Friday, 19 September 2014

Water, sky and more

Hi everybody!

Yesterday started off sunny and warm, and a couple of hours later it started raining, and in the afternoon it poured and stormed - we seem to be in for a few wet days so I am glad that I have my new wellies ready to wear! The night was lit up by lightning and the thunder was not good for sleeping....

 I spent the afternoon painting water colour backgrounds in A3 size, This is something which is  very calming and  I like to have a stock ready to work on. This one was perhaps inspired by the lovely sunrise and the blue of the skies and water yesterday. When it was dry I went to work with the stamping. I used Ryn's beautiful sea bubbles stamp, with embossing ink and white EP, as the blue reminded me of waves. The stamp of Leda, looking down on the scene, is from Lost Coast Designs, as are the underwater plants at the bottom. The birds were stenciled with Dina Wakley's stencil. The other stamps were a set I got as a present, and I don't know the maker.
I have written a quote along the right hand side, from Goethe(1789): 

Wind is the loving
Wooer of waters;
Wind blends together
Billows all-foaming.
Spirit of man,
Thou art like unto water!
Fortune of man,
Thou art like unto wind!









I am linking to Art Journal Journey, living beings, and Paint Party Friday.

I saw this huge Dahlia (?) yesterday, about  10" diameter, really beautiful.



The sunrise was beautiful:





And the heron was out fishing again:


And last but not least, the horses, busy grazing, as always.


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

51 comments:

  1. Wonderful artwork on your page Valerie-shows the power of the sea so well.

    Love the photographs and particularly the amazing dahlia

    Have a better weather day--well I hope you will

    Love Chrissie x

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  2. Beautiful artwork today, love the glorious colours. A page with lots of interesting elements and a very peaceful and dreamy atmosphere. Great photos, too - as always. Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Very interesting and wonderful composition between the human and the divine, I really like that flower, beautiful photos!

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  4. WOW, was für fantastische Farben, man kann in dem Bild richtig versinken, grandios gemacht!!! Und deine Fotos sind wieder super, ich liebe Dahlien und auch die Wolkenbilder sind so schön.
    Hab ein schönes Wochenende!
    lg Uli

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  5. Moin Valerie,

    deine unterwasserseite ist grandios und gefällt mir mega,mega gut,es gibt soviel zu endecken,klasse gemacht.
    deine sonnenbilder sind einfach traumhaft,ich könnte da glatt drinnen versinken,mir gefällt auch das schwarz weiß gefleckte pferdchen soooo hübsch.
    hier scheint die sonne und ich mach gleich meine runde.
    schönen tag dir.

    GLG JEANNETTE

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  6. Beautiful picture Valerie. The colours are so stunning and that little verse again is lovely. As always I love those pictures too. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  7. You've made such a powerful piece, so fascinating and different. I like the way you've made the blue sea and the way Leda is looking down.
    Great sunrise photos too. I think Dahlias are particularly good this year.

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  8. Beautiful pics Valerie and your watercolour has a real sense of freedom ... But let's not dwell on that subject too much! Lol! Have a lovely day. Xx

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  9. Beautiful colour combination...and I love that dahlia!! Gorgeous!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Lovely watercolour Valerie, the sea bubbles stamp is amazing! We have some cracking dahlia's too this year, but they're a bit wet at the moment lol xx

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  11. Gorgeous! Love the backgrounds and the way you finished them looks great. Wonderful also to see how the universe manages to paint such fantastic colours in the sky!

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  12. Was für eine tolle Seite so voller Energie! Einfach mega schön zusammengestellt- alles passt perfekt zusammen!
    Hier regnet es und sowohl die Hunde als auch ich kamen wie gegossene Pudel von unserer Runde zurück. Jetzt geht es gleich zum B-nhof- dir ein schönes Wochenende- liebe Grüße, Dagmar

    PS- dein schönes Tag begleitet mich :-),!

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  13. A gorgeous AJ page, and stunning photos - that's one BIG flower :)
    Happy PPF!

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  14. Great composition, Valerie. I really love this amazing page and the stunning background. The colours are super as always. Great quote too.
    Hugs, Mar

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  15. Love the sea bubbles. That is a spectacular dahlia, and I always love sky pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. Your art today is so, so beautiful! Building up a stock of backgrounds to work on is a great idea--I'm often stuck on getting started-so just may borrow the idea! The quote is fantastic, and I really like how you wrote it along the edge of the card.

    Love the color of that Dahlia!

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  17. Just lovely work Valerie, beautiful quote you wrote. And i enjoyed your photos today.

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  18. Just gorgeous! Love the underwater bubbles and foliage, just stunning! Wonderful photos too! hugs :)

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  19. Hi Valerie. Hope you are doing good. I love this latest piece and your watercolor use makes it all shine through. Excellent work. Dahlias are just beautiful. Great photos! 😃

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  20. Oh by the way , the quote is perfect for your piece.

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  21. Each and every piece is truly beautiful. Your dahlia is extraordinary.

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  22. Another beauty, Valerie. It is wonderful you enjoy making backgrounds and painting, especially when it storms and you are unable to go out. The photos are terrific. Love the huge dahlia. My grandfather grew them every year along a fence in different colors and petals. They were always a treat to view and place one on a dinner plate with a little water.

