Friday, 9 October 2015

Stone and more

Hi Everybody!

Another week is past and gone, and it's Friday already, which means it's time for Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.
I have another journal page to share for Art Journal Journey, architecture.
I used a photo of a street near where I lived as a kid, in the middle of Jack the Ripper Land, when the houses, and especially the Church, always seemed to be so huge and sometimes threatening to me. After the war there were lots of gaps, or tall walls which had survived from bombed houses, and everything was blackened with soot, smoke and fire. 
The background was painted in grey and black, using my scratchy brush. I added some blue  and yellow patches to represent sun and sky.







And as I haven't been able to paint this week, I am re-showing a piece made some time back, where I copied one of Modigliani's portraits - it's a picture of a poet from 1915. I used ink, water colours and pastels for the face, and acrylics and pastels for the background.

Linking to 49 faces and Kim Dellow's Friday face Fun. 
If you have a face to show, pop over and join in there!






Some architectural details from the Basilica here:





Also linking to Wen's Blog

Thanks to those who sent well wishes, my pneumonia is slowly getting better, for which I am very thankful.

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


57 comments:

  1. moin val


    wowwww,deine seite ist fantastisch,ich mag sie sehr,dein portrait gefällt mir auch spitze,und deine aufnahmen der architektur ist einmalig und passt ganz wunderbar zum thema.
    ich hab auch gerade eine seite hochgeladen,bin immer sehr früh wach.

    schönen tag dir heute,bei uns regnet es,aber das macht nichts,ich hab gerade neue gummiestifel gekauft.


    hugs jenny

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  2. Wonderful work today, both are beautiful, but I just LOVE the first one, so dramatic. Great photos, too. Have a wonderful day, hugs, Sarah

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  3. Ohhh wow. Your art this week is jaw dropping. Both pieces for some reason really touch me.
    As always great photos.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Love all the architecture photos along with the art. Love the words you added to your piece. Wonderful work.

    Kate

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  5. Grandios Deine Seite Valerie und passend dazu die Fotos der Architektur! Dein Modigliani ist sowieso ein Traum! Happy PPF, AJJ, FACING !
    Get well soon!
    oxo
    Susi

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  6. Stunning works with strong colours.
    Happy PPF xx

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  7. Love the bold journal pages, happy PPF

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  8. What a cool town picture. I like how you mixed the photo and great color combination.
    Happy PPF!

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  9. Clever combination of picture and paint for the architecture page Valerie a, totall opposite of where you live now.
    Great painting of the poet.
    Glad to hear you are getting better, keep following Dr's orders, take care.
    Avril xx

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  10. I love the way the top page really draws our eyes in... great use of lines... and the architectural features are amazing... I love those details

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  11. a very atmospheric journal page Valerie - I didn't realise you grew up in England? I love that portrait of Modigliani as well.

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  12. Wow, such powerful pieces, both of them! The first one is hauntingly beautiful with that amazing background, and the face is so expressive! Both are stunning!

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  13. Pneumonia!! For goodness sake Valerie, you take extra good care of yourself, plenty of rest and follow doctor"s orders! On an arty note, the colours and perspective of your London page are superb. Wishing you a restful day! Xx

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  14. Wonderful post Valerie with a real feel of the horrors of the past for you as a child in such a frightening place. You have captured the feel of how it felt for you at the time--amazing.

    Love the face. I have never heard of this poet but he looks like he has lived life to the full.

    Great photographs of the architecture it is very beautiful.

    Have a good day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  15. in diese häuserschlucht wird man förmlich hineingesogen... diesen Effekt hast du toll hingekriegt!
    ich wünsch dir ein schönes WE.

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  16. Stunning art journal page! Love the colors for the light coming down and the sky. I wish you better health this week.

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  17. LOVE your piece today. Not only is it architecture, it is a little bit spooky for Halloween too. I bet those buildings were scary to a little child. I love how you used just a little bit of yellow because I image there was some sun filtering in through those openings. It is a great little mini-story. Enjoy your weekend! Hugs.

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  18. I'm going to have to come back and have a real closer look at your first piece of artwork - it's fabulous.
    The limited colours you have used have really given it drama and atmosphere.
    I didn't realise you'd lived in London Valerie - my husbands ancestors were living there at the time of Jack the Ripper Stepney/Whitechapel/Mile End area... his great grandfather came from Metze in the 1860s and was called Jacob also known as Jack, so you can imagine how our minds wandered.

    Your Modigliani is a really stunning mixed media piece too. I love his work.

    Glad you're getting better day by day.... hope you're able to enjoy the weekend more
    Gill xxxx


    ps was the running mascara anything to do with trying out a Halloween face?

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    1. Now now! I already look like a witch so have no need for extra mascara for Halloween!

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  19. Fabulous pieces! I would love to visit the city you grew up in. Our architecture is very young compared to yours.

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  20. LOVE the views and perspectives of your architectural painting and photos Valerie! Your Modigliani is wonderful too. Glad to hear you're feeling better.

