. If you do both: your name will go in the draw twice :-) And if on top of that you share my post on Facebook, your name will be entered three times!

I (or probably my daughter, who loves this kind of thing) will draw a name next Friday the 14th of November.

So go ahead, take your chance! The free spot is not only for my class, but for all the classes in Soul Food 2015!

I am not sure yet what I will teach,  it'll probably have something to do with drawing figures, but it might also be a journalpage..... Or something else entirely. Wait & see ;-)

Before I left Australia I managed to make 2 more drawings for Inktober. Since we left I haven't drawn even a single line! I miss it, and I really need to start making time for it. It has just been so busy I didn't even read my mails anymore ... Hopefully next week, when the kids are settled in in their new schools, and we have finished all the formalities and paperwork.

But here are the new drawings:



And now for some more good news: Lulu, the online shop where I sell my calendars, has a promotion on all calendars! Now through 13 November you get 25% off when you use the code 25CAL at the checkout! Great, isn't it!? This is the front of my 2015 calendar, all the paintings that you see a small part of here make up one month of the calendar:


And my other calendars from 2013 and 2014 are still available too!

Okay, that's it for now. I will be linking this to Paint Party Friday tomorrow. I hope within the next few days I'll find time to visit your blogs too. Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope to see you in Soul Food 2015!!

61 comments:

  1. Oh what a fun project. I'd absolutely love a chance to win. Thank you for your generosity.

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  2. I just click on your page for the first time, and hey it's so fun, fresh and jummy here, I need to stay longer. Thanks and thanks to Soul Food to, so I did found you. What a good day it is today. Love it. And can't wait to have time late at night to watch the intro video.

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  3. I really enjoyed listening to your voice. Your art is beautiful. I know I'd love learning from you. It'd be an honor to win a free spot in the Soul Food 2015!

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  4. Thank you very much for giving a chance to win a spot in Soul Food class!
    Love the vibrant colors of your work, wonderful!

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  5. Thanks for the lovely video! :) I just started painting and drawing earlier this year, so fun and relaxing. Being creative is about dreaming and learning... so I think Soul Food 2015 looks like a great class! I can use lots of inspiration, advice about techniques, and having fun fun fun!!
    So fingers crossed!
    Smiles from Belgium, Saskia :)

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  6. GREAT VIDEO!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥ Thanks for the chance to win it would be so awesome to take the class but I just can't afford it at this time. Your art is always amazing and your positive attitude is inspiring ♥

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  7. your a natural, call Hollywood....your English is very good, and I loved the video, and finding out
    about you and your art. I would love to win a spot . Cant wait till you are back and showing your art.

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  8. I love your style and your use of color and line. Would love to win a space in the class.

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  9. So nice to see and hear you in person (well almost, you know what I mean)!! Loved your video - the girl at 16:32 in your video is on the coffee mug that I ordered that I drink out of all the time!! I'd love to win a place in Soul Food - pick me, please!!

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  10. Would love to win a spot in Soul Food. thanks for a chance to win

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  11. I would love to win a spot! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  12. What a fabulous video! It was so lovely to finally sees and hear someone I've gotten to know online-you have a lovely accent and you can talk you lived in Australia as you end your sentences with an upward inflection like a question-i love it! It wasn't boring-your love of what you do is so apparent and you are so enthusiastic, wonderful! I'd very much like to win a spot! Oh and welcome back to Europe!

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  13. I absolutely LOVED your video Denise!! It was such a pleasure to hear your voice and see your personality and passion come to life! I'd LOVE to win a spot in this class.Thanks so much for the chance to win, and all the best in your new home!

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  14. Wow great art, so expressive and so delicious... I too absolutely LOVE color... Thank you for sharing your gifts and some personal info... allows us to really understand... I would love to win a spot in Soul Food

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  15. Hi: Thanks you for the opportunity to get to know you and your work a little better. I would love an opportunity to win a free spot in Soul Food. Have a bubbly day :-)

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  16. nice to actually see and hear you on the video, love your accent - Soul Food sounds like a fun, interesting workshop

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  17. I love your art, so soulful & inspiring, and your video is great, your encouragement to continue on the artistic path really resonates with me. Thank you for this chance to become your student!