    Hugs,
    C

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  23. Beautiful use of the Sea Bubbles and a really interesting use of space. Thanks :)

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  24. Colors very inviting and liked the sea bubbles in white. Lovely outdoor pictures too. Really enjoyed all!

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  25. A*M*A*Z*I*N*G liebe Valerie ..das ist eine traumhaft schöne Arbiet... genial!
    Du bist begnadet! Deine Fotos sind auch traumhaft gemacht!
    Hab einen wudnerschönen Abend! Diesmal hab ich NICHT vergessen zu pinnen ( hoffentlich)
    Knuddel!

    Du bist ein Hammer mit Deinen vielen Ideen♥♥♥

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  26. Wow Valerie, that painting is so beautiful!
    As is natures painting, of the flower. What a pretty one it is, and very big. It's posture reminds me of a sunflower, but surely it cannot be, it also reminds me of a chrysanthemum, lol, but as I'm not a botanist I searched Google images and it is a Dahlia! Well done you :D Have a wonderful weekend :D ((hugs)) x

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  27. love your journal spread, beautiful emotions. great photos as well. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  28. Beautiful colours and movement in this piece; lovely verse. I always enjoy the photos you include in your posts. You are talented photographer as well as an artist.
    Blessing hugs,
    Teresa

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  29. Ja, ich finde auch, dass das Malen mit Aquarellfarben sehr beruhigend wirkt - es macht immer Spaß, das Fließen der Farben zu beobachten.
    Deine Unterwasser-Idee ist wunderbar und toll umgesetzt!
    ... wie immer tolle Bilder der Natur um dich herum.
    LG Ulrike

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  30. What a beautiful work!! Gorgeous composition and colors!! I love your pictures too, especially the one with horses!Best regards!

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  31. Beautiful unique creation and a lot of amazing photos again, I wish you a nice sunny weekend,
    liebe Grüße Anja

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  32. I always love to come and visit Valerie because not only do I see gorgeous creativity in your paintings but also beautiful photos. That Daliha is fantastic and SO BIG!
    The sunsets are beautiful too... I can never see enough sunsets.
    Also like checking up on the horses ;D
    Thanks so much for sharing
    xoxo

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  33. Valerie, what an amazing page of artwork you have created. Love it. The flower is gorgeous and a brilliant color. Great walking pics.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs

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  34. Wow, das sprüht ja vor Leben! Wunderschön!

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  35. Fantastic artwork, love the sea elements, the flower was amazing, such a lovely colour.
    Yvonne xx

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  36. Lovely journal page Valerie. I love that sea bubble stamp.
    Have a great weekend

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  37. The colours in your paintings are so vibrant, I just love them. I am so in love with that bubble stamp, may have to go and visit Ryn's site. You live in a beautiful part of the world.
    Von.

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  38. Where on earth do you get these ideas from Valerie, these are magnificent. Your photos also have taken me to another land.xx

    The Journey is the Start


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  39. diese strahlenden farben sind einfach zu schön! und die stempel, die du dazu verwendet hast, gefallen mir auch sehr gut dazu. stimmungsvolle Fotos außerdem! wir hatten do&fr super wetter, aber jetzt ist ende gelände... trotzdem ein schönes Wochenende, unsereiner kann sich ja gott-sei-dank gut indoor beschäftigen:)

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  40. Die Sea bubbles sind ein Traum, liebe Valerie. Die Farben sind schon sehr sehr herrlich in ihrer Tiefe und dem Ausdruck. Ich liebe das sehr. Ich merke immer wieder, dass ich kein "Shabby Chic" Mensch bin. Ich sehe es sehr gerne und liebe die Details. Doch ich könnte nicht ohne Farben sein. Und wie ich sehe, geht es dir ebenso.
    Ich wünsche dir ein traumhaftes Wochenende und schicke viele liebe Grüße zu Dir!

    Erika

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  41. Wow, was für ein traumhafter Sonnenuntergang. Bei uns spielt das Wetter zur Zeit auch verrückt. Schwülwarm, Gewitter, Nebel, Sonne - es ist alles dabei.
    Deine Seite sieht klasse aus, die Farben sind ein Traum. Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende.

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  42. Valerie! Your artwork is so beautiful, the colour blending and combiation is just fab! great overall idea! xx

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  43. Lovely and unique pieces, Valerie. Fantastic work!

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  44. I LOVE those bubbles--I hadn't thought of that kind of bubble before--you are a genius. Your work today fills my eyes to the brim.

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  45. To fly, to dance through the air, a dream so common to people, the desire to be totally free! You've captured that wish beautifully.

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  46. Another amazing creation. Just love the photos of the Dahlia - nature at its best.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  47. Great way to capture water's bubbling goodness. xox

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  48. Such a beautiful page, Valerie. I love the bright colors, wonderful! The dahlia is amazing, it looks like fire. Beautiful sunrise as well, I like the silhouetted trees. And of course I love the heron - how can I not?

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  49. luv the detailing in the water; have a good week

    much love...

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  50. This is gorgeous and so unusual too! ~Diane

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