Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Autumn Lady

Hi you all!

I have not been feeling good this week, but have tried to do a bit of crafting here and there.
At AJJ there is a new challenge, 'She Art'. This canvas is one I started in August 2012, and which I have managed to finish....The collaged lady has been cut from a pattern I got from LaBlanche, using different papers, mostly from Seven Gypsies. The background has been painted with acrylics, and partly heat dried to make the paint bubble and give some texture. I am also linking to PPF, hosted, as always, by  Eva and Kristin.
It reminded me of this quote from Sarah Addison Allen:

“She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened.”

This photo was taken this morning, an hour before sunrise. I didn't have a chance to adjust the camera, so it's rather blurry, but I thought it was so pretty with the sliver of moon at the top and the colours of the sky.

And just for fun, another poem from Robert Frost:

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?”

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


  1. Loving your autumn lady Valerie and your photograph would make a wonderful background for your future projects. Hope you feel better soon my friend, Annette x

  2. Beautiful Autumn lady. Loved the poem as well. Hope you feel better soon.
    Yvonne x

  3. Both the Autumn Lady and the photograph are beautiful! Hope you are feeling better soon!

  4. Wow this looks beautiful, love the texture on it!
    Lovely poem too, Hope you are feeling better soon
    Groetjes karin

  5. Really beautiful creation and photo Valerie and sorry to hear you're not feeling great.
    Hoping you feel better very soon and apologies for my lack of visits - not enough hours in the day at the moment.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  6. WOW! LOVE your She art, so beautiful with the colours & texture that you created. Also I love the photo, it's amazing ! Warm Greetings, Shirleyx

  7. Great work this She Art. It realy looks amazing. I watched it again and again and there is something intriging about it.
    Groetjes Gery

  8. beautiful post today Valerie, but more importantly, I do hope you will be feeling better soon!

  9. Very clever dress on your She-art. I always love your sky photos and thanks for the poem. Best wishes for your quick recovery.

  10. She certainly is 'miss autumn'. and ... have always enjoyed Robert Frost. Take care hugs, Donna

  11. WOW!!Deine Atumn Lady ist großartig,ich liebe die farben und texturen.

    GLG Jeannette

  12. your autum canvas Lady is just AMAZING dear Valerie!
    Es tut mir total leid, dass es Dir nicht so gut ging!
    Ich hoffe es geht wieder besser ?!

    Ich drück Dich!

    das Gedicht ist auch so passend momentan!
    Sei lieb gegrüßt!

  13. Wonderful photography and poem.

    Your Canvas is amazing and I love the way you made the lady's dress. So much texture in the background as well.

    Have a good day

    Love Chrissie xx

  14. Your canvas is gorgeous Valerie, I love how you've done her dress. The weather is wild and woolly here today, definitely a day for staying in! Take good care, hope you're feeling better now. Xx

  15. She's fabulous! Love that pieced dress... stunning mix of patterns and textures.

  16. Hi Valerie, Love the poem and Love your Autumn Lady piece. It is incredible and the texture and colors amazing. The photo you took is gorgeous. Love the colors and the way the moonlight hits.

    Thank you for stopping by and your congrats. I am still amazed.
    Happy Weekend and Happy Autumn.
    p.s. hope you are feeling better too~

  17. Gorgeous painting, I just love how you achieved the flow of the dress with the different papers, it is stunning! Great photo too. ~Diane

  18. Beautiful rich colours Valerie. Hope you are feeling better. x

  19. Hi Valerie. This is just beautiful. Love the flow of the dress and the colors in your piece just grab you in. Hope you feel better soon. Your Robert Frost poem is comforting. Thanks.

  20. Oh Valerie, a post for the heart this one! From a MOST gorgeous lady, to an ethereal photo, to an amazing poem **sigh** Simply wonderful! :o)
    I DO hope you are feeling better by the hour *hug* x

  21. Wonderful textured painting...your angel has such a passionate and warm look to her!
    Hope each day finds you feeling better and better...

