Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn Feelings

Hi everybody!

Thanks for all the kind wishes for my sore throat, and I think it is a tad better, so let's hope it keeps going that way! I had a restful day yesterday, well, not exactly restful, but a bit quieter than usual!

By the way, two weeks ago I promised 3 ladies who commented on my blog in a certain time room a little 'Nettigkeit' - kindness, a sort of pay it forward or RAK, whatever! I chose three out of the hat, and sent the surprises off on Monday. One has already arrived in Germany, and the other 2 are on their way to the States and Scotland....

My thoughts are much inspired by autumn just now,  there are lots of beautiful leaves, horse-chestnuts, acorns and pine-cones to be picked up and gathered outside, and it is for me a very inspiring time of the year. I have tried to recreate a picture I made a few years back, and gave away. I used leaves I collected to make stencils for drawing the leaves, and cut them out of scrap cardboard, so I can use them again. They are all life size. The background of diagonal stripes  (15" x 19")was painted with acrylics mixed with a glitter glaze which I got recently at the Euro shop. The glaze can be used alone, or can be mixed with colours. I Painted diagonally working from the corner with red, yellow, orange and rust. When it was dry, I used the leaf stencils to draw the leaves, and painted them with matte black gesso, to make a nice contrast to the glittery background.I outlined the leaves with a gold gel-pen. I cut a panel out of the middle, which I will use as a background for something else. The tree fairy image in the centre is from Gecko Galz, and has also been glazed with the glitter stuff, and mounted onto coordinating matting. I was pleased with the result, and have it hanging here as an autumn decoration.
I am linking to Paint Party Friday, and to  Art Journal Journey, living beings, and Mix it Monthly, trees.










As always I visited the horses - they are on my way to and from the Rhine, and this one loves carrots....



A 'Diva' speeding along the Rhine


This flower is good 3 metres high, growing in the 'jungle' along the banks:


A typical weather picture yesterday, blue sky and huge towers of clouds:


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

40 comments:

  1. Hi Val, this is gorgeous! Love the colours you have used, and the sparkly tree fairy in the middle! Have a great day, and hope your throat is soon better! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. hi val,

    eine tolle herbstseite,ich spüre direkt den herbst.
    deine bilder sind auch wider klasse.
    muss gleich zum großen gesundtheitscheck,hab bock wie mein A++++.
    schönen tag dir.

    knuddel jenny

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    1. Es wird schon gut gehen, ich war vor ein paar Wochen auch!

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  3. Wow! What a stunning vibrant artwork! Gorgeous! Xx

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  4. Fabulous creation Valerie. I love all the autumn colours, and that background is glorious. Super pictures too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Das sind "Indian-Summer" Farben - wunderschön! Hier ist es grau - wir könnten Regen dringend gebrauchen bei dem Sandboden. Ich muss noch eine Woche pauken und hab es dann hoffentlich am 20. Alles geschafft :-)
    Komm gut ins Wochenende - liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  6. fabelhaft!
    Herrliche Farben sind das Valerie ...
    schöne Fotos dazu und ich freu mich dass es ein wenig besser geht mit dem Hals!
    Ich drück Dich!
    Viel Regen heute bei uns...
    ich denke am Nachmittag werd ich mich ganz und gar der Muse widmen können ohne schlechtes Gewissen!
    Knuddel
    Susi

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  7. Glad to hear you're feeling better.

    yes, autumn is really color therapy time! You're flaming red background is so powerful, full of energy!

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  8. Gorgeous work Valerie...I love your autumn pieces, this is my favorite time of year. We are suppose to have more heat this weekend! But I can't wait until the leaves turn! Love the colors!

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. good to hear you are feeling better Valerie. Love the colourful work and that fab boat on the Rhine. Happy PPF, Annette x

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

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  10. Oh that piece is beautiful! I love that Autumn fairy, glorious! Enjoy this magical season!
    Hugs
    Kat

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  11. Oh, good you're feeling better!
    In Helsinki we don't have autumn colors yet...but it will get cooler next week....sigh.

