Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Signs of spring

Hi Everybody!

It's still cold and very frosty here, but the days are longer, the sun has been shining, and nature seems to be leaning towards spring.
Today I have another A3 mixed media collage, once again using a napkin from our lovely Yvonne. I made it 2 week back when we having a lot of grey days and I needed some colour. The background was brayered with gesso with a hint of red and then stenciled with  red using a CWS stencil. 
I am linking to Paint Party Friday and to Simon Wednesday challenge, make your own background.






 I love watching the sun rise up through the frosty mist:







The texture of the trees is amazing:


Spring flowers are emerging in spite of the frosty temperatures:


  The crab apples are budding:



Catkins by the stream:


The Chinese laurel in the hedge is budding, too:






This was completely flooded a few weeks back:


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

51 comments:

  1. I adore your spring collage and love the layers and pop of red, one of your beast!!! As usual I enjoyed my walk with you and your beautiful countryside!

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  2. Love your cheery and colourful page. Robins and red always make me smile. No flowers here, but that might be because I never planted anything....The kids love the frosty weather. Have a nice evening, hugs, Sarah

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  3. Hello dear Valerie!
    Love your Spring mixed media collage with the beautiful red color and my favorite Winter Robin bird!
    Wonderful quotes too!
    Such awesome pictures of the sunrise and the blossoms of the trees and the Spring flowers!
    And here we have cold and rainy days!
    Have a relaxing evening!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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  4. Hi Valerie wow love your mixed media piece you are so clever my friend and I always enjoy your lovely photos,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

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  5. Beautiful textured page! Lovely to see spring coming in where you are!

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  6. so so true, happy for winter - love your birdie ;O)) do you have spring already? waue

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  7. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and love that text too. The bright colours are so lovely.
    Could do with signs of Spring here as none yet although it was sunny today.
    Fliss xx

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  8. Its a beautiful springtime mixed media page Valerie, I love the quotes you added and Mr Robin looks very happy on the page.
    The photos are lovely, its especially nice to see the flowers budding, although it does seem quite early. Your season seems so much more advanced than ours.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Wow, the texture you created on your mixed media page with the gesso is amazing and I love the robin too ­čśü. Great photos, those blossoms are so beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your week! J ­čśŐ

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  10. Love the collage. Can do without the sentiment as I could happily skip over Winter and still enjoy the warmer weather =^,.^= Haven't spotted the robins here, yet. Your weather is so far ahead of weather here. Had two days of unusually warm temperatures, but couldn't find any buds just yet. Just as well as more snow is expected tomorrow. Thanks for the vicarious enjoyment of Spring.

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  11. Amazing project in this collage.
    I am always amazed by your photos, you show the signs of spring coming your way with them and it's so nice to see. although our climate here is still in the 30+ celcius we can feel in the air it is turning to the next season...xx [aNNie]
     ❤️

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  12. Wonderful background and lovely journal page. I woke to ice and school closings and your photos show signs of spring.

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  13. Love your robin artwork, Valerie, and all your photos wonderful

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  14. wie romantisch sch├Ân deine Seite ist!!!! ich liebe es an zusehen und deine Fotos, toll wie es anf├Ąngt an zubl├╝hen jetzt!
    Sch├Ânen Donnerstag w├╝nsche ich dir!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

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  15. Such a beautiful page Valerie and yesterday we were 'talking' to a robin. It was all very pleasant until Vic took his camera out and it flew away.

    The photographs are wonderful and I have saved the silhouette one with the birds in the tree--just superb photography.

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. That poor bird evidently doesn't like paparazzi!

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  16. This is a really upbeat page Valerie! Love the robin singing his song! Yes, longer days are great aren't they? Love seeing the sunrise and the signs of Spring on your area!Hug,Chrisx

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  17. Valerie,
    What a beautiful page! I love the red, I really love that quote(one to think on) and that bird is so sweet!
    Beautiful sunrise photos you share! And I am sooooo jealous right now of the beautiful spring budding you have!! Oh how wonderful to see this new life coming forward! I can almost smell of it!!
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post to wake up to!
    hugs & love my friend,Jackie

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  18. Beautiful pages, I like your words and gorgeous photographs, wow. You are lucky that spring arrives sooner there than here. I enjoy winter, especially this year with lots of snow and snowshoeing in a beautiful area, but Spring takes forever to arrive here. Take good care, Shirleyxx

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  19. Faszinierende Bilder, liebe Valerie,
    egal ob selbst gemalt oder fotografiert.
    Danke f├╝rs Zeigen.
    Ich w├╝nsche dir einen gem├╝tlichen Abend.
    Viele Gr├╝├če
    Sadie

