Saturday, 1 November 2014

Inspired by the Masters - Art Journal Journey Challenge for November

Hi everybody!

Time is flying by, and a new month has started bringing us a new theme for the challenge at Susis's Art Journal Journal, 'inspired by the masters'  - or mistresses!
Take inspiration from any famous painter, and create your own art. I am co-hostess again this month, and am looking forward to see from whom you take inspiration.

I have started with Niki de Saint Phalle, as she would have been 84 on October 29th. She is perhaps best known for her over dimensional, colourful  'Nanas', huge statues of women with luxurious body forms.

This one, the protecting angel, is in the main station at Zürich.

This is the lifesaver fountain in Duisburg, a neighbouring town.

I have tried to show the happiness of her art with my journal page. I made some figure templates, and used them to draw the outlines. This way I can make more at any time. The background was given a coat of gesso and then painted with diluted sky blue. The figures was painted with acrylics, and the patterns drawn with gel-pens and felt-pens.

These are my 'house-Nanas', who keep me company on my desk:

The flock of sheep moved to their next grazing place, a few kilometers up the Rhein, so I visited the horses on their meadow near the castle ruins. As usual,  they were busy grazing:

Can you see the wasp sitting on the toadstool?

This afternoon I removed all the stuff that was cluttering my table, threw some things away, packed the rest into the right boxes, and scrubbed the table top. I am enjoying the view and wondering how long before it will be back to normal!

Have a great weekend, take care of yourselves,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween and Happy Mail

Hi everybody!

Happy Halloween to all who celebrate it, 
and Happy Friday to everybody!
And Happy Birthday to Annette, she was lucky enough to be born
on Halloween! Have a great day!

Today I am showing 2 Halloween pieces made in the past, but which I like very much. The canvases are both 8x8", and the images used are from Gecko Galz, 'Little witches' and 'Owling for you'. They have been printed onto canvas, and fixed to the painted and textured canvases before being embellished.
I am linking to Paint Party Friday.

This beautiful Halloween card arrived today from Diane - thanks a lot Sweetie, I LOVE it! It must have taken ages to fit all those little parts together, wow! What a fantastic project! Thanks again!

Today was milder than yesterday, which made walking more enjoyable, and I went for one longish walk and 2 shorter ones, which made 17000 steps altogether, so that was good. I thought the sheep were looking very snooty today:

This is the path which leads past the castle ruins:

As I came back from my evening walk, the sun was setting over the Rhine:

And the wild geese were also hurrying home

Have a great weekend you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Fear no more....

Hi everybody!

We had a cold, damp and misty day here. I couldn't find my gloves, so had to keep my hands in my pockets on my walks. Winter is coming nearer!

In the past few days I had a song from Shakespeare, the 'Dirge for Fidele' (Cymbeline) going round and round in my head, with the lovely music from Ralph Vaughn Williams, which you can hear here.

Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' th' great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
all follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning flash,
The all dreaded thunder stone;
Fear no slander, censure rash;
Thou has finished joy and moan.
All lovers young, all lovers must
consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorcisor harm thee,
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee,
Nothing ill come near thee.
Quiet consummation have,
And renowned be thy grave!

Anyway, it prompted me to make this page in my giant journal. The background was painted with a mix of rust and red, and then I stamped into it with the background stamp from Chrissie, without using colour - the dry stamp just pulls colour off and leaves a negative pattern, which gives a great texture. I sprinkled some fairy dust over it while it was still wet. I used some of my stencils, bought and home made to make the figures, which I painted with gold acrylics, and outlined in white. I did the same with the text. I used the rest of the gold paint to fill in the gaps around the edges.

I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted, as always, by Eva and Kristin.

Today the sheep were back again. The grass is lush and green after so much rain, so they have plenty to eat! I love how the bridge in the background has faded into the mist.

Close behind Mama

Along the Rhine everything was grey in grey, but I enjoyed my walk along the shore, scuffing through the stones and sand.

Wonder what they are all looking at?

The red leaves lit up the grey day.

Have a lovely day, take care, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!