Wednesday, 20 February 2019

THE YELLOW TOWER AND THE GIANT SQUARE FLOWERS

We're still being Yellow this month with Rike at "Art Journal Journey".

Even the local Gas Board joined in by leaving this monster cable outside our house for several days.



What to do with the colour yellow?
I found some yellow watercolour pens and made a very quick sketch, 10 minutes maximum, on a scrap bit of cartridge paper, just to see what happened and to see what other colours could go with yellow.  You can see some try-out colours top right.

ORIGINAL YELLOW TOWER QUICK SKETCH



Plan was to make another painting in my good sketchbook but somehow this quick sketch took on a life of its own.   I managed to remove the try-out colours by wetting and blotting (repeatedly).


YELLOW TOWER WITH WILD GIANT SQUARE FLOWERS



Then I decided to have some fun with it.
The giant square flowers are not flowers, now they are search lights.

Do you like the little houses with their windows all lit up and their pink chimneys?

YELLOW TOWER AT NIGHT WITH SEARCH LIGHTS



If you are a blue tower you can have a pond instead of a flower bed.

BLUE  TOWER WITH POND



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Back in Real Life Land, Douglas and I went in search of flowers in the garden.
He found a Spotted Pulmonaria in the Forest Trail.  We leave this area to look after itself and it seems to do just fine



and he found the Vinca Major Variegata in the Spring Bed happily flowering away, as it does at this time of year.


Douglas is very happy to be back on his gardening duties.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A YELLOW CAT?

Have you ever seen a yellow cat?

Here's one.

We have gone yellow this month and it's all due to Rike's challenge "The Colour Yellow" at "Art Journal Journey".

Have you met a romantic flower?

Here's one.

"Love is in the air" at "Moo-Mania" and 
the word is "Romance" at  "Try it on Tuesday"

and the cats




 and flowers




 and birds




 are being romantic together.




Have the very best February (my favourite month along with October (and a few other months)) and see you again soon.

Friday, 1 February 2019

THE YELLOW-WINGED GHOST BIRD


My blogging friend Rike has chosen the theme "The Colour Yellow" at  "Art Journal Journey"  this month.

Yellow is a colour I rarely use.
So this is a real challenge.

Out of curiosity I searched my sketchbooks to see if I actually had used yellow anywhere.
There wasn't much.  I found these two pages in an old sketchbook.




So here we are with a pale yellow and a dancing bird.


The flowers and the Yellow-winged Ghost Bird are bopping along at the Yellow House Rave Party.




And here is a little yellow heart.




I look forward to seeing all the Yellow Art at AJJ this month.
I might even become friends with Yellow by the end of it.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

THE SQUAREHEADS ARE IN TOWN




The friendly Squareheads are in town.
The mouse made a painting using the basic old version of Windows Paint.  The mouse loves to add the odd squiggly line.


Have you any idea what is happening here?

Maybe they are on a long country walk and are looking for a place to stay overnight?
Or has Mother Squarehead brought her little Squarehead to school?

I'd like to know.

The mouse and I are linking to "Moo-Mania" where the theme is "Squares" and to "Art Journal Journey" where Alison is asking us to make art on the theme "Geometric Shapes".


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I'm always on a mission to make more cards so made some more designs.
Here is one -  "The Blue Flower".

The original flower was part of a large artwork



and here is the card design.



Of course Douglas wanted to display the blue flower card.


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What would we do without Douglas?

Saturday, 12 January 2019

THE PINK TREE TURNS GREEN

New year, new art.

I made some collages, hoping to make non-neat collages, even using some magazine pages along with my own artwork pieces.

This one went through a thousand stages (maybe a bit less).
There are two magazine pieces, middle left and top right.  The rest is my own artwork either painted or using hand-made stamps.




I turned it green.  I think I like the green version better.  What do you think?




Here's a greetings card made with the green version.  Douglas is laughing.



The next collage is for Alison's challenge theme "Geometric Shapes" at "Art Journal Journey".  I had a lot of fun with this one.  It's made with my own painted papers.





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In Real Life Land - the weather here is quite chilly especially when there is a strong breeze but these brave little marigolds are still flowering.




And at Christmas my sister gave me this sweet little paintbox. 
It's one of the Prima Watercolor Confections sets.  It's quite delightful.  



I hope the next artwork I make will be with these intriguing paint colours.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A NEW BEGINNING

Hello everyone!  I've been having a wonderful time in Real Life with the best of visitors and the best of visiting.
Now I'm back in Blogland and looking forward to being here.

I've made a collage for "Art Journal Journey"  where Alison has chosen the very interesting theme "Geometric shapes".  
It's made from magazine images, painted newspaper and my own paintings.

LITTLE BLUE HOUSE IS COSY UNDER THE STARS



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Elizabeth and Bleubeard offers us the opportunity on the 2nd of every month to repost an old blogpost.
I hope Bleubeard especially enjoys this one which was made for a challenge in July 2014 where the theme was "Spectacles".

I've copied the old blogpost below without any change. 
Some of you may remember it, if so I hope you enjoy seeing it again, and if you haven't seen it I hope you enjoy it for the first time.

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FREE GREEN SPECTACLES FOR PINK CATS



The challenge theme at "Soartful" for the month of August is "Eyeglasses/Spectacles". 
My second thought on the theme (after the first one which was "?????") was that a short-sighted cat might need spectacles.

Have you any idea how sinister a cat looks with spectacles?

I drew endless cats with spectacles.
These are the one that are safer for you to see.


Who said you had to be able to draw to be an art blogger?
I quite like the third one but I think he's a rabbit pretending to be a cat, I might use him later. 

Here's the first Pink Cat who came along.


You may have noticed that Pink Cat does not have any whiskers - yet - a slight oversight, which luckily I noticed at the last minute.

Whose picture is she keeping in her locket?
And who doesn't qualify for spectacles? - SCOWL!


I made a half arch

and some straight lines, which you will be able to imagine,
then put everything (including Pink Cat's whiskers) together in Photoshop.
The curly font is "Pea Sheila".




Bring along your pink cat!
This amazing offer is valid for the month of August 2014!

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Apologies to all pink cats reading this but the offer has now expired.

Happy 2019, have a great year, and hope to see you many times in 2019.