Thursday, 7 July 2016

Da Vinci in Kaiserswerth

Hi Everybody!

Another week is flying by, and I never know where the hours fly to.

For Art Journal Journey, in my garden - Yvonne's lovely summer theme - I have some more journal pages to show. I will also be linking to
Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

In the meantime I have a whole journal full of doodled stuff, and this piece here was made in recent weeks, too. I added some colour to it yesterday using Gelatos and 'no name' gelatos from Aldi, which are also very good at just a fraction of the price. I think this is me, looking at  the birds and flowers on my balcony, which is my garden. And I wish I had a dog, too.





This is a hybrid piece, made using a photo taken from my balcony in the early morning, some flying ducks - from another photo - and some poppies completed this week.




This is the 'poppy' painting, done on a piece of white card saved from some packaging. It started life as series of red blobs where I was trying out some colours weeks ago. I discovered the 'blobs' this week whilst looking for something else, and thought they looked vaguely like poppies.  I worked on them with India ink and gelatos to make the finished piece. It was then digitally 'cut out' and placed on the photo background above.


And here some more photos taken from my balcony this week:







The water in the Rhine has dropped, and we are now almost back to normal. As always,I love to watch the ships, and caught Maria chugging by:


Flowers on the town walls:


This beauty was resting in a patch of sunlight:


And in case you were wondering why this post is called 'Da Vinci in Kaiserswerth' - here he is:



I would love to go for a cruise with Da Vinci!

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



48 comments:

  1. Hi Val, lots of lovely work again today. Love the doodle-garden and the 'blob' poppies are fantastic, and the page you created with them. Good one with Da Vinci! Have a great day, will call you later. Hugs, Sarah

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  2. What a beautiful post today. Your artwork is amazing as always and the doodled project is so different-where do you get all these amazing ideas?

    Fantastic photographs as always and the flowers where you live are always so much ahead of the ones here. Our nasturtiums are only just coming into leaf.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. Thanks, I didn't know what the flowers were called!

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  3. Now I've retired there is time to sit and enjoy other people's beautiful pictures and great art. That butterfly photo is fabulous you have really captured the iridescence of the lower wings. Great doodle page, but it is the Poppies that really wowed me. BTW thank you for your comment pointing out the error my dyslexia had led me into. XOXO

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  4. I love your doodled page and your garden page is beautiful - the poppies are lovely.
    xxx Hazel.

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  5. What a lovely post again. I just love it when your name comes up to visit...that doodle page, wow, amazing..xx{aNNie}

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  6. Was für eine atemberaubernder post heute.. tolle Arbeiten Valerie..bin ganz begeistert und herrliche Aufnahmen!
    Sie arbeiten hart in der Küche... sind erst um 11 Uhr gekommen.... das wird lang dauern heute!
    Bussi
    Susi

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  7. Cool doodle Valerie. I love the little flowers. I have never heard of aldi and am curious about it. Also I love poppies and they don't grow well for me. I have tried but they always end up never coming back. And like you I'd love to travel on the da Vinci. I bet it would be fun. Gorgeous photos again. This week is sure flying by. Hugs erika

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  8. Wonderful pages Valerie, and the photos are beautiful. Glad the water is back to normal and looks like your summer is here.

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  9. Your doodle piece is a real favourite, it's just super, it draws me in and keeps me staring! I love your poppies too, wonderfully put together. Summer seems to be blooming this way too, a beautiful post!

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  10. Wonderful bold doodles and some great poppies! Nice to see those nasturtiums trailing from the wall. A true garden filled post. xox

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  11. Fabulous doodled page Valerie, I was busy smiling at the bird and didn't notice the lovely face until I started scrolling down :)
    Love your poppies too.
    Great photos - Da Vinci looks cool - and a very long boat!
    Lovely to see the beautiful Red Admiral, we don't get so many butterflies lately, but I'm hoping the Buddleia we are growing may help encourage them.
    Hope you've had a lovely day
    Gill xx

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  12. Gorgeous pages today from doodles to red poppies. I like both of them a lot, along with your new photos. The Da Vinci is a long ship and I agree it would make for a lovely cruise up and down the Rhine. The days are flying by; however, you accomplish so much every day. Hugs,
    C

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    1. I looked at the ship on the internet, seems to be a bit too expensive for me, but I can dream!

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  13. Great hybrid piece and I love your doodled page. Hugs, Teresa

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  14. Your doodle page is wonderful Valerie and your poppies are gorgeous too!
    I still can't believe it's July already.
    The views from your garden porch are always so lovely.
    I like the way you make the most of it attracting birds and such.
    oxo

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  15. The doodled "you, bird, flowers and dog" picture is superb, a perfect abstracted garden. I like the contrast of the black and white and then the colours. The not-Gelatos from Aldi sound interesting too.

