Friday, August 5, 2016

Puffin Power

Happy Friday everyone. I can't believe this first week of August is almost over. As my hubby says "Nothing goes faster than July but August." And I think that is true.
So today I have a quickly done page for Art Journal Journey. This month's hostess is Gill, aka Gibby Frogett and the great theme is Nature's Wonders. Here's a page in my summer journal that works for that theme.  I painted this background to represent a grassy knoll, some lava rocks and the blue sky. Then I added these 2 adorable puffins I cut out from a tourist brochure, drew in the Icelandic flag and stamped the plane. I added the banner for a title and as a date, since this journal is more of a day to day art journal than just an art journal of random pieces.
I am also linking up to Paint Party Friday since it is Friday and time party with some paint. Thanks to Kristen and Eva for giving us a great site to link up to.
So the one thing in Iceland last week I wanted to see was a puffin, and I came home thinking I didn't manage that. But then when I was going through some of my photos, I looked carefully at this water picture. Well it wasn't just water, but 2 birds that I tried to photograph. They were quite away out from shore, and my zoom lens only goes so far. I thought they were both guillemots, 2 arctic birds.
So when I got home I wanted to enlarge my photos, and low and behold, only 1 was a guillemot and the other was a puffin! That put a big smile on my face for sure.
 Not the clearest photo because I cropped it so much but here is the puffin. Very obvious to see. :)
And here's the guillemot, spreading his wings and stretching. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend coming up and has something fun in their plans. Not sure what is on my agenda yet, or I should say my husband's agenda which effects me, but even so I could easily have fun playing in my happy space and reading in my hammock.
Thanks for visiting today.

24 comments:

Let's Art Journal said...

Oh my goodness, you did actually see a Puffin after all and he looks a cheeky chappy! That's so brilliant, I'm really pleased for you :-). I love your page, to me it seems to celebrate your trip to Iceland! What with the landscape your have created, the flag, the plane and banner and of course those adorable puffins, perfect! The weather is meant to be hot and sunny here this weekend, so we have a BBQ planned and have lots of jobs to do around the garden first. So glad you are back Erica, I have missed chatting with you! Things are good here thank you, my Dad is doing much better and is back home now. Wishing you a fab weekend too! J:-)

Sue said...

I love your page. The puffins made me smile.

Indira said...

Great art celebrating your trip to Iceland! I like how you put it all together. I am glad you did get to see a puffin.

Nordljus said...

How wonderful that you saw a puffin after all! They look just so adorable. Your hubby certainly has a point, can't believe how fast July went, and this week just flew by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lisca Meijer said...

Wow! A puffin! That was a lucky find! You can link up with Annie for Friday Smiles as this is worth a great big smile!
PS I have already commented on your geology photos, but the first photo is still open on my screen and I have just noticed the beautiful rainbow in the waterfall photo. Another smile as far as I'm concerned!
Hugs,
Lisca

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your page, Erika, and well done on getting a puffin in front of the lens!It was a great idea to do an Iceland page, I was hoping you would! Have a great weekend, take care, hugs, Valerie

Faye said...

How fantastic to find the puffin in the photo! I know that trip was such a wonderful experience for you. I like your puffin and lava rocks painting. A great reminder of the vacation.

sirkkis said...

Nice fun Icland travellers 😃 and the photos are wonderful.
Happy weekend ♥

Divers and Sundry said...

We love puffins! I keep a link to a couple of puffin live cams on my blog and check them out frequently. They are so much fun :) To see one in person must have been a thrill!

Linda Kunsman said...

Love the new header and your journal page Erika. I know how much you wanted to see a puffin-and YOU DID-so I am thrilled for you!! I know the special joy you must have felt finding one in one of your photos. happy weekend and a happy PPF!

Lynn Cohen said...

What fun this wonderful collage is, chocked full of memories from your trip! Perfect ! Glad you found your puffin sighting after all!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh! What a fantastic page and great that you got the puffin photo after all! SUPER!! Happy PPF and thank you so much for joining the AJJ gang.
Happy weekend dear Erika - I met up with a blogfriend from Germany today in Vienna, as she made a one week vienna trip- and this last day was free for her..we know each other since nearly ten years just via Internet and never managed to meet personal ---it was really nice!
oxo Susi

Meggymay said...

Love the photo of the puffin and all your super photos in the previous post.
Your Iceland journal page looks fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Christine said...

beautiful page, so glad you saw your puffin!

genie said...

The way you put all the parts together to created this page is so neat. I LOVE the piece. Int has that whimsical feel to it that I love so much. Thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind words. genie

Susan said...

Your journal page is darling. Clever idea adding the puffins. How lucky you were to see one, for real. the photos are great. Happy belated PPF

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

So glad you saw a Puffin. We saw them when we lived in AK. They are pretty special. Love your Puffin power piece. I hope you stop by my blog and cast a vote for me. Have a great weekend.

Gibby Frogett said...

Brilliant page Erika, great idea using the plane like that and your clever puffin holding the flag too - love it!
Pleased you saw at least saw one puffin on your trip - sorry it wasn't more.
I didn't know until recently that after their breeding season that their beaks fall off (leaving a different shape one of course) and they loose their colours and look totally different - you didn't see any of these did you?
Can't remember if I've remembered to thank you for your lovely comments lately - so just I case.. thank you x
Have a lovely weekend... Gill xx

Giggles said...

Such a fabulous page... and seeing a puffin wow..they are so magical! How wonderful!! Thanks for sharing... I keep hearing so much about puffins lately..very cool!

Hugs Giggles

~*~Patty S said...

Oh seeing exotic birds in person = VERY exciting Erika
AND I L♥ve that you spotted a Puffin in your photo AFTER your return.
Mr M and I often say looking at photos after a trip is really exciting because you have the time to spot things that may have gotten past you in real time.
Your journal page is brilliant and just right for your latest adventure journal!
oxo

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

Glad you got to see a Puffin even if you didnt know it at the time :)

Happy PFF :)
Jen #23

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I adore your puffins on their way to Iceland. They are such majestic birds. I was thrilled that you got to see one in person. And I like your new blog banner for August, too.

sheila 77 said...

Your AJJ piece is tremendous and I loved reading about how you made it, the painted flag, the stamped plane with its banner and the two puffins and how great that you actually managed to get a photo of a puffin.

Jeanie said...

three heers for the puffin! They're so darned cute -- glad you got to see one. (Two!)