Autumn in Everything…

happy to have some time in the middle of our beautiful Indian Summer days here in Virginia to share two spreads that I created over the last couple of weeks…magpies-nest-autumn-grows-pages

these pages were inspired by an ad for a ballet performance that I clipped from The Washington Post and I just happened to have a stencil that I wanted to play with too…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-grows

I liked these pages so much I did not want to cover them up but I eventually forged ahead and had fun adding gold paint along with the Robert Browning quote…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-autumn-gold

now for something a little different… these green and gold pages were an attempt to step outside my comfort zone using colors and collage in a different way…

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I am still not crazy about the end result but thought I’d share both spreads with you since I had Valerie’s Golden Autumn theme in mind for Art Journal Journey this month when I created them..


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“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” -Joe L. Wheeler

22 responses to “Autumn in Everything…

  1. Both spreads are beautiful, and well done on ‘breaking out’ and trying something new – your collage is beautiful. The pages with the ballerina are still my ‘golden’ favourite though! Thanks for joining us again at AJJ, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Your ballerina page is stunning! And I love the color combo on your “break out” page. It’s fun to try something different every once in a while.

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  3. Hello sweet friend!
    The ballerina pages are amazing and the gold shines so bright between that blue colors. The background texture is fantastic. I love it much.
    But your out of comfort zone pages are not less amazing,wow. I like the different pieces of green and yellow paper and paint with different textures. The eyecatcher are the the two round motifs. The page is Colin’s page. It remembers me on his time at the trail, with green woods and yellow fields, the map piece and the wind rose are also perfect to it. Bravo!
    Liebe Grüße
    Hugs Sabine

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  4. I love them both for different reasons. The ballet is just magical — love that wispy, webby stencil look. And, it is such fun to see you step out of the zone — and of course you did it successfully!

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  5. Both pieces are utterly BEAUTIFUL Patty! I am thrilled about them!
    Thank you very much for joining us at Art Journal Journey!
    You never cease to amaze me with your artsy posts!
    oxo Susi

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  6. beautiful autumn pieces!
    Groetjes Karin

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  7. Your ballerina pages have so much life in them, they’re brilliant with the blues and golds and the way you make these pieces is so skilful.
    Great fun to try different colour combinations and schemes. I wouldn’t have recognised this as a piece of yours, but that’s the whole point, isn’t it, with trying something new. I rather like it, it has a mysterious atmosphere as if something is going on in the depths, maybe a journey of some sort.

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  8. Beauty of your post… Beauty of Autumn…

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  9. I love your pretty ballerina, she looks so lovely in the gold ensemble you have created! I can see why your page was inspired by the wonderful clipping from The Washington Post – stunning image! The background is gorgeous with its beautiful colour layers, your stencil worked beautifully and all that gold – bravo! Your second page is so different, the colour combination reminds me of an Indian Summer days and makes me feel like I’m on a wonderful journey! Wishing you happiness and fun! J:-)

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  10. Oooh -dance of joy- I love that first journal spread for its depth and happiness. Good for you to go out of your comfort zone in the second spread- the colors and composition are fun and lively! Enjoy the remaining bit of our Indian Summer weather. XO

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  11. Both of your pages are wonderful. I think you managed to make that second page work. I’m with you-they aren’t my first chose of colors but I do like the end result. I was playing around tonight and spent too much time on a page I don’t like. Now I am trying to have patience and forget about it because I may like it a little bit more tomorrow. Hope you are enjoying these Indian summer days. Hugs-Erika

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  12. Oh Patty, I like both. I actually think I like the second spread better because it does seem to be different than colors I’m used to seeing from you.

    Your art always inspires me, so these colors surprised (and pleased) me.

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  13. Two wonderful spreads Patty! I love the ballerina! xxx

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  14. Both the journal spreads look fantastic. I was drawn to the one with the beautiful dancer and gorgeous background, so textural to look at. Good for you to get out of your comfort zone, its another inspirational spread.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. Patty dear!
    Your ballet inspired spread is absolutely gorgeous!! Now added to my favorite list! (witch is all of them)heehee
    Your greens and golds are such a bright pop of color and yes, different for you,but none the less beautiful!!
    Jackie xoxo
    ps
    sorry about the pun-can’t seem to help myself! and Chum says he share whip cream with you anytime!(i prefer homemade,myself,Chum likes it all!)

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  16. Gold and blue for the ballerina look great! The stencil fits beautiful to the page, it repeats the background of the photo.

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  17. Oh what a magical post, your art captures me, it has my eyes running everywhere at all the beauty and pieces of this and that all coming together to make such striking art. That first Autumn piece really is special, it reflects so well the magic of the seasons changing, perfect!

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  18. Beautiful pages, I love the colours and textures you’ve created. The gold with the beautiful dancer is fantastic. Cheers xxx

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  19. Dear Patty, an amazing spread with your ballerina. It is just gorgeous,the way she flyes through the autumn sun and wonderful blue sky. I love your nature stencil ,wow, it looks fantastic, and I`m happy you did not cover the pages more.
    Your new look, is truly something else, and as you know, I`m a rabbit like you, coming to use stronger colors, and this more synthetic Cubism in the form. Very exiting, but I have to admit I most love the Ballerina 🙂 XOxo

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  20. I love both of these fabulous spreads – the ballerina page has such rich colour and your collage page is just such a bright look at Autumn! Wonderful! Hugs, Chrisx

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  21. You do such beautiful work!!!

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  22. A beautiful array of colours and textures!

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