Sunday, 23 April 2017


When Mr. E. goes away for a few days I have a solo Art Retreat at home.
I try to make art in a different way, for example larger than my normal sizes, maybe something large like this one below.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

This one would have gone straight in the fire but I kept it till the next day when it seemed to have matured overnight like a cheese, and now I quite like it. 

It's roughly 17 x 11 inches (43 x 28 cms.) and is painted with oil pastels and watercolours.

It's for "Art Journal Journey" where Susi and Hazel are asking us to make art on the fascinating theme "Magical Mystery Tour".  
The sweet creature on the right has just been let out of the tour bus and is wondering what to do now.

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Contrastingly "Moo-Mania" is asking us to make faces and although "Moo-Mania" no longer asks that the art is Moo size, I painted my face as a Moo card, that is measuring 1.1 x 2.8 inches (2.8 x 7 cms.).

I've only once painted a face and it spooked me out so much that after a week I had to set it on fire and delete all the photos of it, not forgetting to delete the deletions.

I've called this more friendly person the bearded lady, because for some reason known only to her, although she has pink hair she also seems to have a yellow beard, haha! 
I don't think she will be set on fire. 

Have a happy day!


Valerie-Jael said...

What a fun journal page, and your bearded lady is definitely something different. Enjoy your Sunday, Valerie

Annette P. said...

Wow ... so colourful and happy journal page! So many lovely details!
Have a nice sunday!
Hug, Annette

Meggymay said...

It looks a wonderful magical journal and the bearded lady made me smile, Both fantastic art projects.
Yvonne xx

Rike said...

The sweet creature is wondering about that colourful landscape, never seen before! She (?) is thinking "What a magical mystery tour"! But then she saw the bearded lady ... oh what mystery! Pink hair and yellow beard - and it's NOT a man!
Happy Sunday - I love your fantasy-paintings! And please, for the fire - take wood not paintings :)
Rike x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh I can imagine how great it is to have just ME art time at home. I can tell you that every day on which it happens that hubby as well as Julia aren't at home are my most beautiful days ... pssst!
I love your oilpastel- watercolor painting so much and I swear the dogs and I saw exactly this creature on Friday in the forest... we really wondered what this was?? And it seemed to be are very inquisitive creature . Now I know that it got on the tour bus and went straight to Scottland - no wonder that we didn't see it here again.
Thank you so much for a wonderful imaginative Orange Esmeralda original linked to Art Journal Journey!

I am in love with your little bearded lady on this lovely Moo ( I pinned it to the MM&M board since it is such a little gem) it reminds me that I have to pluck my facial hair again... I am so happy that my facial hair is not so lavishly growing and it's blond- otherwise it would look like very

Thank you for your wonderful support of AJJ and MM& M dear Sheila!
I hope you have a nice Sunday and a good start into the new week!
much love from

ULKAU said...

Oh yes, I know very well that I often don't like what I just created. But before I throw it away, I put it aside.
On the other day you suddenly have a completely different feeling, when you look at his picture ...
Well fine, that your painting is not burned and you show us the picture here! A good idea to use oilpastells with watercolor, because the oil colors stop the water colors!
And so funny is your bearded lady ... but better a blond beard than a black one!
Happy sunday - Ulrike

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Fantastic, beautiful and fun page, the poor little rooster left off the bus :( Gorgeous colours. I also love alone time at home and in my 'studio'. Unfortunately I haven't had any creative time in over a month. Take good care, Hugs xx

SusuPetal said...

From big to tiny! I also love to combine oil pastels and water color. It's so fun to look where water is making its way.
That bearded lady is somehow so sweet <3

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wonderful artwork here.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

sirkkis said...

Hello Sheila! Hope there on the bus stop happen some nice to your traveller creation, and I see it next time ;)
The face is really unusul but not scary, and she seems to be happy with it 😜
Have a great upcoming week ♥

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

In true Orange Esmeralda style, your AJJ page is both fascinating and colorful, Sheila. I hope your little friend doesn't get lost, but can find its way back to the bus once it has explored the colorful area around it.

Had to laugh at your Moo. The bearded lady deserves a place of honor. So glad she didn't get consumed by the fire, because I really like how she looks. Hope your Sunday is going well, too.

Annie said...

