Friday, 12 September 2014

Trees, ducks, horses and stones

Hi everybody!

It's weekend, so hope you all have a restful and creative time.
We had cool but nice weather here today, so I enjoyed my walks, and it was a bit warmer in the afternoon.

I still seem to be on my autumn/trees/leaves/ little beings trip, so here is the next offering, a journal page. I sprayed an A3 page with home made blue and green inks, and then used just under half of it for this painting. I daubed the water-colours (thanks again Chrissie)  directly onto the paper, using orange, brown and yellow, and a liberal portion of fairy dust. I used some of the super bronze gilding flakes that Sandy recently sent me to make the little leaves on the tree and fluttering down. The little elf is from the autumn flower fairies, and the rabbit, of course, from Beatrix Potter. The little birds were stamped with scraps of brown paper from an old envelope using a Martha Stewart punch. I have forgotten from whom the quote is, if anyone knows, please tell me! I am linking to Art Journal journey, living beings; Mix it Monthly, trees and Craftroom Challenge, something old, something new. (New paints and gilding flakes, old images and recycled paper)







The ducks came waddling up to see if I had any food, so I shared some bread with them.


The horses were calm and contented as always.


The sun was sparkling on the lake this afternoon.


And I love this large, rusty rose on the old gates to the hospital park:


There are a lot of stones and huge pieces of brick and mortar walls down on the shore underneath the castle. There were a lot of battles to take control of the castle in the course of history, and  the walls were breached with cannons.




Some of these stones were evidently cut, so were perhaps part of door frames or arches:


Have a great weekend, take good care of yourselves,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

41 comments:

  1. Great page with glorious colours and love that quote...Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room....(great photographs too!) Esther xx

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  2. Val, this is soooo beautiful, really delicate and pretty, love the sparkle, too. I never know how you manage to think up something new each day! Enjoy yourself on the outing tomorrow! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Valerie, diese Farben sind ja wirklich atemberaubend! Ein wunderschönes Bild. In natura ist es sicher noch schöner! Und vielen Dank für den wunderbaren Spaziergang! Sehr gelungene Photos!
    LG
    Gabriele

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  4. Another fantastic page, love the magical tree and the quote.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. beautiful page! Lovely photos today, so nice and sunny.

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  6. This is really a great page...a beautiful illustration! The tree looks fantastic with the bronze gilding flakes and I also love the colours and cute images. The fabulous quote I think is a Chinese Proverb.
    Hugs, Mar

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  7. Very interesting and wonderful composition, I love the tree!

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  8. oohh val,deine seite ist so beindruckend und schön,die farben sind auch toll,tolle fotos hast du wider für uns,die steinfelsen sind traumhaft.
    hab einen schönen samstag,meine freundin kommt heute zu besuch und ich muss noch aufräumen ,es gibt birnenkäsetorte,yummy.

    knuddel jenny

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  9. Das Bild ist einfach traumhaft schön - die glänzenden Akzente Posen hervorragend zur Herbststmmung!!!! Danke auch für die tollen Fotos - ich liebe solche Details wie die Metallblume :-)
    Morgen gönne ich mir noch eine Auszeit bevor es Montag in die letzte Runde vor der Prüfung geht. Wir besuchen eine unserer Lieblingsveranstaltgen im Herbst http://woeltingerode.de/events/herbstfest.php Hoffentlich spielt das Wetter mit. Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende - liebe Grüße, Dagmar.

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  10. A beautiful project Valerie, wonderful colours and design. Love the stone rose and all your photos.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  11. I haven't heard this quote before, it's lovely. Your watercolour tree is fabulous and I'm loving that old stone rose. Have a lovely Saturday. Xx

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  12. Guten Morgen, liebe Valerie! Dein "Wunschbaum" ist so herrlich anzusehen! Die schönen Farben, die kleine Elfe und die Vögel, einfach nur schön. Ich mag auch das Zitat sehr gerne. So schön für einen Herbsttag, der noch alle Optionen hat. Ich wünsche Dir jeden Tag einen kleinen Vogel, der Dir von schönen Dingen singt, Dich erfreut.

