Thursday, 2 February 2017

29 faces challenge: yes, it's that time of the year again!

I only hesitated a little bit this time. Can I do it? Do I have enough time? And then I thought: yes, let's do it again. I'm trying to get into the habit of daily creating, so what better motivation than to participate in my favorite challenge. I won't be posting every day on my blog (I'll try to post on Facebook daily), but I'll show an overview of my faces every week.

And since yesterday was the first day, here's my first face: watercolor and marker


A few months ago, I bought an old road atlas in a thrift store, but until now I didn't really know what to do with it. And then I thought I could use it for weird faces with quotes that reflect a bit of what is going on in the world today.  I decided to use the lines of the map to "find" faces. This is how it started:


   And here's face #2:


I love the effect of the road maps shining through. It's also a really nice size. Might become one of my favorite journals :-)

I also finished the dark background in my painting, and gave it a second coat. The under painting still shines through a bit when you look up close, but I like it better this way. Now I just need to finish the figures, and I can call it done! Hopefully next week.



Lastly I want to share with you a picture of the sunrise last week. It has been really cold here, but the sun was shining almost every day, and this is how it looked when I went out to the car to bring the kids to school in the morning. Isn't it beautiful ?


I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday and to 29 faces. Click on the links and take a look, and maybe even participate yourself!

Thanks so much for all your heart-warming comments last week. I'll continue to share my funnies, and some thought-provoking memes too, because I think it's important that we stay vigilant, now more than ever. But don't worry, there are non-political ones too ;-)





 This one might need some explanation: these are elephants that were rescued, I think it was somewhere in Thailand, and the weather was unusually cold, so these women made "coats" for the elephants. Isn't this great!? I love it!









Some to think about ....


by Brian Andreas

And the last one:

did it work ? ;-)


That's it for this week!  Thanks so much for your visit, it is greatly appreciated :-) Wishing your worry-free days ahead! Take care and see you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

34 comments:

  1. LOVE the face on the map!! Also the quote on it...and of course you know I'm a "huge" fan of the funnies. (I wish I could make the "huge" sound like you-know-who!)

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  2. Ohh you know how much I admire your art but that map face brilliant!!! I enjoy 29 faces and even though I am sketching a face almost everyday I will not be around for most of Feb. so I will have to bow out of this one. Hey.... I loved stretching my neck. wowowza!

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  3. my neck hurts now :p

    good luck making all those faces :)

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  4. Brilliant map face and the painting is great ! Always an inspiration to visit your blog!

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  5. Love the face map. Keep those wonderful funnies coming. There's a nice Bible quote, 'Laugh and the devil will flee from you' Perhaps if we all laugh enough about him it will work! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  6. Fab art and good luck with 29 faces challenge

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  7. The first portrait is beautiful and map face stunning. Love the words on it.
    I got my head straight, thank you for the gorgeous man LOL!
    Have a wonderful weekend ♥

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  8. SO in love with the Map Face!!!! The funnies are fantastic too ♥♥♥

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  9. Wonderful artwork as always

    Happy PPF

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  10. Using the map for the face the way you did is brilliant! Fabulous art and great funnies too. Happy PPF!

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  11. Wow! Your map face is stunning! Would this work with some of your other work?? I love when something is "going on" underneath. Happy PPF

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  12. Love that you used a map to find a face. Great idea! :)

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  13. Hello Denthe, your first face is gorgeous... love her pretty dress too.
    How cool to use the road atlas like that. Great painting on it. You're so clever :D)
    Your painting looks fabulous, love the dark background and the start on one of the girls.
    How lovely is that sunrise!! Thanks too for all the funnies... ha ha :D)

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  14. OMG I love all the memes you have added and not to make light of your art work which by the way is bloody Fantastic!

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  15. I love your new faces. And the memes were so funny. Thanks!

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  16. I don't even know where to begin to comment.....LOVE your map face!!! I strive for that type of face but fail miserably.....If you ever decide to teach a class I'm first in line!!!! And as always, your funnies are FUNNY! Thanks for the laughs! :D

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    1. Thnx Robin :-) Actually, I just followed the lines on the map and there it was ...!

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  17. Fun that you are turning an atlas into a journal, looks great, as does your dark background piece.

    thanks for the funnies

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  18. Your art is beautiful! I love the face. And the dark background is wonderful. It makes the figures pop!

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  19. Hey Denthe! OMGosh I am still laughing...those are great ones, loved them all and thank you for sharing! Thank you for visiting me earlier today and leaving such a nice and encouraging comment. Comments really do inspire me. Your first girl is so cool! I love the attitude and hair...beautiful! And the second painting looks perfect to me already AND the face in the map is awesome! You are just full of imagination and laughs today! Happy PPF and have a great weekend too! Big hugz, Rasz

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  20. Your painting is looking fabulous. I enjoyed the funnies. The faces challenge is a good way to inspire daily art practice. I can't fit it in this time sadly.

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  21. Your faces are very interesting and great!
    Greetings from Finland :-)

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  22. Denise, your faces in the map journal- Brilliant idea! and the second one, brought tears to my eyes!!
    I love your art and I love you!!
    xoxo

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  23. Your face is gorgeous and I have already said how much I like your painting with the dark background! It is looking great so far. Those neck stretches were the most fun exercise I have had in a while. :)

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  24. I really love the map face and will have to try that idea. You have a great following it seems but I won't be back, I'm a Trump supporter :) But I bet I won't be missed, lol Have fun!

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  25. Faces are looking fabulous! And your WIP painting too. I think it is going to be gorgeous. Loved the funnies too, especially the last one. I totally turned my head, lol.

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  26. Wow I love how your art is imitating life...Pretty sure it was that first face that posted the funnies!! Powerful as always!! Love your map girl too...all your art is amazing as are you!

    Hugs Giggles

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  27. Such beautiful soft color in that first face. Very cool and vibrant face #2 on the map! And the tousled hair Mona Lisa is hilarious! Oh, love the blanket for the elephant too!

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  28. Loving the Faces! So happy to drop by, I am inspired as always by your art... I have missed my creative blog pals! Ohh... I must say, I loved your political funnies, especially the concentration on Trump's face as he colours in (ohh and enjoyed joining you for neck stretches hahaha)

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  29. Wonderful faces in two such very different styles.

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  30. Very interesting pieces i had to smile at the tossled Mona Lisa

    (✿◠‿◠),

    much love...

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  31. Ha Denise,
    Een bijzonder gezichtje,ook die met landkaart achtergrond
    leuk je nieuwe idee.
    wens je nog een mooie creatieve week!
    mooie foto, met zonsopgang....
    liefs groetjes
    Christiene

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  32. I love the before bed one, the best. So funny.

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    Did you know that you can get these AUTOMATICALLY & ABSOLUTELY FREE by getting an account on Like 4 Like?

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