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  20. He's a sweet robin, and I love the photos Valerie! Glad the floods have gone.
    Alison xx

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  21. I love everything about this piece. The robin. The cardinal. The background. And last but not least, the perfect wordsmithing that went with it.
    Look at those beauteous crab apple blossoms. Spring is on the way.
    Hugs

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  22. Such a magical post, I love this, the colors are beautiful, the quote is wonderful and the bird is enchanting. Your photos are sublime! It is still cold where I am too, but I am dreaming of spring!
    Victoria

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  23. Your art and photos always me happy and also inspired
    Happy weekend

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  24. I always love birds in art and this page is wonderful with the blast of red. I just can't believe what is growing already near to you! So lucky! I can't wait for spring :)

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  25. What a beautiful and vibrant piece, it's very lovely! I also love your photographs, they are gorgeous.

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  26. Is that spring I see in your photos? Bulbs and birds? Oh, joy! Your piece is perfect for a day like that!

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  27. Gorgeous page and that robin napkin is so lovely! Beautiful photos too!

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  28. Love your art piece! Wise quote!
    Amazing photos, especially of the places that were flooded! You wouldn't even know! I can't believe things are already budding! Big Hugs!

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  29. Super mixed media and fab photos

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  30. Love the mixed media piece, it's so lovely to play with all sorts and your fun shines through. Lovely spring photos also.

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  31. Love this colourful page. Those reds are fabulous. I wish spring would hurry up and here, though. Still freezing in this part of the world.

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  32. Great mixed media page Valerie, the red really makes it pop and who doesn't love a robin? Fantastic spring photos too. It's wonderful to see all of the signs begin to pop! Happy PPF to you :D

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  33. It's so wonderful to see the beauty of nature in all it's glory, and that media page is bright and festive. Red is one of my favorite colors. Everything about it is so gorgeous. Happy Friday! Hugs...RO

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  34. fab Springtime art- of course I love that pop of red on the page! Loving your beautiful sunrise and nature pics. It sure does look like Spring can't be too far away. Happy PPF!

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  35. Yet another lovely piece of artwork. You never fail to amaze me. I agree that we appreciate spring even more because of winter, but I'm still very grateful that our winters are rarely harsh. Spring is breaking out all over here, too. Daffodils and hyacinths are blooming in our yard, and trees are budding all over the place. Pretty soon, we'll have so much pollen, we'll have to shovel it from our front porch. (A slight exaggeration, but not by much.)

    Your sunrise photos are marvelous, as always. I like the one with the birds in silhouette, too. Very atmospheric. You told me a while back that I could use any of your pics for my book cover, and what I'm thinking about doing is getting my cover designer to add the silhouette of a barn swallow (with a forked tail) to one of the simpler sunrise pics. It would be absolutely PERFECT to accompany the story. :)

    Have a super weekend.

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    1. Gorgeous photos of springs hope! I love that background and of course all the colour! Congratulations being featured at ppf! You are one of the most prolific contibutors!

      Peace Giggles

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  36. I love you piece Valerie, very true words but give me Spring any time! Your photographs are beautiful - so fresh xx

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  37. I like how you used that stencil, and the texture the gesso makes. Congrats on being the featured artist at PPF!

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  38. Lovely photos Valerie, and love your mixed media piece...,that pattern is striking too...We are so hot here I can’t wait for cooler weather...today will be almost 40 c here in Australia...not happy...just too hot...thanks for popping b my blog too and subscribing. It’s a mixed bag channel, hope you can enjoy some of the videos...xx

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  39. Really really nice! I love the saying and also that sweet European Robin...the color is so cheerful!

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  40. beautiful verse and lovely page with those gorgeous colours. hugs, Teresa

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  41. How did I miss this post? I am glad I found it though. Your spring tag has great colors and texture to it, and I do love seeing spring arrive for somebody. We were hot Wednesday and had an inch of snow yesterday. Now it is icing and they say more snow on Sunday. Oh my! Happy weekend Valerie. Hugs-Erika

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  42. I love the paper napkin background applied with gesso and the resulting texture. The colors are striking and the lovely little robin delightful anytime as a harbinger of Spring. Congrats on having last weeks collage chosen for the spotlight, Valerie.

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  43. Love all the beautiful buds! Such a hopeful sign of spring.

    Your artwork is gorgeous. The red is perfect and the quote goes so well. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  44. A breath of fresh air! Love the red background with the robin and the photos a with peeks of spring

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  45. Gorgeous Winter collage Valarie! The robin is beautiful and the words and textures are lovely.
    Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos too.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

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  46. Beautiful artwork! Love the sweet bird! Awesome photos too! Happy PPF :)

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