Sunday, 8 November 2015

To everything there is a season....

Hi Everybody!

Hope your weekend is going well.

We had strange weather here today, warm and humid, very unusual for November!

Today Susi and I are beginning a new, private challenge - 99 faces.
Susi finished her 49th face for the other challenge yesterday, so now we are starting again. If you think we are a bit crazy - well, could be, but it's fun!
For my first 'new' face I have made a hybrid/mixed media page in A3. The background is a collage which I scanned. The face and the profile are my drawings, the nude is a water-colour sketch I made in the 90s, and the starling is one of my balcony visitors. The nude is sitting on one of the columns from the basilica. The script in the background is one of my old family documents. The clock-hands, butterfly, an overlay and the 5 were added digitally, and were freebies. I printed it out, and fitted it into my painted page, for which I used titan buff, green-gold and ocker, all from Decoart. I used various stencils to pull it all together. The quote on the page, 'To everything there is a season.....' is from Ecclesiastes 3:1

It is also meant for Art Journal Journey, inspired by autumn colours, and

The photos today were all taken on the road where I live. I just looked for rusty bits and bobs, and found them:

And the rusty leaves fit to the rusty parts:

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


  1. Lovely page for the challenges, great idea to do those rusty bits.

  2. 99 faces? Wow, you are really challenging yourself this time. Very cool rusty bits in your photos and cool face #1. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. Amazing page!! Love the shades of orange!!

  4. 99 Gesicheter??Wow,da habt ihr euch ja was vorgebommen,hauptsache der spass bleibt.
    deine seite ist heute sehr abstrakt und schön wie immer.
    schöne bilder zeigst du wieder.
    einen schönen sonntag.

    hugs jenny

  5. Wonderful page, you have put in so much and it still looks so serene and beautiful, just great. Love the photos, too, lovely rust! Hugs, Sarah

  6. First, I want to comment on your rust. I have a THING for rust, so of course, I'm in love with your photos. Even the rust colored leaves are beautiful in their own right.

    Now back to the other art. One year during AEDM I started with that phrase, and every day after that I added something like "a time to . . . " Every time I see the verse, it makes me smile. Of course, I never created anything, NOT ANYTHING as beautiful as this piece you did today.

    I applaud you on your latest challenge and am very impressed you and Susi have taken this to a new level. Have a remarkable Sunday.

  7. Not crazy LOL, you gotta enjoy what you make and you and Susi have fun...looks awesome as do the photos.x { aNNie}

  8. Die Seite mit dem ersten Gesicht(ern) ist ein absolutes Highlight! Fabelhaft Valerie und diese Rostschönheiten sind wunderbar...welch geniale Farben ... wenn man sie in einer Malerie nimmt würde man es für übertrieben halten, oder ?..ein echtes Quietschgrün bei dem ersten Teil durch das Moos.
    Ne wir sind nicht verrückt ... nur ein ganz klein wenig crazy...oder?
    Viel Spaß bei den 99! unds beiden!
    Einen schönen Sonntag!
    Hier inzwischen auch fast 20 Grad Außentemperatur....ein Hit!

  9. Wunderschöne, kunstvolle Seite mit den Gesichtern in Herbstfarben! ...ich habe doch die schöne Handschrift erkannt... du warst damals so lieb, sie mir auch zu schicken!
    Schönen sonnigen Sonntag von Ulrike

  10. Wonderful multi layered piece! Have fun with that challenge! Amazing photos of those rusty pieces!

  11. A wonderful collage and I love the rusty photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  12. Gorgeous faces and I think the background is stunning!
    Great pictures too, love the rusty colors!
    Groetjes Karin

  13. Wow, Valerie! This is such a beautiful Autumn post! I love the rusty images of the season and your page is fabulous! The colours are great and it really combines portrait and life drawing in a quite stunning way! Love it! xx

  14. The page with a face is stunning Valerie with a lot going on to think about. Great idea for the two of your to challenge each other with the faces it definitely inspires others like me to have a go at faces.

