Friday, 20 May 2011

Paint Party Friday, Cowboys and postcards

Hi you all. It looks like a fine and sunny day here, so perhaps we are in for some nice weekend weather. I do not like roasting in the sun, but it's nice to be able to sit on my balcony and paint or drink coffee, or both!
At Paint Party Friday they want to know what distracts us from painting. I think I don't let myself be distracted from painting or crafting. I am often distracted from h*******k in all its varied forms, but from painting? Nope!
I have painted a lot this past 2 weeks, so much that my paints are running low, which means that I will have to take trip to Creative Discount next week. It's a sort of art warehouse in town. Everything is piled up on shelves with narrow passages between them, you take a basket and wander round. I never find what I want first time off, but I do manage to find lots of things that I like while I am looking, and ususally emerge with a satisfyingly full basket and a lot to pay....Anyone else know things like that?
Today I am sharing the second picture I painted this week, a mixed media piece again, 12 x 15". (The first picture can be seen here ) The faces have been drawn onto ancient book pages, and painted over with gesso, as has the heart. After painting with acrylics and *bubbling*, I stamped some images, and added some floral rub-ons and of course, my favourite leopard to finish it. I have called this picture *Talking to myself*.



And I have made 2 postcards for three challenges. The postcards are my entries for 2 Gingersnaps challenges, *Cowboys* and *Make a scene*, and I am also entering them into the postcard challenge over at *Just for fun*
and into the *Color my world* challenge at *The cheerful stamp pad*
Here is my cowboy postcard:
I have used distress inks and watercolours to create the background, the houses are a TH die-cut, made from grunge paper and gessoed, and the cowboy is a digi stamp with has been clear embossed and decoupaged.


The sun-down scene has been created using distress inks, and the sun has been stamped with colourbox pigment ink. The cowboy has been clear embossed and decoupaged again, and the wild geese flyin' by are from Lavina stamps.
The postcard reverse is the same for both cards, so I have only shown one.

OK, it just remains for me to wish you a lovely day. Take care, and thanks for looking!

59 comments:

  1. A BEAUTIFUL POSTCARD, LOVE THE COLORS

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  2. WOW You've been so busy and creative, I'm amazed at the sheer amount of art work that you make, fabulous creations again:0) Lead me to that art shop I want to play there too, LOL.
    I really avoid the H word if at all possible, have fun Valerie:0) xxx

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  3. WOW you have been busy.

    Thanks for playing along with JFF this week

    Sam xxx

    http://sam21ski.blogspot.com/

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  4. Wow, your postcards rock! I love your colors! Very romantical.

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  5. Wonderful work Val. Love the postcards but the painting is my favourite. :)
    We sound so much alike - I too often get distracted from "h*******k" and I never leave a
    craft/art shop without an armful of stuff!
    Hugs xx

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  6. Thanks Ladies! Sue, I think we have a lot in common, starting with literature and crafting and languages and h*******k hating!

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  7. Wonderful creative pieces and a great sense of humour. I am now looking forward to a day of avoiding h*******k !

    Marilyn

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  8. I love the sunset background in that postcard! Such gorgeous color. Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  9. Love that you show us the reverse side of the postcard - brilliant idea! Great postcards - love how you did those backgrounds and the tombstone had me in fits of giggles. Great takers on the theme. Thanks for joining us at JFF - Hugs, Neet x

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  10. My fave is 'talking to myself' .. such a great theme and wonderful saying .. and So true! When I scrolled down, that little cowboy with the guns made me laugh out loud. Great postcards. I'll meet you at the art warehouse at 11:00. That would be bliss. Take care and as far as the h*******k goes ... you are right on .. we must avoid it at all costs. I'm getting concerned the mail I sent has wandered off somewhere! Have a fun day with that big basket and give us a report of what you find. hugs from Mexico. Donna

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  11. I love mixed media and the first one is just beautifully done. The cowboy postcards are brilliant too. I always come away with stuff I never intended to buy and don't get the original item I planned on x

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  12. I can't even pick a favorite here...love 'em all!

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  13. What gorgeous colours in your painting, a beautiful piece. Postcards are great fun, the first one reminds me of playing cowboys & indians with my brothers when I was little. xx

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  14. Wow, what gorgeous pieces!! I love the "talking to myself" piece - the way you've stamped the "hair" is marvelous. The two cowboy scenes are wonderful - the sunsets are just beautiful. Thanks for playing the challenges at Gingersnap Creations!

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  15. Goodness how do you do it all what can i say painting is fabulous. Postcards blown away love both of them more than words. Thank you for creating these and sharing them with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

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  16. Hi Valerie
    I will work backwards - the postcards are fabulous!!!
    Then your artwork for PPF. The depth to this is remarkable.
    Thank You for your kind words. It really was a huge step to post on my Blog. On the draft I spoke a lot about my vulnerabilities regarding my art and apprehension to even show to art teachers but it dawned on me, re-draft as who cares LOL.
    Not too sure if it is a one off.
    Anyway, love seeing your PPF artwork.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  17. The first is a terrific piece of mixed media and love the quote Valerie. Your postcards are fab as well. You must be up all night making and creating and have very little sleep. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  18. These are so great! I really love your cowboy pieces!!!

