Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bird on a branch

Hi Everybody!

The weather gods have been kinder to us this week, it's
good to see the sun again!

For Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin, I have a
mixed media piece(16x11") to share. It's been on the go for a loooong time,
and I managed to finish it this week. The raven is symbolic for all the birds I love to feed and watch here. The burlap pieces look like houses, and as they are woven from threads, they are there to remind us that our lives are being woven
everyday. At the bottom are some pieces made to symbolise the ships
passing up and down the Rhine, and the
corrugated cardboard is for the town walls, which surround us.
I had fun with this one!

I am also linking to Simon Monday Challenge, my fave tool (heat-gun, scratchy brushes) and to Stamps and stencils (home made bird stencil, 
diamonds & numerals) texture, crackle and paint.

The moon looked like a squashed pumpkin:

Some photos from my walk:

The swamp is thawing out:

Some photos taken yesterday waiting for the tram in town:

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


  1. I think your raven is lots of fun! He's rather cute. I saw a raven a couple weeks back-haven't seen one for a while. I feel bad for my bird with all this snow on the ground. So I love seeing your photos while you are out and about with no snow on the ground! Makes me jealous. :) Happy day. Hugs-Erika

  2. Val, I like this very much, gorgeous colours, and love the symbols you have built into it. Did you go into that Burger Place in the photo? Have a nice day, put your feet up, hugs, Sarah

  3. Your photos are awesome. Love the one with your shadow...FANTASTIC show peace today [rather tonight for me], that crow is amazing...
    off to bed...hugs.x

  4. Gorgeous mixed media art, the detail and textures are wonderful. That moon is quite interesting and your walk as always looks fantastic. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

  5. Struggling to keep up with your daily posts .... love the raven and the shot silk ffect of its lower feathers. Spring is around the corner.

  6. Nice piece and lovely photos as always !Susi xx

  7. OOOh, Nice. It's like a diary piece. Loved the dragonfly in it:)
    Wasn't that moon funky?:)
    Thanks for the nice walk.

  8. Your artwork is really gorgeous Valerie. Love the colours and wonderful textures - my favourite part was your cool Raven.
    Great photos - nice to see the sun shining there and looking much brighter.. that certainly was as an odd looking moon - it reminded me of a pancake :)
    Hope you've had a lovely day... Gill xx

  9. Your mixed media piece is so beautiful! Happy PPF! I enjoyed your photos today, spring is in the air!

  10. Amazing artwork with somu htexture ans symbolism. I am using only my phone at the moment but can't wait to see the larger version

    Interesting place to wait for a tramand beautiful place for a walk as well

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. A delicious mix of textures and colors!!!
    Happy weekend to you!

  12. What a beautiful piece, I love the colors in the raven's wings and there are so many beautiful details. I'm glad the weather improved for you.

  13. Gorgeous , I love all the wonderful textures, materials, colours and of course the Raven.
    Wonderful photos and shadows. That moon looks like melted cheese to me
    Yvonne xx

  14. the sun is always so revitalizing isn't it? Your page is fabulous with that magnificent and magical raven and the gorgeous background!

  15. I love the colors on your bird piece and the textures are terrific. You really seem to master the layering. Very nice!

  16. What yummy yummy texture with the colours! Fabulous background and raven! I am loving your banner too! Beautiful couple!

    Hugs Giggles

  17. eine tolle seite,und schöne bilder,bei uns war auch ganz tolles wetter mit sonnenschein,wir sind schön spaziren gegangen,das war toll,hoffentlich bleibt das wetter so schön.
    wünsch dir ein schönes we.

    hugs jenny

  18. I completely adore your mixed media piece this week, such a wonderful compilation of subject matter, color and texture. Nicely done! Happy PPF!

  19. Hello Dear Valerie, thank you as always for showing your work as close ups too. I found the eye of the Raven to be created like a little nest, sticks woven into each other!
    Oh, your work is gorgeous and so textural.
    Another great walk and so beaut to see your part of the world. A fun PPF :D)🌻

  20. you've captured some terrific texture and I like your raven, especially the teal. I've really never been good at abstract, I never know where to put stuff, lol. Visiting from PPF.