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  18. so nice to meet you love your colors thanks for a chance to win looking forward to soul food 2015

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  19. High Denthe,
    thanks for your wonderful video! And you have spoken very good not too fast at all. I could understand every single word and sentence and I was really astonished about that. Thanks for all the things you were telling us.
    And I hope you will be happy in your new/old country!!
    Best for you, Beate

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  20. Oh Denise, I am so excited to see you are going to be a Sous-Chef at Soul Food 2015!! Your work is always so beautifully bold and dreamlike in its sensitivity. You will inspire all those who study with you :)
    I hope your move went well and your not too cold! We are settled in now, I cant believe it has been 6 months already! It will be a great Christmas being able to spend it with all the family for you and me both:))

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  21. Thank you for sharing your passion and creativity.
    It is such a delight to hear you talk about your art and get to see the fine variety you have created as well.
    I could hear Sarah McLaughlin singing ANGEL in my head which happens to be one of my favorite songs from her.
    Thanks to my friend Linda Kunsman for sharing your giveaway on FB ...
    so happy I came by to visit you.
    Thank you for the opportunity to be a lucky winner of a spot in Soul Food 2015
    All the best to you ~♥~ Patty
    p.s. I am headed your way on FB too!

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  22. Hi Danthe, thank you for this interview, it was nice and I did love to see the paintings in the end. So colorful and nice. I loved the boxes you have made and the stones, I have a lot of beautiful smuth stones, maybe I should try to paint on them :)

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  23. Woohoo!!!! Now I really want to be part of Soul Food with you as a tutor, always love your work, I have liked, shared, commented on your Facebook page, great opportunity fingers crossed for the draw & thanks for the chance to partake in the give-away, BTW love the video (and your beautiful accent) a great insight into your artistic/creative side :)

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  24. Hi this is my first time on your blog.. your art is beautiful! I love the blendy colors and figures.. Can't wait to see and learn more about you and
    how you configure your pages

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  25. So nice to meet you! See you in Soul Food 2015! And I LOVE your sketches!

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  26. I'd LUV a chance to get a free membership to Soul Food 2015!

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  27. So wonderful to see you acting live :) Seems you are very busy and I love to hear your are moving back to belgium :) I so loove your rocks...I have tried some rockpainting, but I failed ;) maybe I didn´t have the patience to paint such tiny lil details, haha... I have enjoyed watching your vid and big hugs here from Conny

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  28. So great to see you!! I love your video :D

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  29. Loved seeing your video, I would definetly be ecstatic to win a seat at soul food!

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  30. Denise, you were way too hard on yourself over the "wiggling" in the video, I didn't see any wiggling. I thought the video was great because it shows how passionate you are about your work!!

    Soulfood sounds like fun, I would love to see you at work.

    Glad you've made it Belgium safe and sound but I don't envy the work you had to do to get there.

    Oh, If I win the draw I may not respond to an email right away as I'll be away that weekend.

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  31. Great video. Nice to meet you in person. Hope you had a great trip back to Belgium and are settling in well, into the European lifestyle.

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  32. I love your art and so glad you will be teaching at SF2015. It would be even better if I was there to share your creativity. Good luck with your move and I hope you are not away from your blog or your art for very long. suzschultz23@aol.com

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  33. Great post Denise I've been loving your rock paintings and love your latest works ,thanks for the giveaway..
    Hugs bev

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  34. I would love to win a spot! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  35. That video was great, I admired your easiness and tranquility, respect for being able to tell in words about your art.
    And you're beautiful!

    Hope new life here in Europe has started well and things and stuff will soon be unpacked.

    Greetings from snowy Helsinki.

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  36. Mooie video, leuk om te horen hoe je werkt en waar je inspiratie vandaan komt!
    Ik hoop dat de verhuizing goed is verlopen en natuurlijk wil ik meedingen naar een plekje in Soul Food.
    Groetjes Karin

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  37. What a great and inspiring video! Huge congrats! and it is also great to see you visually. Welcome in Belgium again!
    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Good luck with soul food, and love the Inktober drawings. Valerie

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  39. OMgoodness!! Hello Denise, so glad to meet you! You are beautiful!!
    I would absolutely LOVE to win a spot in your class!!
    And I can understand your English perfectly! Love your voice!! Thanks so much for sharing your video and interview! ")
    xoxo

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  40. A wonderful video, Denise. You did great. Your English is far better than some I hear here in the US when listening to people from Maine or Massachusetts! I think your work is beautiful since I too love color.

