Thursday, 16 March 2017

Little progress

How time is flying again! It's just *whooooosshhh* and another week has gone by. I don't like that. I can't follow ....

Didn't do much art this week. I managed to put some more layers on my new canvas. This is where I am now:

I love the bright colours! I have some new fluorescent and neon paints and I love using them. I made a lot of close-ups in between. I have this idea in my head to use these close-ups for digital journalpages. I don't know how to do that though, but I'll keep them for when I find the time to play with them. Here are some of those close-ups from the background:

Looking forward to using them!

I did one spread in my roadmapbook. Quote from Mahatma Ghandi.

Still not tired of making these :-)

That's it for this week! Except for the funnies of course ;-)

And the ones to think about ....

Linking to Paint Party Friday again. Hop on over there to join in the fun!

Thanks for your visit. I wish you a wonderful day and a weekend without stress. See you next week ♥ ♥ ♥

Thursday, 9 March 2017

International Women's Day and start of a new painting

I wanted to make a road-map-spread for International Women's Day, so I was looking through my book to find a road-map that I could detect a lot of faces in (I always try to "see" the faces before I draw them).

So I found one and started drawing, and it was only then that I realized I was drawing on a map of Belgium :-) And what's more: the town where I'm living now and my birth town is on there! Of course I had to bring that out somehow. It ended up in a pussy hat and I drew a little flower around it. Here it is:

I live very close to the point where 3 countries meet: Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. And on this map is also a part of France. And Luxembourg of course. That's a good start for International Women's Day I think ... :-)

Here is the complete spread:

I love that quote and have been wanting to use it for a while now. What better moment than now, right!?

And then I finally started a new large canvas again. Since I don't have a separate studio in this new house, and since these canvases are so huge I only bring them out when I want to work on one, I didn't have any leftover paint on there yet. So for the first time in a long time I had to start with a completely blank canvas. I decided to start in the same way as on our toilet walls: roll different blocks of colour next to eachother.

Then I added some collage:

and then started playing with stencils and a bit of spray inks.

This is where I am now. Not sure yet whether this'll turn into an intuitive painting or into a negative space painting. That'll depend on how the next layers evolve I guess ...

That's it for now! Except for my funnies of course :-)

And a few to think about ...

I'm linking this post to that wonderful group of artists over at Paint Party Friday. Have a look over there and play along if you want!
Thanks so much for your visit! Have a great day, and I wish you peace and joy for the coming weekend ♥ ♥ ♥

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Open letter to Martha

For those of you who don’t know what this is about: never mind. You don’t want to know. Just go to my “real” PPF-post here. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about: this is an answer to Martha’s blogpost on Ayala Art, concerning my blogpost from last week. Since she won't let me comment on her blog, I figured I'd just put it on my own blog.

Hi Martha

I’m very sorry you feel this way.

At first I was hesitant about saying anything about this on my blog, because I didn't want to stir up negative feelings between people. But I've been participating in this challenge for so long, and I felt I needed to explain why I stopped participating.  I just couldn’t stop  in the middle of the challenge and say nothing about it. I hate being secretive. That’s not who I am.

It was never my intention to attack you, and rereading my post I can’t find I did. I never even mentioned your name. I just said I was asked to refrain from posting and that that scared me and made me sad. I was a bit pissed off that you deleted my faces and that’s what really made me decide that this was the last time for me to participate. I was careful not to mention anything in the FB-group, I just let them know I wouldn’t post anymore because some were uncomfortable with it. No one (as far as I know, before you deleted it) commented in a nasty negative way. The only nasty comment came from ***, when I posted a face with a quote from Elie Wiesel. She posted a rather hateful comment about it, and people reacted to that, but in a very reasonable non-attacking way. Someone asked you whether it was all right for *** to post nasty comments like that, but you never even answered. I wish we could've had an open and honest discussion about this in the group. It could have cleared the air. We are all grown-up, and despite what you seem to think, we are not trolls who just start to rant when something isn’t to our liking.

Of course you have every right to run your group the way you want, to set your rules the way you want, to delete the faces that you don’t want. I happen to disagree with it and that’s why I left. But I also have the right to explain why I left. I didn’t do it in a hurtful, nasty way, as you are suggesting. I didn't attack you as a person.

After that I went on to talk about politics. It was a general rant about things I have noticed on social media, the way some people who speak out are silenced, and the fact that I won't let anyone silence me. It didn’t have anything to do with 29 faces, or you, and if you could’ve read it without that haze of hurt and anger in front of your eyes, you would have been able to see it.

I don’t moderate the comments on my blog. Everyone is free to comment how they want. I'm not responsible for people reacting so strongly to what I wrote. In fact I was surprised that they reacted like that, as it wasn’t my intention to make people “choose” between you and me. I contacted some of the people that reacted so strongly privately to explain what had happened, and contrary to what you might think I didn’t speak bad about you. Saying that I'm being hurtful, hateful and insulting is not right. You are doing exactly what you are accusing me of doing: inciting online hate against my person by attacking me personally and mentioning my name several times. What you did on your blog is ten times worse than what I did on mine. And the worst thing is you are moderating all comments and only approving the comments that go with what you are saying (people contacted me so I know). I have no way to defend myself, you are not letting people discuss this in the open, just like in the Facebook-group.

It is your right to do it like this of course. But in your own words: this is not the grownup way to handle things.

I am sorry it has come to this.

Enjoy your weekend.

I’m sorry to all who have been caught in the middle of this. I’m not out to cause a rift in this wonderful group of artists. I hope we can just move on and leave this behind. There is enough nastiness in the world without us adding to it.

Love and best wishes ♥♥♥

Friday, 3 March 2017

Thank you !

I have been so touched by the many heartfelt reactions to my previous blogpost, that I want to thank all of you for "getting" me. Bringing messages of compassion and understanding, making people think and feel, making people aware, is not only what I want to do with my art, I need to do it. And it hurts when this gets censored. So thank you! I appreciate each and everyone's reaction and opinion.

While I had planned this week to start a new painting, it didn't work out. The kids have school holidays this week and it just was too busy. But I do have a few more faces to share :-)

Here's another mapface (well, two actually ...):

I really enjoy creating these mapfaces. I might even make a little book full of them when I have some more.

Here's a watercolour:

And another journalspread in my roadmap-book:

That's it for this week! Apart from the funnies of course :-) Here they are:

And of course the ones to think about:

That's quite depressing actually.... I sure hope earth doesn't look like that in 2035.... :-(

I will link this to Paint Party Friday, where I'm happy to be part of a great compassionate group of artists with big hearts and wonderful art. Hop on over there to have a look!

Thanks for being here, I so appreciate you coming around and leaving comments. Have a beautiful day, and enjoy your weekend! I'll be back next week ♥ ♥ ♥