How’s everyone going with the challenge? We’re over half way through the year and I’m so pleased that so many of you are still playing along with us!
This week our lovely feature artist is “denthe” and she has provided us with some fabulous inspiration and a quote for us to use. Make sure you scroll down to read all about denthe and her wonderful art.
There is a longer version of the quote which says “Life is short, break the rules, forgive
quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
This quote reminds us that our life is (and can be) full of great experiences of our own making and we should never regret anything that makes us SMILE. What is making you smile today?
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Put a smile on your page somewhere.
This weeks inspiration:
denthe made this painting a few years ago based on the quote and has allowed us to share it here for your inspiration.
Our feature artist – denthe
I’m thrilled to introduce you to denthe. I’ve been following her online for quite a while and really love her style! I was so pleased she agreed to be our feature artist this week.
Tell us a little bit about yourself …
I’m denthe, a Belgian artist who has been living in Australia for 3 years and only recently moved back to Belgium with my 2 kids and hubby. I have been creating all kinds of things for as long as I can remember. I come alive when I have a paintbrush or a pencil in my hand, I make mosaics, I sew my own clothes, and generally have more ideas in my head than I have time to work them out.
Painting is my passion. It gives me energy and makes me happy. I need it for myself, but with my art I also want to bring some joy into the world, colour instead of grey, emotions instead of indifference, sun instead of rain. I want to take people into a magical world full of life and energy, and come out of it with a positive happy feeling. I love combining my art with quotes, make people think, urge people to see the good in themselves and in the world around them. Give them a sense of wonder that they can take with them and use in their own life.
What is your favourite quote?
“Never regret anything that makes you smile.”
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me: a shadow on the wall, a pattern on the ground, lyrics from a song, a story that I read, …. And the more I paint, the more I get inspired. I started painting in 2004 and was immediately hooked. Acrylics are my favourite medium, because they dry so fast and you can keep layering over them. In 2011 I did the first online workshop of Flora Bowley and that completely changed my way of painting. Before I did that workshop I always drew something and then made a painting out of it. Now, when I start a painting, I don’t know what’s going to come out of it. I let the painting guide me. It is exciting to see the painting come alive, and gives a great sense of freedom. I still make paintings sometimes that are inspired by a drawing, but generally I just let my intuition guide me.
I like to paint big, on canvas. A few years ago I started an art journal, where I like to experiment with different tools and techniques. I have a lot of sketchbooks too, where I use graphite and colored pencils to make sketches, and thin black markers to make my lyrics-girls and my doodles. I usually do this when I feel the need to create but don’t have the time to work on a big canvas. I’m still trying to make artjournaling a daily practice, but so far I haven’t found a way yet.
Where can we find you?
Week 28 Prize Draw:
denthe has donated a very generous prize for our draw. It is this beautiful A4 sized original painting which includes this weeks quote!!
We will draw a random name on Friday 22nd July from those who have uploaded into the Week 28 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!
Winner of Week 26 Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 26 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Sharon Hegarty. Congratulations Sharon! Here is the page that Sharon created.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!