Sunday, 22 February 2015

Birds, beasts and humans

Hi Everybody!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
It was cold and rather grey here today, although the sun did try to look out
for a few minutes here and there, and we have stormy and wet weather on its way. Oh well, we have to take the weather as it comes, and I know
a lot of places are having to battle with much worse conditions.

For Art Journal Journey, Birds, beasts and humans I have a  painting to share. It started life as a bright background, which got more or less obliterated by ginger and lemon tea - tasted good, but evidently not good for paper and paints. It had lots of purple splodges on it, and suddenly they morphed into yellow-spotted purple white-foot Squirmies. They look rather scary, but are actually quite harmless. The have one eye at the front and one at the back - perhaps the origin of the saying 'Having eyes at the back of your head'? Their purple skin is rather rough and scrubby looking, as they like to bathe in lemon and ginger tea, which is not good for the skin at all. Juveniles have orange coloured scales, and adults neon yellow ones. When two meet and mate, they fuse into one being with 2 heads, which makes sure that the wife can always keep an eye on her husband. Their hair is short and bristly, interspersed with soft white curls. As they are very nervous and afraid of others, they always chant 'Muttermuttermutter' when they are walking along in order to scare off unfriendly beings. They are always accompanied by the long-legged purple picker birds, who mostly travel on their heads and act as look-outs. The Squirmies have large, white button-like knobs along their front sides, but experts have not yet been able to work out what function they have. They also have white feet so that they can find each other easily in the dark. They are very shy, and rarely seen these days. If you should happen to spot them please contact the organisation for investigating yellow-spotted purple white-foot Squirmies, who will surely be most delighted to hear from you.








I managed to take a few photos of the heron and gulls today, after that it was so wet I had to pack the camera away.






Today nobody was working on the roof of the old house, which was well covered with plastic sheets to keep it dry. But I did get a picture of the old beams, which really look decayed and wormy


Have a great day you all, enjoy the weekend, 
and thanks a lot for coming by!


31 comments:

  1. Awesomely brilliant creation....love the colours , it's just gorgeous.xxx


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  2. Lovely work! And that heron looks so wet.

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  3. Love your Squirmies, and the wonderful story to go with them! Just fantastic! Great photos as always. Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Ha!!! Das ist ja ne kuschelige Familie LOL!
    Deine Erklärungen dazu beruhigen ... ich sehe oft solche Familien oder einzelne Passanten beim Einkaufen, aber nicht so schön wie Deine hier....
    Ich melde sie aber nicht beim Amt für außerirdische Spezies... die haben angeblich immer <<>>> zu tun mit dem Erforschen Milliarden von Lichtjahren entfernter Planeten...(leider- statt sich um irdische Belange und Forschungen zu kümmern)

    Der Reiher ist einfach nur PRACHTVOLL!
    Die alten Balken haben eine wudnerschöne Farbe.. herrliches Leben in ihnen ... und wirken gar nicht morsch.. vielleicht findet jemand ja noch eine coole neue Verwendung für sie! Ich würde es ihnen wünschen, die haben es sicher verdient!

    Einen schönen Sonntag liebe Valerie!
    AJJ ♥ dankt♥
    Die Farben und der Stil gefallen mir super - Du hast immer wieder eine neue Seite von Dir auf Lager!

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  5. A real fun piece of artwork today Valerie. Love all the longs legs . You must have been influence by the elegant heron in the photographs.

    Hope you have a lovely day. I am staying in as it is frosty and cold at the moment and rain forecast for later.

    Love Chrissie x

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  6. Are you sure there was only ginger and lemon in that tea Valerie, you didn't sneak in a splash of something a bit stronger! Lol! They are rather creepy looking but the birds are very sweet. Enjoy your Sunday. Xx

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    1. Perhaps there was some paint-water mixed with it....

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  7. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and a lovely story too. Love the bird photos too and the poor thing looks so cold and miserable I feel rather sorry for it!
    Fliss xx

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    1. Yes, I wouldn't like to stand their all day with my feet in the water!

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  8. Very fun beasties. I should not think that the lemon ginger baths would be too nice on the skin. LOl. Two headed beasts are one way to keep close at marriage I guess. Not sure I'd want to be pne, Like a bit of space. xox

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  9. I LOVE the Squirmies!!! ♥♥♥♥♥ Your photos are great again too. The Heron looks a little chilly today :) Those beams certainly are decayed.. so glad the building is getting a new roof to save it. It's much colder here again today. It warmed up yesterday enough to melt some of the snow but what is left is solid ice now and dicey to walk on. I was able to get a path cleared to the driveway and mailbox yesterday..now to see if the car can get up the slight incline to get to the road.

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  10. What a fun painting with a hilarious history. Nothing is wasted. :)
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  11. Fantastic artwork and amazing deisgn! Great story too. And I love the bird photos.
    Hugs, Mar

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  12. Genius. Pure genius! I shall keep my two forward looking eyes, peeled for lost Squirmies :o))

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    1. Good for you. The Scottish Squirmies sometimes wear kilts!

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  13. Well hello to the Squirmies, long thought extinct but now rediscovered!
    When two mate and turn into one being, what happens to the extra bird? Is it very sad at losing its own Squirmie? Is that why there is one standing alone on the bottom right. I need to know. And where do they get the lemon and ginger tea in the wild? Or are they domesticated like cats and dogs? As you can see I am extremely interested in these creatures because they have so many fascinating aspects.

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    1. For answers to these questions you will have to wait for the next report of Professor K.N.Owitall, of the Organisation for Investigating yellow-spotted white-foot Squirmies. which will be published when he returns from his expedition to Outer Mongolia. But I can let you know that they refuse to be domesticated, and obtain their tea from Tesco's

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    2. I'll email the Professor, he's sure to be able to get a signal in OM.
      Thanks for the inf. about the tea. Do you have Tesco in Germany or do they get it online?

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    3. He doesn't have email, you need to send a pigeon. The Squirmies just wander into the shops and take what they want!

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  14. Also meant to say you gotta love the Squirmies. Hope we see more of them.

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  15. I just loved reading todays post Valerie, a smile on my face at the time. So it goes without saying its a fantastic , fun, piece of art.
    Yvonne xx

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  16. A captivating post which will leave me having sweet, magical dreams full of fantastical creatures.
    Goodnight :)
    Lynne

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  17. That long legged bird has me smiling. Fabulous Art work my friend. And fabulous photos.

    Hugs, Linda
    My Happy Place

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  18. Was für eine geniale Seite - gefällt mir mal wieder super gut. Die Farben sind ein Traum.

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  19. Very cool page and I love the mutter mutter mutter!!! heehee xo

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  20. Hi Valerie, your page is amazing. Great walking pics and the fun info you shared. We are covered in ice this morning with freezing temps and businesses and schools all closed. Rare for us and a great day to just stay inside and create.
    Hugs, CM

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  21. Looks like a fun and tasty page, lol. ~Diane

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