Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A visit to Rhodes, Greece

I'm once again joining Yvonne at Meggy's Way, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of Out and About.  We are still in Greece, as the title of the post assures.

Today we are visiting Rhodes, often referred to as the Island of the Knights.

The island of Rhodes' largest city is also named Rhodes.  I have learned that many of these islands have cities with the same name as the island. While in Rhodes, you can also visit the city of Lindos with its acropolis, where we visited several days ago.

These windmills sit near the Aegean Sea, which can be seen in the background.  This is a big tourist attraction.

I believe the lighting was better in the photo above, but this is the Gate d'Amboise in the Old Town section in the city of Rhodes. 

I think this is an even better photo of the Gate.

This is a better view of the windmills taken from the water. 

These are the ruins of the Apollo temple at the Acropolis of Rhodes.

I got the feeling this altered book entry had started to feel like a scrapbook page.

Besides trying to make a banner (or is it bunting?) using washi tape, I used some of my handmade baker's twine I made during April last year.

I created this on a piece of heavy cardboard, because I used a lot of paint and wasn't sure a used file folder would hold up to so much paint.  I had four images of Rhodes (the city) I found in various travel magazines.  I backed them with black card stock.  I strung handmade bakers twine across the bottom of the page to which I added washi tape.  I got a bit carried away crimping the tape to cut the dove tails, which ruined the effect, I fear.   No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get the washi tape to lie flat or straighten out again.  Learn from my mistake, please.

Thanks for visiting today.  I am most grateful.  Now let's head to Art Journal Journey to see where others take us today.

Monday, March 27, 2017

T Stands for my foodie friend Sally's birthday

Before we begin today, I want to comment on both Deb's and Divers and Sundry's T posts last week.  They were both outside the box, and both unconventional.  I was totally impressed, and always appreciate when there is an unexpected and unique way of expressing your drink.  If you didn't see their posts, you missed two wonderful ones.  And both were very different, too.

Now, please join me at home as I prepare for Sally's birthday on Tuesday.  Remember. it's still Monday in my world because of that pesky international dateline that breaks time zones into 24 hour segments.

Maybe not as much fun as others' posts might be, but I bought this cake for Sally on Saturday, to celebrate her birthday.

I found some stretchy lace, wrapped the container,

and tied a candle to it.  Then I took it to her on Sunday and sang the birthday song to her.

Fast forward to Monday morning and I'm getting ready to wrap her gift. 

I will give it to her at whatever restaurant she chooses on Tuesday (28 Mar, 2017).

It's one of those adult coloring books.  

Seems she's one of those weirdos who likes to color between the lines.  This book will keep her company and give her lots of opportunities to practice.  The only thing I didn't like about it is (well, other than the fact I think doodling and coloring are not my cup of tea OR coffee) the book pages don't lie flat.

So what's in my cup, you ask.

This beautiful and incredibly unique tag

was sent to me by my friend Valerie, a great participant in this weekly meeting.

A few up close and personal shots.

Now it's your turn to share your post.  The rules are extremely simple.  Your drink related post may be anything from a photo of a glass, cup, or mug, to an actual drink, or even a sketch or a digital, hybrid, or traditional page in your scrapbook, art journal, or altered book.  Maybe you'd prefer to share a tag, or photography.  You might choose a postcard or decorated card.  Or perhaps you prefer to review a place you visited, a movie or book.  It makes no difference as long as it's drink related.  And don't forget that the more unique and outside the box it is, the better I like it.  Please tie it back here, and please link only to your post, not your entire blog.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.   Bleubeard would also like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, even months ago, if you choose.
Please don't forget to have your Second on the 2nd ready.  It can be any post you choose, as long as it's one you have shown in the past.