  22. Love the beautiful collaged lady, and I love your photo too! Gorgeous colors! ~tina

  23. Valerie, das sind so tolle Farben und deine Lady ist richtig elegant. Ganz wundervoll!
    Geht es dir denn jetzt wieder besser? Ich wünsche es dir!

  24. There is a gorgeous sense of movement in her dress and the colours are so full of depth.
    Wonderful post.

  25. fabulous journal page

  26. That collage is simply sensational absolutely amazing and your fantastic early morning photo just dreamy. Sorry to hear you are unwell.

    Take care


  27. Beautiful, beautiful piece!!

  28. Absolutely fantastic! Hugs, Sarah

  29. Autumnlady is beautiful all the colorful paper blend so well with each others. Amazing. Have a blessed autumn Niina

  30. The collage is extraordinary. The picture is beautiful, great job. . .the bit of blurry makes it surreal. I love Robert Frost. Blessings, Janet PPF

  31. hope you get better soon...but often when we are stressed or not feeling well we produce the best your layered piece

  32. Dear Valerie, I hope you feel better by now. Your autumn lady is so beautiful, inspiring and interesting. thank you for sharing.

  33. I also must say beautiful work!! I really do love the texture, pattern, colour...I would love to touch them as well as see them close up!

  34. WOW! She's just gorgeous! This Autumn lady is so beautiful. It's fun to finish old paintings :)

  35. Great composition with that gorgeous autumn color, beautiful lady!

  36. I love your gorgeous collaged lady, a very unusual approach and a marvellous success. Your photos are always so good - and the skies you have where you live are also so beautiful (sorry to be using so many superlatives here, but they are all deserved!) and the photo is great. And thank you for introducing me to the Robert Frost poem, so descriptive, reminding me of the days when we had to shovel up millions of leaves.
    So sorry the health gremlins seem to be out to get you at the moment, and I hope you feel better soon.

  37. Wow..what a super beautiful post..your magnificent Autumn lady is radiant and spiritual and so full of magic...truly outstanding piece...she shimmers so soulfully...stunning! and I love the poem and marvelous photo..enchanting!
    and sorry you don't feel well.. I hope you feel all sparling and bright very soon!

  38. Wow! Deine Autumn Lady ist einfach zauberhaft und sehr elegant! Ich liebe diesen warmen Farben.
    Das Foto ist auch sehr schön und danke für das Gedicht! Ich hoffe, dass es dir wieder besser geht.

  39. your autumn lady is breathtaking Valerie!! I love the collaging and painting effects. beautiful photo and RF poem too. Feel better soon!

  40. WOW! This is quite a piece of art! I love the autumn colors and the whole design - so unusual and pretty!

  41. The painting is beautiful! Love the mixed media technique and the photograph. Happy PPF!

  42. Stunning canvas Valerie she is so serene and such a lovely poem too. Hope you soon feel better. Hugs Sandra XXX

  43. Hope you are feeling better by now and I love that photo and think the blurred colours add amazing atmosphere... and thanks for the reminder of that Robert Frost Poem... I used to love that one... thinking I may have to pull out some of him to read a bit later now...xx

  44. Stunning art, gorgeous patterns and texture!!!

  45. Wow, amazing colors and textures!

  46. your lady is so pretty, with amazing colors and textures! I loved the sunrise photo you took too!

  47. Wow love the texture and color on that wonderful collage pretty! Very nice!

    Hugs Giggles

  48. Lovely collage, wonderful, rich - baroque feeling!

  49. Gorgeous fall painting. I love it!

  50. Beautiful work that dress is something, wonderful.

  51. Wow Valerie - she is gorgeous especially with that background. Her dress is a work of art - well shoot kid, your whole canvas is a work of art!

  52. Perfect colors, this is beautiful.

  53. Wow, what a great collage, such a beautiful lady. Love the quote and the poem as well and the picture id gorgeous even with being blurry. I think it adds to the atmosphere.
    xx Monique

  54. Wow great artwork, I love it so much. These lovely colours and wonderful texture, all of them very beautiful.


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