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  41. Great video! Thanks for the chance of winning a spot in the Soul Food class! I love your art! :)

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  42. I loved 'meeting' you Denise . Your video is so interesting. Congratulations on joining soul food. I am hoping to have tome to sign up this time. I have heard some great things about it. X

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  43. Fabulous interview!!!! I enjoyed getting to know you through your video.

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  44. I so enjoyed your video. It's nice to hear your voice and learn more about you. I've been a fan of your art for quite some time.

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  45. Your video is wonderful and it is so great to see you! I always wonder the faces behind the fabulous art. I would love to be added to the draw - M.x

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  46. Lovely sketches! Enjoyed your video! Hope you will settle in back home quickly.

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  47. The art course sounds fabulous! It would be an honour to learn from you! Belgium is lucky to have you back! Your sketches as usual are intriguing. I hope things settle down for you soon.

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  48. Your video is absolutely enchanting!! You have a wonderful dynamic personality that shines through in your video! I have no doubt you will be an amazing instructor! I am so impressed with how well it turned out, nothing is repetitious, your sincere self is emoted...and girl, you are not one bit boring!! Our love of color is paralleled along with many other things! You should be so proud of this video, it expresses your lovely personable nature. All that you are on your blog is just enhanced by this wonderful video. I LOVED every minute of it!! No you do not talk too much you have everything you need to keep the interest of your audience! Just keep being your special self!!

    So good to see you are safely getting settled in Belgium! Great new drawings, love the movement!! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your thoughts with us in your video...so wonderful to know you even better!!

    Big hugs Giggles

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  49. You just made my day! I have been waiting for an opportunity to take a class with you for a very long time! Can't wait....Thank you :-)

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  50. watching your video, you are adorable! easy to understand and fun to listen to. How wonderful that you will be part of Soul Food.

    It was also wonderful to see your art and hear that you have landed. Welcome to your new home, i wish you dreams come true, wonderful times with family friends and surroundings.

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  51. Denise, it's wonderful to attach your face to your name!! The video was great and so is your english. How exciting that you are an instructor on FOOD SOUL! You're gonna be great. Your energy was always visible in your art, but now I see your energy in person also, and I know you are going to inspire LOTS of people. I'm happy to see you're settling in Belgium already. Thanks for sharing this Denthe... xx

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  52. Dente leuk jou in het echt te zien,mooi om te weten naar wie ik schrijf.
    fijn dat goed je bent aan gekomen
    Fijn met je eigen familie in de buurt.......een mooi gevoel hé je bent weer thuis.
    liefs een groetje Christiene......

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  53. This has been amazing meeting you this way. I love the accent. So glad you are finally moved. Your art means more to me seeing and hearing you. . . more personal. (((hugs))) and Blessings. Good Luck with this new task. Janet.

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  54. Denise, I enjoyed your interview very much. How wonderful to "meet" you in this way. I bet you will be a wonderful instructor at Soul Food - how exciting!
    How does it feel to be back home? I guess it's wonderful to see all your family and be so close to them again. Do you miss Australia?

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  55. Your interview was great! I would love the chance to take part in Soul Food

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  56. Looking for motivation and inspiration because I keep thinking I'm not good enough but your video is very encouraging. Love Sarah MacLachlan. Thanks for sharing this inspirational video.

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  57. Loved the interview - looking forward to your class in next year's Soul Food! Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

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  58. Congrats for the class!
    Will return to check the video...it's 'good night' time here and everyone's sleeping tight...wouldn't want to disturb them as my ear phones are working ;)

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  59. Fabulous faces! And big congrats on getting to teach a spot in Soul Food.

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  60. i only just now am catching up on some blogs and watched your video. it is so nice to see and hear you!! i will have to go and check out Soul Food...sounds like fun!

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  61. Wow, you have created some amazing pieces of art! I also really love your boxes and stones. They make my eyes open wide!

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