Saturday, April 9, 2011

Altered Painting, Treasury & Blog Love

First of all THANK YOU for all your wonderfully supportive comments on my last two posts - you all are THE BEST!!

Well, I worked on my dancer (I decided he looks like a dancer or a swimmer) a little more. First I just deepened the shadows and brought out his eyes a little more. Then, I scanned the painting one more time before adding the Permanent Maroon drippings, lest I ruin it in the process...
Daniel said: "It looks a little like blood." Well, maybe, but somehow it reminds me of the web of life we are all part of, that connects us all on some level. This boy certainly tugs at my heartstrings. There's something about him - he stands proud and firm in his own reality! He knows his place in the universe. He expresses what I aspire to...
Web of Life, 8 x 10" acrylic painting

Now on to something different, prettier and less intense! A treasury I curated not long ago...and a fantastic blog!

My dear blogging friend, Debbie of The Wug's Backyard BlogSpot, recently wrote two very fun posts. The first (click here to see it) was much about another friend who curated a beautiful treasury, about me with this "Dragonfly Dreams" treasury I put together not long ago, and some of her favorite pieces from the treasuries. Thank you so much, Debbie, for the feature and all the kind things you said about me!!

The second post (click here to see it) will definitely awaken the travel bug in you and make you want to go see the world immediately -- even if only as an armchair traveler...
Now, let me tell you a little about Debbie's creative work and her blog. Debbie is a crochet artist - she creates the most fun flowers, jewelry, scarves, mittens, hats, slippers, and more for her Etsy shop - all with colorful yarn and her crochet hook. And every piece she makes has her personal flair. Simply beautiful!!

And ... she is a wonderful poet and every one of her blog posts features one of her original poems at the end. I love it!!
Debbie also is one of the best at highlighting other artists' work. She will accentuate her sometimes funny, often inspiring and always heartfelt posts with photos of fellow artists' works and links to their blogs and etsy shops. With that she creates a wonderful community of like minded people, and I am so grateful to be part of that!!

I was going to write this post earlier. However, I decided to go into school and work on my still life for class some more. It went really well!! When I got back, the temperatures had gotten up to 91℉ (33℃), which just made feel like taking a nap.

But seriously, whatever happened to our spring?! I hope it's visiting you all who have been waiting for it so patiently...


  1. hi sweet friend! love your newest painting. very intense and intriguing! you are so brave and i love seeing you break out of the norm, it's so refreshing!
    thanks for adding my bracelet to your treasury too!
    it's dreary here today, but i've been painting a springtime bluebird painting and even used my pallet knife! pop on over to see when you get a chance.
    much love to you and thank you so much, i know you have had a huge part in helping me heal so much this week;-)

  2. Your "web of life" is very intense. I must say it is unsettling to look at, but then that is how life is so often. I hope you are having a good week-end inspite of the heat.

  3. I love what you have done with the shadows on his face!

  4. First, let me say WOW Silke!! I can see your art really deepening! That art class already has your mind branching out, I can see! I don't understand shading and such, paint-wise I mean. But I can see that you definitely are very talented. You Go Silke!!!...Now, as to the nice words about me and my shop...WOW again! How sweet of you to do such a nice post!! Thank you so much!! But I was just calling it how I saw it!! Your kindness is much appreciated!

  5. Liebe Silke,

    das sieht wieder sehr gut aus.
    Es ist dir gut gelungen.

    Sonnige Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  6. aha! i KNEW he'd be a candidate for dancing with the stars!

    i don't get the web so much in this one, silke. we can't be tieing him up afterall, even though he probably knows how to quickstep past old and new cobwebs. :^)

    i hope you have a great sunday. i hope the sun is high and bright.


  7. Splash some paints. Do not restrain yourself. Have fun. Just have fun! Now I wish I followed my own advice. I am stuck on drawing. I am so addicted to ink! Have a great Sunday. Open a cadmium red or orange!

  8. tänzer passt total. Und da ist das mit dem Blut, sieht wirklich ein bißchen so aus, doch perfekt. Wenn ich an deren Training denke....Cooles Bild! Und die Häkelsachen sind wunderschön. Danke fürs Teilen!

  9. Love the painting. The face turned out really great. Great style too, kinda cold, but touching and intense. Not a great fan of the "blood" thing, but i suposse that is a matter of taste.

  10. Dear Silke, he is wonderful- your dancer -I love your aqua blue shadows-- and maybe Daniel -in my eyes-is right about your web-looking a bit like blood- -but there would be no web of life-without blood.
    Big hug-Dorthe

  11. Love your finished piece, Silke. It's very dramatic. Thank you again for including me in your lovely dragonfly treasury. You did a fabulous job collating these pretties. :) Theresa