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2nd generation Californian. I live and work in Topanga, CA as a professional artist. Airbrush and handpaint artwork all about buildings and homes.
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1. Illustration Friday: Lush

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Lush" theme is a functional piece of art that can hang or sit and it also serves as a little vase or flower holder by way of the chimney. I am going with the origin of Lush from the year 1610, Middle English  LUSCH which means soft and tender :} I am calling this house "Lusch Life" and it is inspired by this song. Have a wonderful Labour Day Weekend and Happy Weekend to all!

paper, liquitex acrylics, glue, texture medium and a flower holder inside the house.
All photos and art by valerie walsh

13 Comments on Illustration Friday: Lush, last added: 9/15/2013
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2. Illustration Friday: Rescue

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Rescue" theme is a painted paper sculpture and it is completely created from a piece of Stonehenge paper. It is lovely to start with a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a full colour dimensional image. I also used one pin, glue and a piece of thread. Happy weekend everyone!
The princess was rescued from her tower and she is off to the beach :)

2013 Valerie Walsh

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3. Illustration Friday: Fresh

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Fresh" theme is a handmade greeting card
When you remove the crown,  the card opens to reveal a message inside.
This card was created for a friend and his nickname is  Pears Roughness, he has a music blog that I participate in that is called "Kings of Maybe:  It is a joy to find,share and listen to great music and the camaraderie of being part of the blog is fun too!   To commemorate our 3rd year I made a royal pear.
Kings of Maybe is almost 5 years old now, please check it out.


a. not altered by processing (fresh fruits and vegetables)
b.original, vivid ( a fresh portrayal)
c. slang: fashionable, cool

definitions from Miriam Webster Dictionary

stonehenge paper, acrylic paint, glue, little jewels
valerie walsh copyright  2011

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4. Illustration Friday: Urban

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Urban" is a colour pencil drawing called "Homeward Bound". This is a colour study for a painting by the same name. Have a happy weekend!

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5. Illustration Friday: Egg

My submission for Illustration Friday's " Egg
" is one of my Home Town die cut greeting cards. This card  is a shoppe that features Easter items  and like all of my Home Town cards it stands on it's own and when you collect all 5 you have a little town :) The original is Liquitex acrylics on Canson AirBrush Paper. Each card is a different die cut and there are 10 different buildings in total for holidays, birthdays, important anniversaries or simply just to say I am thinking of you.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

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6. Illustration Friday: EYE GLASSES

I had to put on my strong  eye glasses to actually see her in the tall blades of grass.Suddenly I could see her so clearly!  She was swinging, smiling and having a wonderful time. Her name was Adora.

My submission for Illustration Friday's "EYE GLASSES" theme is a paper sculpture illustration called "A is for Adora". 

hand made paper, paint, glue and a clay ladybug.
better pix to come ;)
art by Valerie Walsh

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7. Illustration Friday: Glow

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Snow and "Glow" theme is a pop-up Christmas card made of paper, paint, some photo shop and a little glue too. Have a very Merry Christmas to you!!!

9 Comments on Illustration Friday: Glow, last added: 1/6/2013
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8. Illustration Friday: Explore

A paper sculpture that fits into Illustration Friday's "Explore" theme called "moonlit stroll".

paper, acrylic paint, glue

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9. Illustration Friday: Forward

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Forward" theme is prismacolor pencils and acrylic paint on Stonehenge paper. It is called "magic wand".

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10. Illustration Friday: stripes

I have been working on Hanukkah images this season. This is a holiday that needs a little more colour! Here are some valgal HomeTown Hanukkah Houses. The images are slightly distorted because I photographed them on a curved sheet of paper. They are diecut to make garlands, cards and gift tags. The holidays are quickly approaching so no matter what you celebrate, have a very good one!

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11. My Sticker Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my Sticker Giveaway sponsored by Uprinting is Indigene Theresa Gaskin!!! It is my pleasure to present you with this gift of 250 full colour custom stickers and since you had 0 competition you were a shoe in ;)
I hope you make something cool and enjoy the process, it is easy and fun! :D

3 Comments on My Sticker Giveaway Winner!, last added: 9/19/2011
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12. My Sticker Giveaway

I am hosting a giveaway here! Uprinting is one of the most versatile online Printing Companies and one of their products are stickers. They can also customize them according to your needs and offer Custom Stickers. They will look great with your art, logo or photo. Please leave a comment on my blog and you have entered to win:
250 Personalised Stickers for One (1) Winner
2" x 3.5"
70 lb. Label Matte, Front Only Printing, 4 Business Days Turnaround.
Restriction: Limited to US Residents 18 and above only. * free shipping.
Please feel free to like Uprinting on FaceBook or Twitter.
A winner will be announced September 18th.
This giveaway is sponsored by http://www.uprinting.com / Uprinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive stickers http://www.uprinting.com/custom-sticker-printing.html for hosting.

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13. Illustration Friday: Mysterious

we all dance to a myserious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player ~ albert einstein
my submission for Illustration Friday's "mysterious" theme is a dimensional painting titled " Enchanted Evening".
valgal 2011

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14. Illustration Friday: MidSummer Knight

My submission for Illustration Friday's Midsummer Knight :)

Liquitex Acrylics on stonehenge with a little thread and glue.
MidSummer Knight's Dream 2011 valerie walsh

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15. Illustration Friday: soaked

I posted this image here and I talked about how I came up with this idea. But did you know that it was not just a painting it was also a T-shirt ;)

My submission for Illustration Friday's "soaked" theme is " Singin in the Rain" created in 1995.

