Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tag Tuesday - Africa

Hi Everybody!

The weekend has flown by again. Today was cloudy and cool, but still nice for walking, and I visited my friends the ducks and geese. They all seemed to be a bit tired today, perhaps bringing up their little quackers is a strenuous task!

April 22nd is a day with a lot of memories for me, as it was our wedding anniversary and also the anniversary of the day my husband died, so it's a time with mixed feelings.

The theme at Tag Tuesday is Africa, and at Moo Mania and More 'Triptych', so I combined the two challenges. I used some animal-print paper for the background, and black paper cut from some old calendars for the toppers. I dug my small Africa stencils out, and kept to white and a bit of neon-orange for my colour scheme. The lady is a home made stencil, which I drew from an image on a card that I got sent many moons ago. It's very simple but I like the effect, and got it done while waiting for my veggie stir-fry to cook, so had some nice aromas to sporn me on.


The little figure is a palm-oil collector from Ghana, a souvenir from long ago. It was made from melted down  English 3-penny coins (theepenny bits), and is something that I treasure.



My walk today took me past the lakes and then to the ducks and geese:





Here the stream is disappearing under a little bridge:


This is a 'lover's walk', where the trees form a green tunnel:



That's all for today. Have a good one, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

31 comments:

  1. Love the African feel you have achieved with the triptych, a great piece. Xx

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  2. Oh Valerie, mixed feelongs for sure. Happiness and sadness mixed as ome. Glad you can spend time in the rhythm of life that nature provides. xox

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  3. Your art piece is exquisite, as usual, Valerie!

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  4. beautiful tags today Valerie and wonderful photos, great one of the duck. I will echo Corrine's words as to the mixed feelings, that is so ironic.

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  5. Dein Afrika Tritychon ist richtig eindrucksvoll Valerie.. die kleine Statue macht sich so gut dazu ... und Deine Spaziergangsimpressionen sind erbauend wie immer! Danke Dir ! Knuddle Dich..
    das ist ein dummes Datum und wie dumm dass beide Gedenktage auch noch auf ein Datum fallen...
    irgendwie mystisch, oder?

    Ich drück Dich dafür extra heute!

    Susi

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  6. Triptychon.. meine Güte was für ein schweres WORT! LOL!

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    1. Yes, Ich muss immer drei mal darüber nachdenken!

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  7. Wonderful tag, Val, love the colours and images. Have a good day, thinking of you! Hugs, Sarah

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  8. Really wonderful artwork on the tag Valerie.

    It is always difficult when sad anniversaries come around and difficult to try not to remember them I find. Must be even more difficult for you being a special, happy day on your calendar and a very sad day as well.(((Valerie)))

    Your photographs are wonderful and I hope you will be able to have a beautiful walk today.

    Love and a hug Chrissie x

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  9. Gorgeous African artwork Valerie - very striking.
    Great pics too and we saw both ducks and cute ducklings on a walk at Arundel yesterday.
    Have a great day.
    Fliss xx

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  10. Hi Valerie! Love your Tag Tuesday project. Your photos are beyond amazing!

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  11. Hi Valerie, Your african images are fab and look great against the black. Lovely photos from your walk. x

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  12. Oh Valerie, sending you a big cyber cuddle, hope you're not feeling too sad. A wonderful African triptych and love your little thrupence man. Take care. Xx

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  13. Amazing art works and images are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. Green is real green there.
    Hugs, sirkkis

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  15. Dein Afrika Triptychon ist einfach großartig! Wundervolle Kreation mit schönen Farben!
    Ich hoffe, du hast trotz der verständlicherweise gemischten Gefühlen einen guten Tag!
    Sei ganz lieb umarmt heute und liebe Grüße, LonettA

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  16. Lovely African triptych! The stencil effect is very appealing, and the colors are perfect. Wishing the happy memories out weight the sad ones today. Hugs!

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  17. Deine Afrika creation gefällt mir seehr gut,ich mag afrika.
    der tolle einsame wanderweg wäre genau etwas für mich:-)
    eine schöne neue woche :-)

    GLG Jeannette

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  18. Hi Valerie, Lovely African Triptych. Perfectly wonderful colors. Everything you create is amazing. Love the pics and the green of the grass is so bright and healthy. The little creek going under the bridge is charming.
    Have a great day.'
    Hugs

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  19. Hello Valerie, your colour scheme of black, orange and black is tremendously effective and I like the patterned paper border with the black background. Your lady stencil is superb, maybe she could get out more often. The whole triptych is seriously good.
    Thanks once again for your photographs, my favourite is the goose with the pink castle, that is a fabulous picture, well worth framing.

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  20. Stunning tag triptych, I love the lady so awesome! The borders are beautiful and so are the animals but she is the real show stopper I think! Beautiful walk, love that crooked tree too! Sorry it is a hard day for you dear. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  21. smashing african project Valerie and thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. Annette x

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

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  22. One of your best posts ever! Your African triptych is really very special. You have certainly captured the essence of African art.
    Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. My favorite one is where the water is disappearing under the bridge. The only thing missing for me was a home baked treat, a soup or a stir fry.
    Sandy xx

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    1. Sorry, I ate the stir fry before I could take a picture....it was sooooooooooooo good!

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    2. I have a big smile on my face right now!!

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  23. Loving your African project Valerie. Sending you a hug at the end of what must have been a sad day for you. Still memories are golden, no one can take them away and they can be stored forever. Today is my eldest son's birthday, so my memories today have been a little different.
    Take card, Yvonne xx

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  24. OOps , the spelling was a bit off it should have read,, Take care.
    Its been a long day
    Yvonne x

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  25. Just know I am thinking of you, Valerie! You had a lot on your plate today. You are so good at keeping busy and keeping your mind focused on the good stuff. I'm afraid I need lessons from you! Great tag - love the colours and the movement of the women. Of course your walks always take me back to the forests, streams and little animals ... thank you for that. take care. hugs, Donna

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  26. Oh my goodness, Valerie! Your photos are absolutely spectacular! I loved seeing all of them, especially the trail! And your work of art is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful post with all of us!

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  27. This particular post really touched my heart, Valerie.. Sending ((hugs)) your way, and hoping happy memories are first and foremost for you!.. Love the tag artwork you've made here!! BEAUTIFUL! ~tina

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  28. Gorgeous triptych Valerie, those colours are perfect for Africa arn't they. I hope Tuesday wasn't too bad for you, so many mixed emotions. We got married on Neil's dad's birthday, so it was a joint celebration while he was alive, but it's always a little bit sad now. Beautiful photo's as always, I love the one of the stream xx

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