Friday, 5 January 2018

Lots of blue

Hi Everybody!

Today we are starting a new challenge at
More Mixed Media Challenge Blog.
As always, our challenges are anything mixed
media goes, and with the optional extra
of using blue.
You have 4 weeks to link to us, so hope to see
you there.
I was rather stumped for ideas while I was
feeling so groggy, so opted for an acrylic
and pastel copy of one of Van Gogh's beautiful
night scenes. I am also linking to 

And for Wilma's 'new beginnings' theme at
I made a hybrid tag, using a hand-painted BG
and an image from LaBlanche

These photos were taken on this day one year back.
The raven is always down at the Rhine
fishing along with the ducks and gulls:

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


  1. Chi Valerie wow I love both these the first one the colours are stunning,very clever my friend đź’‹

  2. I adore your interpretation of Starry Night. It is lovely, and it has lots of blue in it. I like the church, the water, and the sky, too.

    Your tag is fabulous. I got a laugh out of "looking forward." That was very clever.

    I think a year ago, we were covered in snow, while today we are in a deep freeze and no moisture for a very long time. It's amazing to see what life was like on the Rhine a year ago, and yet, it must look very similar there today, too. So glad you are NOT venturing out because I worry so much about you. You have NO idea how much I worry that you are not getting well as fast as you should. Please take care and stay safe and warm.

  3. Love your 'Val-Gogh', I wish I could do things like that. The tag is great, love your humour, as always. Lovely photos, too, I'm sure the Rhine must be full to the brim just now, I hope it doesn't flood. We all slept in today, that was nice, no appointments to get up for and no school for the kids. Take care, have a fun day, hugs, Sarah

  4. toll die Kopie von Van Gogh gemacht und das andere Bild toll!
    Die Fotos von den Vögel sind so schön...
    Schönen Freitag wünsche ich dir!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  5. beautiful, great bird photos to ;O)

  6. Starry Night is my favorite painting. Yours is a wonderful interpretation and homage to Vincent. The crow looking out at the Rhine makes me think of the man in your tag looking forward to the possibilities of the new year. Feel better.

  7. I love your take on Van Gogh -- and Margritte? I always forget who did Bowler guy. Those birds make my heart sing!

    1. Bowler guy was Rene Magritte, I like him, too.

  8. One of my fave Van Gogh paintings-beautiful version you painted Valerie. Great looking tag too.

  9. Love your Van Gogh interpretation! Beautiful tag and photos, they look warmer than here, we are in the deep freeze.

  10. Wonderful rendition of Starry Night and lovely tag creation too and always awesome photos!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Beautiful job on your mixed media piece. Love the colors and textures in your version of Starry Night.

    I LOVE that photo of the raven. Just gorgeous. So many lovely photos, but that close up is just awesome. :)

    Have a lovely day!

  12. Wow, the mixed media piece is wonderful! That's one of my favourite paintings and you've captured it so well. Lovely :)

  13. Absolutely beautiful artwork Valerie and love the shade of blue on your mixed media piece.
    Great bird pics too, thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  14. Wow, your version of A Starry Night looks fabulous Valerie, it should be framed and on your wall.
    Its a wonderful tag as well, great words.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

    1. Thanks, I must look for an empty space on my walls!

  15. Loved your Starry Night version and all the other photographs as well!

  16. Lots of blue indeed - painting AND photos! Your blog is like a little vacation abroad! Happy New Year and PPF!

  17. I love the blue Valerie. It would be a wonderful scene to see all those swirling stars, wouldn't it? You did a wonderful job recreating in Valerie style the Van Gogh painting. And fabulous bird photos too. Hope you are feeling better and finding some art time. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  18. Lovely blues in both the pieces and the photos. I love blue:)
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Val.

  19. Your Van Gogh is amazing! I absolutely love the vivid colors. Such a beautiful piece Valerie.

  20. You had me at the title Valerie, as I love blue!
    Your Van Gogh is stunning, and I love your tag!
    Great photos of the birds too.
    Alison xox

  21. Hello dear Valerie,happy i find your blog!
    Like your mixed media and your tag too!
    Lovely colors and wonderful job!
    You are so talented!
    I enjoyed all your gorgeous pictures with the beautiful birds!
    I love birdwatching too and nature photography!
    Wishing you a happy new year with joy and happiness!
    Hope you will visit me too!
    (Aussie Dimi Decoupage)

  22. A brilliant interpretation of a favourite Van Gogh, very clever!! Lovely tag also and photos of course. Hope you feel better soon!!

  23. Du hast also Blau gemacht liebe Valerie und das ganz wunderbar. Eine herrliche Hommage an Vincent. Gefällt mir sehr, das Blau leuchtet so schön.
    Dein Tag mit dem blaulila HG sieht auch klasse aus. Der Herr mit Bowler ist schon sehr dekorativ. Deine Rabenbilder sind klasse und zeigen Herrn Rabe so schön schillern und eindrucksvoll.
    Ganz liebe GrĂĽĂźe

  24. van gosh beautiful, but the beauty of that raven stunned me, great pictures

  25. wow,das bild ist sehr klasse,eine tolle hommage an vincent van gogh,das blau ist so schön leuchtend,und dein mister bowler ist auch super.
    tolle bilder hast du wieder gemacht,der vogelschwarm ist traumhaft.
    hab heute endlich auch mal eine seite geschafft,hatte viel stress die letzte zeit,und jetzt hab ich wieder die zeit auch wieder bilder zu malen,du darfst gespannt sein.
    einen schönen sonntag.

    hugs jenny

  26. You did a fabulous job on your "Van Gough" piece. It's beautiful! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  27. On a grey day it's so lovely to see all the blue in your post.

    All the best Jan

  28. A wonderful Starry Night and your tag looks brilliant! We have been lucky enough to have a bright day today just like you had last year! Sorry to see you are not getting out at the moment! Do look after yourself! Wishing you well! Chrisxx

  29. I'm sorry you're still not feeling well! Please take care of you!
    I love your Blue art pieces!!! They are wonderful!
    Gorgeous photos!! Love Mr. Raven! LOL!
    Big Hugs!

  30. Love your starry night! So beautiful Valerie! Hope you are feeling better dear friend xo

  31. I really like this blue, vibrant art work.
    All the best for the rest of this year!

  32. Wow what a brilliant post Valerie, I love your Van Gogh piece, and that fab stamp on your second piece. Your photo's from last year are gorgeous, such vibrant colours xx

  33. So pretty love the raven too! At least you posted something...i didn't.

    Peace Giggles


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