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16 September 2011

Paint Party Friday - Week 27 - Travelling Sketchbook for August

This week I received the August travelling sketchbook belonging to Jennifer and started right in on painting it! (Later today I will be sending it on to its next stop, to Nicola in Australia. Mailing the last one from the West Coast was amazingly quick. Now I'm back East and no doubt it will be slower again this time.)

This spread is for August. Some of the things that say August for me are Sunflowers and the Perseid Meteor Shower. There is a field of sunflowers that I pass daily on my way to work and they always make me smile. I even try to visit them, up close and personal, when I get the chance.



The quote reads:
"Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
    Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
    Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn."
-  Michelle L. Thieme, August's Crown 

The Perseid meteor shower occurs each August and I usually invite myself up to my friends' house who live on the beach. They are far enough out of the city to have amazing skies and starscapes. In the city, the light pollution makes star (and shooting star) gazing impossible. We bring our sleeping bags out to the beach and spend at least some of the night watching for meteors. It is a highlight of my Augusts.


This page will have writing all over it about what August means to me before it continues on its travels to the rest of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

I am really enjoying this sketchbook round robin and am definitely painting things I'd be unlikely to choose to paint otherwise. It is so awesome to see what everyone else has done in the books before they arrive. Wow!

I hope everyone has a fun time at Paint Party Friday! I will be visiting you over the weekend when I can!

52 comments:

  1. Your sketchbooks are lovely! LOVE the sunflowers. Thank you for sharing and I learned something new tonight as I don't recall every hearing about the Perseid meteor shower. :)

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  2. I love round robins! What happy sunflowers too, love them!

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  3. I love both of those sketch book layouts! What wonderful stories go with them too. Happy PPF!

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  4. great choices for your pages in the sketchbook. Sunflowers are so majestic and I am very envious of you being able to see that wonderful meteor shower! Do you also get to see the Northern Lights in winter? They're my favourite natural phenomenon.

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  5. LOVE the Perseid meteor shower painting!
    Reminds me so much of my experiences watching shooting stars in Northern Michigan for many summers! :)

    Thanks you for hosting PPF!!
    ~Mary

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  6. Great journal pages! Love the sunflowers and the stories behind them . :)

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  7. You captured very well the color and movement in my country ... sunflowers are also symbols of summer along with the starry nights. Hugs

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  8. Wonderful images for both sketchbook. Brings me smiles! ;)

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  9. I am a lover of sunflowers, and the too make me smile. I always send them whenever sending flowers. Love your post and journal pages...what a great project!!!!
    cheers, dana

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  10. Love your journal page and your post ~ thanks ~~Happy PPF ~namaste, Carol ^_^ ( Share the Creative Journey)

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  11. I love both your paintings! The star gazer is adorable! I saw the Perseid showers in Sedona when I lived there and it was incredible. I'll never forget it. I counted 60 falling stars in one hour!!! Deb

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  12. Beautiful! How amazing to pass a field of sunflowers on your way to work every day... That would be a great way to start the day!

    Your meteor-showered Augusts sound amazing... It's not hard to envision you gazing up at the night sky ;)

    xo
    Kristin

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  13. Sunflowers were the perfect choice to accompany that quote, very nice! The stargazer brings back childhood memories of lying on the porch with my family, watching the stars come out ~ and if we were lucky, we'd see a shooting star or two... have a great day!

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  14. Sunflowers are so popular right now, must be August. Love your pages and especially the night page pointing out the stars.

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  15. Great sunflowers and meteors. I love watching the Perseid shower too.

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  16. There really isn't much more cheerful than sunflowers. Wonderful August spreads!

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  17. The traveling sketchbook sounds so much fun. I love sunflowers, your sunflower and the quote are beautiful. And the star gazer is great!

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  18. AWESOME paintings...love the sunflowers...they pOp off the page! happy ppf POP ART MINIS

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  19. Love your sketchbook pages! Sunflowers are such a cheerful reminder of summer days and a meteor shower would be just awesome...wish I lived near enought to view one! :-)

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  20. Hi Eva, hope you are doing well. I think your sketchbook is great. It's so hard to draw something in a sketchbook everyday, for me anyway. Sunflowers are my favorites and I would just love to see a meteor shower some day. Great job, enjoy your weekend.

