Thursday, 23 February 2017

Paint Party Friday

Hi Everybody!

This week has flown by, or perhaps been blown away by
the stormy winds we have had these past 2 days.
I hope it soon calms down and turns towards spring.
Today when I was waiting for the bus, I was surrounded by 
strange beings - a cow and a bear, 2 very sexy nuns,
some milk maids, a devil, Pippi Longstockings 
and 2 Japanese schoolgirls  in cake-frill short skirts.
And when the bus came along it was filled with more
strange folk. No, I haven't lost my last remnant of sanity -
today is the first day of the carnival here in Rhineland,
and strangely costumed people are in the majority. They
were on their way into Düsseldorf to join in the fun and parades,
and some were already very drunk   rather 'merry' although
it was still early in the morning.

Today I am sharing a 12"tag, made from partly peeled corrugated
card and collaged and painted in several layers, with some added 
stamping on the top layer. I used some swallows from a stamp set 
sent to me by Sabine, and some washi tapes from Gill
thanks ladies:

I added some moulding paste and art stones to make the centres
of the flowers, adding Stickles to give them some glitter:

I am linking to Tag Tuesday, spring flowers, Paint Party Friday, Stamps and stencils (paint, crackle and texture) and More mixed media, anything goes.

And I have one last piece for Linda's lovely challenge of 
'50 shades of red' at

Here are the last photos taken at the museum, I love to walk through the rooms and view my fave paintings and installations:

This is a piece made by Marcel Broodthaers out of mussel shells:

 I can never resist viewing Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró,
Pablo Picasso, George Grosz, Carlo Carra, Kurt Schwitters,
Paul Klee, Franz Marc and Amedeo Modigliani. It's a strange 
feeling, humbling and inspiring at the same time,  to stand 
in a room surrounded by these
great Artists, 

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Exceeding the limits....

Hi Everybody!

For Art Journal Journey, Linda's lovely theme of
50 shades of red I have a hybrid piece:

And I made a journal page with many layers, one over the other, using stamping, stenciling and collage.

And I have some more pictures from the
Otto Dix Exhibition, 'The evil eye'

His self-portrait:

Heinrich George, an actor:

Some pictures influenced by war:

And the lady on the leopard skin:

The view from the Museum's Cafe into the museum:

And the view from the window:

My wonderful coffee:

Outside the museum:

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

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Getting beady

Hi Everybody!

Hope you had a good day. I went to the museum again, as it
was a wet and windy day, and I wanted to see
the Otto Dix exhibition again - and
it is well worth looking at!

In the past few days I have been making beads from
paper and cloth, so I have some decorations
to hang onto journals and /or tags. I mostly used ribbon, rolled over a knitting needle and fixed with wire. Then I dipped the beads into various Frantage EPs and embossed them. The heat melded the layers of ribbon
together and gave a lovely effect. They are between 2 and 3 1/2". I added beads and bits and bobs of old costume jewelry:

This was a fun project. I am linking to altered eclectics, anything goes and allsorts challenge, anything goes.
The Otto Dix exhibition is called 'Der Böse Blick' - 
The Evil Eye.
Otto Dix was one of the artists befriended by Mother Ey. His style is 
known as the 'new Objectivity'.

Here are a few of his paintings:
Max John:

Otto Dix and Kurt Günther:

Dr Paul Ferdinand Schmitt:

Martha Dix

Nelly, his daughter:

Mother Ey:

Adolf Uzarski:


Anita Berber:

And the little street named after Mother Ey is
just a few yards from the K20 museum:

I will show the rest another day!

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