Thursday, 1 May 2014

A canvas, spring green and a squirrel

Hi everybody!

My computer is not behaving itself at all today, one crash after the other, it is rather frustrating!

I have made a canvas (12x9") using an image from Gecko Galz  'Between the pages' collage sheet. This is my first DT piece using the new images for May.  The canvas was painted with acrylics using pink,  cream and green to complement the colours of the image. I added lots of texture, with stamping, heating and bubbling, lots of Frantage EP in various colours sprinkled directly onto the wet paint, and some German glass glitter. I added a frame made of cardboard, painted, stamped and also embossed.





I love the different colours and textures:




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

I took part in a pay it forward art swap with Marji, and received her lovely accordion book , which I posted on Sunday. My piece to her is now on its way, here is a sneak peek:


And the box it is travelling in:



Today started out cool and misty, and I love to watch the mist slowly dissolving to reveal some of the landscape:





I noticed the lion under the font in the church;


And can you see the little squirrel running up the tree? I didn't dare to go nearer. He was watching me and you can see the glint in his eye.


One of the horses was wearing a strange head-cover - wonder why?



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

64 comments:

  1. Eine brillianter Keilrahmen Valerie..diese Farben und Texturen sind meisterlich!
    Gutes Karma mit dem PC..sei lieb zu ihm Valerie!

    Tolle tolle Fotos wie immer!
    xoxoxo
    Susi

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    1. Ich möchte, dass mein Laptop lieb zu mir ist!

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  2. i'm fascinated by the little frame you've made round the lovely image, it looks terrific and the larger frame looks wonderful too with all the colourful textures.
    Your photographs today are so atmospheric, it's been misty here too.
    And the stone lion is adorable.
    Hope your computer gets better.

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    1. The frame took longer to make than the rest of the canvas - glad you like it!

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  3. Love your new canvas, great texture, and colours. Love the photos, too. Have a great day, hope the computer starts behaving. Hugs, Sarah

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  4. What a gorgeous canvas Valerie, the textures and colours are wonderful. We've had grey, grey and more grey for 3 days now. We had an almighty thunderstorm last night but it's back to the grey this morning lol. My computer has died too so is in for repairs - I'm using Chris's lap top at the moment, give me my own keyboard and mouse anyday :-) xx

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  5. What a beautiful canvas Valerie, the image and colours are beautiful. Weather's not great here either, yesterday it was freezing! Xx

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  6. She's lovely and all that glitter and bubbly texture just highlights her soft countenance. the horse, that's a fly mask so bugs won't get in their eyes. She may be sensitive...my neighbors have horses...xox

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  7. Wunderschön!! Mir gefällt dieser Keilrahmen sehr ... so schöne Farben und Texturen!! Ganz toll!
    Drücke dir die Daumen, das dein Laptop wieder stabil ist ... es ist wirklich frustrierend, wenn es nicht so läuft wie gewünscht. Ich habe gerade eine Störung hinter mir und hoffe, dass jetzt alles gut ist!
    Liebe Grüße, Lonetta

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  8. Fabulous canvas Val. Queen of the paint I should say. Your use of colour on this is mind blowing. I love it. Brilliant pictures too. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  9. dein canvas ist einfach ganz zauberhaft mit den tollen farben und texturen,einfach herrlich.
    die bilder sind wieder klasse,du hast ganz schön Muße immer Bilder zu machen,ich vergesse das meist.
    hoffe dein PC hat keine störungen mehr,das kann echt frustieren.
    schönen tag für dich :-)

    Knuddel Jeannette

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  10. Absolutely fabulous. I love the colours and textures.
    xxx Hazel.

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  11. Loving your fab canvas Valerie and great photos. Computers are such a pain but we are lost without them, thats for sure. Annette x

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

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  12. Wow Valerie...what an awesome piece. Your Gecko Galz vintage lady looks lovely framed in canvas. Your paint effects are extraordinary. Do you mind if I share this post with the Gecko Galz facebook groups? Let me know...

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  13. Beautiful pieces Valerie, all of them. I peeked at the GG site and saw all the beauty's coming up too, all of them are beautiful. I love the canvas with the gorgeous German glass glitter, and the box you made for your friend is as pretty as the contents I am sure! I think your horse is donned in her Easter bonnet, lol. Beautiful walk. ~Diane

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  14. Really I love the beautifull canvas, and i like the colours and textures and lovely image. Fantastic!
    Wonderfull fotos!

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  15. A wonderful Canvas indeed my friend. Lots of wonderful textures and the image you used is wonderful.

    Your photos are wonderful.. Keep them coming my friend.

    Hugs~

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  16. You have definitely out done yourself Valerie - you canvas for Gecko Galz is gorgeous - of course the image is so pretty but you have made it really beautiful with your frame and background. That background is out of this world!!
    Looking forward to seeing your make for Marji - you have really peeked my curiosity.
    Sandy xx

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  17. It sounds like you will need a new computer soon Valerie! Lovely canvas and peaceful photos.

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  18. Oh yes I do love your mixed media canvas, Valerie! The paints and texture are gorgeous and I just want to touch it! Beautiful image! Seriously I would go for more walks if I had your lovely views! Hugs!

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  19. Such beautiful art and photos here as always Valerie, your textures and colors are delightful and all that green scenery soothes, so green and lush!

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  20. Gorgeous textures and colours. The lovely frame suits so well the art work.

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  21. WoW, Valerie, your canvas is stunning!! The landscape pics are fab, I love the buttercups and dandelion. That head collar is strange :/ Have fab weekend :o)) x

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  22. Gorgeous textures and colours on the canvas, a super frame for the beautiful lady.
    Lovely photos, we saw some deer on our walk today.
    Yvonne x

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  23. This is stunning. I love all the textures on the canvas.

