Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sunday Sketches and some postcards

Happy Sunday everybody, and hope you have more sun than we do! I overslept today, slept 2 hours more that usual, but as I didn't fall asleep till after four, I am quite happy about it. The rain clouds and sun seem to be having a fight as to who is allowed out first, too!
Today it's tiem again for Sunday Sketches over at Sophia's Blue Chair Diary. I haven't done any new sketches, because I spent my time yesterday making postcards, reading Peter Ackroyd and watching TV, so I would like to share a painting with you that I made nearly 20 years ago while staying near Lake Constance. While I was there I went on a coach trip through Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and painted this picture to remind me - in an abstract way - of the hills, pastures, trees and lakes we passed. It has been painted with tempera colours onto torchon water-colour paper.


And I made 4 postcards for a postcard art swap which Lenna at Creative Swaps is organizing. I have altered some postcards which Mrs (not more so) Grumpy at the Post Office gave me. Our theme is *A summer Day*.





I had fun altering the postcards with stamping and some little collages, and tomorrow I will make a mail-art envelope to send them off to Florida.

Hope you all have a lovely, relaxing Sunday. Take care, and thanks for visiting!

36 comments:

  1. Hi Valerie .. the old painting in abstract is beautiful. Such a great memory. The postcards are a hoot .. I love them. Great idea to alter postcards, I hadn't thought of that. I might borrow it, looks like fun. Hope you are having a great day. hugs, Donna

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  2. Really lovely painting and a great reminder Valerie.
    Really fabulous idea to alter postcards too as I wouldn't have thought of that either. Might have to borrow that idea.
    Have a great Sunday.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  3. Lovely pictures, great way to alter those boring postcards! Glad you have or Mrs Grumpy trained, now! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Fantastic abstract must bring you many happy memories. Frau Postmistress gave you those postcards! wonders will never great altering. Have a wonderful day XOXO Zoe

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  5. Such pretty things to share with us today! Hope it stops raining. We had rain all day on Thursday - and today there are flood warnings for the North of England!!

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  6. I love your abstract scenery Valerie, having been to stay on the shores of Lake Geneva once I can see how you where so inspired to paint it!
    Love the postcards too :)
    Jenny x

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  7. A great abstract painting and your postcards are wonderfull. Have a lovely sunday, what's left of it.
    xxx Hazel.

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  8. Love the abstract painting Valerie. :)
    Sounds like you had a good day yesterday...lovely altered postcards (I really, really love the first one)
    Have a restful Sunday
    Hugs xx
    p.s. I too slept late - sadly, for the same reason as you. :(

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  9. Fabulous abstract Valerie, bold and beautiful! Postcards are great fun. Hope you're having a relaxing Sunday! xx

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  10. Awesome postcards! Fabulous technique! Love the images! The fellow in the last one sorta looks like Bob Hope! Great art pieces!

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  11. Great stuff...I can totally see the mountains and trees. I love all the color and life within this painting.
    cheers, dana

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  12. Wonderful creations ~ Lovely abstract and altering postcards are great! thanks for sharing on Sketch Sunday ~ namaste, CArol ^_^


    My blog is Share the Creative Journey ~ do come by and visit ~ love to have you comment ~ thanks^_^

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  13. I love your postcards! You've inspired me to make more beach art!

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  14. Fantastic abstract painting, a lovely way to have memories recorded. Those postcards are fantastic, so many details. Yvonne x

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  15. good morning,
    i really love your abstract painting! it's so cool. what a great way to remember the trip. you beach postcards are also great, think they might be my new fave! enjoy your day -

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  16. cool postcards val, I would never have thought about altering them, thanks...

    as for your painting, it's fab, I just love it, well done...

    maria xx

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  17. Hi Valerie. 36 in the shade here. Can we have some of your clouds! Fab painting. I was looking at it and thinking wouldn't also look great on glass. Super postcards.
    Regards Florence x

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  18. What a fun painting, love the movement. Your post cards are super cool!

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  19. oh I love your painting and your postcard art is so wonderful!!!!

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  20. Hi Valerie,
    The abstract is wonderful and I adore those postcards...WOW!! Each one is like a little "world." So beautiful!
    XO
    Cindy

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  21. Valerie, I LOVE your Lake Constance abstract. Beautiful postcards too.

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  22. You can just tell you had fun altering the postcards. They certainly sum up the theme.
    The abstract art is remarkable.
    Lynne x

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  23. Hi Valerie, I just love them all, the postcards are all fab collage pieces individually and that sketch has to be one of my favourites, the colours and composition are spectacular

    hugs June

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  24. Awesome abstract painting! Great color scheme.

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  25. Your postcards are beautiful but that painting is definitely a wowee...love it. xx

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  26. Awesome work and fun stuff as always...sorry I missed popping in the last few days...have not had enough computer time! Good to be back home. Happy Sunday Sketches! POP ART MINIS

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  27. your abstract painting is very pretty! I love the postcards too!

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  28. great postcard creations, very creative

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  29. Valerie...First thanks for your visit and lovely words!!!
    I love the old painting in abstract is beautiful just a great memory for keeping!!!
    I´m in love with the postcards ..they are gorgeus!!!!!
    I love them and this is a gorgeus. Great idea to alter postcards!!!Very creative!!
    I like to make a invitation for you.
    Do you like to make a tutorial for that in our blog scrapforhelp.
    Please write to me .
    cynthia.renaud@gmail.com
    I wish a wonderful week.

    Kisses and huges from Brazil
    Cynthia

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  30. 20 yrs hunh..Lovely painting! :)

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  31. Just Beautiful Valerie! You Rock!! Hugs,Tee

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  32. Wow! These are fantastic postcards!
    Really enjoy your collage work :]

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  33. Lovely postcards. Your collages are brill. x

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  34. The postcards are simply fantastic! :-)

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