Monday, 26 September 2016

Tuesday Special

Hi Everybody!

There's a lot going on this Tuesday. We are starting a new challenge
at TIOT, it's Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday, it's Tag Tuesday 
and everyday's a good day for Art Journal Journey with Elizabeth's lovely theme of back to school.

At TIOT the new theme is sun, moon and stars.
Projects of all formats are allowed, and you have, as
always, two weeks to link your creations to us.
I made a hybrid piece, using some imagery from Mischief Circus. The quote is from the first chapter of the book of Genesis:

For Back to school I overlayed an image from Gecko Galz with a filter, which blended neatly with the hand-painted, coloured background and added some brightly coloured writing

Yesterday when I was in Neuss looking for traces of the old Romans and the people in the Middle Ages, I went to the Clemens-Sels-Museum, which not only houses some wonderful, modern art, but has a large collection of artifacts from the Stone Age, and of course from the Romans, who gave the town its name, 'Novesium', now Neuss. I enjoyed seeing their household articles, and some pieces would look perfectly right on a table today, which makes them right for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday party - a big welcome to all the gang!


Love these earthenware pieces:

And an extra funny face has smuggled itself into the centre of the photo here:

At this square in front of the old Town Hall I found a nice ice parlour:

The cappuccino was served in these beautiful cups.

I will be showing more photos from my outing bit by bit.
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

A sunny Autumn weekend

Hi Everybody!

We have enjoyed another warm and sunny weekend. It gets chilly in the evenings, and gets dark more quickly, so it's clear that it's Autumn 
and not summer any more. 
I took a trip on the tram to a neighbouring town today,
and walked back to the middle ages and the Romans, but I will have to show the
pictures another time, as they still need sorting.

This piece is for  Elizabeth's back to school challenge at 
Art Journal Journey. I used a photo of some of my husband's relations
from the 1920s.

The photos were taken on my walk on Saturday morning:

Another enormous double ship:

I always love light, shadows and reflections:

Down by the lakes:

Berries galore for the birds:

 Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Duck tales and more....

Hi Everybody!

Hope your weekend is going well!
We still have lovely weather, but not as hot as it was,
so really great for me to walk about and have fun.

For Art Journal Journey, Elizabeth's theme of 'Back to school', I went a long way back in history. The painting shows people learning at the University of Paris back in the 13th century. I am sure the learned candidates all behaved themselves well. I enjoy trying to make the backgrounds look ancient with many layers of scripts and scrolls and blots etc.
(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

This morning when I went for my walk I noticed this group of silly ducks, who were trying to cross the bridge by the road! What the duck?! I mean, they are ducks - they can fly over the road or swim under the bridge....They were very indignant as I chased them back to the stream.

Recently I showed pictures of the farm shop with the wonderful display of pumpkins. Today I was there again with my neighbour, and was happy to see that they had added more fun decorations:

Have a fun weekend, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!

Friday, 23 September 2016


Hi Everybody!
It's nearly weekend - enjoy!

For Art Journal Journey , Elizabeth's lovely 'back to school' theme and 
Paint Party Friday I have made another hybrid piece
with the theme of penmanship. I always got good marks at school, but mostly the teachers lamented that my handwriting was too hurried/careless/untidy/full of smudges etc! And it hasn't really changed! Fountain pen and bottles of writing ink are almost relics of the past these days, but I still prefer writing with a fountain pen, even if my penmanship is not so good....At junior school I was ink monitor and had the job of filling up the white porcelain inkwells which were built into the desks. I lost my job after splattering a boy with ink - well, he deserved it, he kicked me!

Last week I went on the bus to a neighbouring town called Angermund,
which is on the mouth of the river Anger, and still has some fine old houses
and a castle, which has been privatised and made into private dwellings.

The ancient Church:

The 'village' street:

The cross is near the castle:

The castle was built in the 12th century as a ring castle surrounded by a moat.
You can see more pictures here if you are interested:

This part was added in the 15th century and repaired after war damage in 1635:

I sneaked a look through the gate:

The river feeds the moat:

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!