Monday, November 17, 2014


 It's time to immerse ourselves in the theme of "Seasons" again and I've chosen autumn for my examples because it's my favorite season of the year.

I made this digital collage and centered it around the lovely quote and a beautiful fall scene.  It reminds me of my walk to school when I lived in a house in the woods for a short time back in 1967.

Since moving to southern California in 1988 I have often felt homesick for the beautiful autumn scenes I experienced while living in Missouri.  We have some of the elements so common in fall but it's never as dramatic as it was in the midwest or on the east coast of the United States.  I relish every tree that turns color and cherish the change in sunlight as the days grow shorter.

Digital Collage by Misplaced Mermaid

Whether you love vintage images or getting your hands dirty with paints you can participate in this challenge.
From Little Butterfly Wings Designs "Autumn Happiness" Kit

I'd like to encourage you and your muse to explore the theme of "Autumn" or any other season that "springs" to mind.  (No pun intended)  Directions for posting are in the sidebar.

Have a wonderful week full of fun and whimsy.  Here is one last vintage image from the Graphics Fairy.  If you love vintage ephemera, be sure to visit her site for amazing inspiration and free pictures.

See you soon,
Lou Anne, aka Misplaced Mermaid


Monday, November 10, 2014

COLORS.... DID I HEAR COLORS? Yes it is Colors this week and a Color Challenge!

Mixin it up a bit with specific colors
Purple, Yellow, Oranges and Greens
Bonus color is Black

Use these colors to create

 I love Color challenges they get my mind thinking 
out of the box
This pic below is what inspired me 


Directions are on the right!!
Have a great week 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge : Time for Monograms

This week challenge is to create art that includes MONOGRAMS.

As we all know Monogram is a motif made by overlapping and combining initials to form a symbol. In the artwork you can create a monogram from one letter also and let it symbolize the piece you've created. You can also combine words with monograms.

There are many ways to go with this

I really love these children's Monograms from

A is for Alligator Small

B is for Buzzing Bees Small

Here are some Fairies from my Fairy Monogram Series

I for Inspiration Avenue

B is for the Blogging Artists

C is for the Creative Process

I hope you have fun time with this theme
Can't wait to see what all you come up with



Monday, October 27, 2014

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge - Show and Tell

It's time again to share something you've created . . .
It can be something new or something you just haven't shared until now.
Show and Tell is always fun because anything goes!

For me, it's been all about mermaids lately because I'm
taking the workshop, “Mermaid Circus” with
Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore.

Ticket Girl at the Mermaid Circus

Some "Sea Nymphs"

More Mermaids

What have you been working on lately?
We'd love to see what you've been up to and hope you'll share
during our Show and Tell week.

Leave your link below by Sunday, November 2 and please link back to
Inspiration Avenue in your blog post.

(Have a safe and happy Halloween this week, if you celebrate it!)

~ Maggie


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Challenge-Favorite Artist

This week's challenge is to create something in the style of your favorite artist.  I must admit that I have been out of operation due to the flu for several days so I am going to share some of my favorite artist's pieces without a lot of text.

Henri Matisse was a French artist.  He was born December 31, 1869 and died November 3, 1954.  For information on this artist click here.

Flowers in a Pitcher, 1906

Two Figures Reclining in a Landscape, 1921

Purple Robe and Anenomes, 1937

Two Girls in a Yellow and Red Interior, 1947

I've shared some of Matisse's paintings that I've never seen before.  As you can see, he was a master of color.   My favorite work of his was done later in his life.  I purposely didn't share any of those pieces because I will be sharing it in my own blog post.  (Hint:  It's his cutouts)

So have a wonderful and creative week discovering Henri Matisse.  Perhaps you'll use a little more color than usual, or make something more abstract than you normally do.  Whatever the inspiration, please be sure to come back and share it.  The information is on the sidebar.
Lou Anne, aka Misplaced Mermaid


Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge: Seasons it is. And the season we are in is Autumn

Seasons this week 
  • Season of 
  • Piled leaves
  • Kids putting on coats for the first time in months
  • Pumpkin patches
  • Corn Stalks gracing house doorways
  • Wind blowing the leaves across the streets

Did I hear someone say Fall is here?
Of course depending on where you live.
Where I am it is a beautiful palette of the oranges, yellows, reds, etc,

Here are a few prompts


Cooking with nutmeg and pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon
is such a warm fun thing to do this time of year. 

Please join us this week.  
Directions on right side bar


Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge - October Colors; Red, Yellow and Brown

Welcome to join us to our new challenge format.

This week challenge is to create artwork 


Dominant color(s) in your piece should be in the shades of




To find inspiration think about beautiful Autumn / Fall Nature and Textures

Reflections of the trees
and all the color shades

October is full with vibrant colors

Pumpkins, apples, tree leaves, foliage

What about quotes ..
I really love this one from Anne of Greengables

I'm also happy to live in world where there are Octobers

Have fun with October colors this week
I can't wait to see what you come up with this theme

- Niina


Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29 Art Challenge ~ Words

Welcome to the third week of Inspiration Avenue's
new challenge format!

The challenge is to create a piece with 
and you can see by the header above that using ANY
type of words is accepted and encouraged!

Typed words, handwritten words, book pages, newsprint,
song lyrics, and affirmations are just a few ideas.

Use words in your art that communicate an idea
or an emotion that you want to express.

The piece above includes some wonderful phrases showing
why it's fun and helpful to incorporate words in your art.

Sometimes a piece will have a message to convey
and other times words just become design elements.

Of course!

So have fun with Words this week ~
we can't wait to see what you will share with us!
Leave a comment below if you are so inclined; we love comments!

There are two more themes in our 5-challenge lineup
after this week. Not saying for sure but they just might be
Seasons and Color 
We hope you've enjoyed the themes so far and that the final 2
challenges will inspire you!



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