Saturday, 1 October 2016

Indian Summer

Hi Everybody!

We are starting our new October challenge at

Art Journal Journey 

-Indian Summer-

This time I am hosting, and looking forward to seeing your creations
about this wonderful season, whatever you call it -
Indian summer, autumn, fall, old wives' summer, golden October -
they are all very fitting descriptions. It is my favourite season, with it's 
glorious colour changes, blue skies, falling leaves, conkers, and clear air.
Our weather here has been warm and summery, but the evenings are getting chilly, night comes earlier, and it's fun to pull on a warm sweater again.
As always, you have the whole month to get creative and link to us, so hope to see you there!

I made an A3 mixed media piece. The background was brayered, sprinkled with brushos and sprayed. I did some background stamping into the wet paint to texture it. I painted the blackbird with a mixture of black and metallic brown, and added the text and dragonflies with stencils. The leaves were cut from painted and embossed paper, and I added some of the feathers I got from the moulting goslings at the castle. A little bit of gold stardust finished it off:

Last Wednesday Sabine AKA 'Art Bee' visited me here. I was up early and watched the sunrise, which started my day off well. 
We walked around through Kaiserswerth, chatted, enjoyed good food, coffee, cake and ice cream, and had a fun time. In the afternoon we sat at a restaurant by the Rhine, and enjoyed the happy atmosphere - some people in the beer garden were celebrating a birthday, making music and singing; kids were playing, the conkers were falling off the trees, the sun was sparkling on the water - a really perfect day! 

This is the restaurant at the old ferry:

And the ferry still exists, after more than 700 years:

We enjoyed exploring the castle ruins:

And we looked at the nice shops in 'town':

And of course, we enjoyed eating and drinking:

All in all, a wonderful Indian Summer day, and I hope we can do a repeat performance in the near future!

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

Thursday, 29 September 2016

School, cats and big birds

Hi Everybody!

Time is flying, I never know where my time goes.
Yesterday I had a pleasant day, as I had  visit from a blog buddy Sabine,
AKA 'Little Art Bee'. We had a fun time, more about it in my next post.
Suffice it to say thanks to Sabine for coming, and hope we can meet up again soon!

Our lovely theme of 'Back to School' at Art Journal Journey is almost over, so here a big thank you to Elizabeth, who made so many wonderful and varied pages, visited all the participants, and gave us lots of fun memories. On Saturday our new challenge begins, so hope to see you then! I made my usual collage of all entries for the month:

This collage was made with one of my school photos:

For Paint Party Friday I am linking this cat, inspired again by Rosina Wachtmeister, on a background made with brushos, sprays and pan pastels.

My second inspiration was sitting down by the Rhine, staring intently into a clump of grass - perhaps there was  a mouse there?

 A heron has been hanging out at the stream next to our house these past weeks:

Here it was sitting on a drainage pipe just under the parapet of the bridge:

The skies before sunrise are always most impressive:

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

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Back to the middle ages

Hi Everybody!

We are still enjoying wonderful autumn weather here,
each day is really a gift.

For Art Journal Journey, Elizabeth's theme of 'Back to School', I have another
hybrid piece which takes us back to the middle ages. The students do not look very happy, and teachers were always very strict:
(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

On Sunday when I was in Neuss I walked along the remains of the town walls from the middle ages, which can be seen along the river Erft.

And there were a lot of things to look down at (and I don't mean my sneakers!):

This is the Hamtor, one of the two original gates which can still be seen:

There were several models;

Here you can see the model with the real gate in the background:

I still have a lot of photos, and will show them bit by bit.

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