Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Inspired by, Divas and too much water.

Hi Everybody!

Another cold and blustery day here, and the water in the Rhine is still rising!
Hope things soon get back to normal. 

My inspiration for today's piece at Art Journal Journey is again from Mondrian. I looked at some of his works which are not so bright and colourful as those in primary colours, and tried to make something similar. After giving my paper (A3) a coat of Gesso, I used a stencil from CWS to draw the shapes, which I coloured in using felt pens. I thought this would be quick and easy, but drawing all those tiny squares was not something for someone with so little patience! Perhaps I should have used a smaller page this time! I wrote 2 quotes of Mondrian around the edges.




At Tag Tuesday our theme this week is Diva. I'm not quite sure that this lady is a diva, but she seems to be going in the right direction. I used corrugated card for the background, painted with gesso and edged with molten Utee gold. The image is from a Gecko Galz collage sheet. I used some fabric, flowers and fibres as embellishments. I used the white roses because my Great Auntie Fanny once told me that Divas were ladies who wore lovely dresses and always go bouquets of white roses....




The water in the Rhine is getting higher and higher, and lots of parts of the shore and meadows have been flooded.





The geese and ducks are enjoying their new playgrounds



The trees have all got wet feet


The jetty is almost on a level with the towpath, so I'm hoping the waters will start receding.


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

33 comments:

  1. lovely magritte interpretation, and diva tag. Wow, the flooding is a bit worrying.

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  2. yet another fantastic post Val. I love your newest creation. In particular I love the way it looks at the angle in your second photo down. :) That would make a great piece of wall art :)

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  3. Deine Geduldsseite ist spitze.. ih da kann ich Dich verstehen, das hätte mich auch Nerven gekostet so viel Kästchen erst zu erstellen und dann noch zu kolorieren... hihi... sieht toll aus mit den Sprüchen rundum!
    Ein sehr elegantes , weiblich grazieles Tag ist das obendrein!
    Deine Gänse lassen mich immer auch ein bisschen an Nils Holgersen denken!
    Bussi...

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  4. Love both pieces today, Val. The Magritte is really well done, love the softer colours, and your tag is beautiful and feminine! Hope the water soon starts falling again! Have a nice day, hugs, Sarah

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  5. The Rhine looks sad again today Valerie hope the weather improves soon We are back to very cold again today but still no snow thank goodness.

    I had to laugh as you used the very words I had in mind for my art that I did yesterday 'I thought this would be quick and easy,' Will post it later and you will see what I mean. The piece you did is wonderful but must have made you cross eyed with all the colours and shapes.

    Love the very beautiful tag and I sure your Great Aunt Fanny was right--well I hope she was I love the idea.

    Have a wonderful day

    Love Chrissie

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    1. I am sure lots of people have used those words in similar situations!

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  6. A gorgeous tag Valerie, love the gold and those beautiful white roses! I can imagine you getting bored drawing all those little squares but it's very effective. Have a good day, I'm off to the hairdresser to get the greys covered! Xx

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    1. You could take a few of my greys with you, they need it, too!

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  7. Great creation Valerie, awesome design and lovely colour combination used...xx
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  8. Love all those squares, I couldn't stop staring at it! Great tag too, so vintage! Have a lovely day today Valerie! until next time, hugs :)

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  9. Love your tag and the tiny squares look fabulous! Hope the water recede without too much trouble. Big hugs, ~Diane

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  10. You do have a lot of patience to color all those squares! I would spend more time deciding which color to place than in the actual coloring, LOL! Hope the water recedes soon before it starts causing problems.

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    1. So do I! It was a lot more again today.

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  11. That's a lot of water, I quite like when we get excess weather although of course don't want any bad damage to property or people or animals or birds.
    I like your coloured squares/rectangles but can see that it might have become a bit tedious after a time, still it's a good result. And I love your Diva with all her accessories and the purple striped corrugated cardboard, you do have interesting bits flying past your table. She looks a bit frightened of that giant white plant.

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  12. Welch eine Fleißarbeit - wirkt aber total gut!

    Oh je, bei euch steht ja wirklich viel unter Wasser! Mir tun immer die Tiere so leid, die an den Ufern wohnen. Viele werden es wohl nicht überlebt haben....
    Liebe Grüße von Ulrike

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    1. Heute ist noch mehr unter Wasser, also hoffe dass es bald wieder abfliesst.

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  13. The minute I saw your journal page I thought "Gracious! This must have taken a lot of time to create
    and driven your eyes half crazy!" I decided to call your wonderful Diva " A Diva In Her Dressing Room".
    Those trees not only have their feet wet but their knees too!
    Sandy xx

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    1. I was half crazy before I started, and completely crazy afterwards!

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  14. I don't think I told you how much I love your journal page - worth every minute of your effort!
    Sandy xx

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  15. Superb journal page Valerie. Sending wishes for less rain and time for some receding ((hugs))

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  16. Love your drawing/colored shapes! And your Diva is beautiful, the white roses were a great add thanks to Aunt Fanny! Hope the waters recede soon. Since I love and follow your artwork and your photos, I can tell how different the landscape is looking. You guys could send us some water. We are at 0% of normal this month already...not a good start as the rain and snowpack gets us through the summer. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Rasz! I wish I could send you some of our water! My great Auntie Fanny was a great character, and always had wonderful sayings for every occasion!

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  17. Great page and your tag is dreamy, Valerie.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  18. Grins, bevor ich deinen Text gelesen habe, habe ich mich gefragt, ob du die Vierecke per Hand gezeichnet und ausgemalt hast... Was für eine Miezelarbeit. Sieht aber klasse aus. Und auch dein Tag ist toll. "Diva" ist irgendwie ein schwieriges Thema.
    Ja, es ist die Jahreszeit für Hochwasser, die Weser hat auch viel mehr Wasser als normal. Wir sind immer froh, wenn die Fähren den Betrieb noch nicht eingestellt haben.

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  19. I'm sure all of those little shapes took forever! I'm not sure I would have gotten them done :) the Diva is great. ♥ Your rive is certainly on the rise and getting close to the scary stage. The ducks and geese do seem to be very happy with it all. :)

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  20. Loved your diva. The Rhine is certainly high. It was scary to see, but beautiful.

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  21. Gosh, it must have taken you hours to paint the journal page, it looks fantastic. Love the tag with the Diva, she's a stunner.
    Yvonne xx

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  22. I always enjoy seeing your Art. Your tag looks fabulous. And your photos looks wonderful my friend.

    Hugs~

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  23. Hi Valerie, I am sure this was a lot of work but I love the primary colors. Gorgeous tag too. Great photos and the Rhine is really high. Have a great day!
    XO

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  24. Both of your projects are wonderful. I am sorry about the water rising. Take care.

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  25. You have much patience....to do all those boxes. That is alot of water, hope it's not going to create a danger. Love your sweet vintage piece. xox

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  26. I love learning of these artists, I might never have heard of! Very cool little boxed piece! And yes, must have great patience for this- well done Valerie! xoxo

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  27. These are fab pieces Valerie, I think I would have got fed up with drawing the boxes too. I love your tag she certainly looks like a diva to me! xx

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