Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Light, dark and ducks

Hi everybody.
I have made another journal spread for the theme of light and dark at AJJ. I have once again used figures - this time masculine ones - on a mixed media background, painted with acrylics and using some sequin waste to add texture. The figures have been sketched with charcoal, and more colour added with pastels.
The quote I have used is from Martin Luther King.







I went walking again at Schloss Kalkum, my fave, rather dilapidated castle, and had fun watching the ducks, and the reflections and light on the water. I am sure Suze Bain will tell me again that I am quackers, and all I can say in my own defence is - yes, I am - and proud of it! We have had a wonderful and very colourful autumn this year, and I am filling myself up with all the loveliness before it disappears.







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

31 comments:

  1. Love that you have drawn the figures and in charcoal, they look fabulous. Great pages and quote. The autumn colours have definitely held the rich, vibrant coats this year. Beautiful photos Valerie.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  2. Really love your journal spread - and oh! these photos with the gorgeous colours.

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  3. WOW,Das sieht großartig aus,die figuren sind gaaaaanz klasse geworden.
    der Enten see ist ja wunderschöööön,süsse Entchen schwimmen da herum.

    GLG Jeannette

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  4. Your charchoa figures have so much character and I do love the quote you used. So true. What a lovely walk with all the little ducks. hugs, Donna

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  5. Bright yet still very masculine with your strong sketchy figures :) love it !
    Von ♥

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  6. Wow, das sind tolle Zeichnungen von dir, Valerie! Davon würde ich gerne mehr sehen.
    Auch die Fotos sind mal wieder erste Sahne. Das sind herrlich warme Farben.

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  7. boah .. diese Sketchen sind einfach umwerfend - die komplette Gestaltung ist sensationell schön und Deine Fotos sind so schön stimmig ... hach--- einfach toll!
    Danke für Deine immerwährenden , fabelhaften blogposts Valerie !
    Du erhellst meine Tage mit Deinen liebvollen Geschichten und Bildern und Deiner Kunst!

    xxx
    Susi

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  8. Wow and double wow for the photographs today. I love all of the beautiful colours but the ducks are the stars for me.

    The pages are amazing and you draw so well with the charcoal.

    Have a great day whatever you are doing

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. I spent hours with those ducks, it was such a magical day there, so glad you like them too!

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  9. Beautiful journal pages, very masculine and strong! And the photos are a dream, as always. Just got back from the dentist here with R, she woke in the night with pains, poor thing! Hugs, Sarah

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  10. lovely pages, beautiful background. It does look beautiful there right now.

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  11. Wow, very beautiful pages, wonderful artwork, I love the texture, design & colours :) Your photos again are gorgeous, you still have leaves & colour! Here no leaves, a little snow and dreary, the sun left us again. Have a super day, Shirleyx

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    1. Yes, this is the most colourful autumn we have had in years! But today it's cold and dismal here, too!

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  12. Fascinating pages, Valerie, very original. Your photographs just get better and better, I particularly like the pink castle with the duck and the colourful autumn leaves, the one with the three ducks and the last one. Our autumn is not particularly colourful, it's a bit on the yellow side, but it is a very extended autumn and some trees are still hanging on to their leaves.

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  13. Beautiful pages, love the colors. Your walk was beautiful today, the ducks were lovely and so were all the beautiful colors you captured. ~Diane

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  14. Lovely place to walk...We too have ducks to watch and they are so amusing. Nice sketching, quite wonderful. xox

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  15. Well Valerie, I've heard of a mother hen but you must be a mother duck! Xx

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  16. And speaking of birds, I had Christmas lunch today with my sewing ladies and now I'm lazing on the sofa like a stuffed turkey. Your journal is fabulous BTW. Xx

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  17. Valerie, this journal spread has to be a favorite for me. I love it!

    Your autumn photos continue to capture the beautiful colors and the ducks too. Gorgeous shots.
    Hugs,
    C

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  18. We ducks have to stick together! Did you sketch those images yourself? They are amazing and I love them. These pages are gorgeous - not too much - just enough! Real work of art with amazing colors! Enjoyed our walk (I can pretend can't I?) All of our Autumn colors are gone although the temps are quite mild.
    Sandy

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  19. Gorgeous art...stunning and poetic..I love the colors and energy...elegant and strong!!
    And oh my..how I love these gorgeous nature shots..the ducks are stunning and the colors and atmosphere you have captured is sublime!!
    wowness!
    Victoria

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  20. Was für ein wundervoller Beitrag zum Thema "Licht und Schatten"! Dein Werk hier ist großartig...eine wunderbar geradlinige Komposition! Einfach toll!

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  21. Gorgeous journal pages Valerie. The color is stunning. Your walk looks beautiful. Love the colors and they are reflected in your work too.
    The little ducks are so sweet.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs!

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  22. Amazing autumn colours. I love this season, even the hint of sadness in it. Your journal pages are so full of life. Julie Ann x

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  23. The autumn colours an your photos look gorgeous, pity we cannot capture time and keep these shades for longer. Great journal pages and i liked the quote.
    Yvonne x

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  24. Who wouldn't enjoy watching those mallards with their green heads and bright orange feet? Soak up all the Autumn you can...winter will be here before we know it!

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  25. Really do like the way you worked the sequin waste. There is a wonderful sense of strength to the figures.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  26. two terrific pages Valerie and thank you for sharing the photos, Annette x

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  27. Gorgeous journal spread and I love the quote, very deep! The pictures are once again stunning. Those autumn colours are so beautiful.
    xx Monique

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  28. What beautiful pages. I love your sketched fellows, and that is one powerful quote.

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