Thursday, 26 March 2015

Painting in progress

Didn't get to paint as much as I would've wanted this week, but still, managed a few hours and it felt sooo good :-)  I remembered all of a sudden that I still had an unfinished canvas from when we were in Australia, and I've worked on that. It's not finished yet, but almost there. Here are some sneak peeks:

I used very bright colours, to make up for the grey and rainy weather we're having here. And cold ....! Man, I forgot how long the winter lasts in northern Europe ... Although, reading some of the other blogs, I guess we can't complain, there are places that still have snow. Ugh!

I didn't draw my figures on the other canvas that I showed you last week. Because I decided it could do with a few more layers ;-). So I went to work with my inks and, yes, with bright colours again, and got some gorgeous details. Here are some of them:

Oh, I so love playing with colours. The possibilities are endless. Next week I will try to draw some figures on this canvas. Or maybe, just maybe, I'll keep this canvas for an intuitive painting. Not sure yet ....

That's it for this week. Artwise I mean. I've been trying to re-open my Etsy-shop for ages, but it has taken me until now to recalculate the shipping rates and put all the prices in Euros. Almost finished now, so one of the next days it will re-open. Although I was in serious doubt about opening up again, since there are some things about Etsy that I really don't like. But I haven't found a good alternative yet, so until then it'll have to do ...If any of you have any suggestions about other sites similar to Etsy: please share!

One more thing about Soulfood: I got a comment last week from someone who forgot to sign up and thought she was too late. No, you're not! You can sign up for Soulfood until the end of the year if you want, because that's how long the class stays open. The videos are all downloadable to your own computer. So even if you've missed classes, you can still catch up. Getting pretty excited now, my class will air in 3 weeks :-)

I'm linking this as always to Paint Party Friday. Click here if you want to see lots of varied artwork from around the globe!

Wishing you a wonderful day, and a peaceful and fun weekend to reload your batteries!! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 19 March 2015

I'm back

Phew, lately I feel as if I'm constantly short on time. I cannot believe how time-consuming making a video-lesson is. It might have something to do with me making it too long, wanting it to be perfect.... And of course, since it's the first time I do this, I still need to learn a lot about editing. But it's a great learning-process, I'm so happy to have been given the chance to do this, and I know I'll be able to use everything I'm learning now in future projects.

I forgot to show you the journalpage I made in preparation for my Soulfood-class. I showed 2 of the faces, but there were many more on the page. Here it is:

I didn't get the chance to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Paint Party Friday last week, but as far as self-portraits go, I guess all of these figures could've been me at one time in my life ;-) (except maybe for the hair colour.....). I really enjoyed visiting the blogs of other participants on PPF and see all the different and unique self-portraits.

As I've been buried in video-editing material over the last 2 weeks, I didn't get a chance to do much else. I've made some sketches though, that I want to use in a new painting of mine. Do you remember this background?

When I unpacked it after our container had arrived, it gave me such a happy feeling because of the bright colours. I can't wait to start painting on a big canvas again. I want to make another painting like this one:

And these are some sketches I've been making in preparation:

Oh, so looking forward to it :-)

I also want to try out some of the other lessons on Soulfood. There are so many different styles, and each single one gives me inspiration. We're approx. halfway now, so still a lot of lessons to come. Can't wait!

Well, I'll go back to putting the finishing touches on my Soulfood class. Hope you're having a wonderful day, thanks so much for visiting! Linking this to Paint Party Friday, the weekly blogparty that has entered its 5th year already!! Take a look over there, it's worth it! ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 6 March 2015

overview of the 29 faces challenge

This'll be a quick post, because I'm in the midst of videotaping my lesson for Soul Food! Oh, I'm learning so much doing this, and you know what? I really really enjoy teaching! I might start to make a whole series of small workshops online. And some people have been asking me to do live workshops. I might make that my mission this year :-)

But first I'll show you the last two faces for the 29 faces challenge.

Face 28: pencil and marker (and more hair than face really .... ;-) )

And the bonusface (since February only had 28 days this year): watercolour and marker:

And here's an overview of all the faces I did this month:

I'm always amazed by how much one can get done in one month. Thank you so much Ayala Art for organizing this! It's one of my favorite challenges and I'm already looking forward to September :-)

Okay, I have a question for you: when you do an online workshop do you prefer to watch everything in "real time", or do you prefer to have some parts fast forwarded? If I leave everything in real time there might be a lot of video's to watch and with people always being stressed for time it might not be the best thing? Just wondering .....

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday and for the last time to 29 faces challenge! Take a look over at both blogs to see the beautiful things people create!

And don't forget: you can still sign up for Soul Food! The classes started in February, but you have access to the class until the end of the year, and all video-lessons are downloadable to your computer to keep! I haven't had time to try out any of the lessons yet, but I have watched almost all of them and really enjoyed it. Give it a try! There's so much you can learn :-)

Hope your day has started out wonderful, and that the coming weekend will find you happy and healthy. Thanks so much for visiting! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