Monday, 3 September 2018


Hello everybody.

Yvonne who is hosting at "Art Journal Journey" this month is asking us to make art on the theme "A World of Fantasy".   Thanks Yvonne, for a terrific choice of theme.
I went miniature again, and my full journal page conforms to the AJJ specified minimum size (just about!) so I hope that's alright with the AJJ Size Monitors.

The drawing at the start of painting.

The Dark Guardian of the Stars looks after fallen stars in his underground rooms and sends them back home when they are recovered and ready.

The full painting and the watercolour pens I'm using.

A close-up.  The little house is the teensiest bit over 2 centimetres (under an inch). 

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For those of you who like to see our garden - here is a view from the Persicaria looking over to one of our seating areas. 
You can see Mr. E's very comfortable chair and his painted flower boxes, all made from from recycled wood.

This perennial geranium is one of the loveliest flowers in the garden.  I love the strips of lime green and the dots of orange against the magenta.

The vase is one of my most precious possessions.  It was made by my niece.  Don't you think it looks like a fairy's vase?
These are Mr. E's sweet peas.  We've had the most wonderful range of colours this year. 

I've been mostly off-line for the past few weeks so I am very much looking forward to coming round and seeing what you have been doing and making.


Meggymay said...

I love this page Sheila and the back story of the fallen stars being taken care of.
It is a fabulous and magical page and your drawing is a joy to see. I am thrilled you added this to Art Journal Journey and that you like the theme I chose.
Your garden photos look lovely, the vase with the sweet peas looks so pretty, your niece gave you a wonderful gift.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

The Dark Guardian has a very important job, doesn't he? I love this page Sheila. And the story too. And you do have such a great garden too. I think Mr. E's chair looks great. And what a view. My perenial geraniums only bloom in the spring, and it would be great to have some that bloom all season-or have multiple plants so at least one of them is blooming all season. Your garden is still green and fresh and mine right now looks tired. All the what I guess. Thanks for sharing both your awesome art and that great garden photo. Hugs-Erika

Annie said...

Oh, Sheila, the Dark Guardian is an angel taking care of the fallen stars! Does he live above or at least get to roam around the tiny house and its fabulous surroundings. I’m not sure if it’s another building/castle or just painted surroundings. Either way it’s a delight. It is SO wonderful to go into your beautiful garden. You have the most gorgeous flowers. The fairy vase is a gem for sure. Your floral photos are awesome.

Chris Lally said...

Welcome back, Shelia. What a lovely post - kind of magical!! Love your contribution to AJJ.
And thank you for sharing the photographs of your beautiful garden. It is a very welcoming place. Your niece's vase with the sweet peas is icing on the cake.

Victoria said...

Beautiful art, I love the wonderful symbols and gorgeous shapes and colors of petals, flowers are stars..really magical! Your garden is gorgeous. Wow, I love the vase your niece super beautiful..very special and precious!
Have a wonderful September

froebelsternchen said...

I love the hospital for the fallen stars! And I love the whole fairy tale palast! So lovely and fancyful - your ideas are always so imaginative. What a wonderful entry for the new AJJ theme! Thank you very much ! I love your wonderful garden so much! Mr. E. is a fantastic and artistic handyman!
And this vase of your niece has stolen my heart!

Happy September dear Sheila!!!
Great to see you at AJJ again !

Big hugs, Susi

Dortesjs said...

great photos lovely garden you have

craftytrog said...

I love your imaginative and inspiring art Sheila, and your garden looks beautiful with those beautiful blooms and colourful tubs!
Happy new week,
Alison xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love the place where fallen stars can go to recover. This fantasy is so vivid, I think it shows how unique and fun your mind works. I love how you colored the place where stars can recover, too. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

Your garden is fabulous and the sweet peas are incredible. I used to have a vine of them until my neighbor built a fence and cut them down. Mr. E's are far more colorful than mine were, though.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your fantasy page Sheila! The vase is perfect for those sweet peas! Just can't grow them here! Hugs,Chrisx

Rike said...

It's a comfort to know that there exists a guardian for fallen stars and that he recovers them! If not there once will be a dark night of no stars!! He is a cute guy like you painted him! And he is working in the underground ... under a beautiful scenery of flowers, trees and an amazing house!
The view into your garden is very relaxing and Mr. E's very comfortable chair and his painted flower boxes are gorgeous!
Your geranium bloom is really a beauty! Thank you for your description of the details - I only saw them on the second look (I realized the circumstance that we sometimes do not look very exactly to the wonders of details).
Your photo with Mr. E's sweet peas is a picture (painting), also because of the vase!
love, Rike xx

SusuPetal said...

I love the story behind your drawing, good that someone's taking care of fallen stars.

Oh, the colors of those sweet peas! They look like wings of butterfly. And that vase goes just perfect with those delicate petals.

sirkkis said...

