Thursday, 5 March 2015

Leonardo. flight and dragonflies

Hi Everybody!

Another day has sped by, where does the time go?

Today I have another journal page to share for Art Journal Journey. The background is  a Leonardo da Vinci drawing from an old calendar page, lightly gessoed and colour-washed. I painted the flowers with water colours, and then stamped and embossed the dragonflies onto it.  Then I painted the dragonflies with twinkling H2Os and added some fairy dust for good measure. The quote from Da Vinci is one of my faves.
I am also linking to Simon Monday challenge, a touch of clover, Fashionable Stamping Challenges, colour between the lines, and Artist Trading Post, spring (mixed media)

I was woken early this morning by hailstones rattling against my window. The clouds and the sun  battled each other all day, but we did have another wonderful sunrise:

Here a plane has just taken off from the airport

I met the usual crowd down at the Rhine

And this little thrush was hopping about in the spring flowers:

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


  1. very springlike art today! Lovely photos too.

  2. wow,was für eine mega schöne seite,gefällt mir richtig gut,ich libe die zartheit der seite,wunderschön.
    tolle sonnenbilder hast du wider gemacht,einfach traumhaft.
    schönen tag dir.


  3. I LOVE this one. I love it when you use bright colours, but this is just special. Great photos, too. Have a nice day, hugs, Sarah

  4. Eine zauberhafte Seite, wunderschön gestaltet. Und auch Deine Fotos sind wieder richtig klasse geworden.

    Herzliche Grüße
    von Anke

  5. da ist ja schon das da-Vinci blatt so schön, und darauf dann die glitzernden Libellen, wunderbar!
    siehst du den Sonnenaufgang so aus deinem haus oder gehst du so früh schon raus? und die Krokusse lassen hoffen...

    1. Ich brauche nur auf dem Balkon zu gehen, oder aus dem Fenster zu schauen, ich habe einen schönen Blick nach Osten über die Felder und bis zum Flughafen.

  6. Diese Seite ist wie Musentau! ( neue Wortschöpfung) EInfach nur toll.. die schwarz embossten Libellen und dann noch mit der glitzernden Farbe versehen sind göttlich gegen den sanften Hintergrund... die Spiegelschrift dazu! SCHWÄRM!
    Was für prachtvolle Farben in diesen Sonnenaufgängen ...überwältigend!
    Ach menno Ihr habt schon Krokusse und Schneeglöckchen! Beneidenswert...
    hier hab ich grad mal eine irgendwie abgefahrene einzelne Wildprimel hinterm Haus gesichtet...

    Einen wunderschönen Tag Valerie!

    TOLLER BEITRAG FÜR AJJ ...bin extrem begeistert heute!
    gaaanz mein Fall!

  7. Beautiful and stunning, and love the gorgeous added Photos once again my friend.xx.xx

    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  8. Your dragonflies are amazing, translucent and sparkling, beautiful painting.
    Mr. Duck looks all spruce for Spring, and I love the crocuses coming out now.

  9. The page is stunning Valerie and the way you added just the right amount of glitter to the wings is amazing.

    Beautiful photographs with such rich colours. Let's hope that the weather is better today and the flowers come fully into bloom. Ours have been out a while and still look terrific.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

  10. Beautiful page. Love the springlike colours.
    Hugs xx

  11. Very beautiful page and the sunrise photos are stunning :o)

  12. HI Valerie, This is a beautiful page and those dragonflies look stunning.
    Beautiful sunrise pictures - and I'm glad the usual crowd were waiting for you by the shore.
    Avril xx
    p.s. Thanks for sharing with us at FSC

  13. A gorgeous page Valerie, love the sparkle on the wings of the dragonflies.
    Yvonne xx
    Ooops forgot to say thank you for joining us at ATP exchange.

  14. Stunning Valerie!! Added to my list of Valerie favorites! xo

  15. OK Valerie, this is one of my favourite posts ever!!!! Your artwork today is beyond spectacular, wow!! Those flowers are stunning and those dragonflies with their iridescent wings are just singing to me! This is truly a work of art!! Your photos today are also so gorgeous, all the beautiful skies and birds and flowers!! I have bookmarked this page for when I need a pick-me-up!!

    Big hugs to you, Pamellia :)

  16. Not only do I love that quote, but I love how you used it in your art today. It amazes me how dimensional this piece looks even though I know it is not. Thanks for the Spring flowers--the only snowdrops I am seeing are the ones I bead, LOL. Another 4" today!

  17. I love dragonflies and can't wait to see them coming back to my little pond in spring and summer.

    1. I love to watch them down by the lakes here. Have fun with your pond!

  18. Fabulous work! Love the way you have used the calendar background the watercolour flowers and dragonflies are gorgeous too ! Toni x

  19. Stunning dragonflies!

    Lovely post as always:)

    Karen x

  20. Oh, your page is SO lovely. Gorgeous photos too.

  21. Your art pages are delightful and remind me of old English diaries. Very lovely!
    Thanks for the morning photo show, I always enjoy your pictures!

  22. Hi Valerie, your work is stunning and the dragonflies so perfect for the background. Wonderful walking pics!!
    Hugs, CM

  23. Love the art page and those Spring flowers are so refreshing!!! We still have snow and cold here but a warm up is headed our way :)

  24. If you find out where time goes, please let me know!!! Your page and those dragonflies are gorgeous. Such a burst of springtime! The pictures take my breath away and I just realized I have not had any crocus pop up for years. Time to plant more! Hugs!

  25. I love that evening, exquisite photos!

  26. Stunning and one to frame. I love the dragonflies on the background floral as I do your photos today. Spring must be on its way.

    love hugs,

  27. Eine zauberhafte Frühlingssymphonie hast du da kreiert. Zarte Farben und ein wenig Glitzer im feinsten Vintage Look. Gefällt mir megagut. Ich liebe Libellen, diese funkelnden Edelsteine der Lüfte auch sehr.
    Deine Fotos sind auch wieder erste Sahne, danke fürs teilen.
    Liebe Grüße

  28. Absolutely amazing beautiful creation - Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this time - Love from Laura xxx

  29. Eine weitere wunderschöne Seite, klasse Details. Die Fotos sind ebenfalls der Hit, du einen wunderschönen Ausblick.

  30. Love your fabulous background and stamping Valerie. The dragonflies look amazing with the twinkle of the H20's. Lovely to have you join in our Springtime challenge.

    Hugs Annie x

  31. Love it, the sparkle in the dragonfly is amazing, and what a glorious sunrise xx

  32. What a fantastic idea and a wonderful way to breathe new life into a cool old calendar page! I love the beautiful subtle colors of the background combined with the vibrant dragonflies. You always create such unique and interesting pieces of art and it's a pleasure to see what you come up with! I really enjoyed seeing this clever piece and I'm so glad you shared it with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  33. I have had a lovely time this morning trying to catch up with you and your boundless creativity liebe Valerie!
    Making art, getting out in nature, taking photos AND blogging every day to share it too = you are amazing (and I realize there lots more going on in your life too!).
    Lovely to see so much eye candy and inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.


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