Friday, 26 August 2016

Summer's here!

The summer vacation is almost finished here in Belgium, and this week summer started full blast! Temperatures are soaring, everyone is sweating and even complaining about the heat. I still prefer it to the cold and damp weather we have been having for too long. But it sure makes me want to lazy around and eat lots of ice cream, instead of doing anything at all. So I didn't do much art in the last weeks, but since it's three weeks ago already I don't want to neglect my blog any longer :-)

We went to Portugal for 2 weeks, so I started drawing lyricsgirls again, since that's the easiest to take with me on vacation. Here's one that I finished:

Next week my favorite challenge, the 29 faces, will start again. You can find more information here! I will participate again, although I'm not sure yet whether I'll be posting every day.

I managed to work a little bit on my big canvas. still nowhere near finished, but getting there.

As I said, we went to Portugal on vacation. I'd never been there, but I love it! It's such a beautiful country, with very nice people and gorgeous beaches. While we were there, we went to Fiesa, the largest sand sculpture exhibition in the world. It has a new theme every year, and this year it was music. It was so beautiful walking around there, being surrounded by these gigantic sculptures made from sand. So I want to share some pictures with you:

This was my most favorite one: a depiction of Pink Floyd's "the wall". So many small details, I could keep looking at it!

Okay, I realize this is a bit more than a few pictures .... Can't help it, want to share .... ;-)

And just for the fun of it: here's one of the beautiful beaches in Portugal (Algarve)

Well, that's it for now. Can't wait to see what my friends in Paint Party Friday have been up to! Thanks for visiting and leaving your wonderful comments! I'll end this posts with a few funnies, because laughing is important ! The world could do with a lot more smiles :-)

Wishing you the most beautiful day, and a wonderful weekend on top of it! See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 29 July 2016

ready for a vacation

Today hubby's working his last day, and then will be off for three weeks! Yeah! Finally time to spend some time together and relax :-)

This week I didn't paint on my large canvas nor in my bathroom. Reason for this being the two little fuzzballs I'm still taking care of. They need a lot of attention which makes it difficult for me to work any length of time. So this week, in between feeding the kittens, playing with them and doing all the other chores, I made another artjournal spread. It's a long time ago I worked in my journal, but I signed up for a workshop with Roxanne Coble "Creatures" and have been longing to try out the tips and techniques.

I love her style of journaling, and I'm still struggling with making artjournaling more than just painting in a book instead of on a canvas. Also, I needed an outlet for my feelings of frustration and fear and bewilderment and anger about the state of the world today.

Needed to put some birds in there and some hearts and an outstretched hand, to balance out the anguish. 

Here's the whole spread. The quote is from the movie "the green mile", and I thought it fitted perfectly with what I (and I guess a lot of other people) am feeling today.

Now on to something that makes me still feel in love with the world and its creatures:

Aren't they the cutest!? They have grown so much already and are now starting to play and trying to run. It's so funny to watch.

Our cat is finally showing some interest in them :-)

And our dog is a bit fascinated with them, but when they get too close he doesn't trust it and makes a quick getaway.

They will stay for a few more days and then will go back to my sister, who will keep them at their farm. No doubt they'll have a ball chasing after mice :-)

Well, that's it for now and for the next few weeks. I'm taking some time off from blogging to enjoy the holidays with my family. Linking this to Paint Party Friday, as always. Follow the link to see some wonderful creations!

And to end, in this world of misery, I think we can all use some laughs, so here are my funnies for this week:

Sorry to keep posting about Trump, but geez, I cannot believe there's actually a risk of him becoming the next president of the United States. That would be a nightmare for the US and for the entire world. I just hope every single American with some sense in his head will go and vote for Hillary. Let Brexit be a lesson!

Thanks to everyone visiting here, thanks for your  comments and I wish all of you a day, a weekend, a week, a month, of joy and happiness and peace. Especially peace ....

See you in a few weeks time ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 22 July 2016

Too busy ...

I hardly got any art done this week. Managed another scribble face, and yes, this time it's definitely a woman! (until now they almost all came out as men)

And I added another face to my large canvas:

And that's it for this week! The reason for this lack of time is twofold.

First one are these two little fuzzballs:

These are two motherless kittens that were found by my niece and brought to my sister. They need to be bottle-fed every 3 to 4 hours, and since my sister has a big party this week she didn't have much time to care for them. So I offered to help, thinking our cat might be able to teach these two some lessons in how to care for themselves. But nooo, our cat isn't interested, so all the lessons have to be taught by moi.... They are the sweetest little things, but boy, they do take up a lot of my time.

Second reason for my lack of time is my daughter, who left today for camp with her youthgroup, for the first time. I never knew how much time could be spent packing things. She is very fussy with her clothes, and at camp they need clothes that are allowed to get dirty or even be torn. She spent ages  trying to find things that she likes but that she still wouldn't mind too much if something happened to them. And I spent ages trying to reassure her that it didn't matter one bit if they got torn or dirty, as long as she was having fun and enjoying herself....

Anyway, the week was over before I knew it, and I'm happy I managed at least a little bit of art, so I can participate in Paint Party Friday :-)

Here are my weekly funnies:


Thanks for visiting! I'll be back next week! Take care and have a wonderful weekend! ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday, 15 July 2016

finding images

I succeeded in not putting 30 layers on my canvas before starting with bringing out images :-) My previous canvas of this size (1m x 1m) I kept finding images in only a part of the canvas and instead of starting with those I just kept layering until I could see more. Didn't feel like doing that now, so I just started with the ones that were most obvious to me.

No idea where this is going, but that's the fun part of course :-)

I didn't manage to do anything more in our toilet, but I'll show you how it's looking at the moment:

It's very hard to make good pictures in a room this small. Hope to get more done next week.

I also made a scribble-face again. It seems like ages ago that I have been drawing and it sure felt good to play with markers again.

And then last night I started playing with Tuxpi, an online photo-editor. And I couldn't stop anymore! So much fun, it was a surprise every time to see what happened with the images I uploaded. They completely change, I don't know exactly how it's done but the images get reverted in parts. Here are a few of them, they were all made with the Kaleidoscope tool:

 this is from one of my paintings

 this is a part of the background of the canvas that I'm painting now

 Haha, this is a fun one. It's made from this painting:

weird, isn't it?

another of my intuitive paintings. See the kissing birds?

 made from a painting that I made a few years ago

 and one of my doodles

I am getting all kinds of ideas to use these as patterns. Oooh, if only I had more time to try out all of the ideas in my head ....

Well, that's it for this week! Here are my funnies:


Thanks so much for visiting. I'll be linking up to Paint Party Friday. Have a look over there to see who else is playing! Hope your day will be a wonderful one, and the weekend peace and bliss ... See you next week! ♥ ♥ ♥