Thursday, 26 December 2013

A journal page and some pictures

Hi you all!
Hope you have been enjoying some worthwhile time with friends and family and celebrating Christmas in style. I am sure it's good to get together, see people, eat and relax, and just have some quality time together.
I have been doing 'business as usual here'. On Christmas Eve  it was very stormy, I thought I would get blown away by the wind at the Rhine, but I'm still here. I know that a lot of places in France and England were hit much worse by the storm, so hope things get back to normal for them soon.
I have been busy finishing off more journal pages started in the past, and now brought back to new life.
This piece has been painted in acrylics over gesso,using blues, greens, yellow, gold and some red and terracotta sprays. I deepened some of the colours with pastels. I thought I could see some figures hiding on the page, so went round them with a white highlighter, and then added some more, made with the umbrella man, just without his umbrella. I added a real MR UM for good measure. The other figures have been doodled and scribbled on. Two of the shapes reminded me of grave stones, and I have written the Hebrew letters 'P' and 'N', which stand for 'Here lies'. I added a selection of alphas and numerals floating about, perhaps to represent all the things that remain unsaid, but are still somehow 'in the air'. The birds at the bottom reminded me of the ducks that are always wandering about Market street! The quote is from a book I read some time back, but I don't remember who wrote it.








I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted, as always, by Kristin and Eva.

On Christmas Eve I was enticed onto the balcony to take photos of a nice sunset after-glow.


As I stood there watching, you can imagine my amazement when I suddenly heard bells and quickly took a snap before they were gone....

 These two pictures were taken on one of the sunny days we had - I love walking along the Rhine, and watching the shadows of the trees:


The little shadow on the right is me:
Also linking to Paper Saturdays.

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




50 comments:

  1. You have certainly brought the journal pages to life with the fabulous colours and images that have created great depth. How lucky to have seen Santa go by.
    Wishing you the love and happiness that this festive season brings and may it last throughout the new year.
    Christmas hugs.
    {brenda} x0x

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  2. What wonderful journal pages Valerie-such depth of colour and feeling in them.

    Love the pictures and only you could capture Santa as he flew by.



    Have a lovely day

    Chrissie x

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  3. Your journal pages are beautiful, and have a lot of depth - of meaning, and in the colours. Love the photos, too, especially the one with Santa and you as a tiny shadow under the trees! Have a nice day, Hugs, Sarah

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  4. A fab JP Valerie, very ghostly, the figures just seem to emerge from nowhere. Glad to hear you didn't get blown off your feet in the storm, it was certainly wild and woolly weather here too. Have a nice day. Xx

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  5. WOWOW,was für eine hyper geniale seite,die farben und figuren sind richtig klasse,ein wenig geisterhaft,aber gerade das mag ich so seehr,auch die vögel vorn im bild sind ganz klasse.
    Schöne Bilder sind hier wieder,am besten sind die tollen baumschatten,im schatten erscheint der baum riesen groß.
    hoffe du hattest ein schönes fest,ich habe auch zwei seiten gemacht,stell ich gleich mal ein.

    GLG Jeannette

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  6. Beautiful pages Valerie, love the added touch of the ducks. Lovely photos, nice whimsical touch for the season too!

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  7. We got a white Christmas here, time to shovel!

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  8. A lot of people have tried to get that shot and failed, well done!
    That is a fairly complex journal page, so fascinating to read the steps. I like your raven, very suitable bird to be sitting on a gravestone and I love the ducks, especially as they remind you of the ducks in Market street.
    And I seriously love the red cardinal (I think) in the snowglobe, it's brilliant.

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    1. My Japanese camera is very clever!

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    2. Do you think it could capture the Loch Ness Monster?

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  9. wunderbare Seiten Valerie und tolle Fotos!! großartig!
    xoxoxo

    Susi

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  10. Hi Valerie, your designs on these journal pages are stunning. Love your pics and the great shot on Christmas eve. As always I love seeing your walking photos. On my way out, see you when we return.
    Happy New Year my friend.
    Hugs

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  11. Beautiful pages Awesome pictures,Merry Christmas!!!

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  12. Gorgeous colours such fun bringing the images hiding in there to the fore. Here in the north east we were spared the storms yesterday so our sky's were not as dramatic as yours. Happy New Year XOXO Zoe

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  13. Beautiful pages so full of color and meaning! The photo of the tree is stunning as is the sunset. We were lucky to have enough snow on Christmas to make it white, but not enough to make driving hazardous. You must have a very fast camera to have caught that image of Santa! Hugs!

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  14. Love the colors on your pages. Santa picture is special too!

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  15. Those colours on your journalpage are awesome, and I love how umbrella man is looking at all the figures. The pics of the shadows of trees are great too. I wish for you a wonderful year ahead, full of colour and creativity ♥

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  16. Wonderful photos, exquisite!
    Searching for beauty and find hope
    Happy New Year 2014! Hugs from Spain. Leovi.