I'm glad you are not quick to toss your art into the fire. Allowing it to age like cheese works pretty well. I trash mine right away to get it out of site. Then I go back digging later and hope that I didn't toss out something terribly messy that would have mixed with it. That little ostrich-chicken is adorable. Obviously you didn't know for sure what it was. But I did. This is terrific for a magical mystery piece. I love the mix of oil pastels and watercolors. They play so nicely together. It is quite curious how the lady got her yellow beard...poor dear. It seems she might be rather a lonely sort at this time, but I know you'll find her some friends very soon who won't even ever notice her beard at all. She dresses wonderfully.

limmelon said...

I love big, colourful, brash, magical, non-incinerated, mixed media, fun. Super. The moo is definitely hair raising bearded fun as well. Love them both !! Awesome !!

Anonymous said...

Positively huge and I love it...sigh, and would be just as wonderful absolutely tiny of course. xox

My name is Erika. said...

Sounds like you are having a fun little staycation as we call it here. How fun. I love your piece. I hope that cute guy takes a big breath and just takes in all those gorgeous colors. Its like walking into a beautiful garden. :) Have fun with your mini art retreat. Hugs-Erika

Giggles said...

Hahaha the bearded lady sounds like every menopausal woman!! Quite fun she is...I suspect when the cats away the mice play and that was actually yellow shaving cream to catch all those coarse little hairs in her cross fire.. I am on a cliche mania!! The painting is whimsical, vibrant and full of life with an adorable creature!! Keep going, I think there is way more fun to be had! More magical mystery tours me thinks!! Have fun!! As always a very fun visit!! I leave smiling!!

Hugs Giggles

Hugs Giggles

johanna said...

i´m grinning about your moo - and i immediately would adopt that sweet creature out of the bus. yes, solo-art-days are the best days! no Need to clear the table for eating interruptions or such. i really enjoy that!!

hazel said...

I love your fun art projects, I wish I could be with your cute little creature exploring the magical land.
xxx Hazel.

Jeannette said...

what a fun magical page,love the shapes and the colors,this little man had fun in this world.
happy rest week.

hugs jenny

Let's Art Journal said...

Wishing you a magical day too! I love the way your colours merge and blend together to create such beautiful patterns and a deep depth of colour, how wonderful it would be to actually see you create a piece like this and learn more about your techniques :-) . The turquoise blue and the purple on your painting is particularly lovely and I adore your little winged dragon too! Your bearded lady made me smile, you have such an imagination my dear friend :-) . Have a great week! J :-)

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

What a sweet little creature! I want to go to this bus stop! Your work makes me happy, thank you for showing it.

The Happy Whisk said...

OMG. I love that last one!

Fodie Ann said...

So glad your floral wonderland avoided a fiery end, it looks a magical place for the sweet creature to explore! The three arches on the right might almost be doorways into mystical new worlds! She does look apprehensive, maybe she is wishing that she had a friend with her. Have a good weekend Sheila, with or without Mr E! Hugs

geistige_Schritte said...

Wie süss und fröhlich die Reise in diesem Wunderland!
Ach und die Bärtige Dame ist eine drollige Frau!
Gruss Elke

Gibby Frogett said...

ahhh what a fabulous and happy post Sheila - just the tonic today on this rainy, windy and occasional sunny, bank holiday - really made smile.
And phew! what a relief that the fire did not see your lovely artwork - I really love colours and the magical place you created... your bearded lady made me smile too.
Hope you're having a lovely long weekend.... Gill xx

Jackie said...

I want to go on that magical mystery tour and meet that sweet creature in that wonderful land! It looks fabulous. Perhaps I might bump into your bearded lady as well. I love her pink spiky hair and yellow beard!

Tammie Lee said...

I am so glad that you did not toss your piece in the fire. I feel like I am looking into a magical realm of fun and goodness. So inviting.

Fun that you try new things, sizes, people, faces.

kat said...

Your bearded lady makes me smile and I am so glad you didn't burn this beautiful art piece with all its soft and fluffy colours, a glimpse into your magical world of enchanting creatures and explosion of colour, the vegetation is positively blooming for Spring here!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Sheila, I'm visiting you from Ivy's blog!
I'm pleased that lovely colourful piece of artwork didn't go in the fire ...

All the best Jan

janie said...

hello Sheila Again showing your diversity and giving a glimpse into your incredible imagination the little purple dragon in the first picture