Friday, 21 December 2012

Hear the song that I sing to you

Hi, and welcome to this blog for the last time this year! I am going on a holiday break with my family, and I'm guessing there won't be much time for blogging ☺

But, before I go, I have some more pictures to share with you. I finished my painting! I really had a lot of fun with this one, it came together without any hassles.

I called it "hear the song that I sing to you", as a reminder to myself (and to others) that we should open up to all the beautiful things and beings surrounding us, calling out to us, singing to us.

So often we are inclined to only see the bad, and sometimes it's difficult to keep seeing the good in the world and in the people we share this earth with.

I find that the more I paint, the more my paintings offer me a glimpse into another world, a softer world, where it's allowed to be kind and fragile and innocent and naive and sad and strong all at the same time.

So this is where I stopped last week:

I kinda liked the flowery things in her left thigh so I didn't want to paint over that too much.

So I decided to make the background less noisy by using more white mixed with my paints.

And then I had to do something with that face I saw ... ☺

And I liked it so much that I painted another one....

To balance it a bit more I decided to paint another tree/flower/whatever-you-want-to-call-it, in the top right corner.

 And this is the finished painting!

Yesterday, I finally managed to get to Eudlo, where Jenny is exhibiting along with other artists. I "met" Jenny this year through the 29 faces challenge, and we've been following each other ever since. So when she wrote on her blog she was in an exhibition only about 70 km away from where I live, I knew I had to take a peek.

I was surprised by the brightness of the colours. So yummy, all of my favorite colours. Pictures often don't show how it looks in reality. Up close I liked it even better than from the pictures on her blog.

 Here you can see all of her work grouped together.  Hmmm, all those drips ... LOVE it! Great work Jenny!

The exhibition is once a year, and focuses on small artworks. This is art by Annie Burns.

These were really fun. In every canvas there were pieces of a puzzle integrated. 

This is the side of the painting with the snake that you can see in the picture above. Very small details, the picture doesn't even show half of it.

Art by Veronica Cay. Bit hard to take a decent picture through the glass frame.

There were many more artworks, but this post is getting a bit long so I'll stop here. I'm really glad I went to this exhibition. It was in a very picturesque village in the middle of the mountains, but still only about 27 kms from the ocean. So afterwards I took the kids to the Sunshine Coast to take a dip in the water. Because it's HOT here! Not Christmass-y at all ....

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday.  Don't forget to take a look at all the other participating artists there.

Thanks so much for visiting. I am so happy to be a part of this art community on the web, and I've really enjoyed and appreciated all of your visits and comments. I hope that you will find yourself surrounded by loved ones this Christmas, and that you'll sail smoothly into the new year. Let's meet again in January! I'll be back somewhere in the middle of the month.

Hugs to all of you ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Denthe your art is always so beautiful!! Love this new one full of love and hope!! Also a wonderful art show with some fun pieces!! I planned to have a quick peek but this whole post intrigued me!!I couldn't tear myself away! Hope you have an amazing holiday! Wishing you a New Year filled with love, and fiscal and creative abundance.

    Hugs Giggles

  2. Nou jij hebt die vakantie echt verdiend! Wat zal je een voldaan gevoel hebben, nu je weer zo'n prachtig schilderij hebt gemaakt. Daar kun je weer ff op teren. Leuk al die foto's van de tentoonstelling. Wat is internet toch een prachtig medium; zit ik hier schilderijtjes te kijken die in Australië op een expositie hangen :-)
    Ik vind het heel leuk dat je volger bent geworden van mijn blog en hoop dat ik je mee en dan een beetje kan inspireren, zoals jij me ook inspireert.
    Heel fijne vakantie...kerstdagen en een goede jaarwisseling en tot volgend jaar!
    Lieve groetjes,

  3. Denthe, as always, I adore your most recent painting. Your work is stunning and this piece is no exception. How lovely to finally meet up with one of the bloggers you follow. I would love to be able to do that - the only downside to being able to meet folk online that live all over the world is that it is quite unlikely we'll ever meet in person. but I guess that's also the upside of the internet - the fact that we get to 'meet' at all!! Happy Holidays!

  4. I love your new painting Denise, I am glad you made a feature of the face with yellow eyes and even painted him a 'friend'. The woman is so beautiful and graceful and I love the connection she has with the birds. Wonderful work. It's great that you got to see the gallery where Jennys work is been exhibited, the other work looks very good aswell. Its a good feeling to see the work of other bloggers you follow first hand like that. Have a great holiday, we are going away aswell. Happy Christmas you you and your family xx

  5. Oh Denthe... your finished painting is stunning... I LOVE everything about it... and I am SO excited that you got to go to the Exhibition... and take photos... especially seeing I couldn't get there... so nice to see the artwork all grouped together... and snippets of the gorgeous work from other artists too... thank you so much for sharing... and your sweet comments... hope you have a wonderful holiday break... and wishing you and loved ones a magical Christmas and an amazing 2013...