The rescuer of stars looks very bold and he is making important job 😉 Bravo! Mr. E's chair is bold too.
Love both flowers, very beautiful vase, too.
Have a nice evening 💕

Mila said...

I love your garden is beautiful and gives a lot of peace. And I also like your work and the beautiful story behind it. Hugs

Beo said...

Hi Sheila,
as always I love to see pictures from you wonderful garden. I can see that you are still feeding the birds.
And I can see that at the moment this picture was done not a single bird have been taken a bath. I wonder why.

love the dark guardian and the story about him. I really hope you will draw and paint more about him

Have a good week

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Sheila, your dark guardian of the stars paintings are wonderful. He does a great job of looking after them! To think that it is such a tiny drawing astounds me.
I love your garden and admire those lovely wooden pots by your husband.
The geranium is brilliant and I am most taken by the sweet peas in that beautiful vase.
Cheers now :D) xx

Love Affair with Food said...

This sounds so interesting and I enjoyed all the photos.

kat said...

Wonderful to be back here and enjoy your unique art. Those flowers are utterly beautiful, wow, so delicate and gorgeous and that vase is an absolute favorite, it looks magical.

limmelon said...

Super blog post. Love the five legged dark guardian and his castle. The fallen stars are certainly getting five star treatment. Plenty of space in the house for all. The garden chair looks very inviting. Super wee sweet pea vase. Love it, Awesome !!

Let's Art Journal said...

I love the thought of there being a dark gaurdian looking after fallen stars until they are ready to shine again, how magical is that! He also lives in a wonderful place with the happy flowers 😁. Your hubby is very skilled making the garden chair and tubs. The little vase is just adorable and so beautifully made, I think you are right, it looks just like a fairy's vase - I love it! I hope you are having a lovely week! J 😊 x

Lowcarb team member said...

I love the place where fallen stars can go to recover...

Your garden looks lovely.
Sweet peas are such a nice flower - love that vase too.

All the best Jan

Little Artbee said...

Your story about the dark star protector sound wonderful and your image is so nice as ever. He looks like a
Coati, very cute. ;) The flowers in the vase look also very nice. The colors of the vetch blossoms look so lovely. Hope you feel fine and you enjoy your garden. Autumn is near and other colors will come.

Jeannette said...

the story of the star protector is so wonderful,i love your garden blooms too,is very wonderful,love it!
happy weekend.

hugs jenny

johanna said...

the story of the dark guardian of the stars is priceless!! i wish i could come up with such ideas... love your drawing in the journal♥
and of course you know there is a font named "sweet pea"... i will never again use it without thinking of this wonderful photo with your niece´s vase and the adorable flowers:))
xox, johanna

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Sheila! WOW! Your world of fantasy is absolutely amazing! This theme is so perfect for your art!!! And I love seeing your beautiful photos, too. Another gorgeous world! Thank you for sharing them with all of us!

ULKAU said...

I missed that post... now I'm still late here.
Oh yes, world of fantasy, that is exactly your topic!
I'm amazed again how small your drawings need good eyes!
Vetches were always my garden favorites... the smell is so wonderful and also her color harmony. How pretty they look in this handmade vase!
Warm regards Ulrike

Anonymous said...

Garden looks wonderful, are those hollyhocks I see climbing behind the chair? Marvelous guardian for the stars. I like the thought of fallen starts being mending and sent back to the heavens. xox

A Casa Madeira said...

Very beautiful.
Nice to meet your blog.

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi..hope all well at your end of the world :)
Oh I do love your Dark Guardian of the Stars and his fabulous story very much Sheila :) but you always leave me wanting to know what happens next :(
Lovely view of your garden and Mr E's wonderful clever creations.
Ahh yes that does look like a fairy vase - I love the colours - its a beautiful vase - perfect for your pretty flowers.
Gill xx

The Happy Whisk said...

I always love seeing your garden and your art.
Really, whatever you publish, works for me because ...
I'm here to see what you're up to!
Cheers and boogie boogie.

Jackie said...

I love your little picture, and it's good to know that fallen stars can recover. Your garden looks amazing; sweet peas are one of my favourite flowers and yours & Mr E's are stunning.
Thanks for popping by and leaving all those wonderful comments. Much appreciated. Jx
P.S. the little vase made by your niece is lovely - I can see why it is precious.

Margik said...

Hi Sheila! I apologise for being such an infrequent visitor, I've been really busy.
You are so ingenious, the story of the Dark Guardian of the Stars is wonderful. A super page!
Your garden and your flowers are really beautiful.
Have a lovely week!
Mar :)

Love Affair with Food said...

I love all the pictures. Looks so awesome.

janie said...

I always love your miniature paintings, I loved the little orange flower at the beginning and then I saw the dark guardian of the stars and thought ‘wowsers’