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  24. Valerie, I love your new piece. The texture is so scrumptious and makes me want to reach out and touch it.

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  25. Sorry about your computer!!Hope you figure it out... Love the texture on your canvas and that beautiful pink...gorgeous!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  26. Bad news about your computer Valerie--hope it keeps going with all the work you do to keep it going.

    What a wonderful canvas which amazing textures that you created and a beautiful image that stands out in those surrounding.

    The photographs as wonderful as always and so pleased you have red squirrels as ours are all the grey ones and far too many of them these days.

    I think the horse is maybe wearing a type of blinker to either stop him/her fighting or to protect the eyes from flies. I should know as my daughter had horses and stables but I was never really into horses I just pretended I was for her :)
    Have a beautiful day

    Love Chrissie x

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  27. I love the textures of the frame.... it is beautiful, is the glass glitter melted? Does it have a brand name? Love the effect and I must give it a try. lovely spring photographs.

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  28. well done with your canvas, Valerie! Lovely work! Fantastic photographs. I love how beautiful and green is where you live. I deeply miss landscapes like you captured around me. Big hugs to you and have a great and creative week!

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  29. Love the textures you have achieved on your canvas

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  30. The texture on the canvas is very yummy! Love it. As always I love your photos.

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  31. Fab textures and such an elegant picture in the middle.

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  32. Gorgeous canvas, love all the textures.
    Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.
    Avril xx

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  33. LOVE love this art, textures are amazing.And I love the colours of the horses. WOW. Wish I could paint them. Happy PPF to you.

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  34. I especially love the interior frame , beautiful colors and textures
    Nice place , yes, beautiful photo, with exquisite green ! It looks very peaceful!

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  35. the colour and texture on your canvas are amazing. Love it ♥

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  36. Love the background on your canvas. So rich and regal.

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  37. Your art is gorgeous, I love the painting and the colors. One reason horses heads are sometimes covered because of flies and insects bothering them. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  38. stunning canvas Valerie-the textures and colors are really fabulous! It's always a joy to see your lovely photos too. Happy PPF!

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  39. Wonderful painting and frame! Lots of texture and fun! Looks like a fly mask on the horse.

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  40. Hi Valerie, Happy Friday!! I am having a few computer issues too and I know it is very annoying.
    Love your canvas and all the texture you added. It is stunning! Great walking pics and the horses are gorgeous in the meadow. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  41. The canvas and frame sets off the image so well. She sits in style! Your photos reflect the lush green that surrounds your are. So beautiful!

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  42. What wonderful details on that frame. Gorgeous colors! Great box too :) What a beautiful area you live in. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Happy PPF

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  43. Hi Val, hope you are doing well. Your canvas is sublime as always. Great texture. I love your walking photos. You always capture the beauty before you. Thanks. Happy PPF!

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  44. A beautiful collage piece, the colours so intense and the texture so varied. It looks just the variations of colours in ancient rust, which is something I love. Great photos as always, I know what you mean about the mist and the effects it has on the landscape. I love the close-up of the buttercups, they bring back lots of memories for me.
    Thank you for your very nice comment about my piece on PPF.

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  45. I just love your style Valerie - you mix colors and elements so well. Love that framed image. And about the horse - I think she is just making a fashion statement!!!

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  46. Oh WOW. Look at all that yummy texture! Fantastic!

    The pics of the horses are super vivid and engaging!

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  47. I really love the serenity of your piece. The textures you've added give it so much more depth and interest. I love that you're sharing your photos with us, too -- you have a great eye. Great work!

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  48. ooh I am very intrigued by this frame Valerie. I love all the bubbly effect...the German glass glitter is lovely too. I wonder if I can get that in the USA....so much less tacky than the glitter we get here. Happy PPF

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  49. Love your collage work, very good. The horse might well be wearing a mask to keep flies off the ears and eyes...some horses suffer from them quite badly especially at this time of year.

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  50. Love the first painting, just fabulous.

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  51. Your frame and canvas are so full of luscious colors and texture! Your photos are wonderful too. I love misty mornings!

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  52. What a fabulous canvas - it fits the portrait perfectly. I love your photos as always. Such wonderful mist you captured. Happy PPF!

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  53. Your canvas is absolutely marvelous and the photographs show off its shimmer. I wish I could see it in person. As far as the strange head gear on the horse, when horses around here wear them it is to keep the flies from bothering them.

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  54. Love your canvas and all the texture. Isn't it a great when we're making something and get the feelgood feeling? Your photos are beautiful as well, lovely landscape.

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  55. I love this textured painting. You art is inspiring. I am really sorry to know you also share your body with lupus. I can't seem to kick this flare up.
    Typing one handed LOL
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  56. What a lovely post Valerie!Gorgeous artwork, fantastic photos. It is goodddddddddddddd to be here!

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  57. The colours and texture compliment the picture well.

    I really like the photo with the trees and the mist in the background. Very peaceful!

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  58. The painting is fabulous with rich colors and texture...great piece!
    The art swap looks delicious too :)
    Love the greenery and the scenery...lucky u!
    Deepa
    http://www.deepazworld.blogspot.ae/

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  59. Really lovely!! Absolutely beautiful! I love your photos a lot! I look forward to nice weather so much!! Not bugs though, haha lovely and beautiful work!

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  60. Beautiful photos! Those horses almost look red. I love the color and texture on your first piece... yum!

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  61. The first piece is awesome. I would not have known the frame was cardboard if you had not said so! You have such an eye for color and texture!

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