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  16. A fabulous post today, I love the doodle page, it is crammed full of amazing details and of course the cute dog.
    The poppies are gorgeous and you added a lovely quote to the hybrid page.. As always the photos are super.
    Yvonne xx

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  17. Lovely doodles Valerie! The abstract shapes and details you have included are wonderful, it's great that you have included yourself looking at the birds and flowers on your balcony, and the dog is so adorable. Wishing you a happy and sunny week :-)

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  18. I googled Da Vinci - it looks charming inside, like in old movies! We've had more than enough rain and it's cool, now only +16 brrrr...
    Happy ppf!

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  19. Wonderful doodle and I love your poppies! Gorgeous photos too, that sky!

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  20. Your doodle is fun and I love those gelato pens - lovely colours. Your blob poppies are inspired - they turned out brilliantly.

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  21. You made the blobs beautiful, Valerie :) Love the piece where you incorporated them with photos.

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  22. Love the doodles and the poppies are so pretty.
    Happy PPF
    Vicki-Ann :)

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  23. Fantastic colourful doodles Valerie and I love your hybrid piece too x great photographs x have a lovely weekend
    Hugs Annie x

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  24. Hi Valerie! I love, LOVE the doodles and your gorgeous hybrid work of art! WOW! So beautiful. And as always, I loved seeing your gorgeous photos - they take me far away to a beautiful place!!! Thanks so much for sharing! HUGS, Sharon

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  25. Love your artwork today, that zentangle piece is amazing!! Beautiful butterfly shot. You know, I have not seen a single butterfly all summer, kind of odd, right? hugs and happy weekend :)

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  26. Oooooh! I love your doodles!!! <3 <3 <3

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  27. Amazing doodled page!Love your hybrid piece too.I guess your balcony is in heaven.What a gorgeous view!

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  28. Beautiful Doodled page (I also love to doodle draw). The hybrid is fanastic, love it too. The photo page for your Mom on previous post is beautiful as well. It's very hot, humid and dry here... take care, Shirleyxx

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  29. OH!!!! I love the doodles and the hybrid is great too. Lovely photos of the blooms around town also.

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  30. We just got an Aldi in this area. I wonder if they carry the gelatos. I love the vibrancy of the colors. Your poppy painting is gorgeous. You should be painting your photos too. Are you?

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  31. So much vibrant beauty! Love the poppies, the butterfly, the doodles and the views!

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  32. Lovely photos and artwork! I love the poppies and butterfly especially.

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  33. Oh dear...glad I came back. My comment never took and I wanted you to know how much I loved that doodle page...of you looking out! Those black lines speak to me!! You'd be perfect with a dog they'd love all the walks you take!! Love how you incorporated the poppies and ducks into the digital too...Beautiful poppies and quote! Fab photos too! Great post!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  34. The poppies are beautiful, very pretty. I love the big bold lines of your doodle too. Very cool!

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  35. Fabulous artwork... I love the doodles and it reminds me of myself. I love to watch the birds, I have a dog and love doodles! Your poppies are divine. It's great to hear how they evolved and so beautifully transformed into the final piece.
    Gorgeous photos too. Happy PPF to you

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  36. Love the doodle art and love that I have a dog and birds in my garden. Well I don't actually have a garden but I live in the country and the world is my garden filled with critters.

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  37. You're looking very happy looking at the flowers and birds! And those flying ducks are amazing. Great picture!

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  38. Wow, this is wonderful. Love the bird and the doodles, as well as the hybrid piece with the poppies.

    I sent off for a travel brochure of the river boats that travel rivers rather than seas. Such a difference in the boats, and they have set destinations, none of which stop in your town.

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  39. your art journal piece is lovely. the poppies on the secondo piece are absolutley brilliant! loving that butterfly photo best amnong the photos. xo

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  40. love your poppies. They are really beautiful :)

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  41. Oh Wow, beautiful pages!! Love your zentangles and poppies. You have been very busy. Thank you for sharing them with us and the beautiful pictures .

    Have an amazing day!
    Nora Clemens-Gallo

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  42. I hadn't doodled in the longest time, but just this week, I did. Yours are beautiful, but the poppies - oh my - they are great!

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  43. I would love to go on a cruise on the "Da Vinci" too! You do have the most wonderful sky pictures from your Balcony. Although the flowers are petty - I drool over the old brick on the wall. I also love your poppies - beautiful artwork!
    sandy xx

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    1. I LOVE the old bricks and walls here - people always look at me like I am crazy when they see me taking photos of them!

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