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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Icelandic Horses

Yet another Iceland spread for Yvonne's Art Journal Journey theme of Out and About. 

This time it's all about the darling horses found and bred only in Iceland. 

These horses are bred in Iceland and are, for the most part, what we would consider pony sized. 

Everything you might ever want to know about these horses, can be found at Horses of Iceland.

Grundarfjordur is a fishing village in western Iceland. 

According to Lonely Planet:
Spectacularly set on a dramatic bay, little Grundarfjörður is backed by waterfalls and surrounded by ice-capped peaks often shrouded in cottony fog.
The volcanic peninsula at Grundarfjordur is shown in the background, while the Icelandic horse takes center stage.

Materials are a used file folder, three images from three travel magazines, computer generated text, and my turquoise handmade shimmering mist.

Thanks for stopping by today as we visited Grundarfjordur and saw some of the famous Icelandic horses.  I am so glad you dropped by and hope you learned something, as I did about this lovely island.  Now let's head to Art Journal Journey and see more places where people have been.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More fun in Iceland, this time at the Blue Lagoon

Today we are off to visit the Blue Lagoon.  It's the geothermal spa we flew over a few days ago.  Thanks to Yvonne at Meggy's Way, this month's host at Art Journal Journey with her theme of Out and About, I've created another Iceland experience.

Here we see it up close and personal.

Since it seems to be the heart of Reykjavik, I set the magazine image inside a heart.

This is a really famous area to visit

because of the warmth of the geothermal spa located in the lava field near Reykjavik. 

It appears you must book a visit to this man-made lagoon.  Many Iceland sites tout it, and talk about it's healing power, but Wikipedia tells the history of the lagoon:
In 1976, a pool formed at the site from the waste water of the geothermal power plant that had just been built there. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.
According to Blue, it's reported to be one of the top 25 wonders of the modern world.

Materials used include a used file folder on which I used a brayer to spread three colors of paint and added two hearts while the paint was still wet.  Also included are four strips of scrapbook paper and four circles cut from that same paper.  Also included was one image from a travel magazine and computer generated words outlined with a dark orange paint pen.

Thank you for visiting today as we take this imaginary trip to the Blue Lagoon about 25 miles (39 km) from Reykjavik in Iceland.  Now let's visit Art Journal Journey and see who else has been out and about today. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

T Stands For Bad Restaurant Experience

The day started when my foodie friend Sally wanted to try this Mexican restaurant on the east side of town someone had told her about.

However, when we got there, I got out to look inside because I kept thinking it was an empty building. 

Even the outside seat was in disrepair, and on closer inspection, I noticed only a few of the booths were still in place.

So we cut our losses, and Sally, still wanting Mexican food, decided on 

Margarita's, always a busy place,

and never anywhere to park without walking quite far.

Once inside, we were immediately seated by the hostess.  That was the last we saw of her.

Soon, another person brought us chips and our water (with lemon).  We never saw her again, either.  It was a large menu, and took Sally awhile to read it, because she couldn't see in the dim light.  Our waiter was by three times, and finally took our orders.  At that point, Sally also asked for more water so she could take her pills.  The water never came.

The food came by way of another server, and we once again asked for water so Sally could take her pills. She never got more water, just the first glass when we were seated.

I was over half finished with my sour cream cheese enchilada I ordered without chicken when I realized I hadn't taken any photos.  I never found much sour cream, either, even though the distracted waiter promised extra cheese and sour cream in lieu of the chicken.

Sally had a taco salad.  Both our meals were $7.00 (USD) and ordered from the lunch menu.

Now there is something you need to know about Sally.  First, she never, ever complains.  Second, she makes (yes, MAKES) me figure 20% of the bill so we don't cheat a waiter, then we split the bill and tip.  However, this day, we waited and waited and waited for our check, but like the water, it never showed.  I got up and went to the register and requested to pay.   As we waited for the waiter to bring the person running the register to arrive, Sally walked up and I asked what sort of tip to leave.  Much to my surprise, she said "NONE."  My thoughts exactly!

Whether a good T day or not, it's time to share your drink related post this week.  It can be photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, as long as it in some way relates back to a drink, any drink.  Regardless, please share below and Bleubeard and I, along with the rest of the T gang will be by to visit.  Old photos are acceptable because they may be taken at any time, and don't even have to be taken this year!  BTW, next Tuesday is Sally's birthday, so I'll be taking her to her choice of places to eat.