Friday, January 29, 2016

Not Enough Hours!

I can't believe another week has passed. There are just not enough hours in the day for all the things I plan to do, I have to do, I want to do and for all the "some day" kinds of projects.

I did a lot of painting last week and completed five small paintings, all of which can be seen in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.
I tried to take before and after shots for all of them, but I forgot to do so for one of them. The horse below has such a peaceful feeling. And I love how you can see some of the Gessobord texture through the paint.
The shapes below immediately suggested a stag to me. Do you see it? 
I just had to define it a little more.

The next little piece was interesting and an experiment. When I looked at it, it suggested the shape of a manatee. Very loosely, but I could see what it might look like. And the colors reminded me of the ocean.
I needed to darken the area around the manatee, but I wanted to preserve some of the fun bright colors (oh, how I love these colors!!). So, I used some masking fluid and painted bubbles with it (I have a fine-tip applicator, which works really well).
When the dark blue wash had dried, I rubbed off the masking fluid and was left with bright and colorful bubble. Fun!!
I thought I had taken a picture of the background for this lioness, but I didn't. However I changed very little of it when I painted her, just added a little teal and the features, but largely I wanted to preserved the gorgeous reds and pinks. 
This last one was a challenge. Sometimes the background is really busy. The colors don't mix well and they don't flow much and it's hard to see anything in it. However, I woke up that morning thinking about wolves (don't ask me why) and decided that's what I would paint.
I had to work a little harder at getting these busy color patches to read right, but I think it turned out really nicely!
Last weekend we went to see The Danish Girl. I can't believe that we've already seen three excellent movies this year! Usually we manage to see one a year at the theater if any at all. :) The costumes were beautiful, the art inspiring and the story, based on the life of Danish painter Einar Wegener (later known as Lili Elbe) and his wife Gerda Gottlieb, heartbreaking and courageous. All I can say is I am grateful for my easy life!
Head on over to Paint Party Friday for more inspiring art!! I'm always blown away by all the creativity!

I hope you all had a beautiful week and I wish you a relaxing and inspiring weekend!



  1. Looks like a very productive week! I really love your bold, bright colors! Happy PPF

  2. Love all your colourful work, it does me good to see the happy animals in their glorious colours. Yes, time gallops by quicker and quicker! Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  3. Your art is most amazing and gorgeous. I do like these colorful animals. My favorit this time i the deer.
    Happy weekend to you ♥

  4. Oh i loooove all of the above paintings.In the very first picture on top what did you use to sketch out the horse? I am wondering about these white lines.I have 2 different types of dry pastel pencils, 1 oil pastel and 2 different types of white colored pencils. But i am having a hard time drawing on other mediums with them. Either on watercolor or acrylic they don't seem to work. What is your base colors? They seem like watercolor or alcohol inks to me.I really like their transparency.Looking at your process i also wonder, do you have an online workshop where you teach? So many questions this Friday... :)

  5. Your artwork is so colorful and amazing.
    Each piece both before and after are wonderful.
    I am especially drawn to the stag = Beautiful!!!
    Hard to believe January is almost over = oh my!
    Happy PPF
    oxo Patty #47

  6. You're being beautifully prolific! We enjoyed "The Danish Girl" too.

  7. Such a powerful pop of colour Silke,
    I've seen many of these designs on your Instagram, but there's always something to capture your interest.
    Amazing artwork and that Lioness' eyes are incredible.
    I love the way the backgrounds speak to you and tell you what to include.
    I haven't seen a film yet this year, so better get a move on.
    Happy PPF to you

  8. You were busy! I love all the paintings but most especially the lioness. Gorgeous!!

  9. And I am blown away by your talent!! I love that you have shared how you have created your art and shown us how you see it and how it comes about!!
    I sent you an email, Silke, thanking you for my package today, I can't thank you enough! :-)

  10. The stag and the manatee are brilliant! Of course the other paintings are great, too, but somehow these two "speak" to me the most out of this set.

  11. I just admire your use of colors! I love strong colors, you make your so vivid!

  12. Really lovely! Beautiful colours! Happy PPF!

  13. Silke, your paintings get more and more beautiful every time I see them. I really love the stage painting, it's so stunning I can't stop looking at it! Have a great weekend! xx

  14. *STAG painting! Sorry typo error! ;) x

  15. I love these ink blobs. They put an extra special feel to your drawings. :)

  16. these pieces are stunning!! My favorite is the manatee because I so want to swim with them one day:)


    I hope the movie The Danish Girl comes to a theatre near me! It sounds very interesting!

    Thank you for sharing!

  18. Silke these are fabulous!! I especially am in awe of the red lioness...and her stunning eyes!! Wow just wow...and we have a similar process...I chalk my characters out!! I need to try some masking fluid though I think. Very inspirational!! So full of life! The wolf albeit a more contrived part of your process is wonderful too!

    Hugs Giggles

  19. So much painting and yet time still flies too quickly. We can only do the best we can. :) The lioness, wow, so vivid and striking! Love the sweet manatee face and the wolf is really cool too!

  20. You have definitely found you own style! I love it.

  21. Well you know how much I admire your art and your talent. These are all fabulous.

  22. I LOVE the cow!! OMG the colors--so pretty. xo

  23. Wow Silke, these are amazing! I love how you did those bubbles. And I'm really wondering about what you use for your backgrounds. Are that inks or watercolours? They seem so transparant, I cannot imagine you've used acrylics for these. Any way, your artwork is beautiful....