September 16, 2013

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The fun thing of my two weeks of extreme painting, is that it allows me to push myself creatively. I notice that I am somehow more open to exploration and trying new things in my work.

In this painting I gave my composition some extra thought. I played around a bit with the placements of the birds before choosing this arrangement. Also I left big open spaces on purpose.

Initially I wanted to do one big bright coloured background. Compared to my previous work, choosing to do a black and white blocked background is quite a radical choice. My usual tendency is to 1. Make the background 1 solid colour and 2. Make it a real splurge of colour (my hedgehog painting already felt somewhat ‘new’ in this aspect). Before I started painting, I dividing my canvas in 4 pieces to help me get the measurements more or less accurate in sketching my birds on the canvas. I couldn’t help but notice that the lines looked kind of cool, like they were meant to be there. So I took the gamble in using them as actual background.

When I was almost done I still felt like my painting needed something extra. As if it was a bit too dull still. I wanted to make my birds pop just a bit more. So I added the black and white lines (crossing my fingers it wouldn’t ruin my painting after all the hard work) and I loved the result. Oh and glitters. This is the first painting in which I added a hint of glitter.

So this piece definitely feels like one in which I have taken a few risks. I like that. I am curious where this painting journey will take me in the coming days…

(I don’t want to give my next one away entirely, but I just feel a big urge to tell you that I am currently working on a hipster monkey. I feel good about this one)


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    Carolynn Markey

    September 16, 2013 at 11:50

    Wow. this is beautiful. I am 100% sure you could make money doing this.

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      Magical Daydream

      September 18, 2013 at 18:30

      That is really encouraging to hear you say, because sometimes I think about this possibility, but it can be hard to see why people would buy my work. Thank you :)

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    September 16, 2013 at 14:03

    This is lovely,you’re doing such a great job!

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    Boye By Red

    September 16, 2013 at 15:59

    It looks like you found yourself a theme for this painting experiment – animals.

    Love the colours! Fab.


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      Magical Daydream

      September 18, 2013 at 18:32

      Haha yes! I actually paint animals most of the time. There is something about them that I really enjoy painting. Landscapes and normal objects etc have never really been an interest

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    Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

    September 16, 2013 at 21:03

    This is so whimsical! I love it! The colours are awesome!

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    September 16, 2013 at 22:22

    Beautiful colours and beautiful painting. It is great when we find ourselves exploring new things.

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    floating thru fields

    September 17, 2013 at 00:07

    this is amazing!!!the birds have such wonderful depth it looks like you tore them out of a magazine and decoupaged them on!!! And congrats on the bold background and outlines it really does make them pop :)
    can’t wait to see the hipster monkey

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      Magical Daydream

      September 18, 2013 at 20:06

      Thank you! I definitely think the extra lines played a role in the depth

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    September 17, 2013 at 03:19

    Reading your pre-painting post I thought maybe you weren’t going to have much experience with it, but I don’t know why I expected anything other than pure glorious magic on a canvas. These are exquisite.

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      Magical Daydream

      September 18, 2013 at 20:06

      haha that is funny but also really great/special to hear. thank you :)

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    Isabelle Krake

    September 17, 2013 at 05:35

    I L O V E this!!

    – I s a @ Head Red + Blondi

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    Nerd Burger

    September 18, 2013 at 08:21

    You are so talented. I love the bursts of glitter and the textures. SO beautiful.
    I got my crane last week. Thank you so much :)

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    Magical Daydream

    September 18, 2013 at 20:09

    It is hard to capture the texture in a picture, that’s why I made the close-ups: it’s harder to see in the larger pictures. And I’m happy to hear that my crane found its way to you safely :)

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    December 16, 2013 at 16:38

    Prachtig kleurgebruik!
    Verven en ik gaan jammer genoeg niet zo goed samen haha.
    Ik heb je gevolgd op bloglovin!
    Liefs, Jessy

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      December 16, 2013 at 16:41

      Dankjewel! Er zijn een hoop dingen die ook niet zo goed samengaan met mij ;) Zo hebben we allemaal onze ideale combinaties haha


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