Friday, 20 January 2017

Hectic days .....

This week started well with a sketch, but then all of a sudden it was Thursday and I still hadn't worked on my painting or in my journal. Arggh! I can't seem to get into the habit of creating every day, I'm always a few hours short each day. Still, when I do it, it feels so good, so I really want to make this my yearlong resolution. I'll keep trying .... :-)

Managed to finish a journalpage, although it was really really hard at the start. Some days I can't get into the flow, I keep thinking too much about what I'm going to do instead of just playing and trying things out. In the end I finally found my mojo and then it was easy to finish it.


This is in an old medical encyclopedia, and my goal is to finish all the pages this year. It shouldn't be too hard, since about half of it is already finished. That will be my first "real" artjournal that I finish. I'm working in about 5 at the same time, plus some more for sketches and watercolour.  It just depends on my mood which one I want to work in at a certain day.

I also worked in a new sketchbook. I opens up really flat and I like the paper, so I'll probably be working more in this one as well.


And that's it for this week! Linking to Paint Party Friday, as always :-)

And, also as always, here are some funnies. Because, let's face it: today there's not much to smile about, so we neeeed them!










And one to think about ....


Thanks for being here, hope you'll have a beautiful day, despite the orange-haired moron whose name we won't mention .... And for all the women worldwide who are marching tomorrow: love u ♥ ♥ ♥


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 ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Happy 2017!

Well, another year has started, and there's one new years resolution that I hold dear this year:


I will try to keep that in mind whenever I'm feeling like life's passing me by. Hope your ride into the new year went smoothly and that you will do at least a few things this year that you've always wanted to do.

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. Only three more days and the Christmas vacation is over. I've been wanting to play in my art journal this week, but I only got started today. So not much to show yet. But I did do something artsy. I have some old melamine trays that I've been using since my sister wanted to throw them out last year, and all of a sudden I was wondering why on earth I didn't paint them, since they didn't look very good anymore and were very boring anyway.

So I did. Sanded them, put a base coat on, and painted one with dots and the other one with doodles.
The black and white one still needs to be varnished, the other one is finished.

Here's how they started out:


and after I put a base coat on:


Some progress-shots of the dot painted one:



And the end result:


I completely forgot to take progress-pics of the doodled one, but here are some details photos:





And the complete tray:


That was fun! And it makes me happy when I use it :-)

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday, click the link if you want to see more art by people from all over the world.

Of course, in 2017 I will continue my funnies. Here they are!







And a more serious one to end:



Take care, thanks for visiting, and have a beautiful day ♥ ♥ ♥


Friday, 30 December 2016

Overview of my creative year

2016 was a not so productive year creative-wise. Which shouldn't come as a surprise, since we moved into a new house and had a lot of renovation work (which is still not finished). Still trying to figure out a way to get into a daily art-making habit. Maybe in 2017 I'll figure it out ... ;-)

January: most of January I was working on my first very large canvas. I called it "Take me home again", because it reminded me of the colours and the spirit of Australia. It was sold through the gallery.


February: the month of the 29 faces challenge. And I managed to make them all! Tried out a few new things like scribble-faces and weirdo's :-) Here's an overview:


March: in March I had very little time because I had to start packing all our stuff in order to move in April. I did have a market and made quite a few things for that, like this dot-painted mirror.


April: the month of the move, and so little time left for playing :-(  About the only art-like thing that I did was make a wallpaper for my newsletter-subscribers....


May: I started painting a kind of mural in our toilet, and finally played in my artjournal again.


June: getting stuck in the toilet and trying out ideas in my artjournal ....


July: In July I was featured in the "Colour me positive"-challenge, and I could choose a quote for that week. I chose one of my favorite quotes "never regret anything that made you smile", and made this mixed media piece that was given as a prize in the draw two weeks later. It is now in Canada :-)


August: another quiet month artwise. We went on vacation with the family, so that left little time for artmaking. I did work on a new large canvas, and during my holidays I got into drawing lyricsgirls again. Here's one:



September: wanted to do 29 faces but in the end didn't even start. Busy with ongoing projects, like my large canvas, the toilet, some smaller paintings and again more artjournaling:


October: since my other painting was sold, I had to get a new painting into the gallery. I finished my second large canvas and called it "Carry me away". I was fed up with all the terrorist attacks this year and wanted to escape the harsh reality through the colours and figures on my canvas. 


November: I finished two calendars for 2017, an English one and a Dutch one. If you still need a calendar for 2017, please have a look in the sidebar, where you can find the links to both. There's now a sale going on of 20% off through Jan 1st. Just type in the code YEAREND20 at checkout. I have had wonderful comments from the people who bought them already, and I am very happy that they are liked so much :-)


December: I finished the biggest project for this year: the make-over of our toilet. Although I think it might become an ongoing project, since I like to add tiny little bits every now and then ;-) 


Well, that's it for this year! Thanks for following and encouraging me along the way! I do wish all of you a safe trip into the new year, and most of all everything that's written here:


And don't forget:


I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday as always. A big thank you to Eva and Kristin for making it possible for artists to connect on a weekly basis and encourage and inspire each other. Kudos to all of you ♥

And of course I'll be ending this year with some funnies :-)









And on this "positive" note, I'll end this blogyear :-) Take care and I'll see you in the next year! ♥ ♥ ♥