Sunday, 28 August 2016

Flowers, clouds and sun

Hi Everybody!

Hope your weekend went well. We had a big storm in the night, with lots
of thunder and lightning, and lots of branches were blown off
the trees, but it was still extremely hot today - sigh!

For Art Journal Journey, nature's wonders, I have another of my quick flower paintings, made from some flowers I picked on my walk.  The basic painting took 15 minutes, using water colours without drawing beforehand. Then I added the window, bird and leaves digitally.

And here before the frame was added:

 I was up and out early again to avoid the hottest part of the day:

The birds are still busy harvesting:

These huge clouds gathered in the evening:

But after a stormy night the day dawned warm and sunny again:

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


  1. What a beautiful painting and I love the digital additions. The cloud photographs are amazing and the birds are sweet too.

  2. Love your self picked flowers in the vase in both versions. Those clouds looked very threatening indeed. We had heavy storms in the night too. Hope you sleep better tonight. Hugs Sarah

  3. Awesome pages, its a beautiful vase of flowers. They must be a joy to see in real life. Loved the digital version as well with the window.
    The photos are super especially liked today's sunset and sunrise ones.
    Yvonne xx

  4. beautiful art today and the photos are lovely too. It is at this time of year we start thinking we are ready for fall, as it is so muggy outside.

  5. What fabulous digital page - I love your drawing and then the digital additions! Thunderstorms do not sound good - we have had days of rain and wind but so far no thunder and lightening! Love your photos - those clouds do look amazing! Hugs, Chrisx

  6. Another beautiful painting of flowers! Our weekend is coming to a close and you are on to Monday. It feels like fall already even though you are having a heat spell. Loved the photo of the clouds too!

  7. Nice window piece. It really looks like a window over you painting. Adding it digitally was a fantastic idea. Hoping it cools off like now. We had that heat a few weeks ago and I don't miss it. Its like living in the tropics. Hugs-erika

  8. Gorgeous art piece - love the flowers in the vase. Great photos as well - awesome skies!

  9. Gorgeous art piece - love the flowers in the vase. Great photos as well - awesome skies!

  10. Gorgeous gorgeous painting!!!!
    thanks for the beautiful skies!!!

  11. Amazing pics and gorgeous page, love it.xx

  12. Hallo Valerie
    eine zauberhafte Seite, genau richtig für
    die "Wunder der Natur".
    Auch deine Wolkenbilder gefallen mir sehr.
    Ich wünsche dir eine stressarme Woche.
    Lg Sadie

  13. What a wonderful painting to have done in just a few minutes. I never managed water colours at all so I in awe of this.

    Wonderful photographs on your great walk and I have saved the one with the dark clouds gathering it has so much atmosphere.

    Hope is nice today for your walk

    Love Chrissie xx

  14. A wonderful watercolour painting and beautiful photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  15. Wow Valerie, I can't believe you painted that in 15 minutes! That would've taken me hours and still not looked so beautiful! Great shots, loving those amazing clouds! hugs :)

  16. I love your piece and the way you digitally added the window. You are light years ahead of me in digital enhancement.
    Are you feeling better?
    As always, I enjoyed our walk:)

    1. Thanks, yes I am! Good to have you with me on my walk again!

  17. Love your grackle admiring your beautiful bouquet through the open window ♥
    An early walk is a good idea and oh your beautiful photos ooh la laa!

  18. You vase of flowers look so amazing. Would make a beautiful hanging. Love those summery pictures too. Nice to see the heron. Hugs Rita xxxx

  19. WOW!!! Your journal page is awesome!

  20. Toll gemalt und auch super weiter bearbeitet Valerie und fantastische Foto-Impressionen - so eine tolle Gegend!

  21. Beautiful art , fantastic and the florals. And such stunning sceneries..especially the cloudscapes..awesome. and of course loved the orange-fire-golden rush of colors..magical!
    have a marvelous week

  22. Wow! Your vase of flowers is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos!

  23. Your quick painting is amazing and beautiful Valerie and I love the scene you have created with it, with the addition of the digital pieces.
    One of your cloud photos looked particularly evil - no wonder you had an awful storm. Hope its been better today. Its not been quite as hot today so I managed to do some work in the garden but I think its due to get hot again.
    Have a good evening..... Gill xx

  24. Great painting Valerie! WE have had night storms here too with hot, hot humid days .. i was up and out with the dog super early this morning too hoping to avoid the heat. Now we are waiting for the sun to go down for our evening walk.

  25. beautiful flower painting and scene Valerie. Oh how I love a good thunderstorm-so long as there is no real damage. It is VERY hot here yet too, but I don't mind:)

  26. I can't believe you could paint that in about 15 minutes. You are a wonder and a true inspiration. Adding the digital window adds a bit of mystery to the painting itself.

    I wish it were cooler for you. It's hot here, too. Thankfully, I can escape to my air conditioned office when all else fails and I don't want to use the AC in the entire house. I'm really wishing for cooler weather, but it isn't showing in my forecast.

  27. Super gorgeous photos, Valerie, and I love that window in your painting. hugs, Teresa

  28. Valerie, your painting is lovely. You do such a good job with water! I have trouble with painting that.

  29. Your flowers are just lovely! And the added window,makes them all that more attractive!
    Love your cloud photos- beautiful!


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