A visit to Athens, Greece

I'm loving Yvonne's Out and About theme at Art Journal Journey this month.  It has given me the opportunity to work in my 7-Continents altered book (AB), a project I started in late 2003 or early 2004.  I am sure many of you long time readers realize I will probably never finish this book, no matter how hard or quickly I work on it.  Having a wonderful theme like Yvonne's allows me to play at Art Journal Journey, as well as work on this often neglected AB.

One would think that since Athens is the largest city in Greece, as well as the capital, there would be more pictures honoring it. 

However, after going through countless, and I do mean COUNTLESS travel magazines, these were the only two I found.

Both images show the porch of the Caryatids at the Erechtheum.  The Erechtheum is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.

Both show the "Porch of the Maidens," with six draped female figures acting as columns.  Although only four can be seen in the large image, if you look closely at the smaller image, you see one of the figures in the background.   Unfortunately, the maidens have suffered breakage over the centuries since the Erechtheum was first built between 421 and 406 BC.  In fact, they are really replicas, with five of the originals now located in the Acropolis Museum and one in the British Museum in London.

Athens has a rich and diverse history and many beautiful examples of architecture, including the Parthenon on the Acropolis. 

Materials include a used file folder, various paints for the background, two images of the Porch of the Maidens, one slide mount, one leaf decoration, and computer generated text.

Although I might not say it often enough, I am always grateful for your visit and your comments, too.  Won't you join me at Art Journal Journey to see what others are doing when they go out and about?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Corfu. Greece

Today we are going to visit Corfu in Greece.  It's all part of Yvonne's (of Meggy's Way) Art Journal Journey theme of Out and About.

I got a little carried away with the paint and a texture tool.  Not sure what got into me, but in the end, I sort of liked the effect.  I thought the color of the background went well with the blues of Corfu's sky and surrounding sparkling blue Ionian Sea.  For those who don't know where Corfu is, it is an island in the northwestern part of Greece and is part of the Ionian Greek Islands.  

Corfu's Old Town, which I don't have a photo of, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Over the years, the Venetians, the French, and the British have all ruled Corfu, thus leaving their mark and multi-cultural heritage.  Corfu, unlike the rest of Greece never fell to the Ottoman Empire. 

I only had two images of Corfu, one of which was slightly larger than postage stamp size.  That's when I decided to frame it in a slide mount.  I purposely showed the side that was marked "toward the screen."  In the frame are the statues of several of the nine muses in the courtyard on the Achilleion terrace.  The Achilleion is a palace that was built by and once the home of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary after the death of her only son, Rudolph. Elisabeth truly fell in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace to Achilles.  

As an aside, I learned a lot about Elizabeth: her mood swings, to the way she was expected to have a child every year, only to have it taken from her to be raised by others, to her stress related and psychosomatic illnesses that eventually led her to Corfu, to her desire to stay slim by dieting and exercising throughout her lifetime, and to her death at 60 by stabbing while on a trip to Geneva, Switzerland. 

The Doric style St. George's Church built by the British is in full view on the left in the focal image.

I had a few baubles I've been playing with, and created this blue embellishment.

The focal image was too wide for my used file folder, so I cut part of it off.  When I did, I had to cut it down a bit so it would fit on the page and still leave room for the name of the island.

Up until the early 20th century, tourism was not considered important in this tiny island, so for the most part, it wasn't exploited.  Corfu was mainly visited by European royals, but today it is visited by middle class families, who are primarily from the UK, Scandinavia, and Germany.

Materials include one of my used file folders with a painted background, two photos (one cut in two pieces), a slide mount, and a handmade bead.

Thanks for joining me again as I go out and about on this imaginary journey to Corfu, a tiny Greek Island.  Now let's head to Art Journal Journey to find other artists who are out and about.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Greece, Greece, Greece

Today I'm again joining Yvonne at Meggy's Way, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of Out and About.

Although Iceland was much warmer than most of us expected, it's time to head to a much warmer climate.  It's time to visit Greece and the various Greek Isles.

This is a very busy page, and the background I painted and chose to use makes it even more so.

