Thursday, 8 September 2016

Paint Party Friday

Hi Everybody!

Here I am re-showing a cat painting inspired by Rosina Wachtmeister. It is a mixed media piece with a dripped, brusho-ed and sprayed background:







 For Art JOurnal Journey, back to school, I made a page using more photos taken when I was a teacher. My class had the task of decorating all of the windows in the great hall for a Christmas bazaar. It was a 5th grade, who had fun designing, cutting, gluing and mounting the pictures and silhouettes onto transparent paper and then fixing them onto the windows. It kept us busy in our art class for 4 weeks, and was a good example of team work:




And here the photos:

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Today I went to the airport to pick up a VIP who is visiting me just now - here she is - Susi, better known as Froebelsternchen, now in Kaiserswerth for a few days. Our first stop was to have lunch in an Italian restaurant, and Susi drank a glass of Alt beer, a speciality from Düsseldorf:


We had a sunny walk through the town this afternoon - I think we look good in front of these rusty sculptures in the castle grounds:











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

50 comments:

  1. What wonderful whimsical kitty art, I love it! The photos are lovely too, I especially loved the brick archway, what an amazing view.

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  2. Another wonderful post, great art and photos. Glad your friend arrived safely, have a happy time together! Lovely photos of both of you, too! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Lovely Cat painting and a nice work for AJJ! So glad you were able to meet up with Susi!

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  4. Firs off you know how much I love your art. It is so full of fun and happiness. Second I am jealous!!!! That is soooooo awesome that Susi came to visit you. Both of you look amazing. Be sure to take lots more photos of the both of you. Have a wonderful time.

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  5. ja mei,die susi sieht ja toll aus und du auch val,auf ein altbier hätte ich jetzt auch lust,dann wünsche ich euch beiden eine schöne zeit zusammen,vieleicht bekommen wir drei das ja mal hin das ich euch auch sehe,bißchen neidisch bin ich.
    dann werdet ihr sicher auch journaling zusammen machen,ich bin gespannt.
    einen schönen abend euch beiden noch,und knuddel die susi von mir.

    hugs jenny

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  6. How wonderful. The cat smiled and so did I. The windows in the school room are wonderful, and team work is always encouraged.

    LOVE the photos of the two of you. I was thrilled to see both of you and really enjoyed putting a face with your name. This was so much fun, I'm on my way back to take another look!

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  7. Loving those photos from today Valerie. How fun to visit with each other! Looks like it started off with a fun walk and some smiles. :) And that cat is fantastic. That piece makes me happy. And I also love seeing your school window art project. I think it must have been fantastic in real life because it looks so good in your photos. Team work is always a really good thing. Have a great weekend with Susi. Hugs-erika

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  8. Where to begin. . . . Hi Susi and Valerie. Great photos of you two. The school project is excellent and I'm sure the students had fun putting it together. Always enjoy a repost of your art. The cat and verse go so well together. Enjoy her visit and serve her your famous cup of coffee.
    Hugs
    C

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  9. How nice to have Susi visit you! Your windows project is fantastic and looks like so much fun. I think the Henry Ford quote is probably very appropriate.

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  10. That cat is so whimsical! I adore it!!!

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  11. Oh, I love your cat piece. I swear it looks like you merged our two kitties together. Clyde is a big ginger and white boy, while Bonnie is a little, dark grey cat with a stripy tail! :) Happy PPF!

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  12. Miauuu, what a cute cat. And your school header as well...
    Cheers, have a great time with Susi!
    Happy PPF!

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  13. This beautiful post made me cry! So wonderful to see you and Suzi having time together! Love your adorable photos too!! Such joyful art, I am in love with your cat piece and knowing a little more about your life makes me so happy!! Those windows done with your students are gorgeous, and I love being greeted by your fabulous blog banner!! Great photos and thank you for sharing more of your beautiful soul!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. The cat reminds me of the time, as kids, we started our own Jazz group, the Godoona Jazz Band ... which had a similar cat as a logo.

    You you both have a fantastic time.

    PS I really like that brick archway

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  15. how fabulous that you got to meet up in real life... that is special... and that cat could be my Barry!!!

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  16. Fantastic artwork by you in the cat page Valerie and amazing photographs of the work done by your students to decorate the window.

    So good that Susi is with you at the moment and you both look very happy. Thank you for sharing the photographs

    Have a great time with Susi

    Love Chrissie xx

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  17. How lovely that Susi came to visit you! Your cat is wonderfully whimsical and I love the different colours and textures in the background. Those decorated windows are wonderful - no wonder your class had such a good time creating them - I like how you've incorporated them into your back to school collage.

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  18. Hi! Great whimsical cat drawing. Lovely variety of photos. Nice to see Susi visiting you!!

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  19. Lovely to see the photos of your walk and especially of yourself and Susi, I think you will share many smiles in the coming days. The cat page and the AJJ page look fantastic. The windows in the hall looked so colourful, I'm sure your class were proud of their work. Team work at its best.
    Have a super day
    Yvonne xx.

