Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blooming Friendships

Hello everyone! Hope everyone's had a good week and have some fun plans for the coming weekend!


 This is a page in my watercolor journal. I played a lot with watercolors and sketching while at the beach a few weeks ago and have been sharing my pages in recent posts. This one was inspired by two things- the girlfriends I went shopping with a few times (we had SO much fun!) and a whimsical style inspired by the new book I picked up to read while away. The book is called Creative Girl-Mixed Media Techniques For An Artful Life by Danielle Donaldson. Thanks so much for the recommendation Susan!)
                                       Do any of you have it? What do you think of it?
 I was immediately enchanted by the cover and that delight continued all the way through the book!! And then I saw that coincidentally she was featured in Somerset Studio July/August (which I had also taken to the beach to read) in the Artist Profile section! I love the projects and lessons and have been following them to learn to be freer with the drawing part and using  randomly painted pages to form a theme or story.

 My page began like this:


The flower girls in the completed pg. are part of a notecard I cut and glued to this page Then I looked for imagery like flowers and hearts in the paint and with a black pen and a white pen I doodled away. I wrote in pencil at the top "friendship in full bloom". I have several more pages in the works and almost complete so be on the lookout! As a matter of fact-I'll show you a loose pencil sketch that began my second page for another of Danielle's projects:



 Now for something completely different (well, variety IS the spice of life isn't it?)



  This is a mosaic collage done in another journal inspired by the theme at ArtJournalJourney "through my window" along with  inspiration from a You Tube video by Serena Barton. You can see my other mosaic collage projects along with the links here and here. And I'll have more exciting news to share with regards to Serena very soon!!

 The images are from Paper Whimsy and I typed the words "par la fenêtre, elle rêve",  French for "by/through the window she dreams".

 Linking this post to Art Journal Every Day; Art Journal Journey; Art it Friday-Show Your Face, Mix It Monthly (theme is mixed media flowers) and Paint Party Friday. Tout a l'heure!

" I cannot imagine where I would be today if it were not for the friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun."    Chuck Swindoll
 









38 comments:

  1. Love all you have made, especially the beautiful journal page. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

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  2. What a lovely quote you shared here Linda...it really touches my heart!
    So much creativity to enjoy. Your watercolor is charming and letting the background speak to you is a wonderful creative way to work/play.
    Your sketch of the girl looks dear already and your journal page is so rich.
    I just shared a "French" title for my latest AJJ entry...please tell me if I got the French correct for Through my Window?
    oxo

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    1. yes it is correct:) It is the more formal and "correct" way but I use 'par' because of my family and the dialect I learned from them.

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  3. I really love your mosaic art work. It's utterly beautiful. Gorgeous work, Linda,
    hugs xx

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  4. Wow-- all this is so beautiful! Amazing art this week Linda- The WINDOW page is awesome!
    I wish you a happy weekend and say thank you for linking to Art Journal Journey!
    ♥♥♥
    Susi

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  5. Wow- they are both so beautiful, but so different Linda. Light and heavy. I can see why you did the watercolor at beach-it feels so playful and fun.Like being at the beach with friends. have a great weekend.

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  6. Stunning water colour tribute to your friends and that shopping trip...I love it!! Looks like a book to give a gander!! Thanks for the heads up.. Beautiful out the window page too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  7. I really like the joy and liveliness of that first page, probably inspired by your girlfriends' get together. The imagery that you incorporated is sweet, and you echoed it beautifully throughout the background. Blessings!

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  8. Your journal page is very frothy and fun
    Hurrah for girlfriends! And pink martinis!
    Happy PPF

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  9. Lovely work today Linda!!! Love the Windows journal page ♥ and the quote is great too . Have great weekend. We have wet and cool again here. Not a good combination for me .

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  10. Isn't water colors fun to play with? So many possibilities and always such pretty results.

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  11. Oh I love both piece for many reasons. The first is so light and airy an reminds me of spring, The second feels dark and moody with lots of depth. That's how I can be sometimes, from one mood to the next.

    Kate

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  12. What lovely pieces and so different. Stunning colour in the mosaic.

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  13. " I cannot imagine where I would be today if it were not for the friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun." Chuck Swindoll
    Wonderful quote and your watercolors are fun and happy. Glad you joined us.

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  14. Pretty page, that first one, the other is so different but nice too.

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  15. These are great and I love the complete turn around in style. The watercolor girls are fresh and joyful, and the second piece has a moody look. Both are beautiful!

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  16. Two wonderful pieces of art though very different in style. I have the book ordered and it's on it's way. Now looking forward to receiving it even more.

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  17. You sound like you're having lots of fun and these are so beautiful, such great art! I love the soft water colour piece and also that mosaic collage, both beautifully done!

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  18. Girl friends are a joy at any age, Linda! I love how you have expressed this in your beautiful watercolor painting. And your mosaic collage is creative and lovely. Thanks for the Chuck Swindoll quote. It's great.

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  19. I loved the delicate and fun watercolours, and then that dense and fabulous collage, you have such a great range of creative output! Happy PPF TOO!

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  20. I would love to flip through your watercolour journal! It looks so delicate and happy with those light colours.

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  21. Beautiful images... and the quote, totally true! ♥

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  22. Love the notecard with the sweet ladies. It's a lot of fun to go shopping with girlfriends! Love the collage page as well. Variety is the spice....

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  23. I really like the difference between the light and the dark..l they sort of show the best in both... And I love that you are branching out more and more and being so adventurous with your work... It is a joy to watch

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  24. Love both pages. Your "Serena" inspired page is dark and moody. Serena is wonderful, had a chance to take a workshop with her a few years back and she is a great person to have teaching you. She does great work too, I like it very much. Sounds like your beach trip was joyful and fun. xox

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  25. Yes. Variety IS. And these pages are both lovely, each in their own special way!

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  26. I love both pieces and that they are so different. Wonderful to read that you found a book that inspires you and helps bring your art to life.

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  27. I love your dancing girls. The second piece is just dynamic. Well done
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  28. Looks like you had lot of fun with the watercolor page. Brought a smile to my face.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  29. Oh my goodness!Linda your art inspired by the book is fabulous. However the end result is so unique,it is entirely 'Linda's creation'-:)I love it when an artist inspires us that way. Your collage inspired by Serena Barton looks lovely too.
    Hugs
    Susan

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  30. Such beautiful artwork, Linda. I love the magical water colour and the richness of the red mosaic. xx

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  31. How gorgeous Linda, I'm loving each one. Just so fabulous. Thanks for linking up to Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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  32. Wow these sweet girls! They look like they were flying with their beautiful flowers! Seems a good choice to buy this book, haha! Can´t wait to see more of these paintings of you!! http://mix-it-monthly.blogspot.de

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  33. I can see the joy in these, especially the watercolor -- looks lovely!

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  34. I love how you made it so delicate... wow.. Thank you so much for sharing

    Kind regards
    Mariane

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