Thursday, 29 September 2016

School, cats and big birds

Hi Everybody!

Time is flying, I never know where my time goes.
Yesterday I had a pleasant day, as I had  visit from a blog buddy Sabine,
AKA 'Little Art Bee'. We had a fun time, more about it in my next post.
Suffice it to say thanks to Sabine for coming, and hope we can meet up again soon!

Our lovely theme of 'Back to School' at Art Journal Journey is almost over, so here a big thank you to Elizabeth, who made so many wonderful and varied pages, visited all the participants, and gave us lots of fun memories. On Saturday our new challenge begins, so hope to see you then! I made my usual collage of all entries for the month:


This collage was made with one of my school photos:



For Paint Party Friday I am linking this cat, inspired again by Rosina Wachtmeister, on a background made with brushos, sprays and pan pastels.







My second inspiration was sitting down by the Rhine, staring intently into a clump of grass - perhaps there was  a mouse there?



 A heron has been hanging out at the stream next to our house these past weeks:



Here it was sitting on a drainage pipe just under the parapet of the bridge:



The skies before sunrise are always most impressive:





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

47 comments:

  1. What a lot of goodies today! Love the collage, and the journal page with the photo of you as a kid, with that lovely smile. Your cat painting is fantastically happy, and the photos are wonderful, as always. Have a fun day, hugs, Sarah

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  2. This is a great post Valerie. I am loving that first and last day page- and how true that is. I think your collage is a great idea, and enjoy seeing the recap every month. But I am really taken by the orange cat. He looks like the one I had who died last summer. That cat was such a good companion, I still miss him a lot. Hope your week has been going well. :) Hugs-Erika

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  3. I love the page you made with your school days picture. I made a Smash book page about last school year, but never posted it on my blog. You got some great shots of that blue heron hanging out by your house. Blessings, my friend!

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  4. Have fun with your guest! I love your colourful and seasonal PPF piece today. A true quote in your school piece, lol. Beautiful photos, missing your tree.

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    1. Thanks Christine. I am really missing my tree and the birds.

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  5. What a fun last page you created for AJJ. I wish I had your digital skills, but all I seemed to manage this month was cut and paste the old fashioned way. This is beautiful, as is your lovely mosaic.

    Needless to say, Bleubeard and I both love your cats. They are always so much fun and you make them so stylish.

    Loved the cat in the grass and the heron. That moon shot is fantastic, although it doesn't look the same without your big tree framing it. Thanks for your sweet comments about AJJ. I've had a fantastic month and will miss all this.

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  6. Wow! That one picture looks like it has 3 moons doesn't it?
    Another lovely walk.
    What great pieces. You retained your pretty smile. And those cats look like they have personality plus.

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  7. Eine großartiger post Valerie! Herrlich die Katzenseite und Dein Lächeln macht die letze Back To School Seite zu etwas ganz Besonderem! Wundervolle beeindruckende Aufnahmen! So schön!
    Die Collage mit all den schönen Arbeiten ist ein Augenschmaus!
    Sei lieb gegrüßt von Susi

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  8. It's always lovely to see your end of theme collage and I do love today's page.
    Great photographs and I look forward to hearing about your time with Sabine, bet your had great fun.
    Avril xx

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  9. LOVE your collage of AJJ pages, and your right....the best two days of school are the first and the last! I think I have a school photo that looks a LOT like yours....LOL! Those were the days...

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  10. Love your last AJJ page as well as the lovely collage of your months art. Are you smiling for the first day or the last day at school, it is a lovely photo. Super photos the cat for sure looked like it was on a mouse hunt.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. I don't know what to love most in this post -- your totally fabulous birds or the paint party cats. Your Rosina inspiration is one of my favorites -- I have a couple of china cats based on her work and a pencil case. These are just fabulous! But those bird shots -- WOW! I bow down to you -- fabulous camera work.

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  12. Total klasse dieses Schulbilder-Mosaik, gefällt mir sehr. Dein altes Schulfoto sieht auch so schön aus mit der Drumherum-Gestaltung, die Katzen sehen mit dem Brusho-HG auch super aus. Deine Tier und Naturfotos sind auch wieder so ansprechend, ich mag die rote Katze so sehr,süß.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

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    1. Die rote Katze war in der Tat sehr hübsch und elegant!

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  13. What wonderful art! I love cats and your kitty pieces and photographs are lovely. The heron is also a beauty.

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  14. Your school art is awesome but that cat is FANTASTIC!! Great shots this week too.

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  15. Phew .... what a dynamic post ... totally brilliant. You are so creative

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  16. Absolutely adorable your school photo!! Love it so much...I think we went to school in the same era!! Your cat is so fun, love the whimsy!! Your photos of the cat and Heron are stunning!!Excellent post...great collage journal pages too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. LOVE your cat painting! So vibrant. And the heron! wow.

