Monday, May 31, 2010

Magnificent windows update

Today I want to show you the progress I made on Magnificent windows. The ideas behind this piece are falling together in such a lovely way that I had to show you.




Since I wrote the post Out of total excitment I have been absorbed about windows. Poems about windows, music about windows, pictures of windows and drawing windows.


Here you can see one of the windows which has such a large windowsill you can sit in it. How I would love to have such a window.

This is a project with music so here is one of my favorite songs. The song is from Alvin Lee with Ten Years After and it is called Outside my window. Now I know some of you prefer female artists, so for you I picked Melissa Etheridge singing live Come to my window.

Have a great start of your week with lots of sunshine.

Elizabeth

Friday, May 28, 2010

The promise I made III


Ok, we are back on our bikes again.


One of the streets with old houses.


One of the houses I really like.


How about these windows!!!!


Passing through.


An old one with beautiful colours.

Time for another break because my legs have a hard time cycling up and down hill constantly.

Have a fabulous weekend with lots of sunshine. If you have the time take your bike for a ride through your town and show us what you have seen.

Elizabeth


Thursday, May 27, 2010

The promise I made II

Today we are going on our bikes and look through town. 
The picture above is the view I have when we bike to school and look to the left.
Each day it is a joy for my eyes.


But we are not going to school today, no we are heading for the shops. 
The picture you see here is from a local bank, look at the windows.


This shop sells all kinds of items to make your home even more beautiful.


This was a shop too but is vacant at the moment.



Now we took a turn and went over to our local cinema with a really nice window display.


This is our very own water tower.



A detail picture. 
'I love the way they incorporated these big stones into the tower, too bad the door is so ugly.

Time to take a break. This bike ride continues tomorrow.
Have fun and enjoy your town.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Magnificent windows

Besides taking pictures around town I also started a new embroidery piece. At the moment I am totally fascinated by windows, I see windows as if I never saw them before but a rational explanation is no were insight. Maybe the explanation lays in the words of Elsita or in any reason you can come up with.



You still can see the drawing lines, don't worry about them. As soon  as I wash this piece these lines are gone. Embroidery and music are a match made in heaven for me, so I decided to find something beautiful for you. The first song that came to mind is an old one. In the Netherlands it was huge on the charts in 1963, the song is called Ritme of regen sung by Rob de Nijs. The lyrics tell the story of rain falling on a window. But it was a cover, the original is from The Cascades and the name of the song is Rhythym of the rain.

Enjoy your day with or without rain.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The promise I made

At my birthday party a number of you asked for a picture tour through town. A lot of pictures are made and today I show you a path I love to walk.

 Here start the path, it is two minutes from our house.


This is the view when you look to the left.


These new houses lay on the other side of Gammeldam, the nearest lake.


Gammeldam seen from another point.


This is one of my favorites of the new houses.


Spring, which means yellow fields because of


this flower


The path continues.


I am standing on the hill now and look down on these houses.


This is my favorite house here. I took the picture from the hill because you can not get close to that house. They have a very large garden which takes away the view of the house if you look from the roadside.


This farm is place really closed to another lake called Oldenor.

This is the end of this walk. This walk took about 20 minutes and is lovely to do because of the variety of scenery.

Have a lovely start of your week.

Elizabeth

Friday, May 21, 2010

A special lady

A while back I wrote a post called Wonderful people, maybe you remember that I mentioned Maud Lewis. On my birthday I got a book about her life called The illuminated life of Maud Lewis. She lived from 1903 til 1970 under very difficult circumstances. She had rheumatoid arthritis which crippled her talented hands.



Front page

She painted because she wanted. She was a folkart painter, using bright colours. She painted on everything and anything, she even painted her symbols on the door of the house.


Her work at the time was sold for a nickel and a dime. Now her pieces are in musea, galleries and the White House. I am impressed by her because she just did what she felt was right and took life as it was. Now I am gonna leave you with some pictures of her book.



Had to choose her tulips.






Have a fabulous start of your weekend.

