Monday, June 13, 2016

Connections and Discoveries

  Last week I said I was going to focus on my online art classes and I am continuing to do so with another class from Radiant Faces (see badge on sidebar for link). This week I chose to do the Goddess class offered by Julie Gibbons.This is a page of sketches drawn from inspiration from my Goddess card deck by Doreen Virtue:


 Do you know which one I ended up going with?  I'll show you in a bit. But lest I forget I have a photo to share specially for the T gang over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog:


 My mom and I went to a cute little café in town for lunch and we both had the carmelized onion, mushroom and gruyere quiche along with a side salad. Everything is always made with fresh local ingredients -SO good! Bring along something beverage related in any way and come join us for T Stands For Tuesday-warning we do tend to get each other hungry quite often:)

 Back to the Goddess course. Although I cannot go into specifics as this is a paid for class I will say it was another amazing class-and I adored listening to Julie's Scottish accent!

 What I discovered was that I was mostly picking out (not on purpose) Celtic goddess cards from the deck so I knew somehow that would figure onto my personal goddess. I did look up French goddesses and I was just blown away by the fact that all of the French named goddesses are derived from Celtic roots!! I always wondered why I ( the only one in my family) have always had this connection to Celtic heritage even though I'm mostly French!


 We were to do our goddess in mandala and stylized form. I knew that for me I wanted her to be soft, to convey love and kindness and I think I did that. To color her in- we were to use -ha! alcohol markers- the very thing I had just discussed playing with in my last post! This was a very scary thing for me as I was so afraid of ruining her. But I did it. And I survived. And so did she:)


 Here's a funny thing too. After I finished her I thought she resembled Julia Roberts a bit. My son came home from work, saw my page and said-ha-"she looks like Julia Roberts" !  I chose to stamp both an Irish and a French image on the page. I learned to listen to my intuition for my goddess to emerge and so she really is mine. And this portrait looks nothing at all like the instructor's examples -or for that matter even many of the other student pieces. What a wonderful class!
Linking to Art It Friday- Show Your Face.

 One last journal page:


 Quote is by Mark Twain. The background is map tissue paper painted over with a wash of several blue paints then spattered with orange and light blue paints. The koi fish were cut from one of my Gelli Plate deli paper prints. Images and words glued to page and outlined with charcoal pencil.  This is for Art Journal Journey (theme is maps); Mix It Monthly (theme is fishes-and use orange); and Paint Party Friday.

 Speaking of Paint Party Friday, I won a piece of art in a giveaway from SusuPetal in Finland-and here it is hanging in my art room:

 Love it! Thank you  SusuPetal!

 And thank you all for visiting and leaving your comments. Always so appreciated!

" It is only during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light".  Aristotle Onassis 








What can I say about the recent tragedy and loss of so many innocent lives in Orlando , Florida? We need to continue to share more love.




49 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Celtic woman. You truly made her your own. She is beautiful and does look a bit like Julia Roberts, but more Celtic, in my opinion.

    I was also in awe of the koi. You did an excellent job drawing and cutting them out. This is a wonderful AJJ entry.

    Of course, the quiche made me extra hungry, because I will eat it any day of the week. I loved the colorful salt and pepper shakers on the table, too.

    I decided not to mention the horrible act of violence in Orlando yesterday because I had nothing good to say that could help those who have lost loved ones. I'm glad you did, though.

    Thanks for sharing your incredibly lovely art and your lunch with my favorite drink (water and lemon) with us for T this soon to be Tuesday.

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  2. Wow Linda, this is a loaded post. That lunch looks yummy and is making me hungry. Love your faces-I think you picked the best one but they're all good. And I especially LOVE your fish journal page. It is fantastic. Hope its a great T day! Hugs-Erika

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  3. Those courses look interesting. Love your Celtic woman. Thanks for sharing how you created the fish - love the colours and quote.

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  4. Where to start today? So much beautiful art and your quiche has me longing for food - just got up! LOVE the goddess, she is wonderful, and the beautiful journal spread for AJJ. Great idea with the fish swimming over the map, looking for love in the world, perhaps. Have a great week and a happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  5. your "Julia-Roberts-looking" goddess turned out FAB! (i can relate to These Feelings of "will i ruin it"?)
    i just repeat my Feelings about Orlando i just wrote on patty´s site: well, Orlando… what can words say… i feel so sad that this incredible tragedy even becomes part of the election battle. is there no more shame in the world? and i will never understand the influence of the weapon industry in the USA… when will enough be enough? my heart is crying for the relatives and friends of these victims…

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  6. I must remember to eat before reading any of your posts!!!!

    I love your goddess... definitely resembling Julia Roberts!!!

    Lovely post, apart from the sadness of Orlando. Just awful.

    Karen x

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  7. Beautiful Goddess! The Celts (Gauls) have inhabited France for hundreds of years. There are many places named after goddesses and gods.
    Great job! <3

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  8. The post was fast, less than a week from Finland to you!!

    And now I must eat something, your photos made me hungry!

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  9. So much to enjoy and take in here dear Linda ♥
    Your Goddess is so beautiful and soft and she does look full of Love and grace. As you said more Love is exactly what we need in a world seemingly gone mad.
    Your fish are oh so lovely too on that beautiful background.
    That quiche and salad look delicious.
    Happy T Day oxo

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  10. Your french goddess is really beautiful and the sketches are all super - difficult to chose a favourite. The Journal page is just WONDERFUL!
    Thank you very much for joining us at AJJ again dear Linda - it's a great Mixed Media piece! The quiche with salad looks yummie -
    Happy T-day dear Linda!
    Have a good rest of the week!
    oxo Susi

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  11. She is fantastic Linda!!!! Love your fishies too ♥

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  12. Lunch looks so tasty and I could use the plate it came on in my collection, LOL. Your goddess is really wonderful. I've never taken an online class but you make it sound like a good experience.

