Thursday, 19 November 2015

Bird Friday

Hi Everybody!

For Art Journal Journey, inspired by autumn colours, Moo Mania and More, layers and Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin, I made an A4 mixed media journal page.  The central part was made with various elements and brushes, layered digitally. I placed it on an A3 page painted with black gesso over sage green, into which I stamped to repeat the pattern on the page. I added some fairy dust for a bit of sparkle. I used my photo of the moon as 'halo' around the African mask.







For 99 faces I made a hybrid page. The background was painted with acrylics and sprinkled with glitter. I added some freebie brushes digitally, and my photo of the statue of the girl. The face is my drawing.
Also linking to Kim Dellow's show your face




A herd of  sheep was grazing along the Rhine near here today, so I went to visit them. There was a huge number of seagulls flying around, it was great to see them flying and swooping in their formations.





As I went over the meadows down to the Rhine I startled this wild goose, which flew up from almost under my feet, squawking very loudly:




And then all his mates took flight and joined in, too. I had fun watching them swoop around.





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

48 comments:

  1. Fantastic art, love both pieces, and the photos are wonderful, as always. Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Great pieces, Valerie. Love the black gesso background. You know how I adore sheep, so wanted to jump in the middle of them! Great photos. Big hugs, Donna

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  3. Those sheep have such long ears. Must be a different variety than we have here that have short perkier little ones. And the seagulls swooping are cool. I must say I love your Africa piece. Those elephants and the mask are very unusual for journal pages-at least for what I usually see on the internet. Great job!

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    1. The sheep are unusual here, too, I only see them when this herd is grazing.

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  4. oohhh wiw wunderschön deine africa seite ist,sooo tolle farben,und die maske ist auch klasse,elephanten liebe ich sehr,sie sind so klug.
    die andre seite hat was mystisches,das gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
    schöne bilder hast du wieder gemacht,die schäfchen sind süss und die vogel bilder ein traum.
    schönen tag dir.

    hugs jenny

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  5. Very nice art pieces. The photos are great as well. Love the sheep.

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  6. Outstanding work as usual! I love the tall grasses.

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  7. Great photos. The art is fabulous especially the mask.

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  8. Nicely done Valerie! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. Lovely artworks, the tree in the African one is gorgeous. The sheep are unusual, do you know what breed they are?

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  10. Love the colors on your page and the elephants all marching in line.

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  11. Your pages are like going to the movie, you never know what is next and I love it all.x
     { aNNie}

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  12. Große klasse, sehe schön!

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  13. I stopped by earlier and fell asleep with your blog post sitting on my screen. When I woke with my face nearly in my keyboard, I felt like a fool.

    Elephants are so intriguing and the spread you created is just gorgeous. That mask is scary, and rather effective.

    I thought the face you created had a glow to her cheek. At least that's how it looked on my monitor.

    I'm with Erika. Those are different sheep than I've ever seen. They are definitely wooly and will have lots to give next spring. I'm off to bed for proper sleep now.

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    1. Sorry you fell asleep, it must have been the African magic...

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  14. Fantastic art pages today Valerie. Love the elephant on the African one.

    Great colours and textures on the face page and always good to see how you add some of your wonderful photographs.

    Today's photographs are terrific. I have never seen sheep like those before it makes you feel warm just looking at their wooliness

    Hope you have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  15. Wonderful art Valerie, I really love the African page, a country I've yet to visit. Don't think I've ever seen such long eared sheep and they're definitely not as woolly as our ones. Arctic winds heading our way tonight so I think we'll all need to look out our woolly jumpers! Xx

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    1. Mine are ready, we have been promised the same weather!

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  16. Hammergeniale Seiten und herrliche Fotos Valerie!
    Hab einen wunderschönen Freitag!
    Happy PPF und Happy MMM und Happy FACES und HAPPY AJJ!
    ♥♥♥
    Bussi
    Susi

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  17. Oh, your colors in your work are so strong and beautiful! Vivid!

