Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer of Color week 2

This week's colors are pink-pink-orange, which means 2 shades of pink and one shade of orange. And although these are some of my favorite colours, especially the orange, I didn't really enjoy using them in this piece. Mostly because they are too much alike, and I always love the contrast of these bright colors with blues and greens. And I couldn't use those .... That's the challenge of course, but still... Not so happy with this week's piece as a result. This is the background I started from:

It was the result of putting some layers of 2 pinks and one orange (sorry, no idea which colours I used ☺) on a canvas, and then putting plastic wrap on top. After it dried I took it back off and it left these lines in there, which I really like. Such an easy way to mix some colours :-)

I saw two birds and that was it. And then I saw an eye. And the painting was born ...

In the end I had to use more shades of pink to get some contrast and make some shadows, but I think it's still okay for the challenge. Seems like I got a bird theme going again this year ;-)

The rest of the week I have mostly been working on my side-tables. Oh, it's addicting, it really is. I had forgotten how much fun it is to make dots, how a piece can transform before your eyes with each new line of dots. They are nearing completion, but I'll show them completely when they're all finished. Here's the biggest one :-)

I already went back to the recycling-store and bought three more tables. It's just so much fun to do in between other things.

That's it for this week. Linking this to Paint Party Friday, to Summer of Color and to Show your Face.
I hope I can find the time this weekend to look at all the art on all these sites, it's so interesting to see what everyone has been doing.

I'll end with my funny of the week:

hahaha! Love that dry British humour :-)

That you so much for visiting! Hope you're having fun today, and let the weekend be all that you need it to be! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥





54 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS AND your tables!! Gorgeous colors and design!

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  2. So much fun! Thanks for sharing your joke with us! And your table looks absolutely amazing. I can't wait to see them all. And WOW! I really like what you did with this week's SOC colors! I love how you explained how your painting was born! HUGS!

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  3. oh the bird painting is just wonderful! I like your use of pinks and oranges.

    visiting from SOC, have a lovely day.

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  4. Fabulous soc...love the birds beside her! My favourite thing to paint is furniture too! Your table is fantastic... I look forward to painting my kitchen table again too...its a matter of diving in for me! Can't wait to see your others done! Very inspirational!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. I had intended to visit last week, but time was not on my side. For that, I apologize, since I ALWAYS love your art. This may not have been a favorite for you, but I sure loved it. You draw, shade, color, and compose so well.

    Had to laugh at the sign, too!

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  6. Love your SOC creation, and that table is wonderful! Happy PPF, Valerie

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  7. That is a tough colour combination to pull of with the restrictions, but you have nailed it... A wonderful piece

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  8. Your table is beautiful as is your SOC piece. I too am struggling with the colours. ( I haven't started yet). They are so similar a yellow or blue would help. You have done a fabulous job!

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  9. You did a great job working the pink and orange together for this week's SOC. I like how the bird forms the hair. Your table is absolutely gorgeous.

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  10. Loving the art work and that sign. Happy PPF

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  11. Your SOC lady is fantastic! ♥

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  12. I agree with you about pinks and oranges needing another colour, but in spite of that your painting is a huge success, the way you have added whites makes the lady and her bird friends stand out.
    Your dots table looks fascinating.

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  13. A great way of using this weeks challenge colours. Well done. x

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  14. A fantastic bright artwork, I love the two birds!!! Ulrike

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  15. I LOVE the design in the table! The way you work through the dotted designs sounds very therapeutic too, so I can see how it would be addicting. Happy PPF and have fun with the new tables! #34

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  16. I agree with you so much - that's why I find it hard to limit the palette - I like to use all the colours together!! That said, this piece is beautiful with just the pink and orange.
    Your table is amazing!! How do you get the dots to be so perfectly round and similar in size for each section? I follow an artist on Instagram (whose name eludes me now) who refers to this as dotillism rather than pointillism - she's also from Australia and I wondered if it was a type of aboriginal art? I also wondered if she has a special implement to ensure she gets perfectly round dots - perhaps you can shed some light on it as it fascinates me!! I want this table so much - wish I could afford to buy and ship it to Scotland!!

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    1. thanks Nic! It is indeed based on Aboriginal Art. I love the technique, although I don't use the symbols that are used in aboriginal art. When I first started making dotpaintings I did it the way it's done in Aboriginal art, with wooden sticks (f.i. chopsticks) that you dip into the paint, put 2 or 3 dots and then take paint again. But I'm a fairly impatient person, so I started experimenting with easier and faster methods. I now use little squeeze bottles that I fill with paint. I love doing it this way, still very meditative but it's much faster, and I love to run my fingers over the dots and feel the texture. I have a friend who started dotpainting at the same time I did (a few years ago) and she still prefers to use the wooden sticks. I find it's harder to get the perfect round circles that way, because you need to keep taking paint, and the dots differ in size depending on how much paint you have on your stick. It's a fascinating way of making art. Have a go at it, I'm sure you'll love it!

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    2. Lovely to read about the traditional way & what you've found works for you! I have been fascinated with the dots as well - have a great Aboriginal Art jigsaw puzzle that I finally gave up on getting all the ocean done ... wow! The sea creatures I did OK with ...
      Love your lady with birds - was just thinking of Summer of Color (I got in on it at the end last year!)

