Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Illustration Friday - Unbalanced

When she stood still for a moment, she suddenly saw how unbalanced her life had become and she was finally able to hear her heart's whispered longing for change.

Finally, I have some art to show you!! And I decided that I'd enter her on the Illustration Friday website. This week's theme is "unbalanced."

Today, I finished two paintings, one of which I can't show you until it reaches the person I painted it for. I can hardly wait!!

And then this one. I notice that when I paint a painting with someone else in mind (like the one I can't show you yet), I put much more thinking into the process than usual. It's not that I try to anticipate if the other person will like it, but I think I am just aware that it's a special project and take much care with it.

So, after I was done with that painting, I wanted to paint one of my women fast, purely from an emotional place and I had fun! I had prepared a canvas with lots of texture (click on the photo to see it larger) and then worked with brushes, my brayer, fingers and paper towels. I looked as colorful as the canvas when I was done! I swear I am painting my soul when I do this - it's the oddest feeling.

I've been somewhat absent from my blog and yours as I am getting ready for a visit from my dad. I am hoping though to visit all of you as I find a few minutes here and there. I've missed you!!

P.S. Those of you who sent me an e-mail with your snail mail addresses - I'll mail something out very soon!! Fun, fun, fun!!!


  1. I love your latest lady! She looks like she has flowers in her hair. And I can truly relate to the sentiment! I am very ready for change...

  2. Yes I feel a little "unbalanced" after my sisters visit. I know how you feel about your soul and painting, it always happens after I use my fingers with the paint and the canvas. There is some sort of connection that takes place.

  3. Your painted ladies keep getting better and better - love love love the texture in this one :D

  4. This is a beautiful painting Silke. I love the freedom you expressed in it too.
    Must be fun to "get in" to the painting that much!
    How wonderful that your father is coming!
    Love and hugs,

  5. She is beautiful. I love all the texture it adds to her appearance.

  6. I love the way your work Silke. There is so much texture in this and the colors so vibrant. It's beautiful. Can hardly wait to see your other painting. Very good. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love this piece Silke!! Your women are beautiful!

  8. Another Beautiful painting, Silke! The texture is fabulous! Such a great entry for Illustration Friday. Thanks for sharing your creative journey with us!

    Lisa :)

  9. So pretty! I love the colors and her expression! I can't wait to get this good...practice, practice!!

  10. Hello Silke,

    I admire people who can paint faces - that face speaks to me. Love the colors too.

    Enjoy your visit with your Papa. Is he flying here from Germany all alone? "Oh, mein Papa..." Erinnerst Dich?

    Doris ;-)

  11. She is stunning...trying to figure out what her eyes are saying...they are speaking.
    i know exactly what you mean about when you do a painting FOR someone versus JUST DOING IT! I did a painting for my girlfriends little boy and it took me ALL day because i kept tweeking and adding, etc...
    hope you enjoy your papa's visit!!

  12. The way she melds into the background and the eyes, I really like her eyes.

  13. Hi Silke!!! this piece is wonderful...your background is so neat...your colours are perfection!!!

    I love snail mail...I will have to e-mail you soon!!!


  14. Lovely, Silke! Love how you connect to your art and yourself while painting!
    Glad you saw the how-to about the transfers!

  15. Have a great time with your dad coming to visit.
    Going to be awesome!
    Your totally lovely Silke!

  16. Silke she is gorgeous, I am really loving your women, they are seeming to be more free spirited.

    Have fun with your Dad.

    love Renee xoxo

  17. another lovely lady Silke! And I can't wait to see your other girls when you're able to show us!
    Have a wonderful time with your DAd on his visit!

  18. Such a lovely work! I like it. A great kiss for you from Spain

  19. Silke, your "quickie" paintings convey so much feeling, they're very alive and beautiful.

  20. She really does look like she is pausing to try to catch her balance...her eyes have a faraway look to them; like the 'thousand yard' stare you sometimes get when you are trying to get a mental hold on too many things at once. The colours you used are so 'raw'. She really must have come from a deep place. What a wonderful thing to be able to do...to paint from your soul.

  21. I love it...and the way she's unbalanced makes her even more interesting.
    Thanks for passing by our Blog and leaving such an honest and real comment...it means a lot to me:-)

  22. Silke, I can see why these women make you intorpsective or is it the other way around? You paint them because you are deep in thought and they are a sounding board or the extension of your thoughts, and feelings really. These women though, I find them confident, copacetic. They look like they know what they want and they are not going to take any crap from anyone. They are strong and know where they are going and what they are doing.

  23. Oh dear, I have been so unbalanced this past week with work that I missed my favorite blogs. **weeps** This is just beautiful, and I love the words. ♥ Deb

  24. The color and texture fits the mood completely! Lovely work!

  25. Hi Silke! I love this lady, is very colorful, and it seems as she has some flowers in her head, i like it, an also the texture, and expression of her face.

  26. Silke! Your work is lovely and this piece speaks to me and the meaning is just what I am experiencing!