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  17. Wonderful! I love Mr UM. Happy PPF and New Year!

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  18. I love shadows and images (photographing) to later paint. These are good. The painting is progressing fantastically. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  19. Great journal pages - love the colours, the pages are alive. Beautiful photographs. I'm so happy someone I know has actually proved there is a Santa Clause! hugs, Donna

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    1. Of course there's a Santa! Who else would put all those presents down the chimneys of this world?

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  20. Liebe Valerie, Ich hoffe, Du hattest ein paar schöne Weihnachtstage, obwohl das Wetter ja eher frühlingshaft war. Deine Pages sind einfach umwerfend schön geworden. Ich wünsche Dir einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr.
    LG MARTINA

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  21. Hi Val, love your beautiful journal page with the wonderful colours, and how all those people are popping up all over! Great photos too, good for you catching Santa! Have a nice weekend, Hugs, Barb

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  22. Beautiful journal paintings, I love the effervescent colors and the ducks in the foreground. Wow! That is so exciting that you got a photo of santa flying through the sky. Happy PPF

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  23. The journal pages are absolutely fabulous! Such abstract beauty and amazing colours. I love how you created the figures. It really is a glorious spread!

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  24. Deine Journalseiten sind einfach nur wunderschön, liebe Valerie! Ich liebe diese tiefen Farben, die eine eigene Magie entfalten und ich liebe die Figuren, die Du heraus gearbeitet hast. Das ist so bezaubernd!
    Ich hoffe, Dein Weihnachtsfest war schön und wünsche Dir für das neue Jahr viel Glück, Freude, Liebe, Gesundheit und eben alles, was Du Dir an schönen Dingen wünschst.
    Viele liebe Grüße zu Dir
    Erika

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  25. Beautuful journal pages, love the figures and colours. Your photos are lovely especialy the shadow ones. Have a wonderful New Year and health and happiness to you.

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  26. Valerie, your journal pages just leap out with brilliant, beautiful hues. So exciting and vibrant! Also, I love the photos of the skies. Thanks for the visit. Glückliches neues Jahr.1

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    1. I don't know what that 1 is at the end. It just appeared!

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    2. Perhaps it just wanted to put in an appearance!

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  27. Such a fantastic journal page! Love how the figures just appeared out of those amazing glowing colours! The photos are brilliant too (specially the one with Santa of course! :o)

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  28. Your painting and photos are beautiful! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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  29. Fabulous photographs Valerie.
    The wind is howling as I type and I can hear the rain battering against the window. The weather has been dismal in my corner of the world.
    Wonderful pages!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  30. What beautiful pages -- love the composition and feel, perfectly illustrates the quotation. Thanks for giving us your glimpse of Santa and the other lovely photos. Have a great new year.

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  31. This is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Love how the colors blend--

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  32. Was für eine fantastische Journalseite! Eine großartige Komposition!

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  33. wonderful pages Valerie!! Wow, to capture santa, how clever you are :) warmest wishes for a happy holiday season. x

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  34. Hey Valerie - As always, a glimpse into your life seeing through your eyes. I love it when you use Hebrew letters. It always represents something to me so mystical, historical and beautiful. You do so much with paint. Beautiful art work.
    I did not get to see Santa flying across the sky this year. Oh well - perhaps next year. This might sound a little hookey but if I had the money, I would love to fly over to Germany and meet you. Walk with you and get to know you more. And then there is always delicious home made soups and apple pie.
    I wish for you a wonderful and happy 2014 -
    sandy

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  35. Great pages...looks like you've had lots of fun.. :)

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  36. Lol I wished I could have captured that shot, well done :)
    Happy Paper Saturdays! ManonX

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  37. So much beautiful texture, depth and color in these gorgeous pages!!
    Happy New Year!

    Hugs Giggles

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  38. I love the way you found the people on the page, and such lovely colors too. Your photos really made me smile this morning. Love the shadow, and what an extraordinary sighting on Christmas Eve xx

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  39. Die Seite ist sehr sehr schön! Ich kann es gar nicht recht beschreiben, wie sehr sie mir gefällt
    Herzliche Grüsse und ein gute und gesundes Jahr 2014 wünscht dir
    Ilona

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  40. Love the journal pages and the quote. Beautiful photos, I am especially fond of the huge shadow of the tree. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  41. Love the journal pages and the quote. Beautiful photos, I am especially fond of the huge shadow of the tree. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  42. Diese Journalseite gefällt mir besonders gut. Ich mag die lebhaften Farben und deine Art der Pinselführung. Auch hier wieder die vielen Personen zusammen, das gefällt mir.

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