Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A door in the arch

Hi Everybody!

The journal page I am showing today for Art Journal Journey, architecture, is the second one using pictures of Acre (Akko). You can find the first part here if you missed it. The photo I used for this A3 mixed media page shows a door to a kiosk, which has been built into one of the ancient arches of the crusader castle. The 'King Albert' sign above it is made by hand, and the rusty door was painted with turquoise. Lots of posters and notices had been plastered over the doors, and the electric wires are hanging at the front. Not perhaps the usual standards of safety most of us are used to. I was fascinated by the door, and took the photo of it. I painted round it with blue and yellow, representing the bright sun and the blue water of the sea and sky. I used structure paste to put more masonry round the door. The quote is from Henri Matisse.







And here are some more photos of Akko. Sorry for the poor quality, they were mostly taken with my old cell-phone





Remembering the story of Jonah and the whale:







Also linking to Wen's Neutrals

Have a great day you all, take care,
and thanks for accompanying me on my journey today.

32 comments:

  1. I think your photos are pretty interesting. Having never been to the Middle East think they look rather exotic. And your piece is very interesting too. I think it is a fascinating door. I love the warm colors and the POP of blue. Such gorgeous blue too. Hope the day is going well.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lovely page and photos of Akko. It is certainly beautiful and architectural.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Such an interesting/unique door .. and to think it's in existence. Your pages are always so interesting, Valerie ... this one included. Adore the photos of Akko. Never made it to Israel when I was traveling .. the 67 war broke out and a dear friend of mind was blown up by a land mine .. I passed, however will always regret I never set eyes on the Holy Land. Your photos are wonderful ... the ancient city most interesting and you have captured some of its essence. Take care of yourself, hugs, Donna

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love your page...that door is really amazing! Great use of the photo and a gorgeous interpretation of the challenge--wonderful quote too! In the states we don't have really old buildings like these...so I enjoy the photos too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Never, ever apologize for your photos, old phone camera or not. The photos of the camera I had before were so horrible, you couldn't tell what ANYTHING was. I adored both the photo and the page you created for AJJ of King Albert and the arch. You did a super fantastic job on both. Everything looks so sunny and bathed in warmth and bright summer colors. Guess that's why I like it. It's still summer here. Even our weather man says it can't be October because the temps tell him it's August!

    ReplyDelete
  6. wow,eine tolle seite und wunderschöne bilder,da werden geschichten erzählt,wunderbar.
    schönen tag heute.


    hugs jenny

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love your page again, always good to see such beautiful photos, too.Have a lovely day, hugs, Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  8. Boah ---die Seite sprüht vor Leben ! Die Bilder sind sehr schön... wer sagt's denn - ich mach schon wieder eine kleine Reise am frühen Morgen mit Dir!
    Danke!

    oxo
    Susi

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wonderful artwork Valerie and terrific photographs with great quality and composition.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Creative page and gorgeous colours. Your photos are fabulous...love seeing them..x

    ReplyDelete
  11. Was für eine herrliche Seite! Ich liebe diese Farben!
    Liebe Grüße, Annette

    ReplyDelete
  12. A wonderful page with that great shining light! I loved seeing your photos -old phone or not, you still find such wonderful shots! Hugs, Chrisx

    ReplyDelete
  13. Even your old photos are wonderful photos. Great tour of the place and that door. No wonder you captured it on the camera and on your page. It was just begging to be created with. xox

    ReplyDelete
  14. Also, deine Fotos gefallen mir total, gerade, weil sie nicht so megascharf sind! Die Farben sind einfach klasse, wirken wie gealtered!
    Eine sehr schöne, farbenprächtige Journalseite hast du damit gestaltet.
    Lieben Gruß von Ulrike, heute mit erstem Schnee hier!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hier ist es auch A....kalt, brrrrrrrrrrrr!

      Delete
    2. Mr. Google is finding it difficult to translate A..... into English, I am having to use imagination.

      Delete
  15. Just had a look at page one as I wanted to find out where Akko was - Love the way you've used those photos and adding all the textures has really brought them to life.
    Avril xx

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love old brick and stone work and you are certainly have examples of that where you live.
    Your pictures were very enjoyable.
    Sandy xx

    ReplyDelete
  17. I really love this page. The colors are amazing. Your photos are fabulous as well. You have a great eye for photography. The beached boat is my favorite.
    Nicole/Beadwright

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wonderful and interesting page Valerie. Your trip photos are awesome and I like the coloring in several making them look sort of vintage and faraway. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. xo

    ReplyDelete
  19. Such original work here, I love what you made and all you shared here, so great!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Another interesting destination, brilliant photos, would never have guessed it was a phone if you hadn't mentioned it. You have a store of memorable destinations, love how you based today's awesome page on Akko.
    Yvonne xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love that quote and the rust-colored texture is great. hugs, Teresa

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great photos ♥ Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Love the door and the art you mad e with it.

    ReplyDelete
  23. ahhh I'm catching up again - this week seems to be flying by.
    Super journal page with lovely texture.
    Fabulous photos - the Whale is awesome!
    Gill xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My grandson wanted to take it back home!

      Delete
  24. That is a seriously good painting, original and beautifully made.

    I love these photos, what a pity you don't still have this camera, the photos are almost like paintings, they have a fascinating texture which is sometimes sharp, sometimes not so much. Maybe like the difference between a gramophone record sound and a CD?

    ReplyDelete
  25. Oh what a special place that was.
    I really like your photos Valerie!
    Wonderful piece you created from that special arch too!!!
    oxo

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beautiful photos! Actually I like the effect your camera gives. And I love how you used your photo in your artwork, very inspiring! Thank you for linking up to my party :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow, you are so lucky to travel to these interesting places. Thanks for sharing your pics.
    Jesse

    ReplyDelete
  28. Ja die nicht so scharfen Fotos unterstreichen die Magie des Ortes. Ganz wunderschön dazu auch deine Collage mit dem Bogen und Schriftzug, diese Kombination von warmen Farben und einem Hauch Blau sieht super aus.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. All your comments are much appreciated!