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16. Illustration Friday: journey

I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine

On a cloud of sound I drift in the night

Any place it goes is right

Goes, far, flies near, to the stars away from here

Well you don't know what we can find

Why don't you come with me little girl

on a magic carpet ride

You don't know what we can see

Why don't you tell your dreams to me

Fantasy will set you free

Close your eyes girl

Look inside girl

Let the sound take you away


A newer version of "Magic Carpet Ride" 2010 Acrylic and Resin of wood and wood panel

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17. Illustration Friday: bottled

I have created a few wine labels and it is something I really enjoy. I don't drink, but there is something appealing about a piece of art that people get to enjoy while they are relaxing and having fun! They are feeling good and hopefully looking at your art and taking the time to see the little details ;) My submission for Illustration Friday's "bottled" theme is a wine label I created for a father/son winemaking venture up here in Topanga. This label was made for a competition they were entering in the hopes of a cash prize to possibly fund their endeavours. I had a very short period of time to create something that would give the impression of rustic and homemade.

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18. Winner of my Brochure Giveaway!

The lucky winner for my Brochure Giveaway sponsored by Uprinting.com is Mark Beam :)

Mark will now receive 50 pcs. full color brochure to promote his art and business! Congratulations Mark. Just place your order online once you get your code and it is delivered to your door :) Have a great weekend!


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19. Illustration Friday: phenomenon

My submission for Illustration Friday's "phenomenon" is my Holiday card this year. I decided on a non traditional colour scheme to make it a little different and special :) I have been making cards for 30 + years in every combo of colours and so each year I try to make something a bit out of the ordinary.

Thank you to all the folks that came by this year to see my art and ideas! I was a little lax in posting this year and my fifth year of blogging here passed by and it means so much that you visit and check out my stuff and comment :) Thank you and have a lovely holiday season too!

Nowadays, "phenomena" are often, but not always, understood as appearances. They are themselves sometimes understood as involving qualia.

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20. Illustration Friday: resolutions

This is a "houscape" I did for a lovely woman in Sherman Oaks in 2010. She works in the field of music for major motion pictures and I am proud to have captured her home and I made the frame for the painting too. It is actually dark green but hard to tell in my photo. My resolutions are few but I resolve to do more unique and interesting projects if possible this year and see where my artistic adventures take me... My submission for Illustration Friday's "resolutions" is airbrush acrylic on wood and it is called "Dixie Canyon" :)

photos and art valeriegallerie/valeriewalsh

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21. Illustration Friday: surrender

" If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it" ~Toni Morrison

My submission for Illustration Friday's "surrender" theme is a dimensional painting. Liquitex acrylics on wood panel with wood frame, foamboard building, handmade paper shingles and clay chimney and door handle. The painting is called Home in the Woods.
photos and art by Valerie Walsh 2011

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22. My Business Card Giveaway

I have some good news :) Online printing company,Uprinting is sponsoring a new giveaway on my blog and I am so pleased to let you know that one of my friends will win 250 full color diecut business cards, shipped to your home for commenting on my post. I win a set of cards for hosting this giveaway and here are the details:

250 Die-Cut Business Cards for One (1) Winner

1.75"x 3.5" or 2"x 2";2.5" Diameter (Circle)

14pt Cardstock Gloss/Matte/High Gloss (UV) or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated

Front Only or Front and Back printing

Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.
Please check out the diecut business cards from online Printing company Uprinting.com
Feel free to like Uprinting on Facebook :)
Winner announced February 21st!

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23. Wiiner of my Business Card Givaway!

I apologize for the delay in my announcing the winner of "My Business Card Giveaway" sponsored by Uprinting but I had some birthday festivities and was detained :) I put all the names in a hat and stirred them around, closed my eyes and I picked a winner... doo doo doo doooooooooo! Rubin Pingk!!! YAY!!!
Rubin won 250 business cards full colour front and back. I hope you enjoy Rubin!
I hope you all will try again next time because I hope to have a groovy postcard giveaway and maybe greeting cards too!

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24. Illustration Friday: layer

Screen printing is all about putting a layer of ink on paper. Layer upon layer upon layer. This is a screen print I made using waterbased inks which at the time I made this was a relatively new thing. We always used oil based inks at Wasserman SilkScreen Company and we had to use stinky solvents to clean up the screens and squeegee. This print has 9 layers of ink, one is a transparent white that turns 9 colours into 18 and the darker ink that has a textured look was used as a shadow colour and it has transparency in it and I created the texture affect by drawing with a special crayon on frosted mylar that has a bit of tooth to it making the crayon stick and create some nice textures. Handprinted all by my lonesome, I use a little kickstand on the side of the screen and just print away :) Registration is key! :) My very late submission for Illustration Friday's "layer" theme is a screenprint on rag paper (stonehenge) called "Shooting Star".

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25. My Brochure Giveaway!

Great news kiddleywinks! This month I am giving away 50 pcs. full color brochure! This is an opportunity to make stuff happen and by that I mean help sell your business and promote your art! This giveaway is sponsored by Uprinting and one of my followers will receive 50 full color
brochures, shipped to your door and I will win a set for hosting this giveaway! YAY! So come on in and just make a comment and that makes you eligible to win. Below are all the details for this prize:
50 pcs. Brochures for One (1) Winner
100 lb. Paper Gloss; With Folding (Half Fold, Trifold/Letterfold, Z-Fold, Roll Fold, Accordion Fold) on a 2 Business Day Turnaround; Outside and Inside printing.
Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.
fyi: I am not monetarily compensated for this giveaway. If you get a chance please like Uprinting on Facebook here:(http://www.facebook.com/uprinting)
Winner announced March 18, 2011.

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