Sunday, 28 September 2014

Owls, chickens, cows and a feather

Hi everybody!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. It started out cool and misty here on Saturday, but got better and better as the morning progressed, so I peeled off my jacket and tied it round my middle while I was walking, and it was good to feel the sun on my back again.

I have been having fun playing with cardboard and old linen again. The background (A4 size) was partly peeled and then painted with terracotta acrylics, and embossed while still wet with Frantage aged gold and copper EPs. I fringed the edges of the linen and printed the owl image, from Gecko Galz (owling for you) directly onto it. Then I sewed it onto the cardboard. I added some leaves, beads, berries and fibres as trim. To hang it up I added a TH ball chain with a muse token. This was a fun piece, I love playing around with everything for autumn and Halloween. I am linking to Art Journal Journey, living beings.







On my Saturday walk I noticed that a piece of a meadow has been fenced off as home for some chickens, who were happily picking and clucking around. They have a very noble, mobile hen-house, and it's good to see chickens living a good life outdoors instead of being cooped up inside.




I carried on down the path towards the Rhine:


The white cattle were all grazing happily, too. The calves have grown a lot.



This ship on the Rhine looked like a swimming mountain range, I don't know what it is that was heaped to mountains, but it looked  very interesting.


And I love this feather that I saw on the path under the trees, still glistening with dew-drops.


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

39 comments:

  1. I just adore the owl piece and your beautiful stitching.

    Great photographs today. The cow ones made me think of a Constable's wonderful paintings. Could the stacks on the boat be salt for the roads when it gets icy? I am intrigue lol. Amazing wet feather as well. A treat to see all of them Valerie--thank you for shring your walk with us

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. Could be salt - whatever it was, it was really heavy, as the boat is deep in the water!

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  2. Good morning Val! Hope you had a good sleep. Wonderful owl hanging, love the stitching, too, a really beautiful piece. The photos are wonderful, one lovelier than the other, and my fave is the feather, too, although it's good to see happy chickens and cattle that aren't stuck in dark sheds all the time. Have a lovely day, we are off with the kids for a walk now. Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Wow das ist ja klasse geworden - hast du das Motiv direkt auf den Stoff gerückt oder Bügel-Folie zum bedrucken genommen? Auf jeden Fall eine super schöne Deko!!!
    Deine Fotos sind wieder schön - ich freue much auch immer, wenn gerade die Nutztiere ein artgerecht es Leben führen dürfen. Eigentlich doch schlimm, das man sich über den Anblick frei laufender Hühner freut, weil es das kaum noch gibt.
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag, liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  4. I love your owl wall hanging Valerie, the GG image is one of my favourites.
    xxx Hazel.

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  5. FANTASTIC love the owl creation, just so stunning and those colours are awesome. Thanks for bringing the chickens to life and memories of my childhood days where eggs were rich in colour and tasted yum, dad had a back yard full of them....wonder photo of the feather....may just use that one.xxx

    The Journey is the Start


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  6. You have the eye of an artist in everything you do and everywhere you go! I'm so impressed by the creativity that goes into a mixed media collage such as this, and how beautiful a piece!

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  7. Fantastic owls piece, the image and background are really fabulous. Today the photos are so wonderful, I love the amazing feather.
    Hugs, Mar

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  8. I can almost hear those owls hooting! All the animals look happy and content today!

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  9. I absolutely love your owl art Valerie, what a great image and the gold card looks fab. About two years ago I bought some printable fabric, and you know, I've never used it yet, I really must pluck up the courage. Lovely pics of the chickens and I'm sure that feather is a good omen! xx

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  10. Beautiful card Valerie! The colours are just so enticing and your owl family is a breathtaking image! I love the arrangement with your frilly yarn and acrylic leaves, just wonderful! Gorgeous shots today...I have come to look forward to seeing what the world looks like through your eyes. It's such a great way to start my day! Big crafty hugs! :)

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  11. Oh die Eulen Familie ist soo toll, wo sind die her? Hab ich evtl überlesen..habs eilig wir haben seit gestern eine Cameo*gg*Also das Eulenbild ist der Hammer so tolle Farben, richtig schöner Indian Summer Herbst.
    Und Deine Fotos sind sowieso immer toll, hier hat sich die Sonne heute auch rausgewagt, tut richtig gut.
    Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Sonntag und guten Wochenstart morgen,
    lG Anja

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  12. Love your art piece, and the sites along your walk. I've never heard of a mobile chicken coop!

