Thursday, 4 December 2014

From Russia with love

Hi everybody!

Another day has gone by in a flash, and I didn't get half of the stuff done that I had planned to do. A friend came this afternoon and we crafted together, and quite a few hours disappeared there - why does time go by so much quicker while crafting and painting than while doing the  h*******k?
We had a very cold day with a nasty, biting wind, and it seemed to whet the appetite of the hungry birds who came time and time again.

For Art Journal Journey (collage)  and Paint Party Friday I made another mixed media collage, using an image from Gecko Galz  'From Russia with love' collage sheet.
I painted a page in my giant Journal with gesso, and placed the image in the middle. I added structure paste as snow, spreading it partly over the image and taking it over the rest of the page. When it was dry I painted the page with water colours. and added some extra colour with pastel chalks. I used liberal amounts of glitter to make the snow shine, and added a fence, the tree and the figures in the foreground.









The landscape was grey in grey and misty in the morning, in the afternoon it was just dark grey.

I watched the ships passing along the Rhine:


I never thought I would see Grace Kelly chugging along!



On my way home I watched this bird, some sort of kestrel, which kept hovering in the air and scanning the field on the look out for food.


I got a better photo when it sat on a tree:



This little bird was sitting in the tree outside my window, but would not turn around for a decent photo!


And the Jay was hungry as always:


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


44 comments:

  1. I love the textured effect of the snow in your collage! Lovely photos.

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  2. Die Schneetextur ist super Valerie und so schöne Aufnahmen heute wieder!
    Einen guten neuen Tag wünsch ich DIr!
    Bussi
    Susi
    AJJ freut sich riesig- DANKE!!!

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  3. Love your Russian snow picture, a fantastic collage, and the texture is great. It looks really cold and snowy, great effects there. Lovely photos, too. Have a nice day, and stay warm! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Terrific piece of art today Valerie. The rich colours stand out against the beautiful background shades of winter.

    Love the Grace Kelly--looks like a nice way to spend time cruising along in that.

    A Kestrel to add to your growing collection of birds and another wonderful shot of your Jay. Nothing on my fat balls yet but I am hopeful :) Not sure I will have your patience to take pics of the birds but I will try

    Love Chrissie x

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    1. Well, keep an eye on those fat balls and see what happens!

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  5. Stuning Russian scinery on wonderful backgroud. Love the images too.
    Hugs xx

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  6. It's so true about time flying by when your crafting! Love your artwork today, looks so tactile, I wish I could touch it!! Beautiful shots, especially the last one of the bird. It's such a perfect shot, I would have sworn it was a postcard! Big hugs :)

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  7. A wonderful wintry collage Valerie. Everything is beautifully white and frosty here this morning and the birds are starving! Enjoy your Thursday. Xx

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  8. Beautiful atmosphere you have created Valerie, love it. Annette x

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  9. oh, heute hast du ja den Eichelhäher noch viel schöner erwischt! Glückwunsch zu diesem bild!
    ja, wetter ist hier auch mies. aber was willste, iss halt Dezember;) da müssen wir durch...

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    1. Ja, er ist schwierig zu kriegen, aber manchmal klappt's, er ist so schön!

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  10. Gorgeous art work, I adore the image & texture...Beautiful wintry feel...Your photos are fantastic...Hugs May x x

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  11. Hallöchen, bin erst seit dem morgen wieder senkrecht, hab nach meinem Geb. mit fiesester Migräne gelegen wünscht man seinem ärgsten Feind nicht, aber heute schmeckte das Käffchen schon mal wieder:-)
    Ich hab unten schon bei der 1. Collage gepostet von der ich total begeistert bin und auch dieses bunte Werk gefällt mir total gut, auch alle Fotos sind so wunderschön, allzulange will ich noch nicht am PC sitzen , bitte nicht böse sein, wenn ich nicht auf alles eingehe.Hab einen schönen Tag,lG Anja

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  12. This piece is absolutely stunning! The structure paste and the added details in the foreground just make it more awesome! Lovely, lovely, work! Hugs!

