Friday, 1 July 2011

Paint Party Friday and Post from Mary....

Well, I hope that Blogger does not b*gger around all day like yesterday, couldn't post till the late afternoon, couldn't leave comments, I was SHUT OUT! What the heck was I supposed to do all day?................ Now, sit down before you read this, it's gonna get nasty!

I did the H*******k!! Tidied, cleaned, polished the floor, scrubbed - yuck! Sorry to use so many bad words, but I'm still in a foul mood after yesterday!
So, back to the nice things, it's Paint Party Friday , hosted by Kristin and Eva. I painted a lot this week. On Saturday evening I did a sketch of an *autumn lady* for Sunday sketches, and thought I should use the inspiration to paint all four seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. So I had a great time painting. And here are the pictures:





Now you know why I NEEDED to clean my kitchen!

And on Wednesday evening I got a packet from Mary Albrethsen
We took part in one of Tee's famous swaps, this time for an altered mini composition book. Mary sent me not only a beautifully decorated book, but a wonderful ribbon rose brooch in blue and green, a pretty painted bag, another book to alter myself and a lovely, personal letter. Here some pics, showing the front, back, the brooch and the inside of the notebook.





Thanks so much Mary!

I started on my Journal for July, it will be finished later today, si will be blogged tomorrow, just one day late! Have a nice day you all, take care, and thanks for visiting.

56 comments:

  1. Fabulous work Valerie. H.....k! Where do you find the time! LOL! Have a great weekend.
    Regards Florence.

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  2. Oh how totally gorgeous and I love what you received from Mary!!! How exciting to receive such beautiful treasures.
    XO
    Cindy

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  3. Florence, I just take the time - live now, scrub later kind of thing!

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  4. Lovely paintings, they are all really beautiful, Have a lovely day, hugs, Sarah

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  5. Isn't it amazing what you can get done when the computer (or blogger is down!) But I can see you made up for it in spades! What great images! And as for doorways, I think that is the beauty of Europe. It is so 'old' there are many,many ancient doorways to be found. Our ancient doorways are mainly to be found in nature. hmmm, I should go and have a look for some. x Julie

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  6. Your seasons paintings are fabulous Valerie - I love them lots.
    xxx Hazel.

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  7. H....W shocking now you know it will all build up again LOL Quinton Crisp once said 'Just leave it after the first 5 years it does not get any worse!' one of my all time favourite quotes.

    Beautiful seasonal portraits can see so much in each of those. Your package from Mary wonderful, enjoy. XOXO Zoe

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  8. Zoe, I'm gonna write that quote in the dust on my bookshelves, it's wonderful! Thanks!

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  9. Terrific paintings and some fabby gifts Valerie. Have a great weekend my friend. Annette x

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  10. Well, I'm going to have to give myself time to get over the face you used the H****K word! I'm in shock and it's not easy for me to let go! Adoration for the four seasons .. love the 'ice queen'. You received such a lovely package .. Artists! What can I say ... they're the tops! They're the Louvre Museum ... but I digress. đť„«đť„«♮♯♬♬♬♥❤❤♡♡ ... and so it is! big hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  11. So sorry Donna, won't happen again too quickly. Blogger is to blame!!!

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  12. Blogger has been a right pain the last while, hasn't it! I love your seasonal ladies - I think winter is my favourite - her silver hair - she actually looks cold!

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  13. Hi Valerie
    Your self-portrait style paintings continue to fascinate me.
    Wonderful swap you participated in, swaps are always great fun.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  14. wow...what treasures! Gorgeous!

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  15. Lovely work, Val, those paintings are wonderful. Hugs, Barb

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  16. So Neat Valerie! I'm lovin the 4 seasons!The colors are spot on!
    And I love the gorgeous book Mary Made! Hope she joins in future swaps with US. Lotsa Hugs,Tee

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  17. Oh, the H word, it does take a bite out of painting time, doesn't it? Now I think we know why (until very recently) most artists were men. They seem to be able to ignore filth better than we can.

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  18. Lovely gift from Mary! Your paintings are just amazing and gorgeous! Beautiful art! Blogger has just been ridiculous for well over a month now! I know if you untick the keep me signed in box, I can comment, but then I have to sign in a few times a day! Have a lovely weekend!