We have many places to visit today in Greece.

We begin on the Greek island of Argostoli in the Ionian Islands which are in the Ionian Sea.  These islands sit on the western side of Greece. 

Katakolo is a seaside town in western Greece.  It sits on the western edge of the Ionian Sea.  The port of Katakolo is a popular place to see Olympia, the site of the original first ancient Olympic Games.  This shows one of the ruins and the various columns that have remained.  

There are over 50 sites at Olympia that are still partially standing and they are all at Katakolon.

Heraklion is the capital and largest city in Crete.  It is the fourth largest city in Greece.  Crete is an island to the south of mainland Greece.   One of the most visited areas is the Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare which was built between 1523 and 1540.   The fortress, shown above, still guards the inner harbor.

Lindos is a city on the Island of Rhodes.  Here you see the archaeological site Lindos is famous for.  Its beaches, along with the leather goods, ceramics, and handmade jewelry the many shops are famous for, make it a popular tourist and holiday destination.

Kos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea.  Tourism is the number one industry and occupation, with farming being the second. The primary crops are almonds, figs, olives, grapes, and tomatoes, along with wheat and corn.

A few random photos

show the background.

Please note I have quit laying a piece of white paper under the used file folder.  I think it was probably too distracting.  I'm trying to get better photos until I can once again get my scanner to make nice with my computer.

The background of my used file folder was covered with tons of paint, then swirled together and manipulated using a palette knife.  I found five images from various areas of Greece in many tourist magazines I looked through.  The images were backed with pink paper, then outlined in orange.  The cities were computer generated and printed on orange printer paper.   I hope you enjoyed today as we now start our imaginary trip to various parts of Greece.

Thanks so much for your visit today.  The good news here is it rained about an hour ago for the first time in nearly two months.  Not sure it lasted long enough to count for much moisture, but it felt good to breathe the fresh, not dusty air for a change.  Let's now head to Art Journal Journey to see what others experienced as they were out and about today. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

A trip to Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland

This is our final day in Iceland, so I hope you've enjoyed this imaginary trip.

Once again, I'm joining Yvonne at Meggy's Way, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of Out and About.

Although I created this two page spread over two days, I decided to show both at the same time.

Skogafoss Waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

One of the reasons it is so popular, is because it is readily accessible and quite photogenic.  I found a business card that reminded me of the falls

and also found a brad from K & Co. with a camera in it.

According to Iceland Aurora:
Skogafoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland and is in the top 5 largest in the country.
It is an impressive curtain of glacier melt water.  Skogafoss is unique because the waterfall comes directly from two glaciers.
Imagine my surprise when I found yet another view of Skogafoss Waterfall,

as well as another camera brad.  I had totally forgotten I bought two of these K & Co brad sets on clearance one year (several years ago, in fact).

Adding to Skogafoss Waterfall's allure is the high volume of water making it thunder and produce rainbow-yielding mist that often makes this falls a photographer's dream under sunny skies.

Iceland Aurora gives photo hints for those wishing to take impressive shots:
Skogafoss works well during the winter because it is south facing.  The sun hits the full face of the falls after 2PM, but the spray from the waterfall can catch the sunlight a few hours earlier.
Experiment with shutter speed. Try using a tripod and vary shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/125. Your success will depend on the amount of available light.
Although it might be difficult to take your camera under and behind the falls, there are paths where you can see images like this one.  If you are adventurous, you can camp in the area below the falls, too.

For these two spreads, I began with two used file folders, one of which I dribbled some of my shimmering mist on for a background.

For the first side,  I allowed the image I found in a travel magazine to take center stage.  To that, I added washi tape, a business card, a brad, and computer generated text.

For the second side, I included an image from a travel magazine, a brad, and computer generated text.

Thanks for visiting this Island, and of course, Skogafoss Waterfall, because your visits mean so much to me.  And please visit Art Journal Journey where others are out and about, real or imagined, in their journals, too.