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  13. Wow. This is gorgeous, Valerie-Jael. It has such depth. I love the colours and the serenity of the scene. This is one of my favourite pieces I have seen from you. Hugs, Teresa

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  14. Feels like Russia here this morning with a raw wind. Lovely work. Grace Kelly, ah would be nice to see her waving on the bow of that yacht. xox

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  15. LOVE the textures! Your work is always inspiring. Great scene. You can FEEL the atmosphere. Well done!! Hugs to you! As always, your photos of nature and your surroundings make me happy!

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  16. Hi Valerie, your art is beautiful. Love the color, the texture and style. How special to see the Grace Kelly floating by. Love the bird. You captured a great shot and the jay is a gorgeous bird too.
    Hugs

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  17. Dein Schnee-Bild wirkt ganz toll!

    .... und bei mir war heute, ganz früh in der Dämmerung, jede Menge Vogelbesuch.
    LG Ulrike

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  18. Wow Valerie yet again another amazing page in your journal - the texture is wonderful and the collage amazing - brilliant work

    Thanks for showing all those wonderful pics too

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  19. Valerie, your Russian collage really caught my eye as one of my daughter-in-laws was born in Russia. Your collage is beautiful! Your photos today are outstanding and especially the one of the blue jay and the Grace Kelley boat. So sad she left us at such a young age. Stay warm.

    Hugs,
    C

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  20. A gorgeous page, love the collage scene you created.
    Yvonne x

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  21. It's great to see your photos of birds.
    I love your painting, the snow, the fence and the tree give it great depth.

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  22. Wonderful painting. Love that texture from the snow! Wow, that bird is amazingly beautiful. Love those wings. Yes, times just flies right out the window! Hugs!

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  23. the feeling of your collage, gave me the feeling of Russia for sure. Loving your pictures and the last bird picture was amazing.

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  24. Gorgeous collage, with vibrant colours. The last bird photo is amazing. Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

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  25. eine wunderschöne collage und gaz tolle vögelchen bilder.
    ich hab auch noch was zum thema gemacht,nachher muss ich zum arzt da wird ein ct vom kopf gemacht,drück mal die daumen.
    schönen tag wünsch ich dir.

    GLG Jeannette

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  26. Really lovely piece, I love the way you combined everything to bring it all together! Happy PPF!

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  27. Lovely! The last photo is fantastic!

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  28. Grace Kelly! Now I've seen her, too!

    There's no need to spend hours at one time with homework since you have to do it again and again during years :D Better to meet friends and craft together!

    Love the texture in your Russia-page.

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  29. This piece is so magical, I love it! All your additions and work bring it to life, a real Wintery scene, perfect for the season! What a sweet little bird you captured so well too, beautiful!

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  30. Wow- this page needs to come out of your journal and into a frame. This is a fantastic piece of art.

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  31. Such vivid colors! Love it! And great scenery. :)

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  32. a gorgeous piece of art work with those striking colors and textures! Love the boats and the birdies too. Hope you see the sun again soon.

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  33. Your art work for today is great, I love the colours especially, all of it! Amazing to look at boats on the Rhine. Birds are so fantastic each time of the year. I can see here white-tailed-eagles fly around high, high in the sky now and then..

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  34. Beautiful winter scene, rich in texture and colour!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. Love the journal page!!!!! Beautiful colors and I love all of the the texture you have added. Great photos again . Really love the bird shots. That jay is really pretty.

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  36. Great post, Valerie. I especially love the piece where you added the sparkly gesso snow. Really gorgeous.

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  37. Your painting looks exactly like what I would think Russia looks like. The pictures of it have almost no color! Love the Grace Kelly ;) and the Bird. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  38. Very nice,you are invited to share this with Feline Art Friday:
    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2014/12/feline-art-friday.html

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  39. A stunning Russian scene. Your art should be framed and not kept in a journal!!! Wow the photo of the jay is stunning. Can't believe that so much beauty comes from a tiny little egg.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  40. Love your wintery scene and the photos are beautiful too. Big hugs, ~Diane

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