Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Step into the light

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge at
Moo Mania and More
👉 Trees 👈

As always, you have 2 weeks to join us and projects of all
formats are allowed. My piece is also meant for
Art Journal Journey, light and darkness.
I made a hybrid piece combining a water coloured background, my photos of the moon and the young raven, and some digital add ons - tree and stars- from Mischief Circus and Serif:

Today I am sharing some classical paintings from the Kunstpalast museum, 
as I am always impressed how the artists managed to show 
light and darkness so well:

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


  1. You have made another wonderful and atmospheric piece, love the colours - a fairy tale picture. Lovely photos from the museum, too. Hugs, Sarah

  2. Oh your piece is beautiful. I love the birdie and the echoing colors! The master paintings are also wonderful, they are so good with light and shadow indeed...

  3. I'm with you about how the classical painters could display light and dark. That first painting with the candle is just amazing. And I love your raven piece. We were just talking in one of my classes today why black can sometimes look blue, and then I saw your bird and the blue on it. I love how you made it a night sky too. Happy hump day. :) Hugs-Erika

  4. beautiful page and I really enjoyed these museum photos showing their expert use of light.

  5. Wunderschön ist Deine Seite und die GemÀlde sind toll!
    Schön, dass Du uns immer mitnimmst ins Museum!
    Schönen Tag!

  6. Terrific page Valerie and an amazing tree branch to use for it.

    The paintings are wonderful. I always marvel at the way they paint lace and I get as close as possible to see how it is done--would love to touch it as the textures stand right out from the canvas.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

    1. See this for lace painting, Chrissie

    2. Thanks, John, I will send the link to Chrissie

  7. Oh gosh this is wonderful page with it's vibrant blue and gorgeous bird, love the quote. Loving your paintings, a fabulous display.xx{aNNie}

  8. Wonderful dramatic page and a clever combination of both challenge themes!!

    I apologize for my lack of visits lately, hopefully when my holidays start at the end of the week, time will allow to come by more regularly again...

  9. Nicely themed, Valerie. The use of light in painting beautifully demonstrated. Often the best part of my drawings is the paper I don't draw on!

    A touch of Hogarth in many of the paintings!

    I'm starting my first large mixed media!! (30 inch x 24 inch)

  10. Love your page today. The contrast in the background is amazing and I just love your bird front and center like that! Beautiful! :)

  11. What a fabulous post Valerie! First of your piece is beautiful! and I love your quote!
    And your museum photos are always so wonderful!! I am ever so thankful for your sharing them!
    I must tell you, last friday I had the chance to go into the city with my cousin for the day. We visited a few museums, one about the Erie Canal, which shaped the city of Syracuse,New York, as well as other cities here in New York.
    The other museum, the Everson- and art museum. I was ever so disappointed with the lack of art and what they displayed. I understand museums, rotate the curations, but, there was really nothing classical or from masters, the only pieces worth note, were a table and desk, of Gustav Stickley and a print of Warhols. Very disappointing "(
    So, until I can get back to NYC,to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I look forward to your fabulous trips to the museums and your shares- thank you so much!

    1. I forgot to say how scary the owl and squirrel picture are! run little squirrel run!!

    2. We're very lucky here to have so many great museums here

  12. You picked an incredible saying for today. Loved the bird that you captured so beautifully in the light.

    These were great examples of light and dark. You chose them well and each is a masterpiece I can appreciate. Thanks for sharing them, as well as YOUR masterpiece, too.

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  14. I love this piece. The moon really catches the blue on the bird. And the blurb says it all!
    The first painting is my favorite.

  15. Wow to today's quote . it goes so well with the dramatic page. Love how the bird seems to shimmer in the moonlight.
    Super Masters paintings photos as well.
    Yvonne xx

  16. The paintings you chose are fabulous and just perfect for the theme of stepping into the light. Is that your raven in your art piece!!

  17. Your journal page is wonderful - the raven is absolutely gorgeous.
    All the paintings are beautiful - I would dearly love to see them in person. The last one is quite sinister - the two sleeping princes about to be murdered. Did you take these pictures. If so, I am surprised that the museum let you. No flash I suppose.
    Enjoyed your post Valerie.
    Sandy xx

    1. You are allowed to take pics, just not in some of the special exhibitions. I never use flash.

    2. Well your pictures are wonderful - again, I would have loved to see this collection!

  18. Hi Valerie, Your journal page is outstanding and you detailed the light and dark so well. Love seeing the incredible paintings from the museum. I'm sure viewing in person was amazing. The last painting is an interesting theme.
    Have a nice rest of the week. xo

  19. Love, Love, Love your art piece! Another great piece from you Valerie!!
    Those classical paintings are very interesting!! I love the first one!
    Big Hugs!

  20. Your bird and page are just gorgeous Valerie!
    Wonderful photos of the paintings also - I love the lighting on first one especially on his face and the way the candle is in his hands.
    Gill xx

  21. I love the bird page, Valerie - another great light and dark piece, and wonderful samples of artwork from across the centuries playing with light and shadow. I'm sorry to have missed so much this year, but it's been a little crazy! Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas.
    Alison x


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