Thursday, 6 November 2014

Nanas Galore and more

Hi Everybody!

We had a cold and damp day again, but I am sure the weather will change again soon! That is one thing we can predict with certainty!

Today I have another page of dancing Nanas to share, inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle. I had a lot of fun painting it. The background was done with sky blue acrylic, sprinkled with fairy dust and textured with a dry background stamp. I used my stencils to draw the Nanas and had lots of fun colouring them and giving them happy bathing costumes. I am linking to Art Journal Journey, inspired by the masters, and to Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.








This is a Nana figure I made some years back, using wire, paper  and plaster bandages. She was made to hang from a hook on the ceiling. Unfortunately the hook was not strong enough, and sooner or later she fell down and broke her arm, which I have since repaired. I tried to hang her from the door to take the photos, and did my best, but hope to get someone to fix me a proper hook so she can fly free. She should have been a lot rounder, but I had to make do with the materials I had, and so she turned out as a thin Nana!






In the grey and misty morning the birds were again sitting in the tree waiting for their food:




I met Mrs Blackbird on my walk:



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

54 comments:

  1. Nice work on the Nana figures and lovely photos!

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  2. Deine 4 Grazien sind himmlisch... ich liebe ihre modischen Badeanzüge.. ich denke ich würde den roten auswählen für mich passend zu meiner hellen Haut ...lol... toller HIntergrund... Deine Diät Nana passt perfekt zu meiner 700 gramm Abnahme... herrlcih hast Du das gemacht... ich schick Dir meinen
    Eheheimwerkerking vorbei, damit er Dir einen anständigen Haken macht für sie.
    Knuddel - AJJ jubiliert und ich freu mich und der Tag ist gerettet!
    Bussi
    Susi

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    1. Ja, danke, ein Heimwerkerking wäre wunderbar, dann könnte Nana endlich wieder fliegen!

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  3. Oh und jetzt sehe ich ja noch die Fotos.... Du hast mir wieder so schöne Vogelaufnahmen gemacht!
    Danke!

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  4. I love your Nanas again, so vital and full of fun. Great bathing costumes, I would like the black and white one! Great photos, too, love those birds, the close-up of the blackbird is adorable! Have a great day! Hugs, Sarah

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  5. The nanas are all amazing but the one you can hang up is extras amazing :)

    Stunning photographs and what splendid colours the Mrs Blackbird is displaying-never seen one so bright and beautiful.

    We have thick frost here and it looks like Christmas !

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. Frost!? Yikes! It's cold and grey here but no frost - yet!

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  6. Your Nanas are brilliant. Remind me of my Jazzercise class and our teacher is always saying "no ones looking!" I think it's because we are all so puffed out no one has the energy to look around!! x

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  7. Your Nanas really make me smile Valerie, they remind me of a Scottish artist I love, Beryl Cooke. Have a nice day! Xx

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    1. I just Googled Beryl Cooke - wonderful!

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  8. oohh wiw wunderbar deine nanas sind,ich liebe ihre bunten badeanzüge und ich würde den grünen für mich wählen *gg*
    deine selbstgemachte nana find ich ja auch klasse und deine bilder sind wieder traumhaft
    hab einen schönen tag,liebe valarie.

    knuddel

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  9. sorry,den schwarzen badeanzug würde ich mir aussuchen,hatte tomaten auf den augen*gg*ist gar kein grüner dabei.

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    1. Gut, schwarz ist auch mein favorit, wir können zusammen schwimmen gehen!

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  10. Lovely creation again my friend, and gorgeous colours and love those gorgeous 'ladies' ....have a great weekend.xx
    aNNie The Journey is the Start

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  11. Fabulous, fabulous nanas! It's such a simple shap, I think I may have a go at drawing some too.
    Wet & VERY windy here today. Just right for dog walking - not! buT off I go anyway :o))

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  12. What a great painting Valerie! You always get such great shots of the birds when you're on your walk, I just love seeing the birds! Have a great day! hugs :)

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  13. Love the dancing Nanas and your sculpture! I hope you get her back up and flying because she is really wonderful!

