Friday, 14 August 2015

Time goes....

Hi Everybody!

Another week has flown by, and not only in my journal pages do I wonder what happens to time....

Today I have another mixed media A3 collage. I collaged various bits and bobs from my bottomless bit-boxes - scraps of printed matter, cut outs from 1950's magazines and some left over embellishments, and then painted the top half of the page with a mix of gesso and titan buff. I sprayed some dark brown ink, and then added the clock. I used one of my own stencils to draw the men with charcoal. The middle one was coloured with pastel chalks and the others collaged. I used a clock stamp for their heads. To finish it off I added some stenciled diamonds in vintage photo DI and wrote the text with a stencil.

I am linking to Art Journal Journey, time, and to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.








Today I am showing some photos of the harbour in Düsseldorf, which has changed over the last years from being a rather shabby, industrial harbour to a modern media and communications harbour, with modern architecture, over-priced bars and cafes everywhere, hotels, very expensive flats and a marina where the rich can park their boats in style - a place to see and be seen. It is not my type of architecture or place, but definitely interesting.

The bridge across the harbour to the island in the middle:


The crooked buildings were all built by the Canadian Star Architect Frank Gehry in the 1990s. The middle building is mirrored and reflects  the buildings left and right from it.








On the other side of the marina is a mix of old and new buildings.


Here you can see the 'Flossis' made by Rosalie, an artist from Düsseldorf.


Hope you enjoyed seeing the buildings, although I must confess I was happy to get back to where I live afterwards, cobblestones and old houses are more to my taste.

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

51 comments:

  1. Your work is stunning! Love the crooked buildings too!

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  2. Your post is on the edge today! First your journal page is fascinating, and I love those clock headed men. They are very modern and futuristic. Like those buildings. I also prefer older buildings and cobblestones with the green plants around them, but it is still fascinating to see these buildings. Those Frank Geary buildings almost look like a futuristic fairy tale setting and those Flossis are very unique I must say. So glad you took this little mini-trip and shared with us your photos.

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  3. Lovely page and interesting quote today. Thanks for sharing the photos, I do prefer cobblestones myself!

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  4. Love your masculine Page, just wonderful. Fantastic photos. Love the architecture, but I prefer something softer, too! Have a lovely day, hugs, Sarah

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  5. Fantastic collage this week. The photos were fascinating. Happy PPF

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  6. Bold and beautiful.
    Have a great PPF!

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  7. Great art and perfect quote.... and the buildings! wow, they are awesome!

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  8. Wow... da tut sich was auf Deiner Collage heute... perfekt! alles passt super! Ein kleines Meisterwerk!
    Und wow.. eine sehr interessante Stadt! Ich danke für die schönen Bilder Valerie!
    Die Flossis gefallen mir!!

    Liebe Grüße
    Susi

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  9. I love this journal page - the old sepia tones you've used are perfect and I really like the clock mens' poses. That building is quite quirky - I don't normally like modern architecture at all but I like the way this is a bit wobbly and bent. Those Flossis things are wonderful - I love them, they really brighten the building up. Like you, though, I much prefer old architecture mostly.

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  10. Just love the photos of Dusseldorf and the arty feel to the place. I went there many years ago to the airport and thought it all looked very ordinary--not any more. Thank you for sharing the photos Valerie.

    What a wonderful page you made for today with lots to see and a very true quote.Love the old pictures you added

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  11. Lovely work and thank you for sharing photos from Dusseldorf. It looks like nice and inspiring city!

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  12. Loved the photos today, but have to admit I am not a fan of the modern, so I'm with you on the older styles. Fabulous page, I had a good gaze around all the interesting additions.
    Yvonne xx

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  13. Well I suppose those Flossis and wonky buildings are talking points! I prefer beautiful old buildings too, have you seen the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, what a monstrosity! Love your vintage page and a great quote. We've had a lovely week weather wise but today it's raining, guess I should stay home and tackle the ironing mountain! Lol! Xx

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  14. Awesome collage.... I love the clock faces! And the little red wagon. The architecture is amazing with its asymmetry and the way the windows on one building sit out away from the wall on an angle... Happy PPF

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  15. Its a lovely work, very vivid patterns and design. Greetings!

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  16. I love your reflections on time and the fascinating imagery with which you illustrated it. I also love the artistic points of view in the architectural wonders by Gehry and Rosalie. Blessings!

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  17. Your collage is wonderful, Valerie. Time does indeed fly by as we get older. I enjoyed seeing the photos of Dusseldorf, a place I saw on a trip on the Rhine so many years ago. I am not a fan of the wonky looking buildings. As a citizen of a "new" country, the thing I loved about Europe was all the buildings from centuries ago.

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    1. I love the old buildings, too, and I am happy to live in an ancient little town.

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  18. Megatolle Collage zur Zeit!!!
    ... und ich bin ganz begeistert von den Gebäuden, besonders von den gebogenen.
    2 Regentropfen heute früh- jetzt wieder heiß! - LG Ulrike

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    1. Hier auch sehr heiss und klebrig, Gewitter die ganze Nacht, aber kein Regen, nicht mal 2 Tropfen!

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  19. A great journal page Valerie. So many interesting images. Some of those buildings are amazing.

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  20. My friend Scott dropped by one day while I was sorting some old magazines. He picked one up and commented that it was SO old, I should pitch it. I told him this was the kind of magazine I want, mostly for the wonderful old ads. That's one of the reasons I was SO impressed with this entry. I was also impressed with the stenciled people with their time heads. I also liked how you colored one for emphasis. Really LOVELY mixed media collage.