    Viele liebe Grüße zu Dir und habe ein schönes Wochenende
    Erika

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  13. das ist so wunderschn Valerie .. der Baum so schön und das Sentiment dazu - einmalig!
    Auch Deine heutigen Impressionsbilder sind wiedr mal allersrste Sahne!
    Einen tollen Tag bei Du weisst schon wo!
    xxx
    Susi

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  14. Your posts are NEVER boring!! I may not get here everyday, but I never regret my visit. To start, your tree page is totally gorgeous. One of my favourites, and I think because of how you did the tree. Inspired!
    Your 'walk' photos are always so well composed and clear and the interesting, 'facty' type, bits you add are an added bonus and make it all such a pleasure to view. Thank you. ((hugs)) xox
    ps - please would you tell me what you did to make your, 'My Blog List' section, active? xo

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  15. Magical, whimsical page love it! Thank you for sharing with us again at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

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  16. Stunning page, Valerie! You have such nice handwriting. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  17. Magical art work, Valerie and beautiful outdoor photos. Thank you for taking me for a walk :)

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  18. Autumn is beautiful through your art. I do not get autumn because of our high temps and the type of trees (Palm) we have. I have to enjoy it through photos and artwork. Your ducks are different than mine (thanks for the visit) but I do have brown ducks too. Love the photos, they are treasures. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  19. such lovely images and charming art

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  20. your artwork and photos are always great. thanks for sharing your walk with us :)

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  21. Super photos of the old walls. Very cool! And your artwork tree is so red and beautiful!

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  22. Oh What a brilliant creation dear Valerie!
    Everything about this piece sings so beautifully...
    if only rocks could talk...what stories they could tell
    and
    trees too ;-)
    Happy Weekend to you dear one
    quack quack
    oxo

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    1. Happy weekend to you too and quack quack back!

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  23. This is gorgeous, the tree is so beautiful, love it to pieces! Have a great day, big hugs, ~Diane

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  24. Another fairy page and a sweet bunny too. Soon your horses will be leaving for their winter quarters and you will miss them. xox

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  25. Gorgeous fall colors on your fairy page. Makes me want to walk right into the story. :)

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  26. Oh this is lovely, such rich colours. You can definitely fee Autumn creeping in here xx

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  27. Hi Valerie, such gorgeous works of art. Love the verse on this page with the tree. So special!! Your walking pics are so interesting. The horses must be enjoying the autumn and the ducks are always so sweet.
    Have a great day,
    Hugs

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  28. I absolutely love your stylized tree - beautiful! I don't know where the quote comes from but I do love it!
    Your fairy is perfect for this composition.
    Why shouldn't the horses be content - looks to me like they are well fed and have wonderful shade to get them out of the sun and some protection from the rain. And if you don't mind me saying, they drink, eat, rest, poop and pee at leisure. They don't worry about social conventions.
    I love the pictures of the old stones and bricks with the moss on them. I love your walks! In fact, I quite envy them!
    Sandy xx

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    1. You are soooo right, those horses have a wonderful life!

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  29. I forgot to tell you how beautiful your background is - really gorgeous!
    Sandy xx

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  30. wow gorgeous page, love the vibrant colours. gorgeous pictures too.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Craft-Room, welcome again;-))m

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  31. so beautifully Whimsey!! adorable , thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi xxx

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  32. Love this Valerie. Gorgeous colours and wonderful details. Thank You for joining in with us at Craft Rom Challenge this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

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  33. Another beautiful piece, this one is another favourite! So many favourites here, I love your Autumn colours and feel to this one, it's soft, blowy and special. A magical tree! Your photos are always so lovely too, you live in a beautiful place and the light grows mellow with Autumn coming, gorgeous!

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  34. Ganz entzückend Dein Bild, Valerie! Die Farben sind so lebendig und scheinen vor Freude zu sprühen! Der Baum mit all seinem Glitter und Sparkle hat es mir angetan, aber auch die kleinen Wesen, die an seinen Füssen wohnen :) Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

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  35. Wow what an amazing piece of artwork - the colours, the design and the creation - just perfect

    Its my first time with Mix it Monthly so am learning from you all

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  36. Wow, war für eine traumhaft schöne Seite, die Farben und dann der Spruch - einfach nur toll. Ich bin begeistert.
    Vielen Dank auch wieder für die schönen Fotos :o)

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  37. Das ist ein wunderschöner Baum! Tolle Farben und der geschwungen Stamm - einfach super!

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