Friday, 18 July 2014

Inspired by Chagall (MJJ2014)




I'm a bit late posting my latest Magical Journal Journey pages but in June I hosted the gorgeous house shaped journal belonging to Stephanie whose chosen artist was Marc Chagall. I had difficulty emulating his style but felt in tune with his love of music, folklore and imagination and so focused my art on these elements. Above is the middle spread and below is the front page.


Both paintings are based on the accompanying story I wrote about a girl who loses her inspiration and love of life after her best friend dies. A magical sequence of events leads her to receive a charm necklace the helps her rediscover what she's lost.

On this Magical Journal Journey we are all contributing to the art journal covers. Below is my contribution to a side that was previously painted orange. I'm getting to like drawing/painting whimsical villages....



I've got a little behind due to a problem with a spell of vision headaches but I have lots of jewellery and card orders to do ( CreativelyWellCreations) and am starting to get back on top of things starting with this blog post.  Feeling positive and enjoying being creative :-)

I've discovered a love of creating whimsical villages & town - what new subject/skill have you discovered a joy for using in your creations? Perhaps a new paint or a newfound inspiration.....

Wishing you all a Happy & Creative Weekend!
Kat :-)

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24 comments:

  1. Love the vibrant colors. Beautiful work.

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    1. Pam - Thank you for visiting & leaving a lovely comment. Kat :-)

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  2. WOW Kat! I love your pages you did for me! And thank you so much for including the dragonflies- you know they are near and dear to my heart! I think it's funny that we both did villages for each other- I find them really hard to do but fun once it's all drawn out....can't wait to see this in real life!
    Thank you SO much!
    xxoo
    Stephanie

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    1. Stephanie - so pleased that you like the pages I've done for you :-) Yes I like a little dragonfly air transport, don't you ;-)? And yes, I didn't want to give it away when I visited your pages but when I saw you had also created a village for me I had a smile & enjoyed the synchronicity. I think it was Jennifer Judd McGee that ignited my love of these villages & I like to create them as whimsical like as possible :-) Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs, Kat xx

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  3. Kat I really like this and I love your villages. These whimsical paintings go well with your story. Fun use of music on your pages. :-)

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    1. Gemma - thank you sweet pea :-) I found it so much fun creating whimsical villages with houses that produced musical inspiration from their chimneys :-) Hugs, Kat xx

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  4. Those are lovely, really like your little houses! Great colors and just lovely with all the pages! I also like the sky and the orange backgrounds!

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    1. Missy - thank you :-)It makes me happy to create imaginative towns & paint in bright happy colours :-) Kat xx

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  5. Barg, I'm trying this again, there was a glitch with my last comment. All around lovely, really like the houses, colors, and the sky and the orange background!

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    1. Missy - lol :-) I did get both of your comments. Lovely to hear from you as always. Kat xx

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  6. I love your Chagall pages, Kat! You've captured his sense of whimsy and dreamlike freedom. Wonderful colors, and I love your happy musical village. It has the look and feel of Chagall's hometown, which he painted so many times!

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    1. Maggie - thank you for your lovely comment! I'm so glad that I managed to translate a little of Chagall into my art even if I can't master his amazing skill & style :-) I reckon that is the point of this year's challenge - to get to know & create from another artists point of view & with their background/passions in mind. Its been a big challenge but a really worthwhile one. Hugs, Kat xx

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  7. Kat, your pages just made me want to dance. You know how I love color and they are just so happy! It doesn't look like there was any difficulty here, Love your Katgall pages!

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    1. Kim - LOL - Katgall :-) Very good! Thank you for your lovely words. Glad I was able to spread a little happiness your way :-) I just got your gorgeous journal in the post....hope I can manage to make you happy with my pages....Hugs, Kat xx

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  8. Kat, these are such fun whimsical pages. I do love your little village and the background is fun. It's hard to believe the journey is nearly through. How funny Kim is with the Katgall pages. ;)

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    1. Tammy - thank you sweet pea! Yes, Kim's Katgall made me chuckle too :-)) Is it nearly through? Oh no...I hadn't realised...not going to think about it ;-) Mind you I've not long received July's journal so I'm a bit behind. Hugs, Kat xx

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  9. What gorgeous work! I wish I had discovered a new skill, but feel like I'm still honing the writing - it's a work-in-progress :o)

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    1. Hi Karen - thank you :-) Your writing is a huge talent that I'm sure has you learning lots of new skills daily! I'm incredibly envious of you sticking at the writing and getting published. Thanks for visiting. Kat :-) xx

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  10. Those are lovely, really like your little houses! Great colors and just lovely with all the pages! I also like the sky and the orange backgrounds!

    Please check this : They're history

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    1. Pulkit - thank you for visting my blog & leaving such a nice comment :-)! Apologies for my late reply - a few comments seemed to have been swallowed by Blogger and I've only just found them :-) Kat x

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  11. i think, kat, that we are all turning into the village people...i for one, have never painted little rows of houses in my paintings, but now i have. and somehow i feel compelled to again and again...so may of the artists chosen have the village-vibe.
    you have done so well!
    your imagination is something i covet,
    as i seem to paint an unending theme from the same source.
    all is good and well though, we are each different...
    yet so very much alike.
    i am sorry for the late visit...
    as someone who has always been on the early side of punctual,
    i cannot believe who i have become these last months.
    love and kisses to you
    and i hope you are feeling well.
    xoxoxox

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    1. Lisa - you apologise for being late & guess what I'm now going to say sorry for being late replying, lol :-) Seems your comment got swallowed by Blogger spam & I've only just received it!! But the wait was worth it! Thank you for your super lovely words, you're always so kind. And you make me laugh :-) - village people indeed....it is interesting how the village-vibe has come through this swap. I for one am a village-creating-convert who may take out a lifetime membership ;-)
      Hugs
      Kat xx

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  12. Hi, Kat, finally getting around to visiting a few blogs. Your creations here are so bright and colorful and HAPPY!! Fills me with joy to look at them. :) Those villages!

    Sorry to hear about the headaches, but I'm hoping you're feeling much better now. I'm glad your jewelry and card-making is going well and so happy to hear you're so inspired.

    Sending hugs!

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    1. Hi Anne - sorry to take so long to reply...I've only just read your comment which had been previously swallowed up in blogger! Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm glad the colourful villages helped pass on the happy vibe! Hope all good with you. Hugs, Kat xx

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