Monday, 28 September 2015

Lady Julian's Windows

Hi Everybody!

My A3 mixed media Journal page today for Art Journal Journey, through my window, shows Lady Julian of Norwich. She was an anchoress (someone who has retired from the world) who lived in a tiny house attached to the Church of St Julian in Norwich. She lived from ca. 1342-1416. After a severe illness she had a series of visions which led her to her secluded life. She wrote a book, 'Revelations of Divine Love', which is the first book written by a woman in the English language - and that at a time when the majority of the population could neither read nor write. I do not have the time to write more about her visions and ideas here, but those who are interested can read about her  here.

Her little house had 2 windows,  a window to the Church, so she could take part in the services, and a window to the outside, where she could talk to people. She called them her 'window to God' and her 'Window to the world'

I have showed her here in a Gothic window, with her 2 windows to her right and left. I stenciled the diamond pattern to give the feeling of diamond-pane windows.







Today started off with a super sunrise again:


I enjoyed blue skies on my walk through town, although it was very cold.




There is a feeling of autumn in the air:


I was pleased to see that this old, rusty gate is still there:




The apples are ripe, but I had no ladder:



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

31 comments:

  1. That's the thing, you need a ladder, lol. Interesting page, I've never heard of this lady.

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  2. You have found so many interesting ways to show windows on your pages this month. I like this one. It is very interesting. I have never heard about any of this, but I love learning these new little trinkets of information. What a cute little town you live in, and your sky was as blue as ours was. Definitely fall has arrived! Enjoy your day!

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  3. Love the interesting story of Lady Julian and the windows you painted. Great photos, too. Have a good week, hugs, Sarah

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  4. Was für eine interessante Frau das war und Deine Seite ist wunderbar dazu!
    Herrliche Aufnahmen sind das liebe Valerie - das verrostete Tor finde ich besonders schön!
    Hab einen guten Tag Liebes!
    oxo
    Susi

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  5. How fascinating, Valerie. The windows are lovely, your art is beautiful, and your story piqued my interest, so I must learn more about Lady Julian.

    I love the rusty gate and lock. Rust fascinates me, and I keep thinking what I could do with a certain piece of rust, especially if it had a unique shape.

    I will trade you the cold for our continued heat. It doesn't even get chilly at night either. Your leaves and foliage are really turning, but that's still not the case here. Love how the seasons are changing right before your eyes AND your camera lens.

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  6. Amazing photographs Valerie and I the gate furniture saved -thank you for sharing the wonders you find on your walks.

    An interesting story about Lady Julian and your windows are very beautiful and show what your stroy told.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. die gotischen fenster sind sehr schön, sie strahlen so lichtfroh...machen mir lust, über die Lady nochmal nachzulesen.
    deine detailfotos werden immer noch besser... solche rosetten finde ich auch immer so schön! rostige Blumen - herbst pur!

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  8. Will now be investigating the Lady Julian for you have peaked my interest. Lovely journal page. The sky is soooo BLUE! Absolutely exquisite -- will be over to pick some apples. Always enjoy your walks and the photos that result. Have a great day, Valerie. Hugs, Donna

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  9. bet you could make something delicious with those apples, maybe you could give the tree a sneaky shake next time you pass! Very interesting to hear about Lady Julian, I will check out your link. Have a nice day! Xx

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  10. Fabulous window and very interesting facts about the Lady Julian. Love the balance of colours.
    As for the apples - no ladder? you need a nimble person that can climb trees and not frightened of heights :)
    Love that rusty gate - years ago we'd do anything to stop stuff going rusty and now we adore it and can't get enough.
    Thought of you about 4.30am and wondered if you were moon watching... I missed the in between bits of total darkness ( I assume it was total?) but saw some of it.... have a wonderful day.... Gill

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    1. Yes, we all love rust these days, it is beautiful. I often pick up rusty screws and stuff at the Rhine and bring them home for future projects. I watched the moon yesterday, but didn't stay outside all the time as it was too cold - 3°, but it was a fantastic spectacle.

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  11. Gorgeous artwork, Valerie! Always love seeing the views from your walks.

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  12. A wonderful historical page Valerie. Fantastic photos, love the old metal work.
    Yvonne xx

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  13. Beautiful historical artwork ! And as always your photographs are wonderful. Have a great day, Shirleyxx

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  14. Hi Valerie, your work is beautiful and so timely as we just said goodbye to the Pope's visit her to America. Looks like such pretty weather there in your sweet town. Lovely walking pics. Have a great day. cm

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  15. Love your Lady Julian piece. I'm totally going to look her up :)

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  16. Valerie, I learn so much from reading your blog plus the joy of viewing your art interpretations and magnificent photos. Lady Jilian was new to me too and your windows with her were remarkable. I was able to view part of the moon eclipse which was intriguing and interesting the way the shape changed so quickly. I am off with friends this morning for an overnight retreat to Oregon.
    Hugs,
    C

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    1. I found the story about lady Julian very fascinating. Have fun with your friends at the retreat!

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  17. What a fascinating subject for your fabulous page Valerie :D

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  18. Eine interessante, "alte" Lady in passendem Rahmen!
    Solch intensiv blauen Himmel hatten wir hier heute auch - das finde ich am Herbst so schön! LG Ulrike

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  19. so many lovely glimpses of your world and of autumn.
    your art is lovely to see as well.

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  20. Always nice to get a little Valerie history lesson, and a special illustration too. I like the diamond window panes, a super idea. Wonder what it would be like to live like that, especially in the days before the Internet.
    Lovely cornflower blue flower, not a cornflower I think.
    Interesting that you are now getting cold weather, we have been unseasonably warm during the day for the past few days.

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    1. I think in Scotland you regard everything over 0 degrees as unseasonably warm....the flower is chicory.

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    2. Actually the test is whether we can take off one of our thick woolly jumpers for a few minutes.
      Chicory. aha.

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  21. Lovely to see Lady Julian on your beautiful Gothic style creation Valerie and your pics are lovely.
    Today was lovely and sunny here but sadly I had to go to work!
    Fliss xx

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  22. Lovely gothic window you created to feature Lady Julian. Our trees are just beginning to turn here, too, with the warm days and cool nights. It feels good to me!

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  23. Love your Lady Julian -the colors and patterns you chose are super! Those rusty gate images are fab-great inspiration!

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  24. Beautiful page and photos. TFS hugs, Teresa

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  25. I remember my Mum telling me about Lady Julian - probably following a visit to Norwich when I was in my early teens. We used to visit quite a few historical sites and is probably where I got my love of history from! This window is a stunning tribute! Love the signs of Autumn in your photos and those fabulous clear skies - love the light at this time of year! Chrisx

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  26. Wonderful pictures - I always enjoy your pictures!
    Love the journal page - really makes one think.
    Sandy xx

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  27. beautiful photos and how about more info on Lady Julian? ")
    xo

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