Elizabeth

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Layers in the right colours

Today I want to share with you a finished piece of embroidery. One that tells the story about the meaning of layers and colours.This project started when I saw the painting of my son last december.




The colours, red, orange and yellow, so vibrant  reminded me of a wonderful musician. My mind returned many times to this painting, so I wrote about layers and showed you two pages of my art-journal on that subject. Still I had the feeling of remaking the painting. Finally I found the fabric I needed to make this embroidery piece.




All in all it took me six months to tell the story. A story of colour, red, orange and yellow. The story of passion, of energy, of trust. The story of a man who's music supported me through difficult moments, who helped me to celebrate life, who learned me to believe in miracles. His name is Richard Sambora and if you click here you can hear my all time favorite song.

Have a wonderful day.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A co-incidence

Today I want to share a sweet co-incidence with you. Already a couple of times I shared with you the work of Herbert Freeman. He is a folkartist who lives in Orlanda and sells his work on the street were he lives. Just the other day my youngest son came home with an old painting he made in december but got lost in the files at school. 



What is the co-incidence? They both used a similar technique. This convinced me that childrens art is just as valuable as the artpieces adults make.

Or maybe I am just a proud mummy!!!!

Have a fantastic day.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Textile painting Two lines



Today I have a textile painting for you that I made for Lisa. Lisa is a sweet, talented lady who lives in Oregeon. Since Lisa's birthday is also under the Taurus sign I thought let's make a textile painting  to celebrate all the things we have in common.




The background is made of alpaca wool, which gave me a warm feeling while knitting because it is so soft, so reassuring. The feeling alpaca wool is giving me resembles the way I feel about Lisa. The symbol, which means connecting, you know already because it is from Soul Food. The green in the symbol stands for her love for gardening and the pink for the generous loving person she is. Lisa, I hope you had a fantastic birthdayparty with your family and a basket filled with presents.

Another textile painting filled with special thoughts is added to my collection of memories.

Have a beautiful day.

Elizabeth

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gammel by

   
One street in Gammel by


 
 Look at the amazing brickwork


 
 The windows and ...

 
 the light

 
 A ceiling decoration


 
 Another detail

Last weekend we were at the museum Gammel by, which means old city. This city is museum. All the houses were once standing somewhere in Denmark. Now they are standing in Gammel by so we can get a glimpse of days gone by. This is only a small collection of the pictures we took. We spent almost 6 hours walking around from house to house, farm to farm, looking inside the places, visiting the old shops. We were taken by the details from long ago. If you interested in historical houses and you have a chance to visit Gammel by in Ã…rhus please do. I promise, your time is well spent.
Have a lovely monday.
Elizabeth

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A long weekend special

Since I will be out of town for a couple of days, I thought I leave you something special. A movie called The lakehouse.

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A romance

Time travelling

The light



Click here and you get to the first episode. Enjoy!!!!

Elizabeth

A trip in jeans country



For a long time already I wanted to work on jeans. So I saved up a large number of jeans, which isn't that hard with two boys!!!! But found also the courage to take them apart, I have this apprehension to cut into fabric.


A little bird


Mended

The keeper of ....

I enjoyed myself with my stitchbook and finding new stitches, with my french knots and the totally different feeling of cloth. First I thought it would be hard to work with jeans but this pair was so old that it softened up a great deal. All in all it was a lovely lesson.

Have a fantastic day.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Time to have a party


 

Fortyfive years passed. Time to celebrate. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a piece of cake. When you click here you will hear Sam Cooke with Having a party.

A birthday party means also gifts. Since I can't give you the yummy stuff, I have been thinking about an different kind of give-away.  In this give-away you decide what you want to have, know or learn. Do you have a favourite piece, just let me know. Is there something you really would like to know about my Danish isle, my hometown or me? Or maybe a technique I used, which is giving you a hard time. Just ask!!!!


I hope you will leave all your questions and wishes today, so we can have the best party ever.

Enjoy your tuesday with a smile in your heart and on your face.

Elizabeth