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  14. WOW was für tolle und auch fröhliche Nanas, großes Kino!
    Du hast es heute auch mit Vögeln, ich hab auch einen*gg* danke für die schönen Fotos, ich liebe sie!
    Wünsche Dir einen schönen Tag,
    lG Anja

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  15. Love all your flying Nanas, they are so fun and happy, just make me smile! Have a great day, Big hugs, ~Diane

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  16. I always love your beautiful photographs. Your Nanas are delightful on such a dreary day! Helene

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  17. Your project today put a big smile on my face this morning. How delightful and their swimsuits are outstanding. I can't even imagine making a large nana, Valerie. What a terrific job even though she had been on a diet.

    Hugs,
    C

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  18. I love your Nanas they make me smile and your flying Nana is wonderful.
    xxx Hazel.

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  19. Absolutely adore all of your Nana"s !!!! The Flying One is my favorite and I hope you get her fixed so she can fly again ♥

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  20. Deine Journalseite macht so richtig gute Laune - wunderbar!
    Genauso liebe ich Deine Fotos von den Vögeln, denen ich stundenlang zusehen könnte.
    Alles Liebe,
    Manuela

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  21. I love this artist and your dancing Nanas! My sons Collège (secondary school) is named after Niki de Saint Phalle. The school opened and was given this name in 2001 when she donated lots of her work to the modern arts museum in Nice. So we have many beautiful sculptures around this area and the school, all very inspiring! I love the curves and happy feel to your dancing Nanas, just great!

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  22. Awesome Nana page, you cannot fail to love those fun figures, they realy brighten the dull days.
    Yvonne xx

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  23. Wonderful! I totally love swimmers. Beautiful.

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  24. Wow! I love your post Valerie. So you mentioned that these are supposed to imitate the masters. Do you mean "The Bathers"? What a neat stencil. I love you "flying Nana!(as opposed to the "Flying Nun"!)

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    1. No, they are a tribute to Niki de Saint Phalle, a French artist who made monumental statues of huge ladies.

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  25. The photos are fantastic!And the dancing women are fun to see :oD

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  26. I love, love, love Nana paintings! So cool and funny and positive!!!
    Happy PPF!

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  28. Valerie....I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Nanas.they are so amazing!! The hanging one is incredible...WOW so impressive. I once saw a blogger, I think she was from Holland who did some too several years ago..also wonderful!! Good job! They would make incredible prints!

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. I am dancing like noone is watching! :D

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  31. Your nanas are so wonderfully carefree in their poses-i love the bathing suits. The model reminds me of sculpted figures perry grayson made recently on a tv show we saw. That photo if the bright leaves against the dull sky is lovely too.

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  32. dancing nanas are great! and thank you for sharing photos as well. Have a happy and creative week.

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  33. Deine dünne, hängende Nana sieht toll aus, super Idee!
    Ich glaube, Nana zu malen macht einfach gute Laune, oder!?
    LG Ulrike

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  34. Beautiful ladies amusing us! And the photos are great as always. It was again a joy to visit your blog:)

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  35. Love your Nanas. They look like they really know how to enjoy life.

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  36. What wonderful Nanas! Your post today is such fun and makes me happy to look at.

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  37. Wonderful swimmer, beautiful compositions!

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  38. Love your Nana figures. Is that a stencil you are using in the top photos? Hugs! deb

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    1. It's a home made stencil I made some time back.

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  39. I actually did dance as no one was looking--i was in line for meds a few days ago--heard some music, and in my state of mine, didn't even realize I'd begun to dance a little. I don't think anyone minded at all. Your artwork is lovely.

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  40. How wonderful Love the ladies. I painted 4 ladies with wild dresses from behind for shopping a few years ago. I then made/sewed cloth (pin) dolls. We used them as pin identifiers when we traveled so we could find each other (people remembered us). You Go Girl! This is so exciting. Your doll is so fantastic and big. The pics are great, you know I love birds. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  41. Love love the nanas I could be one of those :). Your photos are gorgeous love the blackbird we have a male in our garden he is always on his own and a bit tatty we have called him Billy.
    Becky

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    1. Yes, I think we all have a bit of a nana in us!

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