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  18. Just fabulous, love all of the contents here today and I am so happy to be back to view your work, mind you I wish I was still on vacation...Thanks so much for commenting on my scheduled cards while I was on vacation...appreciate this so much. Have a lovely weekend.xx
    {aNNie}

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  19. haha, that's a great quote! My son would agree with you wholeheartedly ;-) Love your fun and colourful cats!

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  20. Always love seeing your collages :) The month was a busy one for you again. The cat art is amazing and so is the inspiration cat... and then you already know how happy the heron always makes me :) Have a great weekend my friend!!!

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  21. What a wonderful collage! So many interesting pieces you have come up with. And I love your cat! We had a big print of Rosina Wachtmeister at home when I grew up, I loved her work. Gorgeous shots of the heron! I live close to a river where there are lots of river. It's almost impossible not to see one, but it's till always a treat.

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  22. WOW I always enjoy your AJJ mosaics so very much.
    Another fabulous body of work for Elizabeth's super Back to School theme!
    Lovely you and how true about the first and last days of school *gg*.
    Looking forward to more about you getting to spend the day with liebe Sabine! She gets around ♥
    Fun and colorful cats both in the cool piece you created and in your photos.
    I was afraid we might see a mouse in mouth photo...
    oxo

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  23. Your collage is so impressive and I just love your cat. That colorful background is just perfect for him.
    Happy PPF

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  24. We both had cats this week! Love the like father like son painting. The background is beautiful and fitting for the whimsical cats. I think your back to school collage is a real work of art. It must have taken forever to get all those images to put together. Your childhood photo is adorable.

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  25. Lovely cat and bird photos! I enjoyed the collage of the art journal journey entries!

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  26. I enjoyed visiting today! What lovely journal pages and photos. I love the regal heron and the stunning evening skye.

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  27. Wonderful artwork! So fun and creative! Love the colorful kitty! Fantastic photos! TFS :)

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  28. Just playing catch-up now we are back home. So pleased I didn't miss all the wonders in your post today. Such a beautiful last page for the back to school month and the cats art is stunning with its vibrant colours. Fantastic photographs as well

    Love Chrissie xx

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  29. Good to see your photo here, you look happy - was it the first day or the last? That's a great collage, the way the images and colours merge in.
    Nice to see that handsome ginger cat and the heron. I didn't realise a heron had the deep blue patches, I must look more closely the next time.
    As always your sky photos are sublime.

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  30. Good to see your photo here, you look happy - was it the first day or the last? That's a great collage, the way the images and colours merge in.
    Nice to see that handsome ginger cat and the heron. I didn't realise a heron had the deep blue patches, I must look more closely the next time.
    As always your sky photos are sublime.

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  31. so cool seeing the heron :) such a neat bird

    really like your cat art, the background works really well :)

    Happy PPF :)
    Jennifer# 45

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  32. Oh I love your Back to School collage, it's wonderful! Lovely journal page and art work, your cats are adorable and that's such a lovely happy school photo of you too :-). Have a great weekend! J :-)

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  33. The Collage is amazing, love your school days, Sunrise and moon. What a fun project. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  34. I love the collage of your month long challenge. I think it would be great to frame a print of the collage. It is beautiful.

    Love those blue Herons. So pretty, almost as pretty as an orange tabby cat. I know in America it is very rare to see a female orange tabby. Is yours a boy or girl?

    Of course I always look forward to visiting you on Fridays as you post the best pictures of your beautiful surroundings. Needless to say, you never disappoint us! Hope you are having a great day and your week will be wonderful!! Hugs, Rasz

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  35. The collage is a memorable piece of art indeed !! The photographs speak a lot!! Stay inspired...stay blessed!!

    http://beneathmyheartart.blogspot.in/2016/09/curiosity-leads-to-passion.html

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  36. Lots and lots of good things to wrap my mind around:-)

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  37. Great collage of the Back to school theme. Love the quote! The cat looks suitably artsy. The photos of real life creatures are lovely.

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  38. Beautiful colourful cats Valerie and what a great school photo. You look incredibly happy with that smile so I'm thinking it must have been your first day or your last!
    Stunning heron too.
    Happy PPF to you

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  39. Your posts are always so wonderfully filled with inspiration! I love that background you created for your cat painting! How colorful! And your nature photos always grant me a mini-trip to Germany... xoxo Silke

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  40. I love your end of month collage it must have been a wonderful memory month for you with so many personal school memories. Terrific photos as always, the cats back made my heart stop so very like my beautiful Pounce who passed last year, seeing the face was a real relief no similarity there a different gorgeous cat.

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  41. Cute school picture but I have told you before that I think you are cute as a bug in a rug!
    Why is it that cats cans sit and stare at apparently nothing for such a long time!
    sandy xx

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  42. love yoru artsy cats :) And the words of the best with school :)

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  43. What a fabulous collection, including that lovely photo of you at school! Your photos are brilliant!Chrisx

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  44. Valerie! you are just too adorable!!
    Love those cat pieces as well! I was wondering if your birds have somewhere else to hang out to visit or if you are missing the since they took down the tree? "(

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