Monday, 4 July 2011

Summer of Color and some cards for Less is More

Today it is time for *the Summer of Color* hosted by Kristin. This week our color is yellow, not usually a color I like too much, but I suppose you have to try everything! Yellow reminds me of the sixties, with all the accompanying social protests and demos against war, the bomb, against nearly everything, a lot of which I joined in at the time. It was the time of the Beatles with their *yellow submarine* and Donovan with *Mellow Yellow*, which I took as theme for my first painting. I used a mixture of tempera, acrylic and metallic paints, some of which I heated and bubbled to give texture. The background has been stamped with TH ink in wild honey using some bubble plastic as a stamp. I added some of the text of Donovan's son, gave the lady a feather in her hair, and lots of daisies, one of the symbols of the anti-war movement. And of course, the famous symbol for *ban the bomb* in the right hand corner.



For the second picture I got a bit carried away with the sixties themes - psychedelic patterns in orange and yellow form the background, and in the middle is a *magic mushroom*, which unfortunately led many young people to bad dreams and worse caused by drug misuse. After painting the background with water soluble wax crayons, I drew different psychedelic patterns in black ink, and wrote the titles of a lot of the protest songs of the sixties, as well as some of the sayings of the time, like *Make love not war*.



And I made two cards for the *Less is More* challenge. This time our stern task-mistresses want to see shades of blue. I distressed two narrow strips of card with TH inks in faded jeans, stormy skies, tumbled glass, broken china and chipped saphire, applying the colors diagonally, starting with the darkest. I left some tiny spaces of white here and there to give the impression of sky. I stamped the cards with motives of the Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. I mounted the printed strips onto white cards. The birds have been drawn with black pen. The first card has only been stuck along the sides, so that the picture stands out from the card.



I think this should be enough for today. Have a great day you all, and a happy 4th of July to all my American friends. Take care, and thanks for visiting!

59 comments:

  1. Love the groovy chick with the flowers in her hair! The mushroom picture is 'magic' (sorry, couldn't resist that pun!). Great doodling.

    Your less is more challenge cards are brilliant, the skies are really well done and they are great rubber stamps you've used.

    x

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  2. Great colour in your mellow yellow lady, the London scenes are fab, I think I "need" these stamps, are they Artemio?
    Anne
    x

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  3. I'm very taken with your art today - the symbolism I guess. Took me back I must say. Great job. Love the cards .. You get an A+! ha ha hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  4. Love the yellow sixties pics, and of course, the cards with London, our home town! Hugs, Sarah

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  5. I KNEW you were a closet hippy! Ha. Yes those magic mushies where a bit of problem I seem to recall... Love your art man! Far out and groovy. x Julie

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  6. I still am a Hippie! I think I will put some wild colour streaks in my hair again!

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  7. Not my favourite either Valerie but I love, love your mellow yellow paintings - took me right back to the 60's.
    Hugs xx

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  8. Fabulous work again Valerie - love your sixties pictures they took me back in time [happy days]and your London cards are lovely.
    xxx Hazel.

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  9. Wow Valerie, that magic mushroom really is psychedelic. Love your paintings and the cards are gorgeous. Sometimes simple really is the best.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  10. I love your girls you do...how cool to have been arounf in those days...I would have been protesting too....xxx

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  11. Wow, that is one psychedelic picture - makes me want to go and lie down in a darkened room! Lol! Love your mellow yellow portrait and your LIM cards. Great sky and the images fit perfectly. xx

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  12. Gorgeous pieces! Love the bubbling effect.:)

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  13. Love the pieces. Very groovy.
    Very Mellow Yellow.
    xx

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  14. Love your lady, her hair is fabulous with all the texture and layers. Also love the magic mushroom, I remember the 60's well and your mushroom just about sums it up!

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  15. Love the lady with flowers in her hair, brings back good memories for me as well. The London scenes are very 'moody blues' great sky effects.

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  16. Smashign projects - love your LIM

    Kathyk

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  17. Love your LIM cards, especially London Bridge. Great art pieces as well. Yvonne xx

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  18. nice 'yellow' tribute to the sixties and lovely work today as usual.

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  19. I think you made me love groovy yellow! Love these and all the doodling you did... :) Nan

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  20. Fantastic London images, super skies
    Thanks so much
    Diva LIM
    "Less is More"

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  21. Your first picture takes me back in time when life was exciting and full of colour. Love the magic mushroom. Enjoy your day, Annette x

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  22. An eclectic mix of art from the vivacious, techni-coloured woman to the more subtle Less Is More cards.
    Wonderful art to view this Monday.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  23. Mellow Yellow that took me back, where you in Germany at that time or travelling. The experience there was i suspect a little different to the one here, that and I was just to young to really get into it all!