    Fantastic photographs with the metal pieces you found. I am a big fan of this sort of thing and especially drain and manhole covers. I know I should get a proper life but I am easily pleased.
    I hope your day is going well. We went for a early walk as the sun was making a rare appearance. Just got back before the heavens opened and it hasn't stopped raining since.

    Love Chrissie xx

  15. What a gorgeous work of art today Valerie! I love the deign and colours, and your shading on the faces is incredible, I actually thought they were lifted up on pop dots!! hugs :)

  16. Valerie, your photos are spectacular, as usual, my friend! I always love visiting your blog!! I think yours and Susi's new challenge is so wonderful and I cannot wait to see what you guys create! Your work of art that you posted today is just beautiful!

  17. Your piece is wonderful! Everything from your early watercolor to the drawings and the collage and the finishing in digital workflow. Great work. I just checked out Susi's faces and I look forward to seeing more. Visiting from AEDM

  18. A fantatic page, Valerie! I tell you the same thing that I have told to Susi... the 99 faces is a great challenge!!! Love the rusty piece you've found, a fabulous photo.
    Hugs, Mar

  19. Großartige Komposition gefällt mir sehr gut. Die schönen Fotos natürlich auch.
    LG Anja

  20. Gosh so much fantastic detail in your art page today. Good luck with your new challenge with Susi. The photos with the rusty metalwork look awesome.
    Yvonne xx

  21. Wowwww, was für eine schöne Seite. So schöne Farben und die Gesichter...einfach oberklasse alles gestaltet.
    Tolle Motive hast du wieder gefunden...schöne Fotos.
    LG Carola

  22. Great challenge Ida with you and Susi. Like you bi-seated face on her page. Wonderful warm Autumn colors everywhere here today. In your piece and in the building shots. Xox

  23. Good morning Valerie. Time for more beautiful faces! Your page today is marvelous and I like the rust photos shot from different positions. It appears the square piece with the long rod is to reinforce the brick wall. I hate to see the beautiful fall leaves disappear as it gets colder. Thanks for sharing with us.

  24. And another great piece is born!!!! You make it look so easy and real ♥ Love the photos and all of the rust... when did this love affair with rust start? When I was younger no one liked rust at all . It represented age and decay now the whole world seems to be in love with rust :)

  25. What a beautiful challenge Valerie. You are off to an incredible start. Love your rusty photos. Perfect to go with the colors of fall. Have a great week. xo

  26. Brilliant execution of your page Valerie! Truly beautiful!
    Your rusty bits and bobs are also wonderful- great photos to use in your art work!
    and yes, I do think you and Susi are a bit,how should I say, addicted? to faces? teehee! Good luck and have fun with that!

  27. All the luscious rusty colors in nature, wonderful colors you have captured in your art! I always enjoy my visits here!!

  28. Gorgeous artwork Valerie, so many fantastic details to see. I love the few splashes of the greeny/blue that really draws the eye around the piece - LOVE it!
    I'm a rust addict too so adore your rusty bits :)
    Hope you've had a lovely weekend..
    Gill xx :)

  29. oooops forgot to say have fun with your 99 faces - looking forward to seeing what you both create...
    Gill x

  30. Such an interesting piece, Valerie, there was so much to look at. The composition is very soothing. Lovely photos of bits and bobs, the first one has amazing colours. The 99 faces sounds like great fun, enjoy!

    Love and hugs

  31. What an amazingly painted picture, it seems to glow from beneath and the frame with the stencils is the perfect finishing touch.
    The iron pieces are fabulous, great photos - and then the beauty of the leaves.

  32. Valerie, this page is absolutely glorious. I love all of the golden light. The face and the nude are altogether lovely.

  33. You will definitely have fun and we reap the benefits by viewing your art :)
    There is a gorgeous glow emitting from this journal page and what stands out to me is the composition, there is such a beautiful sense of harmony when I view this.

  34. Wow! What brilliant elements in your page - I am so looking forward to seeing your 99 faces! LoVe those rusty photos! Chrisx

  35. Lovely art and I love the rusty bits and bobs too!


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