Thursday, 12 January 2017

getting into painting again

I finally worked a bit more on the painting I started somewhere in the summer holidays. I really need to get back into the habit of creating, and this week was a good week for that. I have been drawing a lot in my sketchbooks, trying out new kinds of faces. And I made a new journalpage,

Here's the painting I've been working on. It's a brightly coloured background that I've had for some time now, and it's the first time I'm doing a negative space painting with a darker colour. It's actually a mix of phtalo blue with Payne's grey. Both are transparant so you can still see the background peeking through, which is kind of neat.

This is my journalpage:

I remembered to do some progress-pics, which I want to do more with my artjournal pages from now on. Sometimes I find it hard to remember how I did something and these pictures might help me when I want to replicate something.

This is how it started:

A page in an old book that I use for my leftover paints...

Added a little bit of collage ....

and a very big face :-)

I hope I can keep up the practice of doing something every day, even if it's only a 2-minute oneline-drawing. It makes me feel good, plus I need it in order to get better at it. When there are big lapses in between creating I find it very hard to get back into it, it's as if I have to learn to paint all over again.

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday. Click on the link and join in the party if you want! It's fun :-)

Ending this post with some funnies:

And one to think about ....

Thanks for your visit! Have a great day, and I hope your weekend will be filled with happy moments. See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. your journal page is really nice, full of a lot of emotion :)

    love all the colours in your painting :)

  2. Love your journal page! ♥♥♥♥ And your funnies are always a bright spot! (Stop tweeting is a winner! LOL)

  3. I am so glad you are back to art. Your art is so inspiring. I have mad a commitment to create everyday. It has snapped my brain into art energy mode. I love it. You will get back to it and I can't wait to see what you make.

  4. Love your art journal page. Happy PPF

  5. Wonderful art journaling and painting, and thanks for the funnies, too. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  6. You've made beaut progress on your painting, and I appreciate the great tip to achieve the dark background colour (still transparent).
    Beautiful journal pages and it was really good to see each stage in the photos. Gorgeous colours :D)
    Love the funnies, plus the thoughtful. Have a great painting week. Happy PPF :D)

  7. Fantasic art journaling!
    Happy post!

    Wishing a good 2017 to you!
    oxo Susi

  8. Love the work in progress and that journal page is just "AWESOME" ♥♥♥ Your funnies are so right on this week have me grinning still and I love it.

  9. It's so lovely to see your art again - I feel like I've been missing in action for ever!! I like the look of the negative space painting and will look forward to seeing it finished. I love your funnies - the stop tweeting one is especially relevant - he's like a stroppy teen who isn't getting his own way!

  10. Oh my, those funnies are funny! I love the new negative space painting. It's coming along so nicely and looks like a wonderful rainbow of fun so far. Looking forward to seeing it finished. The journal page is gorgeous too. Always love seeing the WIPs to see how others work.

  11. Ha Denise,zo als je schrijft,of je uit je ritme bent,wat hier laat zien
    is mooi,nog even en je zit er weer echt in
    het hondje hier onder dat slaapt,ziet er zo lief uit!
    Wens je een goede start.
    Groetjes Christiene.

  12. I am loving the negative space painting with the paynes grey and Pthalo Blue mix. Your journal page is brilliant with all that yummy color! I know what you mean about forgetting the steps if you don't take pics along the way. Wonderful funnies!

  13. Your paintings are impressive and very creative. Love your AJ page, too.
    Happy PPF ♥
    Thanks for funnies 😁

  14. Nice start to the year


    much love...

  15. Your artwork and journal page are both amazing! Love the negative space art.

    Your funnies brought a smile to my face. :)

  16. There is a rhythm to daily creating. I agree, when there is a break, it takes discipline and regularity to get back into the swing of things. I love your journal page and the process of its inception.
    ~~ Irene

  17. yay for doing daily art, i understand what you mean about having to relearn. It might just be a feeling, but I get it too. Fun that you are trying a different background and faces. Lovely to see what you are up to.

  18. Still grinning over the funnies :) Had to come back and grab a couple to send to my sister :)

  19. Wow your posts always say so much!! Impressive work, I love your journal page and the progress photos!! She looks so sad in a profound way! Sometimes that break brings you back to a new style too. However it's probably better to consistently exercise that creative energy! Great funnies!! On point!

    Hugs Giggles

  20. I love love love your painting and journal page — and seeing how it came together too! Happy new year and PPF!

  21. Gorgeous! Love all the layers. :)

  22. Denise, I love the the blue and Payne's grey combo, i do like that you can see just a bit- very cool!
    I know what you mean about doing just a little art, to keep is so hard to take a bit of time off and before you know it...well, you get it!
    anyway, great post and I am feeling that journal page as well! heehee
    Love the funnies as usual- especially the tweet one! hugs xx

  23. Love the way the painting is 'emerging'. And there's a lovely richness to the colours on the journal page. It's so hard to remember to do 'along the way' photos when you're in the midst of creating :)

  24. Very enjoyable post. Love your memes and some really nice paintings.

  25. I am really fascinated by the negative painting. You are an amazing artist to be able to pull that off so beautifully.

  26. Oh, oh, oh, I love that journal page. WOW!

  27. Happy New Year to you! I love your negative space painting, with all these shapes and figures emerging. And your journal page is awesome. I want to try and draw every day too, I agree, better just two minutes than nothing at all. Getting back into painting is the hardest for me. I just read about keeping an studio journal today, to document things like techniques, materials used etc, so that you can refer back to them.

  28. Interesting the image transparent image and the background showing through. Quite extraordinary. Love the funnies. Had to share the firetruck. Ouch. Blessings, Janet


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