Monday, October 31, 2011

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge

Feast your eyes . . .

on languid female figures 
veiled in allegory and sensuality . . .


on the flowing lines, and whiplash curves.


Sinuous plantlike forms


and lavish organic subject matter.


Art was part of everyday life.
This week's theme is the “new art”,
Art Nouveau!


No object was too utilitarian to be “beautified”.
From jewelry to furniture to architecture and stained glass, 
Art Nouveau style was used on many everyday objects 
from 1890 until 1910.

No matter the medium you create in, Art Nouveau style can be applied.
Give it your own twist and interpretation and leave a link to your blog 
where you've posted your own “art nouveau”. 
Guidelines are in the sidebar if you haven't entered before.
See you back here where all the entries will be revealed next Sunday!

Happy creating!

26 comments:

Shelinwa said...

Brilliant Maggie WOW and FUN YES!!!!!
we shall get a creatin!!!

artangel said...

Gorgeous theme - and I love your images, very inspiring :)

Grannie Annie said...

I love this "Mucha"

http://thewhimseyasylum.blogspot.com/

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

This was quite the challenge as I couldn't quite pin down the definition of art nouveau. But, here's my take on the theme. past turns into future I think it loosely follows the organic design elements that dominated the style.
Stay inspired!

craftydvl said...

Very challenging, very fun, and my entry is about Noveau, a Halloween recap, and a shoutout to Stephanie/Dragonfly Studios, as I was the lucky recipient of her journal :-D Link is here:
http://craftydvl.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-nouveau-for-inspiration-avenue-and.html

Cathy L. Calamas said...

OMG!! What a gorgeous doorway!! Where is that?

Magpie said...

Cathy, that doorway is awesome, isn't it? There is an art nouveau district in Riga, Latvia...if you Google it, you will see tons of gorgeous photos. I thought that photo came from there, but now I can't see it in the mix. If you click each image in the post, it will take you to the spot where I got each photo. Some of them are from Etsy shops :)

Here is Wikipedia's article on Art Nouveau:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Nouveau

Also google Alphonse Mucha to see some amazing art nouveau posters!

Sorry my post was heavy on pictures and lacking more explanation of Art Nouveau!

Terrie said...

This was a challenging theme for me (but that's the point, right?) but once I got going, it was really fun.

See my entry here:
http://creative-explorer.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-ave-art-nouveau.html

New End Studio said...

A very pretty design style, though brief.

http://newendstudio.blogspot.com/2011/11/from-dust-to-feathers.html

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a great theme, Maggie. I live in and with this style of art, so it was a fun and really different challenge for me:

http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenueart-nouveau.html

Felicia Kramer said...

Is anyone having trouble accessing this site? Could someone from Inspiration Avenue please contact me so I can tell you what has been happening? Thanks.
a-b-i@comcast.net

Magpie said...

Emailed you, Felicia :)

peggy gatto said...

My favorite style because of the colors!

peggy gatto said...

oops and thank you!http://wwwpeggysamusement.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-ave.html

Tracey Potter said...

I love Art Nouveau! Such a wonderful topic!

http://traceypotterartist.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-nouveau.html

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

This was a fun one... and so nice to have a theme that didn't require me needing therapy after it!!!
http://traceyfletcherking.blogspot.com/2011/11/less-precious-dahlia.html

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Here's mine:
http://dragonflydegignstudios.blogspot.com/2011/11/weekly-challenge-at-inspiration-avenue.html
Thanks Maggie- I think this might have been my all time favorite challenge!

Jul said...

I love that doorway so much! Yay for art nouveau.

Magpie said...

Can't believe I made it before Sunday...

http://intothemagpiesnest.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-nouveau-challenge-ia.html

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OMG that is beautiful..that NECKLACE IS DIVINE! AND YES.....shhhhhh...I am a fairy! teeeheee..so nice that you stopped by yesterday...thank you! Anita

gemma said...

Hi
My angel faces art nouveau is at Http://gemmasjournal.blogspot.com

Magpie said...

Hey everyone! Here in the US, we are back on standard time as of today :) It means you have an extra hour to get your entries in, yay!

Shelinwa said...

whew wipping sweat off brow


http://shelinwa.blogspot.com/

see you there! said...

Hopefully sneaking in on time at the very last minute again this week.

http://fromseatomountains.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-avenue-challenge-11611.html

Darla

Catharine said...
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Catharine said...

I'll try again, this time with a link!
Here is my inspiration, flowing dresses! Thanks for the challenge.

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