    Jenny ♥

  6. Your new painting is fantastic. I love your style. Hope you have a terrific vacation with your family.

  7. Your painting is beautiful. Thanks for sharing some of your process. Love the art at the show you attended. Enjoy your Christmas - and your vacation. "See" you in January.

  8. All your paintings are a perfect dream, love the colors the patterns the images, your soft blending I love always the whole work.I concedes I'm a little bit envious of your creativity and talent.But so I can enjouy always if I visit you and I have the wonderful give aways.
    xox Anja

  9. Beautiful work! The exhibition looks good, lucky you to see Jenny's lovely art, too! Valerie

  10. It's really fun to see the exhibition pictures, and your painting is gorgeous!

  11. Your new painting is so beautiful and I absolutely love the awesome title :0)
    Wishing you a fantasy filled Holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!♥ ♥

  12. Love, love, love your vibrant colors and patterns!
    Happy PPF and Happy Holidays!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  13. this is so beautiful-- and i love the sentiment behind it about being open to the beautiful things around us.

    enjoy your holiday!

  14. What creativity in your post! I love where you took last week's painting! Have a wonderful holiday! happy PPF!

  15. Wow, I love this painting! Do you plan your paintings before hand or just wing it. She is beautiful!

    Merry Christmas and happy PPF!

    1. Thanks Kate! No, I usually don't plan my paintings. For this one I used a sketch I had in my sketchbook, she was on it and the 2 birds. The other things like the tree and the faces just came to me while I was painting. Usually I don't even use a sketch, I just look for images in the background ☺

  16. I love how you made the face even more of a face than it was last time! It's looks great. Happy PPF and Happy Holidays!


  17. Oh, the finished painting is beautiful. Loved seeing how it came together. :) ENJOY your time away!! :)

  18. Oh wow! I so love your style and I love that you show the progress pics. Just so beautiful! Happy PPF and Merry Christmas!

  19. Thanks for taking us along! Beautiful art collection. Enjoy your holiday break. :)

  20. Happy Holidays and have a nice vacation. See you soon. ♥ Conni

  21. New painting is wonderful, that other world shines through, it just glows! Thank you for sharing the process, so much fun to see how the painting develops into a polished piece of art! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

  22. I love the description you gave of your painting. It is so fun to hear about the process you went through to create such a beautiful piece of art. Thanks so much for sharing the artwork from the show you attended as well. So much inspiration in one post!

  23. your painting is so incredibly beautiful Denthe. I love the delicate pose of her hand. Thank you for sharing the progression. What a wonderful collection of art from the exhibit too!

  24. I am always intrigued by how your art evolves...always exciting always quite beautiful?

  25. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  26. How interesting, I followed along with your repertoire .. .. I do like the end picture. Excellent. Merry Christmas. Blessings, Janet PPF

  27. You met Jenny! THAT is SO cool - and so sweet of you to take the time to go! I would have loved to go too - thanks for sharing, I bet she loves this post! AND your painting is absolutely breathtaking. Really, really moving. Have a wonderful Christmas and vacation with your family. We'll be here when you get back :) xoxo

  28. So many beautiful pieces you shared here. I love your piece... so colorful! And your sentiment about seeing the good.
    Happy PPF!

  29. What a wonderful post!!!!

    I enjoyed seeing the stages of your painting... it really is stunning. I really love your style.

    Thanks for sharing the photos of the exhibition ... I love Jenny's work

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a very happy Christmas and a happy healthy and creative new year


  30. Absolutely in love with your beautiful vibrant colors...have a magical 2013 !!

  31. The painting is brilliant! I love how you pull your motive out of the background. :) Thanks for gallery picks! They look awesome!

  32. your painting is wonderful. the colors the movement, the meaning that you found in it, love it all! loved seeing the stages as well.

    how fun that you got to see the show that Jenny and her art are in. fun to see them all hung on the wall together like that. beautiful.

    lovely holidays to you~

  33. OMG this is so cool! I recognized Jenny's art in a second!!!

  34. oh your work is so colourful and full of life...I love everything you create....Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!!!

  35. Denthe your painting turnes out totally stunning!! Your work gets better and better :) Love the faces in the trees and her hand is so beautiful!! Wish you a wonderful start to the new year ♥

  36. I love seeing the progression of a painting! And your colors are beautiful--I am using the same kind of colors and they make me so happy!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!


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