Thursday, 22 August 2013

Inspired by ....

Hi everybody!
Another week has sped by and it's time for Paint Party Friday again, hosted, as always, by Eva and Kristin.
Last week there was an article in our paper about Stephan Lochner's 'Maria im Rosenhag' - Maria in the rose bower. I have seen this picture often in Cologne, and it has always fascinated me. It was painted about 1450, and the original has a golden background with lots of angels and roses. I decided to use just the central figure of Maria for my painting. I drew her on a piece of canvas, and used prismalos and water colours to paint the details in the faces and robes. I used gold ink to paint the halos, and made Maria's crown and brooch with some gold modelling paste, into which I pressed some micro beads. The 'jewels' were made with liquid pearls. In the original painting Maria has a beautiful brooch with a unicorn. I painted some flowers on the 'floor', and added some textile ones and pearls. I placed yellow roses around her head, and the 12 stars, which are often shown in paintings of Maria.
The background is a re-purposed canvas,  (12"x9") which I painted with a mix of dark red and purple, and sprinkled with fairy dust.
I have no idea why I made this, as it is not my style, or my religion, it just sort of happened.









 I am also linking to Piaroms's Mix it monthly challenge, which this month involves dark red, violet, yellow and green, jewelry and flowers.

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



41 comments:

  1. This is definitely very different from your usual work, but I love what you have made, and the original! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Wow, you really must have been inspired, this is gorgeous, so well done! ~Diane

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  3. It is a departure from your usual style, but I think it is stunning!

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  4. This is so beautiful Valerie, you have outdone yourself!

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  5. das ist eine tolle Arbeit Valerie...
    das ist eben das Schöne, wenn wir verschiedenste Stile und Richtungen einschlagen können...

    und wenn wir uns inspireren können überall wo wir gehen und stehen..
    das ist Kreativität pur!


    Happy PPF schon mal!
    xxx Susi

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    1. Das stimmt, Inspiration ist überall, wir müssen nur hinschauen.

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  6. Wow Valerie, what a fabulous piece of art. it's stunning. Xx

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  7. How wonderful that this just sort of happened Valerie. The colours are so rich and the background texture look amazing

    Hope your day has been a good one

    Love Chrissie x

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  8. This is lovely! Mary looks so peaceful!

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  9. Val, I LOVE this - so peaceful and somehow dreamy - just gorgeous! Hugs, Barb

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  10. I agree with everyone, you have outdone yourself. Love this piece Valerie, it is just beautiful. Mary has a way of bringing light upon everyone. Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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  11. Sometimes just fun to do something completely out of your own box. Love the colours, textures and using the cut out canvas. Very stunning, Valerie. hugs, Donna

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  12. Wow,das sieht Megaklasse aus,gefällt mir suupergut.
    alleine schon die Farben sind ein Augenschmaus und dann die tollen Motive und Gestaltung,einfach klasse.
    schön das wir uns immer inspirieren wo wir stehen und gehen,dabei kommen immer ganz geniale werke zustande.

    GLG Jeannette

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  13. Du hast ein so schönes Motiv gewählt, liebe Valerie. Ich kann verstehen, dass es Dich immer wieder zu dieser Madonna zieht. Die Farben sind absolut schön gewählt und geben der Madonna eine sinnliche Tiefe ♥
    Happy PPF and have a fine weekend!
    Erika

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  14. The colours are stunning, that picture must have really inspired you.

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  15. Wonderful, love the mix of elements and the colors are just perfect!

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  16. So lovely to see your inspired canvas Val... it is absolutely stunning....

    Jenny ♥

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  17. Quite a change from the art we have been seeing recently. This is very accomplished art making, Valerie, beautifully painted, then with all the additions of roses and flowers and beads.

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  18. lovely to try experimental things, you have great textures and effects going on here.

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  19. What a wonderful colourcombination. And the way you did the flowers at her feet is so much fun!

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  20. Beautiful mixed media work. Mary's face is so serene. I love all the textures and colours you have used to bring this work to life:) HPPF

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  21. Looks great! Love the flowers.

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  22. This is gorgeous Valerie. I'm not into religious symbols or angels but I love this - the textures and colours are wonderful :)

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    1. It's not my usual 'cup of tea' either, it was just a feeling that I needed to make it!

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  23. Oh, this is just so beautiful, I just love it!

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  24. Love all those beautiful flowers, especially at her feet. Have a great weekend!

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  25. WOW, Valerie. Your talents amaze me. This is a beautiful piece of original art and a keeper to remind you that your creativity goes beyond tags, journals and booklets. It is beautiful.

    Hugs,
    C

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  26. Interessante Idee, es wirkt ein wenig wie eine Ikone (obwohl ich nicht viel Ahnung davon habe). Es wäre ein interessantes Projekt für eine Schulklasse so etwas zu machen! Deine Maria ist sehr schön geworden, Valerie!
    Liebe Grüsse
    Ilona

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  27. Valerie, this looks like an old masterpiece. You have done a fantastic job with this. Who knows where our ideas come from? Even if it is a different religion from yours you have given it a spirit of peace and calm, as well as beauty.

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  28. I am so thankful you allowed this stunning project to "happen'. It is so beautifully detailed. Happy PPF and thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  29. Dein Bild ist ist einfach grossartig geworden!!! Der starke Hintergrund zieht meinen Blick magisch an :) Wie wunderschön ihre Ausstrahlung und die süsse Krone ♥♥♥ ich freue mich riesig, dass Du Zeit gefunden hast bei Mix It Monthly mitzumalen :) Alles Liebe Dir und Grüsse ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  30. It's beautiful Valerie :)
    Von ♥

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  31. There are times that a masterpiece just happens and here is the proof! Such a stunning work of art! Beautiful and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  32. even though its not your usual style, you did a great job! love the colors and texture!

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  33. So lovely! I believe one day the reason you painted it will come to you!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  34. She's very pretty. I love the robes and the folds in them. Sometimes you don't need to know why you paint/do something and it's ok to just be =)
    xx Monique

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  35. However it happened it's really beautiful.

    Karen x

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  36. Icons and sacred art are universal -- at least in my humble opinion. This is a gorgeous Madonna and it was delightful to see it since I posted a very different sort of Madonna on my blog. I love the serenity and the way you handled the draping of her robe. I'm so glad I dot a chance to see it -- thanks for sharing.

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  37. I loved this work of yours and it's great that you allowed the work to be born. A different style or religion is not what matters, it was a heartfelt response to a symbol of peace and love! Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

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  38. My word Valerie - you are a true artist! Your painting is really beautiful. Well something must have spoken to you - I don't think we have to be of a particular religious bent to appreciate fine art!
    sandy

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