Thursday, 10 April 2014

Playing with colours

Hi everybody!
The week is racing by, and I have had a busy week doing this and that and not really getting anything finished! I made some backgrounds using lots of colours, that was fun, and I hope that I will get round to finishing them next week. I see a lot of figures lurking in the first one....


What will this one be? I had fun heating and bubbling the colours to give some texture.

And I think this will be an underwater world:


This one is more or less finished, I painted another 2 figures like those I did last week inspired by Thierry Noir. But I like the background best, once again heated and bubbled to give texture.



I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and kristin, and to AJJ, hosted by the sweet Susi, 'Happiness', as these strange figures make me happy.

And here are some photos from my walk this morning.

Walking through the fields:


I loved this view looking over the roof of the old Langer Hof at Kalkum to the church spire:

And of course, I had to visit my ducks and the Schloss where they live:





And on my way home through the park I saw a crane sitting on the roof of one of the neighbouring houses, not a very frequent sight. I watched it for a few minutes till it spread its wings and flew away towards the Rhine.


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

54 comments:

  1. Love your painty backgrounds they evoked very different scenes in my head as I studied them, they have great potential so I am looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Lovely photos TFS xx

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  2. Oh ja, liebe Valerie, ich sehe in Deinem ersten Bild auch zwei Menschen, die zueinander sprechen oder sich etwas reichen. Es kommt mir ein wenig vor, wie aus einer anderen Welt und ich würde es so lassen :)
    Schöne Frühlingsfotos mit Sonne zeigst Du und ich hoffe, sie wird auch bald hier scheinen. Es wäre mal wieder Zeit.
    Viele liebe Grüße zu Dir!
    Erika

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  3. Wonderful painted backgrounds, love your two figures again - they are so sweet. And wonderful photos too, love to see how spring looks at your place. Hugs, Sarah

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  4. I am amazed that you find time to make anything Valerie as the scenery you have around you is so wonderful--I think I would be out there all day long--thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs.

    Love the idea of yours to make backgrounds for later and one day I will get around to doing just that. The second one I see as a fantasy planet with wonderful vegetation and amazing flowers-wonder what you will make with it--can't wait to see

    Love Chrissie x

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  5. Fabulous backgrounds Valerie, they look great as they are. I think seeing the crane was an omen of good luck - well I hope so, anyway! Have a lovely day. Xx

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  6. Loving your backgrounds Valerie, and the one you finished looks so fun! Lots of potential in all of the other ones, number two suggested a beautiful dreamy landscape to me with a lake in the middle. Photos like always are stunning! I am actually in Germany right now (Spreewald) but here sadly the skies are grey, though we did have some lovely sunshine a few days ago

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    1. You should have come here ( although the skies are grey today, too!) Rhineland is much nicer than Spreewald! (Don't tell anyone I said that!)

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  7. Really wonderful painty backgrounds, Valerie. I love all but most "underwater" as it really looks like that.
    AJ couple is adorable and your photos are very beautiful and interesting.

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  8. Und mich machst DU glücklich Valerie!


    alle Hintergründe sind so schön.. wow... so viele geniale Textur und Farbharmonien...
    und die beiden Herzallerliebsten....

    sie sind so wundervoll und senden wahre Liebe aus...

    Herrliche Rheinland Impressionen wieder ...
    DANKE liebe Valerie!

    Knuddel!
    Bin echt voll im Stress mit meinem süßen Bruder....
    er hat soviel zugenommen, dass ich ihm grad ne
    spezial Diät mit ganz viel Gemüse und Obst angedeihen lasse..
    bin permanent mit Obst schneiden und Kochen und Spazierengehen
    mit ihm beschäftigt...lol

    er ist so ein liebevolles Wesen wie Deine beiden Figuren oben ..und derzeit noch unförmiger als sie.....lol

    das muss sich aber ändern, denn das ist ungesund für ihn..
    er wiegt absolt zuuu viel ( 86 Kilo - bei unter 1,50 )
    Alle Hosen sind zu eng ..musste Jogger in
    Größe !!60!!! kaufen.....