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  19. Oh, I love your postcards! :) and I agree with you, I tend to buy way too much while in an art supply shop. :)

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  20. your postcards are stunning the colours so viberiant, both well exceuted :)
    Thanks for playing along with us at just for fun
    xx

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  21. Valerie Love them both,but my fave is the cowboy because it reminds me of Stephen Kings Series-The Gun Slinger that I read! Lol Hugs,Tee

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  22. I love the contrast of the pale blue against the brilliant red-orange in your first piece. And the stamping too!

    The cowboy postcards are great! They remind me of old western movies :)

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  23. Love the cowboy silhouettes! :-)

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  24. I like the horse and rider in the sunset best! HAPPY PPF!

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  25. Very pretty pieces! I especially love the cowboy going into the sunset. Wonderful!

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  26. Your painting, talking to myself, is gorgeous, Valerie!

    The postcards are fabby too! Have a super weekend!

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  27. Your postcards are excellent. I love the cowboy going off into the sunset. Very nice. Happy PPF!

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  28. WOW, what gorgeous work! I love everything--and I adore how you switch from one theme to another and all your different techniques--amazing!
    XO
    Cindy

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  29. Great piece and love the title too. Thanks for joining in the fun friday at dezinaworld
    hugs June xxxxx

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  30. LOVE your mixed media piece! Perfect quote to put there as a reminder. I love the beautiful colors you chose for that as well! :)

    Your postcards were great with the cowboy silhouettes. Gorgeous sunset effect!

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  31. Hip, hip, hooray... for a "paint party!"
    Really like your postcards.
    The cowboy riding in the sunset, my favorite! :]
    Thank you for sharing.
    *hug*

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  32. It's always a lovely day after I visit your blog. Love the pieces today, totally awesome!

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  33. Your painting is fun and I love the title - the trails and windings below the faces traces the path of the thoughts/words.
    I've been making a few postcards too - it's fun to send a quick note to friends and be arty at the same time! Yours are great!

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  34. These are interesting and very neat to look at! I love how you mirrored the collage in the top piece. Happy PPF!

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  35. There are always so many fun details to look at in your pieces!

    (I love that you treat h******k like a dirty word - very, very funny! ha!)

    xo
    Kristin

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  36. each piece is wonderful
    for some reason i really enjoyed the cowboy riding into the sunset.

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  37. Love them all; love the face and words in the background of talking to myself (something I do all the time!). And the cowboy riding off into the sunset; reminds me of watching westerns and such as a kid. Happy PPF!

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  38. Oh my goodness, you have been so busy and you have so many comments! Wonderful variety of artwork, you have clearly been having lots of fun.

    Happy weekend,

    xx

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  39. Your painting is just beautiful Valerie, love that you call it "Talking to Myself"!!! However, I don't know what you mean about buying armfuls of stash in craft shops ... MUCH!!! LOL

    Have a lovely weekend

    Hugs, Carole xxx

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  40. Another participant for PAINT FRIDAY. You, too, can draw which is wonderful. Love your heart shaped design on the canvas along with the faces making a design as well.

    Your postcards are fabulous. COWBOYS in the UK? Now Idaho has the real cowboys.

    Off for more yard work. Have a terrific, creative weekend, Valerie.

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  41. They are all terrific pieces. "splodge city" - Love it.
    Regards Florence.

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  42. I love all the work you've been doing- I always find your style to be very inspirational! I love your "Talking to myself" it's wonderful!

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  43. Fantastic pieces, love the cards. Yvonne x

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  44. I like looking at the faces are real good. Greetings

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  45. fab work val, love the 2nd post card especially, loved the back ground, well done, brill...

    maria xx

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  46. Hi Valerie, I'm glad you are enjoying your painting so much, I'm sure you'll enjoy your trip to restock your supplies too. had to smile at reading yesterday's post just now, you swallowing the pearls instead of pills! At least it gave B a laugh too. CoB

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  47. Wow! I love where the painting went! Those faces are perfect on there! Very cool mixed collage. :0)

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  48. Love all the work. The texture is just amazing! Fantastic. :)

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  49. Oooh! These all look lovely. Great job!

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  50. Valerie-Jael such stunning creations! and the coloring is just superb. thank you for joining the "color my world" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

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  51. Positiviely Perfect for Paint Party Friday! Awesome as always!

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  52. Beautiful postcards my favourite is the one of the copwboy riding off into the sunset. I was brought up on cowboy films my dad loved them so these have a huge appeal, thanks for sharing

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  53. Both sets of cards are great! I'm lovin' the spaghetti western--so much fun! :)

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  54. All your pieces are absolutely awesome --- my favourite is the first card with the showdown (LOL). Thank you for joining us for the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge.

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  55. Love your cowboy post cards!! So creative!!

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  56. Love your theme for your postcard
    Janet x

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  57. awesome postcards!!! love your color choices!

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