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  13. your goddess turned out so beautifully!! indeed she looks kind and loving...and makes me want to have pink hair!! lol...what yummy quiche, and love the way you used geli printed paper for the fish. happy T day!

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  14. Beautiful face drawings! Perhaps I should try a class for drawing faces. I admire those who do it well like you.

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  15. Your Celtic goddess looks beautiful, love the pink hair.
    It looks a delicious quiche , which I'm sure you enjoyed.
    Happy Tuesday Yvonne

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  16. What a lovely godess! Yes, she does look like Julia Roberts, but she is very soft and beautiful. It matters not that it doesn't look like the examples or your fellow artists. That's the thing about art. Very personal.
    Thanks for visiting,
    Happy T-Day,
    Blessings,
    Lisca

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  17. Your fishes are totally adorable! And I love their lil wiskers, hihi! Amazing transparency and colors in here! ♥ Conny http://mix-it-monthly.blogspot.de

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  18. It looks like you've been having a great time! Your goddess is such a beauty with the soft pastel shades, she looks so full of love and peace. I love your journal page as well, the background and fish are wonderful, the colours and texture you have created are perfect. Love it! Happy T Day and that quiche looked yummy! :-)

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  19. Lovely art here Linda! I love the fish - need some more gelli plate play I think! Your meal looks delicious! Hugs, Chrisx

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  20. Love that map tissue paper and the art journal page you created with it! Those orange koi fish are the perfect complement to the blue!

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  21. I love seeing the steps to your Goddess! It really is great seeing it all come together. The lunch you had out with your Mom...Nom Nom Nom!!! :-)
    Hope you are enjoying summer!

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  22. Happy PPF Sweetie! Hugs, Valerie

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  23. Love your goddess design she is beautiful. The fish is also stunning. Congrats on your win.

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  24. The goddess portrait turned out lovely Linda. I have markers too but hardly ever use them (never use them!) I must dig them out and try some colouring with them. I like your soft colours.

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  25. What a lovely post, Linda. I've not been around much lately due to house renovations! I've really missed linking up to Show Your Face and catching up with everybody. I love your Celtic goddess - what a brilliant class that must be! Great idea! Your work is getting amazing! xxx

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  26. It sounds like you had a blast working on your portrait during Julie's class. I also REALLY like your amazing koi collage. Blessings, my friend!

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  27. Your Goddess is delicious - as is the lunch I'm sure. Have to admit I'm in love with the fish .. absolutely delightful. hugs, Donna

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  28. Love the "julia roberts" painting. She's beautiful. And what a nice gift from Susu petal.

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  29. love those fish and the girl

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  30. What a great chatty and arty blogpost. You have such a very natural way of writing.
    The quiche looks delicious especially with all your attached description.
    Your goddess painting is really wonderful, full of goodness, I do like her coloured hair and lovely eyes. That is the best kind of class, where your result does not look like the teacher's work, such classes are very few I've found.
    Your two fishes look so happy together dancing in the lovely blue sea.

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  31. Well, you certainly succeeded in making her look soft and kind! She's beautiful. And I love your koi fish, the way you did that background is gorgeous and I like the colour combination. Aren't you lucky winning that beautiful piece of art! Is it made of fabric?

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  32. I love the face of your Goddess, she is lovely.

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  33. I like your fish collage very much! Great idea to choose the map tissue paper as background and the wonderful quote by Mark Twain!

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  34. The face in colour, that's my favourite and especially cropped like a button

    Thanks for dropping in to view mine

    much love...

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  35. What wonderful paintings! I especially love your goddess, she is lovely.

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  36. Love your goddess Linda...and the quote at the end of this post is so perfect!! I haven't had quiche in so long...I want so now...looks wonderful! I love when classes enhance our own style..the sign of a good teacher! Beautiful journal page, great shade of blue!...and have wonderful weekend!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  37. Your Goddess is lovely Linda. I think it is great that your work does not look like the teachers. To me that means you have developed your own style and that it is really yours. I think I will have to join you and your Mom for lunch one day. It looked delicious. Have a great week.

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  38. Goddess, good food with good companion in a good environment...perfect setting for a blog post! :)

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  39. This is a great post. Love the art, and the food sounds and looks so good. Congratulations on your win. Have a great weekend.

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  40. Gorgeous goddess and love the fish. :)

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  41. Your Goddess piece glows, she is beautiful and makes me think of a sweet Summer fairy. I also love your fish swimming away so happily, such an original piece!

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  42. I absolutely love the fish journal page and the quote goes perfectly with it. The goddess does look a little Julia but then she is goddess to her fans! Very beautifully done. Your lunch plate had me charging to the kitchen hunting for food in my empty refrigerator! Not fair :)

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  43. Love the fishies and their message of love.

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  44. So much creativity on your blog ~ love it all ~ the fish are delightful and the eyes in your portrait are amazing!

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  45. She does resemble Julie Roberts. Congrats! Sorry for being so late making rounds. Thanks for visiting me.

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  46. Your goddess turned out beautifully and I think she does resemble Julia Roberts. You must really by enjoying the class. the colors you used are perfect. Bright and cheery. Please forgive the delay in my commenting. genie

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  47. The food looks yummy and you are a lucky girl winning the art! The French goddess is so pretty and peaceful looking and the fish are fun and wonderful with the quote!

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  48. All lovely works -- that journal page is especially gorgeous!

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