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  12. DELIGHTFULLY gorgeous card and image. Loving the beautiful colours used as well as the beautiful placed goodies.I think Autumn is the nicest time of year with it's wonders of colours.xx
    ♥aNNie
    The Journey is the Start

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  13. Oh, those colours ........ lovelovelove ♥ It really gives the feeling of Autumn, but beautiful autumn, not the rainy, clammy, cold and stormy one ... Wonderful work!

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  14. Glad to read that your sore throat feels a bit better. Love the autumn piece, the colours are my favourites as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. You must have a beautiful home (or at least kitchen!) with all of your artwork displayed. The background on the Autumn Fairy is especially gorgeous!

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  16. I love this beautiful autumn woman! Wonderful pictures of horses!

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  17. Hi Valerie. Glad your cold is better. I'm an Autumn gal as well. The season really makes me very happy. I love your Autumn Fairy, she is perfect for the season. Take care.:))

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  18. Deine Farbwahl ist einmalig Valerie!! Und ich liebe die "Bild in Bild" Idee!! Ganz toll auch die Blattformen aus echten Blättern! hach Du hast Recht, der Herbst bietet so einiges, um kreativ zu sein!! Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

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  19. The colors in your autumn frame match perfectly with the insert image. It certainly makes a lovely piece to hang on the wall for the fall season. Love the photos as well. There are some interesting ships that go up and down the Rhine. The Diva one is so sleek and modern looking.

    Hugs,
    C

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  20. glad to hear you're feeling better. Your painting is really striking! And, I wish I had horses to feed along a walk. However, I do take doggie treats whenever I go out:)

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  21. More gorgeous autumn colors. Hope you are better soon.

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  22. looks like yellow coneflower. Beautful fall art today, have fun collecting...

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  23. This is just lovely Valerie, it reminds me of one of my favourite childhood books, Flower Fairies of the Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker. Thanks again for your RAK! Mwah! xx

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  24. I love her books and illustrations, too - I have one of her characters on my next piece!

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  25. Great art again!!!! You how much I love all of your photos!!! My travel album abroad. Love ya and glad your throat is on the mend.

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  26. Gosh, what a very striking picture that is. Beautiful colours and the glittery parts are so lovely in their Autumnal colours. I like your idea of drawing around the leaves to make stencils and the contrast of the black and gold is very cool. That 'Diva' boat is very unusual in shape, Is it a cruise/holiday boat, or touristy type boat? I like that you feed the horses, I'd be too scared of those enormous teeth that they have, haha.
    Hope your throat continues to get better and you have a great weekend ((hugs)) xox

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    1. I think it's one of the super New river cruise boats - not for my pocket money! Thanks for the good wishes!

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  27. Hi Valerie, once again you create the most wonderful art work!! Love your autumn inspiration. Lovely walking pics and that blue sky is gorgeous. Such regal hose shots too.
    Glad your throat is a bit better. Hope you continue to improve!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  28. Ich liebe dieses Bild. Es wird noch betont durch den "Rahmen" in diesen brennenden Farben! Deine Spaziergänge genieße ich mittlerweile sehr!
    LG
    Gabriele

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  29. I adore this autumn girl. Just wonderful--she fills my eyes.

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  30. Oh! The autumn painting is georgous! The background is really stunning. Love the pics you shared too! I'm glad you are feeling better.

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  31. A perfect autumnal vibrant painting. I was hanging on to summer but your amazing colourful work makes me remember that autumn is beautiful and there's lots to look forward to.
    Stunning work and thanks for highlighting all of the details for us to appreciate ;D
    Happy PPF

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  32. What a beautiful background you created to go with the image, stunning effect! Big hugs, ~Diane

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  33. Autumn fairies have invaded us here too. Quite chilly this morning and raining later. But with this sweet gal and her leaves a blowing, Autumn will be lovely. xox

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  34. This is beautiful Valerie, and your laughing horse made me laugh too! I hope your throat is better now xx

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  35. Beautifully done Valerie, that is the most wonderful and beautiful image.
    I did get tickled seeing the piece of carrot in the horse's mouth.
    Sandy xx

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    1. That horse was having a good chuckle at getting the most carrots!

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  36. Wie schnell ist der Herbst doch wieder da. Auf Deinem Bild leuchten die Herbstfarben besonders schön!

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