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  18. Suoper combination of digital art and painting Valerie! And I love those sheep:)

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  19. Yes the raw autumn colours enhance the artwork, and all the pics are so cool!

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  20. Beautiful pieces, especially love those elephants! Great pics today Valerie, sheep are such a great creature. hugs :)

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  21. very interesting pieces, Happy PPF; thanks for dropping in at my blog this morning

    much love...

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  22. Love that mask.... And the colours you're using. The background for the second piece is so beautiful...

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  23. Both pages are gorgeous, but I especially love the elephants, and the halo mask. How great to see all those birds!

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  24. Oh I love your Africa piece. Fantastic halo mask. Wow those sheep like Erika says do have long ears, tee hee. Beautiful creatures. Great work Valerie. Take care and thanks.

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  25. Beautiful work and great pics too.

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  26. Beautiful work and great pics too.

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  27. Such lovely art pieces and photography!

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  28. Both pages are gorgeous. The first really does have an African vibe. hugs, Teresa

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  29. Valerie it is always a pleasure to visit your blog. I swallow all the gorgeous art but i also travel to your Rhine virtually :) Your sheeps look quite different than ours. Yours have curly, wild hair on their heads :) I liked the African page, the animals and the colors all. So warm and inviting.

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  30. Two terrific pieces of art today, Valerie. I love both of them and am so happy when you use your photos as part of your journal page and the FACE project. I also am intrigued with the elephants marching along at the bottom of the page and your mask is fantastic too.

    More gorgeous photos before the weather turns to winter. The sheep are wonderful in their wooly coats. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    C

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  31. Two awesome pieces of art today Valerie, love the African one with the elephants. Lovely photos as well, I felt I was walking beside you and enjoying the views.
    Yvonne xx

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  32. Love the art today :) Africa has always fascinated me ♥ Great photos again today. I love watching flocks of birds in flight. I was fortunate enough to see a very large flock today and they were dancing all over the place before finally landing in a field. I had to pull off to the side of the road to watch them.

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  33. I love the effect of that face on the collaged background. The colours are amazing and the effect is so atmospheric! xx

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  34. Fabulous post - Love LOVE your African piece and the face is stunning, fantastic effects and textures. How wonderful to see all those birds too, especially the ducks xx

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  35. Great artwork! I especially love the African piece - the tree and elephants at the bottom give it such an effective mood. And, as always, I love seeing your photos. Looks like such a wonderful place to walk. :)

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  36. Lovely! Your work this week looks very symbolic.

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  37. Your art journal page has a strong sense of place. The colors are perfect to express the wild and beautiful. Lovely all!

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  38. I wonder what Africa does look like in Autumn. Nice to see what it really is like I would think. So different from here. Hunting of wild ducks is going on here, that's a wonderful flock. Hope they escape to where they want to be. xox

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  39. I also really like the colours, especially in the second piece. I love the photo of the long earned sheep grazing in the green countryside. The photos of "your wild ducks" look like Canada Geese to me, with their long necks, black on their necks and long wings.

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  40. Your Africa page looks so warm - freezing here overnight! I do love your face and the way you have made the background - I really must try that. ...one day! The photos are fabulous and I love the sheep - very unusual look about them! Hugs, Chrisx

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  41. I admire that hybrid page. Lately I've been drawn to glitter so that goy my attention. But what really drew me to it was the face, so subtle. Lovely photos too!

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  42. Very nice, Valerie! The fall colors I think are always my favorite palette. And as always, I love your photos! It is really easy to see that fall is all around and that winter is just peeking at the corner...

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  43. Lovely colors in your art. Africa is totally opposite how it feels here this morning -3C! brrr....
    Have a good week!

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  44. Valerie, Both pages are beautiful and i really love the way the Africa page looks so dimensional- it loos as though parts of it could move off of the page! Well done hugs,Jackie

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