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    1. Nor have I, I was really surprised to see it, too!

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  13. What amazing art piece, love the owls and texture and colours are beautiful. Thanks for wonderful photos, too. Chickens are cool:)
    Have a great new week, Valerie!
    Hugs xxx

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  14. Oohhh this is a fabulous piece of art. So full of fall feelings. The photos are outstanding. I love chickens but cows are my favorite. Have a very nice Sunday
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  15. I like the mixed media pieces. What a great idea. Cows are everywhere around here!!!

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  16. Stunning piece Valerie. I love those owls. More brilliant pictures too. Enjoy your Evening. Hugs Rita xxx

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  17. Wow - was für eine tolle Arbeit Valerie!
    Boah... ich staune, dass Du auch auf Stoff drucken kannst! Klasse!

    Und.. diese Nomaden Hühner leben ja direkt ein himmlisches Leben in ihrem genial schönen Architektenhühnerhaus! WOW! Das Bild mit den Tropfen auf der Feder ist einzigartig!

    Ich knuddle Dich!
    Susi

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  18. Oh wow you do such lovely art work. Love the gritters on the material. It is simply beautiful. I love it.

    I like your beautiful photography. I am glad I dropped in.

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  19. lovely art piece and a wonderful walk! I often tie my sweater around my waist too!

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    1. Here a lot of the 'hikers' do it, too - very practical, better than carrying stuff.

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  20. wow,was für wunderschöne Eulen,tolle farben,und es ist so schön zu sehen das die hühner frei rum laufen,tolle Bilder hast du gemacht.
    hier war heute auch Sonnenschein,aber ich hatte im haushalt zu tun,als Belohnung gab es einen selbstgemachten kebap,yummy :-)
    schönen sonntagabend,du liebe.

    GLG Jeannette

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    1. Jetzt habe such wieder Hunger bekommen!

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  21. The owl hanging is gorgeous, love the look printed on canvas. Lucky chickens, that is one up market hen house.
    Yvonne xx

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  22. Love the owl image on the hanging.
    Fabulous photos Valerie, the one with the feather looks amazing.
    Avril xx

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  23. Valerie your piece is incredible. I just love the owl image. Great walking pics too. Your photos are always fabulous!!
    Hugs

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  24. Oh, was für ein wunderschönes Werk! Die Eulen sind einfach süß! Wunderbar dieses Farben!!
    Und wunderbar sind auch deine Fotos ... es macht so Spaß, sie an zuschauen!
    Ein lieber Gruß, LonettA

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  25. The owl image was perfect for your project today and the "listen" tag was a great addition. I almost missed this post and would have been disappointed as your photos are so marvelous.

    Hugs,
    C

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  26. Wow, love how that print came out and the stitching too, what a fabulous piece! Great photos from your walk too. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  27. Dein Eulenwerk ist der Knaller - ich bin hin und weg. Freilaufende glückliche Hühner :) Leider sieht man das heute nur noch selten.

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  28. These owls are so cute, and I'm loving the beads and berries. The photograph of the feather is stunning!! I bet we see that again a few times xx

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  29. Your pictures in this post are really fun! Boy, that is a lot of chickens. And I love that hay wagon. Your make is splendid Valerie - one can tell that you love this time of year!
    Sandy xx

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  30. I forgot to say anything about the feather - you are quite a good photographer!

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  31. The owls are just adorable. Pretty feather. I am so enjoying your pastoral views. Chickens and cows and of course the horses. xox

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  32. Beautiful, beautiful... love your owls!

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  33. Your owls are really pretty. And man, your feather photo is fabulous!

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  34. Die Eulen sind so Klasse und so tolle Farben dazu! Auch deine Fotos sind wieder spannend, toll was du so alles unterwegs entdeckst!

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