Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Frost and Frida

Hi Everybody!

For Art Journal Journey, winter wonderland, I have another hybrid page. The background is part of a painted and crackled mixed media piece, and when I enlarged it I thought it looked like ice, so I used it here. I added a snowflake frame and a quote from William Blake.

At Moo Mania and More our theme is famous people, I made  a collage with Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. The background is a photo of Frida's studio, which I overlayed with a page from her Journal, where she wrote, 'Diego, I am alone'. Frida was stamped. I added the wings, the shadowy Diego and the bird digitally.

Today was another cold and frosty day, and I was surprised to see the farmer cutting the winter rape seed. It was a strange feeling to be out in icy temperatures with the fragrant smell of freshly mowed grass....

I saw a huge fungus growing out of this rotting tree stamp, and as I went nearer, I saw there was a little animal in the left hole. You can see the 2 white points of his eyes.

The water at the Rhine has receded further and is almost back to normal:

But there is still plenty of ice and frost:

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


  1. Spring will be here before you know it Valerie, meanwhile enjoy your frost! Your pieces are lovely today.

  2. Love both of your creations this week! Frida is one of my faves--love that you got the hub in there too. I have GOT to get some stamps--such cool stuff Valerie! xo

  3. Both pieces are wonderful. Love that you used the Blake quote on the first one, and the Frida page is very touching with the writing on the wall. Great photos, too, I wonder what little animal was hiding in the tree? Hugs, Sarah

  4. Gorgeous work with the snowflakes! And your town seems so charming. Hugs, Autumn

  5. Beautiful pieces both of them! That background on the first one looks amazing!!

  6. Thank you for sharing a snippet of William Blake which is perfection on your wintry digital art and exquisitely beautiful. Also, have to tell you I love your Frida creation.

  7. Ooh, I love the first journal piece and I can't resist the sweet yellow bird on the second. I think I saw the little eyes.

  8. Fantastische Arbeiten sind das - bin ganz begeistert und herrliche Aufnahmen! Richtig toll!
    Auch MMM ist hellauf begeistert ♥


  9. Stunningly beautiful creations the gorgeous designs. Thank you for your wonderful

  10. Liebe Valerie,
    wundervoll, absolut genial dein Post zu Frida Kahlo und die wunderschönen Winterfotos.
    Herzliche Grüsse, Sichtwiese

  11. Two wonderful art pages today Valerie. The winter one with the many beautiful textures and Frida in her own setting. All very clever.

    The photographs are amazing with the frost and I could smell the mown field after your description of it. Pleased the river is back to almost normal as it was rising quickly.

    We saw ducks ice skating on the frozen lake last night so it is still very cold here in the forest.

    Thinking of you

    Love Chrissie xx

  12. The bottle caps looks like an art piece in their frosty view! I guess no one picked them up for the winter. It is encouraging to see that farmers can still work in their fields and winter hasn't put a dead stop to growth-other than those cool ice crystals. Freida's studio is really pretty, isn't it? I love how you added in the elements to make the collage. And nice crackly frost! Wow- that's a lot! Hugs!

  13. Wow Valerie, incredible photos today! That frost is amazing and holy cow that fungus is so cool!! Beautiful snowflake art too, the texture piece really does look like ice! hugs :)

  14. Your icy snowflake is beautiful and the quote so appropriate. Love your Frida piece - you know I am a big fan. Beautiful walk today with interesting subject matter ... nice to see the fields so green and being cut in winter. hugs, Donna

  15. Very cool Frida collage and bottle cap display. xox

  16. Fantastic artwork and photos, so much to see, but I was mesmerised with that huge fungus face with the tiny little eyes within the big eyes and there looks like a lizard on the left too... ha ha.. loved it all today...
    Gill xx

  17. You do so much in such a short time frame. Two beautiful pages today. Frida does capture us and you did a splendid page featuring her. Hard to believe the farmer is out already and it is January. Thanks for sharing your photos today. Do you think there was a bat in the tree trunk?

    1. I don't know, it was rustling around in there - perhaps a field mouse?

  18. Oh it's looking cold your way! Beautiful art and I love your Winter magical effects and words to go with it.

  19. Fabulous frosty ice crackles on your first super page and of course I have to say I love the one of Frida.
    Yvonne xx

  20. How intriguing to see the little animal, and to get a photograph too, it does look like it could be a field mouse, and looking at your icy photographs he must be frozen, I wonder if he should still be hibernating. Maybe he was having a little look out at the weather.
    The Frida piece looks great, clever how you have added the shadowy Diego, and that looks like pretty good stamping of Frida.

  21. Love your Frida.
    She and the bird look like they are having a conversation ♥
    Seems like the farmer really needed to get out of the house maybe LOL!
    Great frosty photos with the bottle cap stump too.

  22. Hi Valerie. I came to check on Frida. I love all the techy layering stuff you do. Where did you get a Frida stamp? That is so cool. A great layout. And of course I love your glittering winter piece, too.

  23. I am almost speechless seeing this fabulous post. ...just love it all! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. I kept going over and over this post, admiring your Frida and your winter spread. You make layers go together so well. Very impressive art, including the bottle tree stump that truly looks FROZEN. Upon enlarging the other tree stump, I wonder if that isn't a mouse. Great shot, regardless.

  25. Your Frida piece is exceptional Valerie! I think you captured your sentiment in this perfectly with the ghosting of Diego! Love her bird as well, another favorite!

  26. What do I say first oh talented one -- your make is so beautifully frosted and the quote divine!
    Your pictures today are indeed award winning - I do love them so!
    sandy xx

  27. Sehr schöne Naturfoto's und eine klasse collage!


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