Sunday, 19 March 2017


Hi Everybody!

This mixed media A4 piece was made last week using a 
paper napkin on a painted and textured background. The dots were
sponged on using a stencil with red, orange and black paint.
The quote is from Nelson Mandela. I am linking to
Art Journal Journey,
Yvonne's theme of out and about.

These were taken on my way to the clinic last week:

This little chappie was sitting on a nest box and singing
as loud as he could:

 Trees are blossoming:

Saturday was cold and wet, but the gulls don't mind:

  I always love watching the day grow light:

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


  1. I was at an African-American Museum last week and this napkin you used as the focal image brought back memories of what I saw there. This is a stunning page, and I love that you always have the best napkins! It never hurts to quote Nelson Mandela, either.

    Those gulls look happy and fat. The close-up are fabulous. Loved the photos of the forsythia and daffodils, too. Spring has truly arrived in your part of the world. Hope your day is good and not at all stressful.

  2. Striking page with the wonderful orange colours and the terrific African image. Add to that a Mandela quote in your own beautiful writing and what could be better

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Reminds me of Kenya - very effective. I always associate the forsythia as the first real sign of spring. Stunning photography as usual

  4. The sun in the last photo looks like it's sitting in a nest, beautiful! Your journal page is gorgeous as always, you have a wonderful eye for colour and atmosphere. Fantastic photos! Have a good rest today, hugs, Sarah

  5. Great artwork and lovely photos. thanks for sharing them.

  6. Very nice, sort of African look. Love the pics.xx ♥[aNNie]

  7. Das Orange in diesem schönen Mixed-Media-Bild ist so brillant leuchtend!
    Wunderbar, in deiner Umgebung blüht schon alles - bei uns sind gerade mal die Krokusse heraussen!
    Liebe Grüße, Rike

  8. Your orange and red AJJ piece is sublime, beautifully minimalist, and the background is superb. I love the way you painted a very light touch of lilac-pink.
    Your photographs are stunning too, beautifully composed and full of interest.
    I looked carefully at your blogposts posted while I have been off-line. Really Valerie, you excel yourself each time. I'm glad I didn't have to think of a comment for some of your art as it left me speechless with admiration. There's so much variety and creativity and originality. Yes, I'm a great fan.
    Hope you have a good week.

  9. OK- think it is time to move someplace else to get away from this winter!:) Loving those gorgeous spring photos today Valerie. You really have spring blooms galore. AND I really love your journal page today too. The colors are so vibrant and warm and its a great quote. Perfect for Yvonne's fun theme. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great start to the new week. Hugs-Erika

  10. What a beautiful journal page Valerie. I love the colours and the dots just bring it all together. I do like Sprind and I love seeing your gorgeous pictures too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxxx

  11. The warmth of this piece, its bright, fire colors are perfect for the theme of your journal page Valerie!!! It is gorgeous!!! Perfected with the addition of the Nelson Mandela quote.
    Your photos are always so beautiful and wonderful! I love that you share them along with you fantastic art~

    Big Hugs

  12. Wonderful AJJ entry! You can feel the heat coming from the African landscape.
    I like to see the beginning of the day too, love your photos. The flowers are so pretty at this time of year.

  13. I do so love the art today and the Mandela quote is perfect for it. Spring is very much alive in your neck of the woods ♥♥♥ It is making a comeback here after our deep freeze of last week.

  14. I really do love this page Valerie!! The color goes perfectly with the image.
    What would we do without our love for birds. We saw a lot of Storks in Spain - not so much here though.
    Sandy xx

  15. Lovely pics full of spring! ♥
    xo Michelle

  16. wunderschön so fantastisch die Farbe der Sonnenhitze in dein Journal!
    Herrlich mal wieder deine Fotos bei dir!
    Schönen Sonntagabend!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  17. What a wonderful and moving piece of art. I love the quote and how you've illustrated it. Your photos are also lovely, the little singing bird is so sweet.

  18. Beautiful page for AJJ and lovely spring photos!

  19. YOU are definitely bursting into Spring there, we've still got snow on the ground, boo hoo. Always love to see the barges on the river. The big tugs have been moving boats about on the river here quite a bit too. Like your Nelson Mandala inspired page. xox

  20. Schön deine Afrika-Seite mit dem weisen Mandela Zitat. Herrliche Frühlingsfotos und diese Sonnenaufgangs-Fotos sind wieder traumhaft schön. Toll dieses Farbspiele.
    Liebe Grüße

  21. Oh Wow, that is an awesome page Valerie. The main image of the African people looks fabulous. I had to look twice when I read it was a napkin, it looked like a painting to me. It was a lovely quote to add to the page as well.
    Loved the photos you shared as well.
    Yvonne xx

  22. Wow Valerie! What an amazing page! It really does look as though it is from South Africa! Your photos are brilliant - loved seeing the nuthatch - certainly looking like Spring! The sunrise shots are so beautiful! Hugs, Chrisx

  23. Your napkins are a wonderful reminder of the importance of truth and reconciliation.

    The spring flowers are a delight.

  24. A wonderful page Valerie and beautiful photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  25. Such a poignant quote and beautiful colours on your page! And then you give us more beauty with those wonderful spring flowers and blooms, pretty birds singing and that amazing sunrise - thank you dear Valerie! Hope you are not as tired and doing well :-) . Wishing you a great start to the week! J :-)

  26. I love these ethnic pieces that you are creating.

  27. What a glorious walk!
    As always, love your piece.
    Have a quick day and relaxing evening.

  28. GORGEOUS art project Valerie-wow!! Wonderful to see it looking like Spring somewhere.... the snowstorm we got last week has done so much damage to the blooms we were hoping to see by now:(
    Thanks for all the beautiful photos!

  29. Fabulous artwork -love those warm colours and the imagery on that napkin is great.
    The gulls always look so sad - I thought they'd be a bit happier now that spring seems to have arrived and the flowers are starting to bloom :)
    Gill xx

    1. I think they are more interested in food than flowers!

  30. Your spring just sets my heart aglow! I love seeing your birds and your art today is, as always, lovely! Happy new week and happy spring!

  31. Wonderful piece today, I really love that quote you used. Your photos are amazing. Your trees are all blossoming, so beautiful. I've never seen a yellow one like that first photo, so gorgeous! Wonderful sunrise shots, you have a great view! :)

  32. Great art piece Valerie!!! I love the quote!! Love your images! Truly beautiful! Everything is sure "Springing" around where you are! LOL! Big Hugs!

  33. What a glorious post Valerie!
    Your soulful artwork,led the way for your beautiful Forsythia and other spring photos! i can almost smell the freshness from here!
    ps love the quote


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