Thursday, 19 July 2018

Sun and sunflowers

Hi Everybody!

Time is flying and it's time for a new post. It's still very hot here, no sign of a break in the weather yet.

I have a canvas (16" x 19") to share that I started some time back, and managed to finish  last week. I used structure paste to add texture. The sunflowers were made using pastes through a stencil and then painted in gold metallic paints. The centres were filled with multi-coloured gilding flakes. The flowers on the right are some I picked ready dried from the meadows by the Rhine. The leaves were cut from a sheet of paper, painted with metallics, and partly embossed with Frantage to give more texture. I also used some rusting powder and more gilding flakes to add some interest to the background. In real life it is a little darker, the metallic paints make it hard to photograph:
















I am linking to Paint Party Friday, Simon Monday Challenge ( add some sparkle) and That's Crafty, close to nature.

The photos were taken on my early morning walks this week:











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

45 comments:

  1. wow,was für ein traumhaftes gemälde,so toll mit den goldenen akzenten und den weißen blümchen dazu,gefällt mir ganz großartig,auch das du die sonnenblumen in gold gestencelt hast passt super zum rostigen hintergrund,eine wucht ist das,liebe valerie.
    tolle bilder vom wasser hast du gemacht.
    einen schönen tag.

    schöne grüße jenny

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  2. Your photos are gorgeous BUT your fabulous work of art with the gliding flakes, wow, outstanding. Would have loved to be with you when you made this...need a lesson or two...hugs.xx

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  3. Your sunflower canvas is wonderful, so rich and full of summer. Love all the golden accents, just beautiful. Great photos, too. Have a great day, keep cool! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. What a fabulous mixed media piece Valerie, just looking at all those textures and art marks makes me so happy to see. Those little extras really make it a statement piece. Thanks for sharing over at That's Crafty.
    Always delightful to take a stroll through your captured moments..
    Have a super day..Hugs Tracey x

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  5. Beautiful sunflowers. The colors and textures are just delicious. Looks like another lovely day down by the river. Hay bailing is happening here, too. A cold front brought strong thunderstorms and heavy rains that broke the heat and humidity for a few days. Hope you get some relief from the heat, too.

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    1. So do I, but there's no relief in sight!

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  6. Wow. I not only think the metallic paint works so well but the texture background also adds so much wow to this piece. Beautiful work Valerie. Sorry to hear you still have the heat but your photos look beautiful. Hope it cools off soon! Hugs-Erika

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  7. Your canvas is so beautiful, gorgeous texture you created. Lovely photos from your walk.

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  8. Oh wow, I love today's project, the colours and textures are amazing!!!
    We are off to France next week, via Germany where we will be for a few days, - hope the weather will have cooled down a little by then, - we are not used to it....

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    1. It's expected to be even hotter next week!

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  9. I love this piece. It's wondrous. My grandfather grew sunflowers so they always bring back fond memories.
    Hugs

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  10. Glorious glorious sunflowers, amazing texture and rich colors. You out sis your self!!!!!!!

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  11. A gorgeous canvas Valerie. The sunflowers with the gold highlights look beautiful and the textures look wonderful as well.
    Super photos of your morning walks.
    I think we are all hoping for cooler weather.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Gorgeous sunflowers and amazing textures, love the addition of the dried flowers. Lovely photos too, we are still having the very hot weather and the fields around us are looking brown and dried up.

    Joan

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    1. Same here and it's getting hotter....

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  13. Lovely canvas art. I especially like the dried flowers that look like they are growing up the side of a tree trunk. hugs, Teresa

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  14. Hi Valerie wow and double wow your canvas is stunning and i love the colours and textures you have used,well done my friend xx

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  15. I think my new mantra is I'm habitually late to the party. I am sorry I've not been by sooner. This canvas is unbelievable. It is incredibly beautiful, and, as someone who also has trouble getting shimmer to show up in my photos, I can still appreciate the beauty of this gorgeous canvas.

    I loved the bird on the pole and red "thingy." Really awesome.

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  16. Super texture and love the shimmering gold u have used

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  17. Your sunflowers are stunning with gorgeous color and details!!!
    Always your photos are breathtaking and happy!!!

    Happy PPF 🎨

    Hugs

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  18. Lots of nice textures on your botanical canvas! Lovely photos too. Happy PPF!

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  19. I love all the textures in your canvas. Happy PPF and blessings!

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  20. Lots of really lovely textures in your big canvas piece! Those flowers always make me happy :)

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  21. Gorgeous metallics, Luv the macro showings
    Happy PPF

    much love...

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  22. I had no idea that the metallics showed this well. These are lovely and I enjoy all of the texture. Happy PPF

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  23. Wow, what an amazing canvas! I love all the stunning detail that you created, the flower texture and shine is amazing 😁. Such fabulous photos too, as always! Happy Friday and weekend dear Valerie! J 😊 x

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  24. What a magnificent art creation and 'how it was done' ~ gorgeous! And your morning walk photos are divine too!

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

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  25. Wow, your painting is amazing! I love it, it's so full of texture and variances. The photo are lovely too.

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  26. Beautifully done! I love all the texture. Where you put the dry flowers at the bottom right almost looks like it's tree bark. And the blue of the sky in your pictures is gorgeous .... Happy PPF!

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  27. Wow this is absolutely stunning. So much texture and just wonderful arrangement. I just love seeing the photos too. I really want to come visit there.

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  28. That is a large, gorgeous painting! WOW! Love the detail! Beautiful pictures! I love that duck on the sign! LOL! Big Hugs!

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  29. I hope it cools down for you soon!

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  30. Lovely summer photos, and your canvas is stunning Valerie! Such wonderful textures!
    Happy weekend,
    Alison xxx

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  31. Gorgeous canvas Valerie! the sunflowers are stunning, such beautiful colours and textures!

    Lovely photos too, you live in a very beautiful place!! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  32. Just love it! That's a stunning piece! Reminds me of the work done on lacquered panels for boxes and screens, etc in Japan. Just gorgeous!!!

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  33. A stunning canvas Valerie, love the colours and textures and the sunflowers look fabulous with the gilded finish and the dried flowers are a lovely addition.
    Avril xx

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  34. SO many wonderful textures on your sunflower canvas! I love the sparkle and the addition of real flowers. A beautiful piece, Valerie!
    Kate

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  35. You piece of art is magnificent! The shimmer and texture go so well together! Have a lovely week.
    ~~ Irene

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  36. Wow! Your art is great, a lovely canvas with great colours and texture.

    Always enjoy your photographs, and a good idea to walk early when the heat of the day is at it's lowest.

    All the best Jan

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  37. Ooh this is really nice! I love the sparkle and texures of your embossing and gilding flakes. I think this hot weather is here to stay a little while longer phew! xx

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  38. Valerie, the gilding is absolutely stunning and you do it so well -- very precise and even. It gives such remarkable texture. Í'm impressed.

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  39. WOW WOW and WOW!!! What a stunning canvas!!! I am not sure if I see more Monet or Klimt in this! Truly amazing Valerie!
    You know, your artwork has no limits my friend!
    hugs,Jackie

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  40. Your floral collage is gorgeous Valerie and the flowers are stunning. Love the addition of the natural elements too.
    Great photos as always and sorry for the late comment!
    Thanks for joining in with nature challenge at That's Crafty! and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss xx

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