Sunday, May 13, 2012


Hello and welcome to week 19 of the postcard challenge - off to Bulgaria we went! I struggled a little while with my subject matter; but decided that a  religious Icon would be my main topic. Next I found several great works of art; but more amazing were all the gorgeous Frescoes in the churches. So I tried to recreate the Archangel of Michael fresco found in Rila Monastery.This Eastern Orthodox church has been in existence since the 15 th century . It was placed on the UNESCO Heritage Site in 1983 - Additionally Pope John Paul II visited the monastery in 2002.

Front of Card
Image was downloaded from Internet- then printed in coloring book
outline-then drawn onto Neenah white paper.
All areas colored in with several colors of Copic  markers and high lights
added with black Pigma pen and white highlights
added with Signo white pen.

Back of Card
Correspondence reads:
Dearest Alexander,
Hope all is well with you, since it has been several weeks since I last heard from you. I’m in Bulgaria now purchasing some copper-red sheep for my farm (gorgeous wool ) –Did get to Sofia and saw the nearly extinct Karakachian sheep & horses. I also traveled to Rila Monastery, so breathtaking!–Artwork in the churches here is Amazing- especially the icons.
I know in my last note I mentioned some “visions” that I have been having.  One of the recurring “visions” involved a big car with blacken windows. Did we travel in such a vehicle while in Austria? I will be heading home after this stop – So I hope to hear from you when I arrive home.

Background  painted with light wash of Linen Folkart Paint.
Several parts  of previous used Bulgaria postcards
are collaged in background

Page in Book
This is an pen drawing of Rila Monastery. I have have been wanting to do a B&W page for
quite some time- This church is rather bright for an Orthodox church- Most of the building
is covered by B& W and red  brick. Colored  with Copic markers.

Card in Book
Another view with the card in place (camera is on the blitz
sorry it may be blurred)

Well off to bed-Tomorrow I'll be celebrating Mother's Days-
So Happy Day Mom's



  1. Love ,Love,Love that image of Michael!!! ...and memories coming back...always good, or will they put her in danger? :D XXX

    1. Gina Thank You for such kind words- Yes the memories are starting to return~But good or bad is to be determined....

  2. What a beautiful postcard,great colours,and also a great page.interesting storyline.have a nice mothers day...

    1. Margaret Thank you for the kind words-
      Have a great Mother's Day too!

  3. You always do such fantastic postcards and book pages. Love it!

    1. Natasha Thank You SO MUCH for the comment and your vote in the top ten this month! Very Much appreciated

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    1. Thank You Jamie - I'll be dropping in the see everyone's work when I get home tonight.

  5. Super postcard and book. Love your work.

    Janet xx

    1. Thank You Janet - Have gone to Darcy's Blog I made the top ten this month-Loved to have your vote...