Friday, 24 August 2012

Still, like air, she'll rise

Finished my painting this week! It might not look as if much changed, but I still worked a few more hours on it. Took some pictures this morning, and now it's ready to go on my website. My old one that is, since the new one is still not ready. I don't know how other people from my businesscourses do it, but I seem to  always be short in time. And now with the market coming up in 2 weeks, I'm getting into stress-mode ...

So without further ado, here's "Still, like air, she'll rise", because, for me, this painting is about the power of women and the ability to keep going when the going gets tough.

And this is how it all started:

I think there are a few layers on here already ....

cool colours over wam colours

 adding marks and contrast in black and white

covering with transparant colours

well, I went a bit crazy here ....

trying to get order out of chaos

these are the ones that you saw last week already

So I won't show them all again, just the last one from last week

and again the finished one

Now I have one canvas left. I made the backgrounds for 3 canvases all at once, because you can work on one while the others are drying. I kept this one till last because there were way too many marks on it and I couldn't see anything.

Well, actually, I could see one fish and 4 birds. But they were all right in the middle of the canvas and I couldn't find anything else. It drove me crazy.

And then I remembered my own wise advice from 2 weeks ago: turn on the computer and look at the image on your monitor! So I did, turned it in another direction and yesss, right away I saw a dancing figure, first on the left and then on the right:

Do you see them? The left one with the arms in the air, the right one it's mostly the backside that you see.

And then, even though I didn't have time, I couldn't resist starting already. This is what I have so far:

I seem to be into dancing figures lately ;-)

I'm not sure whether I should paint their faces or just leave them without face. What do you think?

Well, I have some time to think it over, because next week will be reserved for my marketstuff. Don't know yet whether I will have time to work on this.

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday again. Go check out the other artists on there, there's some amazing work!

And thanks again for visiting! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I admire people who can work layers like you do! Meaningful painting. The new one looks so luminous.

  2. Absolutely wonderful finish and wow, what a great start with the dancing figures!!
    Stay inspired!

  3. love them all! The colors are wonderful and all crazy, great work!

  4. wow loving your finished painting and your new WIP, so full of life and joy. Happy PPF, Annette x

  5. Love the dancing figures. Good job on the finishing. :)

  6. Wow! With all that mess you came up with this fabulous paintings? Awesome! :)

  7. I am in awe of these pieces. I really love how you create the infinite layers and then simply look at the canvas in various ways until you 'see' the subject hidden there - truly genius. And the finished piece looks fabulous.

  8. Lovely marks and layers of color!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  9. The finished canvas is awesome Denthe! I love your message...She Will Rise. And the dancers certainly don't need faces. They're spectacular as they are.

  10. Beautiful painting, very rich and full of energy! The WIP looks really good, too!
    Happy PPF!

  11. What lovely paintings you have. The first one is so true - us women just keep on going!

    As for the second - I don't think you should paint the faces. The imagery is very strong as it is.

  12. O this is so cool to see how you do these. I love looking into those backgrounds and imagining what I see. What fun. Happy PPF

  13. wow! i don't think you should draw faces on WIP piece

  14. WOW! I'm so impressed! It's wonderful art work! and I love all the colors and background, you really have eyes for details! Well done! :)

  15. I love the dancing figures, and how you do the layers gives a rich depth to your work.

  16. FABULOUS fabulous work!!! i love all the photos of each step and i am AMAZED at the final result.
    The painting is beautiful and i so love the title you chose. Yes, you go girl!! Very rich and profound work.
    Thank you so much for sharing with the world. xox

  17. Love all the layers. Lots of soft texture. Thanks for showing the process. Well done!

  18. SO gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant and full of life. Seeing the process pics was SO interesting too. GOR-geous! :)

  19. These are both so totally awesome!! I can't wait to see how the WIP turns out :0)

  20. This is such a gorgeous, powerful painting, so full of life. I love the second one too. It's going to be just as wonderful.

  21. wow, how I LOVE your flow of thoughts and the playfulness with all the colors and every marks!. Great art work. Love the 'aura' that shines around every object in your paintings :)

  22. Beautiful work as always Denthe... love your finished canvas... and your dancing figures in your WIP are perfect as they are... the colors are divine...

    Jenny x

  23. I absolutely love your work. The colors and the movement and the energy in the pieces are wonderful. So inspiring!

  24. I am absolutely mind boggled as to how you got from step one to final creation even after you show us the way. The end result is stupendous! Bravo!!!!! And I thought it was done the last time I saw it. Wow!

    Then new one is full of exciting potential too I imagine, even though it already looks good to me.

    HPPF on Sunday, been a busy week for me.

  25. these are breath-taking. Absolutely stunning. and thanks so much for showing the whole process, which I find totally fascinating. I'm trying to let go in my work more--more PLAYING, etc., but it's hard--maybe that's the geometry teacher coming out!

  26. They look amazing...your work speaks of the energy and patience you have!

  27. I like your dancing figures without faces - leaves it more abstract. And love all the vibrant colors. Were you using acrylics?

    1. Thnx Lessandra! Yes, I only use acrylics, all brands.

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