Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tag Tuesday-America


The subject for this week's Tag Tuesday
is America
 I made a quick tag this week.
This image from the Graphics Fairy seems perfect 
for my America tag on Thanksgiving Day.
I mounted it on this lovely stars and stripes
fabric which I bought in Joanne's last time
I was in the States.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you American readers!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Cyprus

I had a very enjoyable holiday in Cyprus. Richard and I
were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. It was
the obvious holiday destination for us, as it is where we
went for our honeymoon, and later lived there for three
years.
We had a lovely time revisiting old haunts and seeing old
 friends. We managed to pack a lot into a week!
Here are some photos.


Pissouri
Pissouri Bay-View from our balcony
Curium Beach
 Limassol's New Marina
Smart yachts in Limassol's New Marina
Cafe area in Limassol's New Marina
Nicosia-traditional cafe
Nicosia-modern cafe

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tag Tuesday-Skylines and Circles


I have been away again since my Berlin trip. My husband and I had a
holiday in Cyprus to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. It was 
a trip down Memory Lane, as we had our honeymoon in Cyprus, and 
later went to live there. I will post about it soon!

For my Skylines tag, I did a simple watercolour painting, using black
pens as well. This is the view from my studio when I stand on a chair 
and look out at the world! I liked the effect of next door's house 
silhouetted against the skyline.


 I made two Circles tags, using gesso for the
background and printing with a selection of
jars and lids from my jam jar stash. I thought
the gesso would be thicker and stand out in relief
more, but I couldn't thicken it, so it is not as 
3 D as I would like. I added salt crystals for extra
texture.




Thursday, 30 October 2014

Autumn Project-Finished painting

Here is the painting I did for my Autumn Project. It is worked in
water colours and acrylic inks. You can read more about the
Autumn Project  here


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Berlin




Last week I accompanied my husband to a conference in Berlin.
I spent an action-packed few days on sightseeing tours with 
social events in the evening, which included a cocktail party,
a Cabaret show with songs from the musical and a dinner dance in a 
Museum. I visited the Checkpoint Charlie Museum and did a Cold 
War Tour. The Art Tour day was spent visiting the Old 
National Gallery and the New National Gallery, a contrast in both
 building styles and in the art works. We spent a beautiful, sunny day
on a river trip in Potsdam
Berlin is such an interesting city, with so many new buildings and changes
taking place, but the memories of the past are all around.

Here are some photos of Berlin.

Part of the Berlin Wall which remains 

The Brandenburg gate
The French Church

Sony Centre
Potsdam
Dutch Quarter in Potsdam
Bridge which divided the former East and West Berlin,
still painted in light and dark green 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Tag Tuesday-Autumn Extravaganza


This week the theme for Tag Tuesday is Autumn Extravaganza.

It really feels like Autumn now. The nights are getting darker, 
there is a chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn,
and berries and fruits are abundant.
I was really pleased with the Autumn Extravaganza theme,
as in art class we are doing an Autumn Project. In preparation
for a painting we have been collecting ideas for autumn, so it
fits in well with the tag! If you want to see the start of my Autumn Project
you can view it on my blog here

For my tag I have made an Autumn wreath, filled with the fruits of autumn.
It is painted in watercolour, with accents in gel pens. The brown background
 represents bark, and was a rubbing with Inktense blocks over fabric
 for texture. The border is Washi tape.  It is finished off with 
a sprinkling of autumn leaves, made using a Martha Stewart maple
 leaf cutter, which I bought in the USA a 
couple of years ago. I photographed my tag on some of the
 pictures I have collected for my project.







Monday, 13 October 2014

A Country Lane

It was a lovely day for a walk. After a morning of rain
and dark skies, the weather cleared and I was glad 
to have some fresh air. There are a lot of berries at
the moment, adding spots of colour. Otherwise
everything is still mostly green, but the leaves are
 starting to take on their autumn colours.