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  20. Was für wunderschöne Werke! Die Katze ist einfach großartig!
    Ich wünsche dir und Susi eine wunderbare Zeit! Es ist schön, euch auf den Fotos zu sehen.
    Ganz liebe Grüße, Annette

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  21. Hallo Valerie, das ist aber schön daß Susi dich besuchen konnte und deine Fotos dazu sind klasse. Hätte ich es gewußt, hätten wir ein Dreiertreffen machen können,da ich ja nur eine Autostunde entfernt wohne. ;)
    Dein von Rosina inspiriertes Bild finde ich sehr gelungen, toller Hintergrund, gefällt mir sehr. Die Fensterbilder deiner Schüler sehen wunderschön aus, eine gelungene Deko zur Weihnachtszeit.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

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  22. What delightful photos of you and Susi, beautiful ladies...love your projects and you brighten my day with your photos...have a good weekend..x

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  23. beautiful art Valerie and I love your quirky cat! How lucky you are along with Susi to be able to meet each other in person and spend some time together!! Susi you look fabulous!! Enjoy, enjoy your time together in your beautiful town Valerie. Happy PPF!

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  24. "When you smile the world smiles too..." and we are definitely smiling with you:-)

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  25. Your cat is delightful. Love your multi media background. And thanks for taking us along on your stroll. Such a lovely setting for walks. Happy PPF

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  26. Great cat and quote Valerie,
    The school window art looks brilliant as does Susi. How great to meet up and spend some quality time together. It's also great to see you both!
    Happy PPF to you

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  27. I'm so glad you and Susi are having a good visit. You two are practically look alikes:)
    Hugs

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  28. The artist of your source material is one of my favorites and I think she would be honored to have such a terrific inspiration bounce! Your cat makes me smile in every way!

    And a blog meet up is the best, isn't it? Looks like you were having a wonderful time!

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  29. I must say I LOVE that cat!! I like the sculpture pix. There is an outdoor museum near me called Grounds for Sculpture--it reminds me of your shots. Happy almost fall! xo

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  30. What fun! Your cat painting looks wonderful - it's so whimsical! And the art journal with the photos from your teaching days reminded me of similar projects when I was in school. Fun memories! And how great that you and Susi got to visit and nice for us to see your smiling faces! Enjoy that Düsseldorf Alt - it's delicious!! xoxo Silke

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  31. It is always so much fun meeting up with friends and meeting up with blogging friends takes on a very special meaning. I loved seeing photos of both of you in front of the sculptures.....such pretty smiles!

    Great art pieces today....rally liked both of them.

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  32. Love your polka dot kitty, and the photos of you and Susi are wonderful. Hope you have a nice visit with your friend.

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  33. Oh my, lovely paintings! I adore the kitty painting. So cheerful! How fun to see pictures of your visit with Susi! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Happy PPF!

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  34. I love your cat! I think it's one of my favorites of yours.

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  35. Hi Valerie! Wow, a lot going on in your world! Your cat painting is very cute! I like the colors. Speaking of colors, those window art pieces are bright and lovely!! Looks like you and your friend had a lovely time! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. great fun, luv this piece and all the various crops you gave us
    Happy PPF

    much love...

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  37. That is one quirky cat
    I love it!
    Happy PPF

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  38. Hi Valerie! Love, love, love your cat. Too cute! How fun that you got to work with the kids and decorate their classroom too. Oh, lucky Susi! I always love your pictures of the walks you take. And this time you have a friend, Susi, who got to go with you. That's still in my bucket list :-) Thank you for such a sweet comment on my post today. Happy PPF! Hug, Rasz

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  39. that cat is so cute :-) And I love the background. How wonderful that you met up with Susi! It looks like you two had a lot of fun!

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  40. I adore the kitty painting! Such a whimsical sweet face. What a treat to have a visit from you art friend. And I agree you both look good in front of the sculpture. Thanks you for sharing you llife!

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  41. Another wonderful post Valerie - you and Susi look so cute - I wish you had a picture of you two together!! Two great minds! I know you are enjoying her visit. I'll join you for a beer Susi!
    Such unique features on a cat but when you are funky the features fit together nicely!
    Great art projects by your kids - my daughter taught 5th grades for many years but now she teaches 8th grade.

    Another post of beautiful pictures!
    sandy xx

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  42. Can't help but smile at your lovely quirky cat :)
    The windows are really fabulous too.
    Lovely to see you ladies out and about having fun
    and look forward to seeing more photos of your adventures and mischief!
    Gill xxx

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  43. Hi kindred, such a fantastic post of beautiful art and pictures, I am in love with your cat,so magical and full of personalty and soul, stunning work, I am smitten! and Love all of the photos of you and your friend. I am especially drawn to the photo of the brick/stone/wall gateway...amazing..so meditative!
    Happy PPF
    Victoria #54

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  44. The cat painting is so cute and made me smile, Valerie! It's great that you were able to meet with Susi and have some fun together.
    Have a great weekend!

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  45. love your cat art. That is one piece I would gladly hang on my wall. :)
    You and Susy has some interesting places to explore too. I liked the rusty art :)

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  46. Stunning creations once again and I adore the 'together' wording. Love seeing pics of you and your friend out and about and stunning surroundings.
    This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our challenge below.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  47. Wow ! Love your cat - made me smile too ! Your journal page is brilliant and has inspired me to search out some of my school photos. Loving seeing you and Susi out and about! Hugs, Chrisx

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  48. OMGosh!!! How wonderful and exciting!!! I was so surprised and elated to see the photo of Susi and to find she was visiting you!! How wonderful that the two of you were able to meet and be together- I am still smiling as I write as I am so happy for you both!! xx

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  49. Cool cat! Great photos. You and your friend look great,.

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  50. The background is fabulous behind the great looking cat. I love the story of the meet-up. . . and what a fun time you had. Thanks for sharing the photos. The student art work and all you taught them is fascinating. Blessings, Janet

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