Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Swoosh, Was That April Flying By?

It’s almost like I blinked and it’s already May.  That means it’s time for The Kathryn Wheel’s Calendar Challenge

stuff 076Really, really simple this month.  I knew I would not have the time to draw and paint each date this time around, so a quick watercolor wash, a hand-cut flower template, drop in color for the centers and done!

Really the only time I have to work in my journal is the weekend, and my free weekend time was really limited this month.  Fortunately, I did get a few hours in here and there…and that makes me happy.

stuff 079 stuff 080 stuff 081This last page on the right isn’t finished yet.  I finished the background on Sunday, but haven’t had any time to go back in.  Maybe this weekend.

Getting through all my Portugal pictures has been a laborious process.  One of these days I’ll post about the trip, until then, I finished up a few pages in my sketch book that I started while I was there.  In every city I visited, I was absolutely fascinated by the tile used architecturally both inside and out.  It is gorgeous. 
stuff 082 stuff 083 My sketches don’t do it justice, but I really enjoyed the patterns.

Anyways, with a third of the year over (gasp!), Happy May!

17 comments:

  1. I love artists.
    So, that means I love you : )
    I am glad you make time for art.

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    1. Ah, thank you. It's good for my well being. :)

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  2. Beautiful! Amazing what you can do in "so little time!"
    Happy May Day!

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    1. Happy May Day to you too! And only 4 days til cinco de mayo. :)

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  3. Those designs show you just how long the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umayyad_conquest_of_Hispania were in Iberia.
    I like all the pages.

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    1. Hmmm, your comment went to spam for some reason.
      Yah, the influence could be seen here and there throughout my visit. I hadn't realized the tiles dated back that far.

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    2. I don't know if the tiles themselves, individually, go back so far. But for certain the designs do.

      It was the link. Google hates links. And I read if you have more than two in a post the bots won't include you in their search engines.

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    3. Ahhh, the link. Got it.
      The design elements are definitely there. However, they didn't mention it much. They mentioned the Romans a bit, but everywhere we went they talked about the Celtic influence over and over again. I hadn't realized there was much, but they were VERY proud of it.

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    4. From about 1890 there was a Celtic revival across Europe. After 1960 with the advent of Radio Carbon Dating and other methods showing the cultural connections the traditional 'control' histories had to be jettisoned.
      Control histories are those based on colonization. Roman, British, French, Spain in the new world, any of them where there is a takeover and attendant belittling of the native culture.

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    5. Meaning they had minimized the influence in Portugal?

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  4. Wow Kimberly, those sketches are amazing, and your journal pages are unbelievable. I know I came to see your calendar, but got mesmerized by everything else as well.

    Of course, I had to laugh at your Victoria post. I've owned a couple of those bedazzlers, too.

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    1. Thank you!
      That drawing/cartoon was so funny because it's so very true.

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  5. wonderful journal pages(poppies are my absolute fave flower:)!! your filled in April is beautiful and the tiles-wow!

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    1. Oh, thanks. I like the poppies too. This year the fields were not blanketed due to the limited winter rain. But that popped up just as pretty here and there in early April.

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