Sunday, 12 October 2014

Still life and land life

Hi everybody!

Time is flying fast, and the weekend is almost over.
We had a beautiful, sunny and dry weekend here, so I was able to be outside a lot, and enjoyed my walks through the autumn landscape very much. I managed another 15 kilometer today, so was happy with that.

I have made a mixed-media piece for  Mix-it-monthly, where Conny wants to see a still life, with light and dark blue, yellow, red and white. Well, the colours are at least more or less right!

I started off by sticking some paper scraps and bits of vintage paper onto my paper (A3), and some strips of bandage. The chemist here recently had a box full of old bandages which were to be had for nothing, as they were past their sell-by date, which means they are possibly not sterile any more, which did not worry me. 

Then I gave it a thin coat of gesso so as not to completely cover up the papers.

Then I painted squares, using water-colours, in various shades of red, yellow and blue. I let each layer dry before adding the next one. It was much brighter than I wanted - sorry, forgot to take a photo, so I gave it another coat of diluted gesso.

I used a large scroll stamp (thanks again, Chrissie) to stamp into the wet background to add some more texture and patterning.

Then I drew my blue glass vase with pastel chalks, and added some tulips (well, I hope they look like tulips).  And that was it. I am linking to Mix-it-Monthly, still life,  Artist Trading Post, anything (mixed media) goes, and Moo Mania and More, bright and cheerful

Today I walked to the dilapidated castle, Schloss Kalkum again. 
I met these nice horses on my way:

The old water mill always looks beautiful:

The castle ghost is  starting to spook about:

I love the still corners of the park:

The ducks were happy and hungry as always:

Then I walked home through the fields, where the farmer was busy harvesting:

And I visited the  cattle again - aren't they gorgeous?

I took loads more photos, but will save them for another day.

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


  1. Stunning artwork! Love the overall idea and the results are wonderful! Xx

  2. Glad that you have made a painting again! I love it very much, beautiful colours, and so many interesting details and textures. Great photos, too - those calves are just sweeeeeeeeet! Hugs, Sarah

  3. Just thinking 15 kms is a long way Valerie! Enjoyed your photos as always and that is one stunning still life!

  4. Was für ein wunderschönes Mixed-Media-Projekt - klasse!!!
    Deine Fotos sind so schön und zeigen die schönsten Seiten des goldenen Herbstes. Komm gut in die neue Woche, liebe Grüße, Dagmar

  5. Beautiful canvas, love the texture you've created ! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

  6. Really inspiring this stunning painting, Valerie. I love the technique you've used. The cheerful colours and composition are fabulous. Hugs, Mar

  7. Bandages! Well, I never! You are very inventive Valerie, you've created a wonderful mixed media piece. Love your sunny pics, hubby and I drove down to glasgow today, it was a beautiful day and the autumnal landscapes were gorgeous. Xx

  8. Fantastic canvas Valerie, love how you used the bandages, will have to try that, great texture and flowers.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. Thank you for sharing with us at ATP Exchange again.

  9. Fascinating how you made the Still Life and I really like the vase.

  10. ein wunderschönes stilleben,toll die vase und texturen,tolle bilder wieder,die kühe sind süss.
    schöne neue woche für dich.

    GLG Jeannette

  11. A real stunning creation with gorgeous colours and lovely image the style and added beauties here as well ....cheers, aNNieThe Journey is the Start

  12. Wunderschön!!! Tolles Stillleben mit schönen Texturen und Farben! Danke auch für die Bilder zur Entstehung des Bildes! Mit deinen Fotos hast du den goldenen Oktober eingefangen ... wunderbar!

  13. Dein Bild sieht klasse aus!
    VG Sandra

  14. Wonderful ideas for the background of you still life Valerie--I even feel tempted to have a go myself :) You are so inspiring.

    Beautiful photographs of the wonders you find on your walks. A big thank you for sharing them with us. The weather is awful here and the wind very strong again. We have large, old trees everywhere we go from our house and I am afraid to go for a walk when the winds are so strong as branches fall off all the time. I will get my exercise looking at your walks :)

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

    1. Hope the exercise helps, now I know why you like watching sport! But I know you do a lot of walking and gardening, too!