    The first photo you showed of the white building behind the trees reminded me of an art deco seaside resort. I was impressed with it. THEN, you showed the building from a different angle and it didn't look like art deco at all. I admit it's unique architecture! I DID enjoy the view from the other side of the river. Really laughed at the "Flossis." Thanks for the walk, while I enjoyed my early morning coffee.

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  21. I'm not sure if this the sepia color you used, but I resonate with this new piece, Valerie. And, that funky city is so artsy!! I love the round buildings, and the men climbing up the side..very creative. Looks like a fun place to visit.

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  22. Love the layers in this piece! I bet your bottomless bit boxes are wonderful places to treasure hunt!

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  23. I LOVE the collage you made this week. It's simply gorgeous and so nicely done with the layers and the colours. All perfect together.

    Love the crazy building photos too. Very interesting!

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  24. Beautiful collage! Love the warm colours and the vintage elements and feel. Those Flossis look great!

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  25. Really like your journal page and the photos of the buildings etc are awesome. Round buildings,the colors, the people climbing all over the building......... the artist has a great sense of humor.

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  26. Your page has a lovely vintage feel to it--very nicely done! I am like you--although I found those crooked buildings interesting ( as I do the ones in NYC), I much prefer the more country area where you (and I) live! Happy weekend!

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    1. You're right there, the little old places are so much more homey.

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  27. Love the depth and layers in your collage work. It has such a nice feel to it. Those buildings are amazing!

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  28. Love your collage and especially the words of how time stays and it's we who go. Isn't that so true! Rather strange buildings and I too would prefer the cobblestone, etc. Great photos, awesome collage. Have a great day and breathe on!:))

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  29. Gorgeous collage, love it ! Your photographs are wonderful, interesting architecture. Take care, Shirleyxx

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  30. Hmmm - this reminds me of a pastor that once said..."we are but a 'bleep' in time" and he made a funny bleep noise when he said it!!! Your people look like they are in various stages of fading away... with time. Like me - eheheheheh!!! This is very thought provoking Valerie. Love all the vintage pieces at the bottom - so neat to look at. Well - most of them... the blood and fangs jars - ehehehe not so much!!! (just kidding!) And wow - those crooked buildings.... dear me.... never saw anything like that before!!! Love seeing your world! j.

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  31. What a fabulous piece of art...I think your time pieces are a wonderful series!! I love the details, they've been so rich looking! Also loved looking up more about Star Architect Frank Gehry, interesting buildings he has produced!! I'm with you, as much as I love buildings, I prefer the more heritage style homes, to the sterile, stark buildings. The artwork on the one breaks it up perfectly though! Great post, thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!

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  32. Your collage is awesome! I love it and your description of the steps you took to create. There is so much in it I am happy to see pics of all the details. Just incredible! As for the architecture, hmmm...leaning buildings are a little odd. They look like they are going to fall over. The bridge was very different too. I'm with you...nice to go home to our country homes. Thank you for sharing the pictures. It was interesting and I probably would never have seen them if you hadn't shared. Hugs!

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  33. Your art is fabulous here and I don't usually like modern looking art but the white buildings are pretty spectacular. I would love to visit and see all the architecture.

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  34. Valerie, I like the clock faces on the people, very imaginative and the overall use of various elements on this amazing collage.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  35. Oh, I just love that quote! And the figures with their long legs.... Beautiful pictures and quite some interesting buildings there!

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  36. What a unique place. I too like cobblestones and old houses. The collage is extraordinary. The 1950s is my time . . . wishing for it back, it was so slow and peaceful. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  37. The last photo! Hard to imagine it is a large building and not a child's toy. Great to see the crooked buildings too, thanks for the architecture photos today.
    Your bits box is always a box of fascination, a magic box indeed. I didn't know till now that you could buy Vampire Fangs in a bottle, I wonder if you can get them from Amazon. And the quote is very unnerving. It's such an imaginative piece.

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  38. Late coming by today, Valerie. I love it when you use your stencils on your pages. The men look terrific with timepieces. Men need those! I love the red wagon for a bright touch of color. As for your trip to down town...I could live without the crooked buildings and the zossis are way to many for my liking. I'd hate to sit at a desk and view them all day long. Guess I am way old fashioned! I did like your photos of the bridge and marina as we always had boats when we lived in California. The area where you live is so historical and I have learned so much...I'll stay with your little town any day.
    Have a great weekend.

    Hugs,
    C

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  39. Really cool quote and those figures with clock heads are pretty cool too.
    hugs,
    Teresa

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  40. Your Time art just just keeps getting better and better! I love visiting the futuristic side of town with you but am happy not to live there :)

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  41. Stanning, that is the word about your page! As always i like your photos of your neighbourhood.

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  42. Eine faszinierende Collage, da gibt es eine Menge zu entdecken. Deine Fotos begeistern mich sehr.

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  43. Wonderful mix of old and new in your collage and on your tour. Xox

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  44. Your Journal piece is awesome and your pictures following.

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  45. Your journal page is awesome. Love the different elements you have added

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  46. Such cool buildings!! I love seeing art instead of "nasty" graffiti in cities! But yes, I confess as well, I do love the warmth of the cobblestone!
    Love the bits and bobs you used as well as the faceless clock faces!!
    xoxo

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  47. I love your journal page! As for Dusseldorf - it's going on my list of places to visit - I would love to see all of these buildings(I've been going backwards!) Hugs, Chrisx

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  48. That journal page is awesome. I love all the details and how you share your process as I'm new to this art form.

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