    Mein Papa hat es viel zu gut mit ihm gemeint die letzten Monate seit er zuletzt bei uns war....
    oje...hat gute 20 Kilo zugelegt über den Winter ---

    Halt mir die Daumen, dass ich ihn bald abspecke.. er bleibt 2 Wochen und dann im Mai nochmal 2 Wochen ...
    vielleicht hab ich ein wenig Erfolg mit meinen Bemühungen

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    1. OJE!! Du Ärmste, das wird nicht leicht! Viel Glück!

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  9. Beautiful backgrounds! In fact, I like the second one just as it is! We have a few cranes that live around our lake; they are beautiful majestic birds with a surprisingly big wingspan for their skinny bodies.

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  10. oh the magic created with color, beautiful , what a lovely walk this day,

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  11. Love all your painty backgrounds, the second one would stand as it is, it looks great, but I'm sure you will give it your special touch of magic.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Your back grounds look great. I love the way you can just look at them and know what you want to do with them.. That's where I get stuck. You sure do have beautiful shots from your morning walks.

    Hugs~

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  13. Gorgeous painty backgrounds, the colours are beautiful and so are your photographs.
    xxx Hazel.

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  14. lovely painting and backgrounds! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos! Wonderful sunshine.

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  15. Deine Farbspielereien sind wunderbar. Schöne Strukturen und tolle Farben ...wirklich fantastische Hintergründe. Dein Bild mit den beiden verliebten Figuren ist so schön! Es strahlt soviel Wärme aus!
    LG, Lonetta

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  16. Such wonderful backgrounds you have to play with!
    and
    your nature photos are oh so lovely too...
    oxo

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  17. Hi Valerie, Lovely painted backgrounds. From play to perfect!! Love your pics today and how wonderful to see the Crane on the rooftop. Great pic.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your area and artwork!
    hugs

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  18. Gorgeous backgrounds, awesome colours and again your photos are great. Most of our snow has melted, (still some in the shaded areas) and it's warm & sunny! It seems that spring will arrive after all. Take care, Shirleyx

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  19. Beautiful backgrounds Valerie - I definitely see a figure walking into view on the first background and the third one for sure is underwater. Now the second one might be the most interesting to work with. Land, water and sky? At any rate, painting some backgrounds and having a good play sounds like a wonderful idea. You just have to know what you are doing so don't make mud.
    Would you look at that Crane -- he might be lost and has gone to higher ground to see what is what.
    Hope your day was a good one - these days seem to fly by faster than I would like!
    Sandy xx

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  20. You created such wonderful backgrounds Valerie.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. Yummy background Valerie! I see those figure in the one too! So much grand texture and movement in these backgrounds! Good for you!! Thanks for sharing those whimsical characters too...you know I LOVE them!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. Gorgeous Valierie, such lovely color and texture in your backgrounds. xx

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  23. Love all of them but the second is my favourite one. Love colors and the good vibrations they bring. I guess we - from Latin America - are color lovers. Your photos are gorgeous too. It is always good to see other cultures, people and places.Have a magical day!
    xoxo
    Karla B

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  24. Valerie, your backgrounds are vibrant and wonderful. I see figures in the first one too. I'm interested to see if they are the same as you see. The second one is a western US scene of mesas, mountains and a lake in the foreground. And yes, I believe the third one is an underwater scene. Beautiful beginnings.

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  25. oohh was für wundervolle hintergründe,ich finde sie alle ganz großartig,im ersten sehe ich auch figuren und sogar ein Gesicht,tolle farben und texturen hast du da geschaffen,die unter wasser welt sieht traumhaft aus,so schön zart und fein.
    die bilder die du mit gebracht hast sind ganz wundervoll,ich liebe den Ententeich,wenn ich dort wohnen würde,wäre ich auch immer da am See.
    Hab einen schönen Abend :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  26. Beautiful backgrounds - love the idea of heating and bubbling! And thank you for the mini vacation through your photographs. Glad you're still painting those happy figures too! Happy PPF!

