Friday, 6 February 2015

Van Gogh's Mother

Hi Everybody!
Hope you are all doing well!

For Art Journal Journey, birds beasts and humans, and for Paint Party Friday I have another attempt at Van Gogh to share.
I tried to copy the portrait of his mother. The background is a brush-wipe sheet (A3), with added colours from pastel chalks. I drew and painted the portrait onto a separate sheet, painted it with water colours and pastels, fussy cut it, and fixed it to the background. The quote is also from Van Gogh. The black smudge under the portrait is my own invention!






Some pictures taken today, starting off before dawn:




We had a wonderful sunrise:





At the Rhine it was very cold and windy, the heron and wild geese didn't seem to mind:


I saw these beautiful cloud formations on my way home:



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

55 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting... and beautiful photos too! Happy PPF!

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  2. Wonderful portrait, you are making wonderful work just now. Lovely photos, too. Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Wonderful and beautiful colors in this magnificent portrait, I like his eyes, beautiful sunrise photos!

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  4. Wonderful Portrait!! Her eyes are so full of life, you do take beautiful photographs.

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  5. Das Portrait sieht fabelhaft aus Val- absolut gelungen ..und es sind wundevolle Aufnahmen, die Du uns heute präsentierst!
    Hab einen guten Tag liebe Valerie!
    xxx
    Susi

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  6. Your painting is wonderful Valerie and such beautiful sunrise photos. Has your snow all gone? We had milder weather yesterday and today so ours has melted away. Have a good day. Xx

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  7. Truly beautiful - an amazing version of a wonderful portrait - and I love your black smudge!! Lovely photos as always too.
    Alison xx

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  8. Awesome, love the image and creativity in this beautiful creation..., cool.xx{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  9. Amazing face!Love your photos. Germany is so lovely!

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  10. Love the portrait and your photographs :-)

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  11. Wow Valerie, your portrait is incredible!!! Beautiful photos today, big hugs :)

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  12. Your portrait came out wonderful! I love her eyes!!! You are sooooooo good! The photos are great. What a beautiful sunrise. I love the one of the Heron, very cool shot!

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  13. Wow your portrait is amazing, fantastic artwork! You have great talent. Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

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  14. What an amazingly beautiful portrait!!!! You are such a talented artist---everything you do is really spectacular! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

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  15. wow,dein portrait ist ganz umwerfend schön,tolle farben auch,wirlich sehr gut gelungen.
    deine aufnahmen sind wider traumhaft,ich genieße es,danke dafür,liebes.
    ein schönes we für dich.

    knuddel jenny

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  16. das ist ja hammerschön, wie du das Portrait hinbekommen hast!! auch die Fotos sind klasse, ich liebe wolkenbilder!

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  17. such a beautiful portrait painting Valerie! And that sunrise-stunning!

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  18. This is lovely - her eyes are so piercing!

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  19. beautiful portrait of his mother. Wonderful cloud shots today too.

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  20. What beautiful blue eyes she has. Your home must be so filled with all your A3 sized art pieces; you do so many, and they are all fabulous ((hugs))

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  21. I love your painting, just beautiful. I have always been a little afraid of using a lot of yellow on my paintings, but this just makes me want to try. Have a great day!
    Nora

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  22. Gorgeous painting, I love the life you brought to her eyes, your work is amazing! ~Diane

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  23. his mother would be proud to hang this in her house if she was alive

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  24. Amazing my friend. LOVE you painting here. Well done. And those photos are gorgeous. Loving the light my friend.

    Hugs~

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  25. That is a great portrait!!! Love the background too! The Heron looks pretty cold to me ♥ It was super cold here yesterday but it's much nicer today and tomorrow is supposed to be really warm ..UP and Down Winter is what we are havng here.

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  26. You've achieved a rich and beautiful painting with tons of depth! I love how her eyes pop against the golden colors.
    Thanks for sharing, happy Paint Party Friday :)
    Tam

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  27. OMGosh Valerie, this is an amazing portrait. You have captured the expression of a loving mother just perfectly, right down to the gentle light in her eyes. Bravo.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  28. Beautiful artwork Valerie and his mum looks like should would have been very supportive to Van Gogh. I love that you left the black smudge to make it your very own.

    Great photographs with very clear ones of the birds in the water today.

    Hope you day went well-ours did but I feel I could sleep for a week and can't because the rugby starts tonight lol.

    Love Chrissie

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  29. The background of the portrait has a lovely luminescent quality. The portrait is also radiating an inner calm. Lovely work. Happy PPF

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  30. Wow, Valerie, let us see more of your portrait talents! This is fantastic.

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  31. The photographs are pure beauty. Amazing painting of Mom Van Gogh. The capture is excellent. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  32. Beautifully done portrait Valerie. Excellent in every way. Your photos are great as always. - Jim

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  33. WOW das Porträt ist der Hammer, ganz fantastisch hast Du das gemacht, der Blick alles wirkt total lebendig.
    Die Fotos sind natürlich auch wieder zum Schwärmen.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes WE,
    LG Anja

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  34. Wow, the portrait looks awesome. Especially loved the eyes.Super photos today as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  35. Really wonderful work and I love the heron photo!! Happy PPF!

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  36. wow, incredible. great job, and love the photos of the heron!
    1st time here visiting your blog
    bibiana

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  37. Great painting and photos.
    Have a nice weekend,
    Hugs xx

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  38. Stunning work...I LOVE it!! You are so talented and versatile!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  39. Love the portrait! The photos are wonderful, love the sunrise.

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  40. Wahnsinn! Einfach wunderbarst! Vielen Dank für dein Kommentar auf meinem Blog. Happy PPF und ein wunderbar kreatives Wochenende - irma

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  41. Wow, ganz großartig gemalt! Ich staune!!!
    Liebe Grüße zum schönen Wochenende von Ulrike

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  42. Your Van Gogh is brilliant Valerie and your photographs are stunning today x

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  43. Both pieces are lovely! You are amazing! I love the photographs too...

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  44. Busy, busy weekend but finally here....
    I love your artistic touch, painting and photos...
    Have a good week ahead!

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  45. She has such a sweet and kind face, and I love the light in her eyes....

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  46. Das Porträt ist wunderbar! Was soll ich da noch viel sagen?
    Happy PPF
    Ilona

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  47. The richness shines in this painting and the depth is perfectly wonderful, layers blended, a beauty!!!

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  48. Great portrait, wonderful job. She looks wise. xox

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  49. I missed your post and I'm so happy I came back to check out your art project. BRAVO! What an amazing replica of Van Gogh's mother; her eyes just pop.

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  50. What a wonderful eye-full here. I love the wet heron. Your painting is amazing. Brilliant, all of it!

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  51. You are unbelievable! Your portrait is wonderful - she has the sweetest face.
    We are trying to get our house ready to sell. The real estate agent will come in for pictures and videos at the end of this week. After that, we can start packing up boxes. We expect to be in our new home the second week of April. It is going to be a very busy summer and I don't expect to get any crafting in until next fall.
    Your art work just knocks my socks off - you are very talented but you do not me to tell you that!
    Sandy xx

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  52. Oh, *swoon*! This entire post is gorgeous! I LOVE your portrait. Love it! The scenic photos are also beautiful as always.<3

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