  21. Fab texture in your art this week

  22. Oh yes, it was so lovely to see the sun, although after the rain yesterday I can't see a thing beyond the back garden this morning because of the fog!! But I truly believe that Spring is creeping in now. Love, love, love you mixed media piece, and your explanation of the components. I have a soft spot for birds, I love your raven's iridescent quality. Have a great weekend.

  23. Imaginative and beautiful.
    The colors are as lovely as spring.
    I admire the technique!

  24. Beautiful work Valerie!The raven looks fab, in fact everything about it!
    The long shadow pic is awesome! the windows of those buildings reminded me of Hopper paintings.

  25. Hi Valerie! WOW! I love this work of art and especially the symbolism in it. It's so creative and beautiful! And I love, LOVE seeing your gorgeous photos, especially the one of your shadow!!! Here in PA we are still in the midst of winter, but we are expecting warm weather this weekend. I can't wait!!!

  26. Wonderful piece, and I love the symbolism in it! Happy PPF!

  27. This is one of my favorite collage pieces of your thus far. The textures and dept are magnificent. Blessings!

  28. Wow, bei dieser Mixed-Media-Page gibt es viele Details zu entdecken! Aber der Rabe behauptet seinen Platz im Mittelpunkt - ein hervorspringendes Motiv, sehr schön mit dem Glitzer im Gefieder. Im Hintergrund das teils verborgene Gesicht sieht sehr mystisch aus, umrundet von den tollen Texturen!
    Wunderbare Fotos von deinem Spaziergang!
    LG Rike

  29. Wonderful springlike collage! Love your birdie
    Happy PPF

  30. What an AMAZING collage!!! Such cool layering and texture. Hugs, Autumn

  31. Happy PPF luving that happy looking bird, could just hear him

    Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    much love...

  32. You always get so much in your posts ... it's great.
    Your photo's are lovely, I like the shadow selfie!

    All the best Jan

  33. Looks like you have spring already! The snowbanks on the side of my driveway are 6'!

    Lovely Raven and such an interesting background!


    1. Oh dear, I'm happy it's not like that here!

  34. Ein wunderbares Mixed Media Kunstwerk, da gibts viel zu sehen an Texturen und Collagematerial. Super gemacht.
    Liebe Grüße

  35. I LOVE your mixed media piece! You put so many important items in your artwork that hold special meaning too. I have a special place in my heart for Ravens and Crows so that pulled me in right away. And as always, I enjoy your photos of your walks in your part of the world. Always beautiful! Happy PPF and have a GREAT weekend, Hugz, Rasz

  36. What fabulous mixed media piece Valerie! Wonderful combination of colour and texture and a real feast for the eyes! I love your bird and the references to other things in your life! Your photos are of course brilliant - it has been good to see some sun here this week too! Chrisx

  37. Hi Valerie! Love your page and all of the stuff you added in there. Great detail shots of all the texture!

  38. A great project with so much wonderful texture and detail! Thank you so much for sharing and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  39. Wow! Can't believe your snow is all gone here!
    Ours is still hanging on, although it is warming up a bit!
    What a cool piece you've shared with us today, I love the symbolism you've explained. Isn't it great when a piece comes together so well like this?
    I do hope you are feeling better Valerie,take care~
    love & hugs,Jackie

  40. Yet another amazing piece of art, Valerie! I love crows/ravens and I get daily visits from them also. Great photos too. :)

  41. So much texture and interest!
    Sandy xx

  42. Your mixed media piece is so much fun! I love the texture and your explanation of the symbolism. Thanks for taking us on your walk. I love your photo of the squashed moon! Have a lovely week.
    ~~ Irene

  43. This is cool...colors, textures.
    Have a good week ahead!

  44. I love your raven piece! You made my heart smile! Great pumpkin moon picture! LOL! Love your photos of your walk! What a beautiful day! Big Hugs!

  45. Your textures and layers are awesome!! I love the way you painted your raven, and the vibrant colors around him really make him stand out! Beautifully done! Have a wonderful, creative week!

  46. this is so cool - so many things to look at. brilliant piece - Thanks for joining us at Stamps and stencils! Hugs rachel x


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