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  27. Heating and bubbling!? Never heard of that. But the results are amazing! I wouldn't do anything with the background anymore, it looks perfect just as it is ....

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  28. Your background pieces look great and I love these characters of yours, wonderful art and your photos are always a pleasure too, thanks for sharing!

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  29. Beautiful compositions with exquisite colors, these abstractions gorgeous! nice photos!

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  30. Love love love those backgrounds and how you bubbled them for texture! What a treat to see the crane too!

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  31. Lovely painting! Nice backgrounds... lots of possibilities!!

    Enjoy your weekend, Saskia :)

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  32. The textures in your backgrounds are really great. I see a lot in them. I know your are going to find a lot in them. Your little figures/characters are lots of fun. I love how you always take us on your walk. I enjoy it. I love to hear about the Rhine. Take care, have a great day and Happy PPF!

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  33. Stunning backgrounds. They are gorgeous! Your photos are always soothing and a nice way to start my morning. Have a good weekend, Valerie.

    Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  34. Lovely backgrounds and lovely pics. I was interested to see the one of the crane on the roof top because I have seen the same sight on roof tops here too, although I wasn't sure if it was a crane or a heron. Like you say it is an unusual sight to see.

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  35. Gorgeous backgrounds you have painted, I can't wait to see what you make with them. Loved your walk too, take care sweet friend. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  36. Wowness..what a beautiful post! Firstly..I love your color-textures, they are visually mesmerizing.how I love the turquoise-y hues..magical! ad Love your art...and then as always your photography always captivates my soul..with the poetic trees and thoughtful-reflections of nature..and ducks..and then the finale..a magical crane standing high atop the roof..what a powerful sign !wow!
    Victoria

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  37. Wonderful backgrounds! They are so evocative! There are definitely some very cool figures lurking in that first one, and I can't wait to see them emerge!

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  38. Lovely backgrounds Val, especially like the one with the heat gun technique, perfect texture!
    As always the walks are refreshing and very inspiring . I'm curious to see the mysterious figures hiding in the abyss.



    Annabelle : )

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  39. Oh Valerie, those painted backgrounds are drop dead gorgeous! So much texture and color that I just love. Speaking of love, again I have enjoyed your walk and hope your weekend is beautiful. Hugs!

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  40. Love your paintings, all bursting with colors. Enjoyed the scenery immensely.

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  41. I adore your backgrounds and all the wonderful things you see...so creative! You live in a beautiful place. So fun to see those photos of your area. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I love, love,love your backgrounds and enjoyed your wonderful photography, too.

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  43. What great backgrounds, especially the textures. I hope to see what you create with them soon!

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  44. Loving your backgrounds, especially the second one, its beautiful enough as it is to hang on a wall. Great photos again Valerie. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. Really awesome backgrounds and your figures are so quaint. ♥♥♥♥♥ Love all of the photos especially the one with the crane :)

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  46. I love those backgrounds - I have been playing more with different colors lately as well. Love those new very fluid Golden acrylics - like watercolor only a bit more vibrant than the watercolors I've used. I can see all of those backgrounds becoming fabulous paintings - and also very different from each other. Even though I live in the southern east coast of the US - and we have lots of cranes, egrets, ospreys, etc I never tire of seeing these beautiful birds - wonderful photos.

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  47. What a wonderful variety! The first one has a lovely flow to it - I see figures, too! Love the underwater one, too - and the photos are amazing! I have never seen a crane on a roof top! CRAZY!! Happy PPF!

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  48. Wow you have been soooo busy. I love all of these especially the first on. I too see lots of people and creatures. Wonderful photos as well.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  49. Your second background could be a finished painting. It is so beautiful. Love the photos too. Isn't it great to finally see signs of spring?

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