Friday, November 4, 2011

Speaking of J O Y ...

is the simplest 
of gratitude. 

~Karl Barth

And it is with that same
spirit of 
j o y
 that I am posting 
these "almost finished" pieces.

Last post, I spoke of navigating some uncharted territory-
exploring a new ways of seeing, 
combining elements,
and mixing new mediums. 

I do consider myself an "explorer" here.

Being much more comfortable with watercolor...
I am voyaging down a road less traveled, 
trying to find my own place, 
my own thumbprint, 
my own mark 
in this fascinating and freeing 
world of mixed media.

So, what is missing 
are some words...
I've been pondering what statement or what word, 
belongs on each of piece...
and if there even 
needs to be anything.

Secretly, I've been holding off completing...
as I am going to be at 
this weekend.
(If you aren't familiar with Flora's work- check out the links above- 
I am amazed by her color, the freedom expressed, and organic nature of her pieces.)

I've been anticipating this for most of the year-
I am giddy with excitement.
I anticipate
so much inspiration,
so much learning,
and perhaps discovery of a new mark
after this experience.

And along the way... I know those words will come.

(I'll post after the weekend, and share some inspiration from Flora's Workshop!
I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity... 
have a create-full weekend friends!

Linking up at Studio JRU for a sneak peek Friday~ 
check out what the other lovelies have been up to.)



  1. I love this post, Valerie - those beautiful unfinished pieces and the wonderful quote by Karl Barth. I wish you a wonderful time in Flora's workshop - enjoy!

  2. Dearest sweet valerie, such beautiful words and gorgeous paintings! I love reading all about your experiments! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and have a wonderful time at the workshop! Love to you!

  3. I love these pieces. So joyful!

  4. Ah, Valerie, maybe no words? I bookmarked your last piece...the last post I believe...and I loved the way it spoke to me with "no words" left me free to place my own story into the piece! Maybe you could create a line of pieces incorporating that idea? no words so that the viewer can tell their own story, and encourage your art collector to do just that?

    Bless you Valerie!

  5. I love how you use color Valerie! These pieces just make me smile. How fun to be exploring with your work... that is always the most fun! :) I hope you had a wonderful time at your class. Looking forward to hearing all about it! I am excited for you. Her work is amazing!!

  6. JoY! such a beautiful exploration.

  7. thank-you all for your uplifting comments and support! And Cindy... I loved your suggestion. I was wondering if I even needed to add any words. I so appreciate your idea of allowing the viewer to complete the story! grateful to you all!

  8. Very interesting post. Your work is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you decide about words and read about your workshop. Have a wonderful time!

  9. Really interesting - I love your paintings. Have a great learning experience at your upcoming workshop. Can't wait to see your post after you go.

  10. Me again! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment. In reply...
    Thanks so much Valerie! I did tell Bear what you said and he always appreciates thanks and well does him mom!
    I love the cards on your other blog too! But these...made me drool.


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