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  19. Sometimes we just have to let those words fly...LOL! wonderful creations...fun and fab! Oh, and by the way...you're one of my picks for an Irresistably Sweet Blogger Award. Check out my post for the details! CONGRATS and Celebrations!

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  20. great pieces of artwork! happy PPF!

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  21. Oh great work Valerie. Look at these paintings that the H----w--- inspired you to do, tee hee. Really awesome and I love the gift from your friend. Always great things around here. Happy PPF and a 4th of July weekend.

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  22. these are all so fantastic that I have a dilemma. I can't decide which one I like best!!!! :-)

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  23. Just stunning painting Valerie and I especially love the green one - a favourite colour of mine.
    Lovely artwork you've received in the swap too, lucky you.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  24. Your seasonal ladies are gorgeous! Hard to pick a favorite; love them ALL! :) Yes, Blogger can drive you crazy. I've been there. Nice treasures from your friend! Hope your weekend is much better for you!

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  25. Valerie, your paint Friday showing the four seasons is phenomenal; I really like all of them with "winter" my favorite. They are truly beautiful. CLEANING....I'd rather work in the yard.

    Have a great weekend.

    Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  26. WOW What an amazing collection here! That green is gorgeous!! Happy PPF!

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  27. Absolutely fab pieces my friend all of them.l love the masks they are gorgeous
    hugs June x

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  28. Ohhh i forgot to say i love your ribbon rose brooch, so pretty !!
    Also just wondered if you would mind adding a fun friday link for me ?
    hugs June xxxxxx

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  29. Have just had to take a valium !!!! So many naughty words in one sentence have gone all week at the knees !! Your paint party friday pieces are ............!!! I am in awe each one a masterpiece !!!, the h.....k seemed to spur you on to even greater things ( if that's possible ) maybe i should try it .

    Marie

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  30. great idea to do those lovely seasonal portraits. Thinking of housework would put me in a fowl mood too! lol

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  31. Oh, how Blogger has been doing the same to me where I can't even get in or post or upload & never have been able to get back into the dashboard since crash! Any how....
    I love your seasonal ladies. I think Spring is my favorite and your tags and other items are so pretty! Happy PPF! Theresa

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  32. Beautiful...such powerful images for all the seasons...just fantastic and so symbolic...they each are magnificent in thier own way!
    Victoria

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  33. Awesome! Love the 4 seasons.

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  34. your ladies are wonderful! Amazing how much you got done with Blogger not working.

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  35. I love the loose, uninhibited linework in your beauties! The top one reminds me of a lovely batik... such a great effect you've created!

    xo
    Kristin

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  36. WOW! Such great artwork... love it all.
    You are such a busy "crafter-bee" <3

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  37. Fabulous art, I had to chuckle at the unmentionable word, its the same here as well. Yvonne xx

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  38. I think I amdrawn to the colors of the Summer work most. So gold and bright and pretty. Love your GIFTED book and surprise inside. HAPPY PPF!

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  39. So many lovely things in one post!

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  40. Love, love, love the 4 seasons paintings very cool and well done. Great swap items you received also, lucky lady.

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  41. I do my H***K 15 minutes at time inbetween everything else! Love you seasons paintings and oh the goodies you got, how fun!Happy PPF

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  42. Gorgeous season paintings this week. lovely gifts too. you are blessed to have such wonderful friends.

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  43. Just look at all the fabulous work your creating! Your making the rest of us look bad! LOL
    hugs Lynn

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  44. I like the third one - it's autumn right? from the orange colors used.

    have a lovely day.

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  45. I really like the greens and her hair in the first one. Happy SS!

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  46. I completely see the four seasons, these would make great fiber art quilts!!!!!!!!!!!
    cheers, dana

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  47. beautiful sketches - i love the green one.
    yes, blogger is VERY frustrating. I had the same problem....I was told to sign out completely ( uncheck the keep me signed in button) and clear all cookies. try it. it worked for me.
    xo

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  48. Your seasons paintings are great!!

    What a great gift, too!

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  49. WONDERFUL ESASONAL FAIRIES AND SOOOO PRODUCTIVE!

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  50. Great productive week! Love your take on the four seasons!

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  51. love your girls...they are so spiorited...xxx

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  52. Ohhhh I love the 4 seasons paitings. You did such a great depiction! And how lucky you are to get such a lovely package!!!

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  53. The line " I painted a lot this week." made me smile even before seeing your gorgeous pieces. :)

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