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  17. Oh she is so pretty Denise... and I love the birds... your side table is gorgeous...


    Jenny X

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  18. All as lovely as I have come to expect. Love your fan!

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  19. OMG- I LOVE that sign!!! Your challenge art turned out beautifully. I love seeing the initial background and then your finished piece as I try to see what you did in the background. Who wouldn't love such a sunny and fine table to decorate a corner with-gorgeous!

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  20. Love your bird and girl painting this week. I think she is almost a beautiful bird goddess. And that photo. I LOVE that. I need that here at school because there are many kids who think they can wear the skimpy clothes but they just shouldn't. What a society we live in that makes us believe we all have to dress in one way to be beautiful instead of dressing to really look beautiful.

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  21. I just love your table, just awesome. Your girl is outstanding as well. Great job.

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  22. More wonderful girls! Love that red, so rich. And your table is amazing. No wonder you are hooked!

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  23. I love the art and those colours are devine together. and that side table is marvellous - so very good

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  24. Your sketch shines through even though you have no contrast. Love that table. Came out fabulous. xox

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  25. I think your pink and orange portrait was really lovely and dream-like. I think you rose to the challenge really well with a beautiful piece of art. xxx

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  26. Oh Denthe, this is fabulous, I love the face and the two birds! I think it's difficult to paint in the same color nuances. But this came out great! I tried in blues, it was fun, but difficult. I'm so impressed by the way you paint! :)

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  27. And your table is stunning! Vibrant! You are creative in many ways.

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  28. Your art is so inspiring, this is the first time I have been here, I came via kim dellow blog. I love your tables , you have enlightened me as I'm from Australia, I was recently in a cafe and they had some amazing canvases on the wall, it was done all in dots with same raised dots and uniform shape like yours, the artist had done a whole scene with trees and a house , and the dots covered every space, it was amazing, I am familiar with aboriginal art, and yet this piece seemed different, now I know how it's done. Thanks

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  29. LOL that sign kills me! I want one. I love the orange and pink. Beautiful face and I love those cute birds! Oh my goodness, I should try to do this color challenge.

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  30. Lovely SOC piece. I think you did great with this weeks colors, and your table is going to be wonderful. I've done some dotting as well and you're right, it's close to meditative.

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  31. Although you're not so happy with this week's piece as a result, I really like it :-)
    As I do with all the art you make btw!
    Also love the table: so colorful and bright :-)

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  32. Hahaaaa Love that sign!!! They should post those in Walmarts here in the states!!! LOL
    Even if you do not particularly enjoy working in those colors,Denise, you sure still do rock them!! Beautiful!
    Your table is magnificent!! So well done!! xoxo

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  33. That colour is just delicious! I love the way how your painting characters just peak out from the pretty shades of pink pink orange. It's a lovely monochrome effect.

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  34. I never noticed the birds in her hair until I read some of the comments. Very creative!! Love it, and the table is gorgeous. You've had a busy week!

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  35. I love what you've done with the pinks and orange - I think the subtle contrast & shading is beautiful :)
    Those side tables are fantastic, by the way!

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  36. Gorgeous Pink, Pink, and Orange piece. Also the table is wonderful. And looks like so much fun. As for your sign, the only time I was in Cornwall (1972) was the only time I have ever seen nude bathers and other people changing into bathing suits right there on the beach.

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  37. Oh MY! I do love the SOC painting ♥♥ Those tables are turning out so well..if you lived closer I'd snatch one or two or three up in a heartbeat :) Love the humor in the sign.... need to have one made for the front door at work... it blows me away at what some people will wear to the store :O/

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  38. SO dreamy!! And - I love that sign!!

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  39. Ha Denise, alles in passende oranje roze kleuren totaal anders , maar super mooi !!!
    En je tafel heel bijzondere een echte Denise tafel.......
    Ik wens je een fijne eerste zomerzondag.....
    groetjes Christiene.

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous painting! I like the wonderful table, too!

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  41. Beautiful art work, Denthe, brilliant upcycling of the table.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  42. I love the bright striking shade you have with this piece. Thank you for visiting me Anita @itsamistrydesignstudio #29

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  43. LOVE the bright orange and pink art-piece. Wow.....
    And the table is so fun and whimsy :)

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  44. I love the painting, so summery and bright and fun! Also I love the side table!! fab!!

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  45. I love the soft image of the face and birds, and how the bird flows into her hair, really striking! And that table! I'm fascinated by how you're doing that!

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  46. I think your piece is absolutely gorgeous! Love the subtle shading with the limited colour palette. It's beautiful!

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  47. that sign is so funny
    are you sure it is humor ;-)
    i love your SOC piece, i understand, it is hard working with some of the colors
    color is such a large part of most of our art pieces
    that table is whimsically wonderful

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  48. That side table is just amazing! And so very much inspiring - makes me want to run to the secondhand store right now to buy me a table and start painting...

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  49. Oh wonderful, love your face and birds and what a great upcycle project too. Thank you for linking to Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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  50. I had a pic of Cornwall as my permanent image. It is so beautiful there. The recycled tables are fascinating. I look forward to seeing all of them. Love the artwork too. . . would not have thought orange and pink would look so good together. . . that is a real artist. Blessings, Janet PPF

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