  15. Das sieht traulhaft aus... ich liebe Tulpen und diese hier sind einfach superb mit dem cleveren Layering!
    Deine Natur- Architektur- und Tieraufnahmen sind wieder mal allererster Sahne!
    Danke auch im Namen
    liebe Val!
    Hab einen guten Wochenstart ♥♥♥

  16. uups.. bin noch nicht wach...sorry für die Wortneuschöpfungen von meinereiner..sind ungewollt:-)(-:

    1. Uupse kenne ich gut, mache ich auch seeeehr viel!

  17. Wow, es ist Frühling bei dir!
    Der Hintergrund sieht super aus, ich finde nur, du hättest ruhig noch ein wenig mehr durchscheinen lassen können...
    Auch mich hat es gestern wieder in die Natur gezogen... allerdings habe ich nicht so hübsche Kühe wie du getroffen.
    Gute Woche von Ulrike

  18. The ethereal feel you achieved in that painting is mesmerizing. I love all your digital walks you share with us too. Blessings!

  19. You have a great imagination! I would never have thought that using bandages could look so beautiful! It made an amazing background! Glad to see the cattle again--they are such a gorgeous color!

    1. Yes, they are beautiful, and have lovely eyes and enviable lashes!

  20. Hi Valerie, sorry I've been MIA, such a busy week! Your piece is gorgeous! I love your genius idea of making the background with all those bits, it worked swimmingly! Beautiful horses, looks like it was a lovely day for you! hugs :)

  21. Du bist mutig, liebe Valerie; von den perfekten Naturtönen schaffst Du es wegzukommen zu einer genauso perfekten Collage in Multicolor. Ich beneide Dich um diese Kunst. Auch mal Farbe zu bekennen... Aber dafür habe ich kein Händchen. Macht nichts! Ich sehe mich bei Dir satt und finde Inspiration genug! Irgendwann wage ich den Sprung! Vielen Dank für's Zeigen der Details!
    Liebe Grüße

  22. Hi Valerie. Hope all is well. Love all your photos. Your still life is wonderful. Enjoyed the process. Have a great day.

  23. I really love how you bring so much texture to your paintings. This is lovely. You also make your area so inviting. I dream of going there. Thank you for all the wonderful photos.

  24. Love all of the texture in your painting and yes they are definitely tulips ♥ Lovely ART!!!! Those cows are very peaceful looking all cuddled up together... love the castle ghost :) and the rest of the photos are lovely as always... looks like you had a beautiful day for your long walk.... ours here are still wet! WET! WET!

  25. It's Monday morning here, Valerie, and the sun is shining but a very cool day. Your still life is exceptional; I love how you made the background for the vase of tulips. Just gorgeous!

    The cows appearing happy and lazy as they enjoyed the sunny weather. You live in a beautiful area with so much luscious vegetation keeping the animals healthy and providing a great place for your walks. Have a good week.


  26. Beautiful colours and texture and I like that the patterns are peeking through the Gesso. Very beautiful indeed.
    Valerie, sorry I have been absent from visiting you but I have, this past week not managed to much spend time on-line, when I have it has really been related to DT commitments.
    Hope life is being kinder to you at the moment.

  27. Fabulous textures and wonderful mix of elements, love the vase of tulips!!

  28. I love your art and loved seeing your process! What a transformation. I also loved getting a glimpse of your world. It is so lovely there!

  29. Dein Stillleben ist grossartig! Ich könnt grad so baden in den tollen Texturen und Farben...und ja die Tulpen sind sofort als solche zu erkennen :) Ganz ganz wunderschön geworden, Valerie!! Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

  30. Love the luminous layers to this piece. Cute cows. xox

  31. Your pictures are always so wonderful Valerie - I am always so envious of your walks. I
    see your ghost follows you around wherever you go. You have to know by now that it is a friendly ghost or you would be dead!!
    I want to tell you that your still life is gorgeous! I am pea green with envy.
    Sandy xx

  32. Beautiful artwork wish I could paint like that and how lucky to pick up the out of date bandages

    Your photos, as always , are wonderful

  33. A beautiful mixed media piece Valerie. Love the background and the stunning colours :-)
    Thank you for sharing with us at ATP this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  34. Ein tolles Mixed Media Projekt, solche Hintergründe machen immer wieder Spaß.
    Was ich schon länger fragen wollte.... trainierst du für einen Marathon-Walk oder so ? Du bist ja wirklich rege auf den Beinen.

  35. This is gorgeous, the colors are beautiful and the background is fabulous! Big hugs, ~Diane


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