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  21. Oh dear you have pneumonia that will take time to get all of your energy back. But it looks like you are still keeping busy :) Your building page is amazing, gorgeous, love it ! and your portrait is also fantastic, beautiful artwork and photographs. Take good care, xx

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  22. Your streetscape is seriously scary, the angle and the vertical colours. It's really good.
    Sending get-better-as-quickly-as-possible thoughts.

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  23. Excellent and dramatic work this week Valerie!! I love the steep view of the buildings in the journal page. The Modigliani portrait is wonderfully rich!

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  24. your interpretation of London's bombed out east end are powerful. I felt like I could walk into them. Very well done. The portrait is excellent and as usual your work is above par. Enjoyed your post so much. Please take good care of yourself -- I know you are. sending lots of love, hugs and healing energy. xoxoDonna

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  25. I've been a devil and added a face.

    I see you loved Liam's paintings as well, over on the Gentle Author.

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    1. Yes I did. Glad to see you joining in!

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  26. Both pages are gorgeous, love the dark mood of the first, and the light in the portrait.

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  27. So glad to hear you are feeling better!!!!!! Your art today is really great ♥ Both pieces are so full of emotion and so touching. Your photos of the buildings are great too. Have a good weekend and continue to heal my friend so that you can start creating once again ♥♥

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  28. Wow, your architecture page might just be my favorite collage ever. I just really love it!

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  29. Heute hast du dich wieder mal selbst übertroffen! Bin sehr begeistert.
    Der Stadtauschnitt wirkt großartig, wie toll du die Farben im Hintergrund gewählt und aufgetragen hast! Aber auch das Portrait heute ist faszinierend schön.Lieben Gruß von Ulrike

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  30. beautiful imagery in your first page. Please get well soon Valerie. Lovely work on the face and wonderful architectural details in the photos!

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  31. Turned out quite nicely. I really enjoyed the first set with the blending between paint and photography.

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  32. you have expressed the feeling of where you grew up so well by angling the buildings and the colors in the sky. Sounds very intense. I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better.

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  33. I love your artwork--and the way you use words as an accent. What a wonderful artist you are! Your photography is AMAZING!

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  34. Oh my what a magnificent basilica that is, how gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this and linking to my party! And beautiful art work, very interesting too. xx Wen

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  35. WOW what a wonderful page today, Valerie. War is a terrible thing because of the destruction, loss of lives and so on. As a child it is very frightening as portrayed in your page today. Happy to read you are recovering but don't push a good thing. Continue to rest and care for yourself. I always enjoy your photos and the window of the basilica.

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  36. Fantastic page today it gives quite a sinister look to the buildings and does give the feelings that war had on peoples lives. Glad you are feeling a little better, please take things slowly and look after yourself.
    Yvonne xx

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  37. Did you live in Spitalfields? It looks like that on the journal pages? My father was born in the East End and spent his boyhood there. I really live your portrait of Modigliani. Fantastic colours and technique. Also once again fabulous photography. xx

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    1. Yes, I was born near the Tower, then we moved to Spitalfields, then Hackney and later Whitechapel.

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  38. Great page today Valerie. Your work is always so unique and interesting. Glad you are feeling a bit better. Have a nice weekend and take care! cm

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  39. Wow, that really looks threatening! I love how the background even reinforces that feeling. Great work!

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  40. Powerful piece, Valerie. You have captured the feeling of the times and place. And some of the fear as well. As always, I love the architecture you are showing. I'm glad you're on the mend.

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  41. Your man's face is well done and your page is eerily beautiful.
    hugs,
    Teresa

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  42. Powerful and strong journal page..very dominantly beautiful! Love the face too! Really well done!

    Hugs Giggles

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  43. Striking architecture! Another wonderful page. The combination of colours is amazing.
    Fantastic face too!!!
    Hugs, Mar

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  44. Amazing painting. You have created those wonderful narrow sinister streets of the City of London so well. I feel transported back in time. Happy PPF

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  45. Valerie, your representation using the color and choice of buildings surely depicts the image you spoke of. Thank you for sharing such memories. Your poem also speaks volumes Very good.
    hugs,Jackie

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  46. I'm not hanging out in your town, too scary, but wonderful at the same time. xox

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  47. Love the colours you used! Great face too! The basilica looks fabulous! Chrisx

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  48. Hello, I found your pieces to be very moving today ... loved the sharing.

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  49. Hi there,
    I saw your feature on Wen's (Apples Apricots) Neutral Tuesdays post. Beautiful photo's!
    Just wanted to say thank you for sharing~
    Karen O. -Roosterhead Designs

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  50. Hey! I know that area well :) My grandparents lived there long before I came along and I often go up that way to walk around :) Great work as always Valerie and I hope that you are feeling better. Thank you for linking up to Show Your Face and for the shout out to. Kx

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  51. Hope your are making a good recovery, Valerie. Sorry to hear about your illness.
    Lot of interesting work, as always.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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