Hello friends,

Today has been a funny day, I woke up too early after having some weird dreams that got me wondering where they came, very peculiar!  I did manage to get some art done though and get it photographed before all the half decent light disappeared when it clouded over and started to rain. It has also been very windy which I guess is influencing my journal pages.  I also managed to stamp the wrong date on my page which I didn’t realise until I came to edit the photos.  I was sure it was the 17th today!  lol

today’s art . . .

Today’s art is my Day 18 offering for Art Every Day Month, and for this week’s prompt on Rain’s Thursday Art Date (Wisps and Winds) and for the current theme over on Art Journal Journey which is All kinds of Weather, chosen this month by Chris from PearShapedCrafting. I am featuring wind and snow on this page – far from my favourite weather combination in real life for sure!  The wind element is her hair blowing in the wind and also the lines from the poem.  The snow is falling in the background.

This page started off as somewhere to clean excess paint off my brush.  It was Payne’s Grey acrylic that I was using on another page that was not making me happy.  So I abandoned that page and thought maybe I could work with the clean up page instead. In the photo below you can see the streaks of Payne’s Grey going diagonally across the page before I decided to draw a woman on top of it.

To cover up all those white spaces around the edges, I used some Payne’s Grey watercolour which would soak in between the acrylic.

I used Paperartsy Snowflake and Nougat as my base layers

Then I used Polychromos and watercolour pencils on her face and neck

Then I added some colour to her mouth with more Polychromos, and added the whites to her eyes with the Snowflake chalk paint

Her hair is painted with Caramel Fresco paint, Bronze and English Red Neocolor IIs.  The Bronze Neocolor is a metallic, you can see some of the shine catch the light in the photo above.

I embellished her dress with some gold paint embroidery.

I splattered the background with some white acrylic snow.

I added more detail to her eyes and more shading to her face.

The poem is one by Anne Brontë, called North Wind:

“That wind is from the North, I know it well;
No other breeze could have so wild a swell.
Now deep and loud it thunders round my cell,
The faintly dies,
And softly sighs,
And moans and murmurs mournfully.
I know its language; thus is speaks to me —
‘I have passed over thy own mountains dear,
Thy northern mountains — and they still are free,
Still lonely, wild, majestic, bleak and drear,
And stern and lovely, as they used to be
When thou, a young enthusiast,
As wild and free as they,
O’er rocks and glens and snowy heights
Didst often love to stray.
I’ve blown the wild untrodden snows
In whirling eddies from their brows,
And I have howled in caverns wild
Where thou, a joyous mountain child,
Didst dearly love to be.
The sweet world is not changed, but thou
Art pining in a dungeon now,
Where thou must ever be;
No voice but mine can reach thine ear,
And Heaven has kindly sent me here,
To mourn and sigh with thee,
And tell thee of the cherished land
Of thy nativity.’
Blow on, wild wind, thy solemn voice,
However sad and drear,
Is nothing to the gloomy silence
I have had to bear.
Hot tears are streaming from my eyes,
But these are better far
Than that dull gnawing tearless void
The stupor of despair.
Confined and hopeless as I am,
O speak of liberty,
O tell me of my mountain home,
And I will welcome thee.

If you missed any November AEDM posts so far – check them out in the slider below.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, Liquitex Payne’s Grey HB acrylic, Liquitex White acrylic ink, Daniel Smith Payne’s Grey watercolour, Paperartsy Fresco Chalk paint Snowflake, Nougat, Caramel, Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Pitt Artist Brush pens. Neocolor Iis Bronze, English Red, Molotow blackliner pen, gold pen, pencil,


Art Journal JourneyAll Kinds of Weather November Challenge – wind blowing her hair, wind in the poem and snow in the background, a wintery page
Art Journal Journey

Art Every Day MonthDay 18  
Rain’s Thursday Art Date – 
Wisps and Winds –   November 18th – wisps of her hair blowing in the wind

Paint Party Friday – Week 36, Year 11 check-in.
Paint Party Friday

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November 20, 2021 9:39 pm

How fabulous this is, especially as it came from a brush cleaning page. The wind certainly has got into her hair. The poem is one I am not familiar with – oh those words! I do feel rather cold now though! Thanks for such a brilliant entry for my theme at AJJ, hugs, Chrisx

Rain Frances
November 20, 2021 3:13 pm

Beautiful Elle, she’s lovely. I’m so happy to see your progress photos too, I love to see a beautiful piece of art come together! Oh wind and snow are not my favourites either! Always a bad hair day after that weather lol! I love your hands that hold your paper too, those are neat! 🙂

November 20, 2021 4:34 am

Wonderful painting. I love how her hair is blowing in the wind.
Happy PPF!

Linda K
November 20, 2021 3:30 am

this is so beautiful Elle. I love how the words softly go through your lovely woman’s hair. Thanks for sharing the full poem too. Happy PPF!

November 19, 2021 7:46 am

Lovely words and artwork 🙂

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
November 19, 2021 6:56 am

I am in love with this lady and her flowing, blowing hair. She is a beauty and I like all the details you shared, too. Her dress is lovely with the detail on the collar. It’s a really great page for Chris’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

Erika N
November 19, 2021 3:33 am

She is fantastic Elle. An the Anne Bronte poem works well with her. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ for Chris’ challenge. She works great as a weather page. Hope you week is going well. Hugs-Erika

November 18, 2021 10:30 pm

OMG! This is just stunning. Well done my friend.

Gillena Cox
November 18, 2021 9:39 pm

Nice art and poem Elle


November 18, 2021 6:24 pm

I love what you did and a beautiful topical poem too!

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