Saturday, 24 September 2016

Duck tales and more....

Hi Everybody!

Hope your weekend is going well!
We still have lovely weather, but not as hot as it was,
so really great for me to walk about and have fun.

For Art Journal Journey, Elizabeth's theme of 'Back to school', I went a long way back in history. The painting shows people learning at the University of Paris back in the 13th century. I am sure the learned candidates all behaved themselves well. I enjoy trying to make the backgrounds look ancient with many layers of scripts and scrolls and blots etc.
(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

This morning when I went for my walk I noticed this group of silly ducks, who were trying to cross the bridge by the road! What the duck?! I mean, they are ducks - they can fly over the road or swim under the bridge....They were very indignant as I chased them back to the stream.

Recently I showed pictures of the farm shop with the wonderful display of pumpkins. Today I was there again with my neighbour, and was happy to see that they had added more fun decorations:

Have a fun weekend, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Friday, 23 September 2016


Hi Everybody!
It's nearly weekend - enjoy!

For Art Journal Journey , Elizabeth's lovely 'back to school' theme and 
Paint Party Friday I have made another hybrid piece
with the theme of penmanship. I always got good marks at school, but mostly the teachers lamented that my handwriting was too hurried/careless/untidy/full of smudges etc! And it hasn't really changed! Fountain pen and bottles of writing ink are almost relics of the past these days, but I still prefer writing with a fountain pen, even if my penmanship is not so good....At junior school I was ink monitor and had the job of filling up the white porcelain inkwells which were built into the desks. I lost my job after splattering a boy with ink - well, he deserved it, he kicked me!

Last week I went on the bus to a neighbouring town called Angermund,
which is on the mouth of the river Anger, and still has some fine old houses
and a castle, which has been privatised and made into private dwellings.

The ancient Church:

The 'village' street:

The cross is near the castle:

The castle was built in the 12th century as a ring castle surrounded by a moat.
You can see more pictures here if you are interested:

This part was added in the 15th century and repaired after war damage in 1635:

I sneaked a look through the gate:

The river feeds the moat:

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

Thursday, 22 September 2016

All creatures great and small....

Hi Everybody!

Another week is speeding by and I still haven't worked out
where my time always goes....

For Paint Party Friday I made a mixed media A3 journal page for no particular
theme, just for fun. I brayered and then sprayed the background, and added some background stenciling, trying to keep to shades of brown. My men were painted in and then stamped to pattern their clothes. I added the quote 'I am the dream, you are the dreamer', which I then divided up and repeated here and there.

For Art Journal Journey, Elizabeth's lovely theme of back to school, I made a journal page using some inspiration I got on my Monday walk this week. A class of students were at the Rhine with their art teacher, sketching various things in groups of 2 and 3. They were really taking their work seriously, and it was fun to watch them. I took some pics, which I altered a little with various filters and made them to my journal page:

And this is my tag for Tag Tuesday this week:

The swans and geese were at the pond in the park:

I loved watching the swans turning their long necks to do their morning toilet:

These ducks were next to a stream at a place I visited yesterday:

The geese are probably being fattened up for St Martin's day in November:

And these horses were on the field next door:

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