    Your London stamps are fabulous where did you come by them? great LIM cards XOXO Zoe

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  24. I was living in London then! I didn't come to Germany till 1972. The stamps are from Artemio

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  25. Valarie, you are so creative! Love your artwork. You LIM cards are fantastic! LOVE the skyline scenes!
    My Card

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  26. I love this fabulous sixties vibe! Dig the bubbling texture on your girlies hair. This post had me really thinking back. And of course your magic mushroom - my gosh you have it all for our yellow week! LOVE!
    Jessi xox

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  27. Oh i love them all Valerie, that mushroom one is fabulous, what fun !! great art on all of them
    hugs June xxxx

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  28. Your lady in summer colors is beautiful! I really like the blue cards; they look so elegant.

    Hugs,
    C

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  29. Beautiful work again. The texture on the girl's hair is so interesting! And I love the doodles in the mushroom piece (especially since I'm just starting to explore Zentangles and doodling with purpose). Your simple cards are great - simple but not boring or plain. Excellent!

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  30. Lovely artwork Sylvie, some great textures in your paintings:)
    I love your scenic LIM cards the skies above the landmarks are amazing :)
    Jenny x

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  31. You had me at bubbled paint! Ohh, I promise I'm gonna try that! WHAT wonderful, spirited work - I love your 60's inspiration and your portrait is just stunning. Thank you for this beautiful inspiration, xo

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  32. Wow and more wow!!! Gorgeous painting - you've made me like yellow! - and I love your LIM cards. Beautiful all around!

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  33. These are all brilliant. Very very very cool stuff x

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  34. I just love how you did her hair!
    love the doodling on the mushroom as well. Wonderful art!

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  35. Your cards for LIM are wonderful!

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  36. Are you kidding, I love the psychedelic patterns! & The yellows & orange tones work perfect together :) I'm also in love with your mushroom!

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  37. What a great post today Valerie. I love your yellow rendition. Funny how colours remind us or leave influences on us.
    Those stamped cards are beautiful.
    Have a super day.
    Hugs from Canada

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  38. Thank you so much Valerie for putting that stupid Beatles song back in my head after so may years !!! Most probably will take another 40 to get rid of it ! You did take me back to the sixties. I myself had a pair or yellow hot pants crimpolene if you will and very itchy as I remember !! Both your paintings are gorgeous beautiful tones and textures. As for your LIM entries love the both great stamping and fab images makes me miss home !!

    Marie

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  39. WOW Valerie, you've made some brilliant art today, love the texture in her hair and I too am humming Yellow Submarine, all aboard, all aboard, Thanks!! LOL
    Your LIM entry is great all that beautiful blue sky and British landmarks, love them both, Gay xxx

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  40. I enjoy coming here to see what you create.

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  41. Your art is very lively and magical. I love the vibrant and bright colors. Beautiful stuff.

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  42. Absolutely stunning LIM cards. Love the images and the backgrounds. Beautiful!!

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  43. dear Valerie,
    Love the goddess and that funky mushroom. Then those British pieces are brillant! thanks for stopping by, gerri

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  44. Valerie, I am loving your 60's take on yellow! It did make me a bit nostalgic ... it was the only time I believe I have ever worn yellow LOL

    Your blue cards are spectacular!

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  45. Love how you were inspired by the 60's for your yellow pieces...
    psychedelic is perfect for yellow week! Absolutely Fabulous!!
    ...and I love your 'London' cards :) (I'm originally from London)

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  46. I love your fiesta of yellow and then the cool blues of your London scenes.

    Marilyn

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  47. Oooopps , so sorry Valerie...not sure why I called you Sylvie.....perhaps I'd been on her blog previously.
    Jenny x

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  48. Love your work this week the yellow sixties pieces are my favourite. x

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  49. Loving your 60's influence on your 'yellow' pieces. The hair is amazing. Great blue cards too.

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  50. WondErful "SUMMER" colors!
    I really like the magic mushroom, great artwork :]

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  51. Mellow Yellow this takes me back. Great piece.

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  52. Great work. Love the London scenes.
    Linbyx

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  53. So many wonderful creations, love your lady.

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  54. I'm late getting here but so glad I made it. WOW! I am in love with your yellow lady. She is my FAVE so far! LOVE her to pieces!! And the yellow mushroom is fantastic. You outdid yourself this week.

    And then I see those cards. Gorgeous! I want to visit there before I die... Beautiful work Valerie.

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  55. oh wouawwwww you make me go in the past...when I was a teenager and having those song in my life...I have never use that magical mushroom..I like your first creation for all the texture and the colors...the second one for your drawing and writing...I will come back to see your next week, in brown...bye xx

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  56. I just love your art! It is very inspirational to me! (And I so much agree with what you say in your profile about not copying/following other peoples rules. I couldn't agree more! :-)
    Wishing you a great weekend!
    Hugs from Elisabeth in Norway :-)

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  57. Your cards for LIM are wonderful!

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