Friday, 29 December 2017

Lets Celebrate 2017

This is my first post since Christmas, so if you celebrate that I hope you had a wonderful time.
It seems one minute we were waiting for Christmas and in almost a blink of the eye that was over and now we await the New Year. 
My last page for this year for AJJ and Sheilas wonderful theme 'Lets Celebrate' is to raise a toast and celebrate all the good things in 2017... which are too many things to list.
My page is a mix of real art and digital.
You'll see further down what this was like before I added the digital words, digital grungy bits (I created those previously) and also added further colour/marks using various digital brushes.

My page started like this using mainly water soluble crayons

Then I felt a bit more braver and added more

Celebrating the lovely food Dave cooked for us in 2017
Dave is hoping I will learn to cook myself in 2018... at long last! 
(ha ha ..wonder how many years have I been saying that!)

Celebrating handmade cards
        A shelf of special handmade Christmas cards.

Celebrating the little things that make me smile...
The twinkling lights and the 
Steampunk tree always make me happy :)

Celebrating music
Over in my music corner of the lounge I have been playing carols and Christmas songs and all sorts - I'm not good at it but like when sewing, I play better with a little glass of something (that has been hidden out of sight!) ;)
And even my keyboard has a Steampunk sort of screen saver on it

I probably spend more time watching this than playing!

 We had a lovely little hamper from my cousin and his wife in New Orleans and
 the first thing I thought of was, what can I use the basket for.

And.. this is what Santa kindly left - he knows that I love arty books (thank you Santa x) and yes there are 3 different palettes, 2 of them are the 'peel off paint' sort for acrylics with one having a lid to hopefully make the paint last longer. 
Hope Santa left some lovely goodies for you also :)

That's my lots for now...
So I thank you for all your visits and comments this year
which are always much appreciated
and I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2018

Gill xxx


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Lets Celebrate Learning plus a Christmas Greeting


Today, for Sheilas wonderful 'Lets Celebrate' theme at AJJ I have this watercolour with a little added Neocrayon which came about from an exercise in a wonderful book called 'Expressive painting in Mixed Media' by Soraya French.
The wording added is digital.
I'm celebrating 'learning' - as my 'painting' knowledge is pretty limited so the art books I am reading at present are to help inspire and also teach me everything I need to know about paints, mediums and equipment. I really want to learn everything I can!

Not long until the 25th, so if you are celebrating, I will wish you and your family 
a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful time and Happy Holiday!

Gill x

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Lets Celebrate


It's a bitterly cold Sunday here in the UK I hope its a bit warmer wherever you are.

After months of having a real good old clear out indoors I am now celebrating having more 'space'and so what a great idea to celebrate that and join in with Sheila from Orange Esmeralda fabulous theme over at AJJ this month 'Lets Celebrate'.

OK so my digital page isn't the exact 'space' I have -  I was thinking of doing a big empty cupoard but that would have been less exciting :)
I've always loved to watch the night sky and at this time of year when its cold and the sky is clear, the stars always seem to twinkle more and make me wonder what else is out there..
So I want to celebrate that 'space' too :)

Next I have a page for Moo Mania for the Christmas theme

A quick little painting of a vase of Christmas roses and 
a sprig of holly with some digital additions at the bottom.

At last my Christmas card making is finished, the trees have been up since 22nd November and there's not much else to do for Christmas except getting last minute fruit and veg and putting some more decorations up maybe.

Dave has been busy making cookies using a Jamie Oliver 5 ingredient recipe and the making some other versions... well you have to try all sorts don't you?
 This is an over head shot of a box of cookies - they are all piled on top of each other.
These ones are cherry with chocolates chip and Apricot crumble. I would have shown the lemon, ginger and also the apple crumble ones but they have mysteriously disappeared but you can help yourself to the others if you'd like one.

thanks for stopping by,
hope you have a lovely day

Gill x