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  21. wonderful pages-so full of joy. Love the meteor shower painting -especially the sleeping bag and the way you are pointing at the sky. I was stargazing with my son this summer on a remote lake in Maine. It's so dark we can barely see our hands in front of our faces, and yet we kept pointing things out to each other as if that would help, LOL.

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  22. Love the Sunflowers Eva and Star gazing is one of my all time favorite things to do!!! wonderful pieces.....

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  23. Wonderful sketchbook pages. I love sunflowers. I keep trying to see those meteor showers, but sometimes they are so late at night/morning.

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  24. lovely inspired sketches you did for Autumn. Interesting about the meteor shower, never seen one myself.

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  25. I'd love to see stars like that - wow!

    Also love all these sunflowers I am seeing this week - keeping hold of Summer is a great idea!

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  26. what a fun project. where does the sketchbook end up?

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  27. Terrific pages, great artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  28. Eva! I LOVE your August pages- the sunflowers are so beautiful as is that gorgeous summer sky behind them! Also, I would have never thought of doing the meteor showers, we used to be able to see them each year when we lived in the Caribbean, one of my favorite parts of living there!
    Happy PPF!
    Stephanie
    P.S. I love that you enjoy using quotes as much as I do; and I'm guessing this won't be the first time we use the same quote for a month ;) and end up with completely different interpretations- SO cool!

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  29. Beautiful sunflowers with that pretty smile.

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  30. Love the sun flower, great pages. Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

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  31. Hi Eva, I love sunflowers your page is wonderful. No wonder my girl was anxious to get onto the party! She didn't want to miss the meteor shower! I love them too! The best shows in the sky I have seen have been in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite national park. The darker the sky the better for sure! Happy PPF!

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  32. Oh I love the meteor shower sketch! It really evokes a sense of wonder and comfort to me :)

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  33. What a beautiful representation of August! I love both your spreads. It's so fun to see the different ways we represent the months in the sketchbooks!!!

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  34. Your sunflowers look so happy ;-) I'm doing sunflowrs right now too, Happy PPF!

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  35. I love your sunflower and quote this week. Happy PPF!

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  36. Sunflowers are so uplifting just a happy flower! Happy PPF!

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  37. Love your sunflowers and the starry night, how wonderful to be able to watch something like that! Valerie

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  38. Such wonderful spreads, Eva!

    Thank you so much for your kindness. It means so much to me.

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  39. Sunflowers and Meteor Showers, in many ways so similar, one being their mesmerizing luminous flowers.Beautiful and very creative work Eva!
    Adore the page with the quote and the bending sunflower....very beautiful and quiet whimsical.

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  40. very fun sketchbook and you did wonderfully eva:) I love how you relate it to you.. it is certainly something special:)

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  41. Beautiful entries into the traveling sketchbook, Eva! I love meteor showers, too =) Kathryn

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  42. I just love sunflowers...they are such bold, happy flowers. You captured them beautifully in your journal. Happy PPF!

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  43. Eva: Beautiful sunflower sketchbook work! Well done!

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  44. How cool to be able to witness that meteor shower! Love sunflowers too, they are such happy looking flowers.

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  45. Your journal pages are so pretty. I think sunflowers put a smile on everyone's face. And what a wonderful way to watch the Perseid meteor shower.

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  46. I love those pages!! And I love that it is a traveling journal. I did a circle journal once, it was so fun!!
    I am thinking about joining ICAD too. I just visited and saw that she is doing the next 3 months, monthly. do i make any sense? so, I have to check out those details. I've been dying to join in!!
    Thanks for inspiring me!!
    xxDaniella

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  47. Sunflowers are September for me too. I saw a whole field of them when I drove to MOntreal at the beginning of the month.
    Can you believe it is coming to an end already ?
    Happy Creating, Eva !

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  48. oh, my! that sounds like so much fun with that sketch book!
    love your sunflowers, by the way!

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Looking forward to hearing from you!