Monday, March 26, 2012

Stormy Weather

After every storm the sun will smile; 
for every problem there is a solution, 
and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.
~ William R. Alger

You don't have to think of stormy weather as a somber theme,
but as an opportunity to express a deep and richer side of nature
as well as human nature. The picture below may have a rather
dark aura, but look at the magic in the sky!

I had two themes going around in my mind for the challenge this week.
Both are related. . . if I didn't call it Stormy Weather, it was going to be
Raining Cats and Dogs

In the end, I thought Stormy Weather would give everyone
more ideas to choose from, but if you like
cats and dogs (like I do), let's see them!!
This little fellow was irresistible to me.
Don't you just want to pick him up and pinch his cheeks!
(Poor little guy, I'm not sure he has cheeks!)

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, 
snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, 
only different kinds of good weather.
~ John Ruskin

 Don't forget, you can express stormy weather in any medium.
I love this lampwork bead.

 Isn't a rainy day romantic?
In spite of the brilliant colors in the painting below, 
you can feel the drenching rain.

This painting is a bit more threatening, with its angry sky
and barbed wire. Still, I love the brilliant wheat field.
It's titled "On the Fence". Mother Nature is deciding whether 
to let the sun shine or bring on the storm!

When was the last time you went out to sing and dance in the rain?

Please visit the wonderful Etsy shops that all the above
art came from by clicking on each picture.
I hope you are inspired to create something stormy this week!

As usual, the guidelines for the challenge are
in the right sidebar. We are using Mr. Linky to make it
even  easier to leave a link to your entry.

Don't forget, your entry has a chance to be selected as the
Showcase Winner for the week, to be displayed on our
Red Carpet Gallery. Visit the Gallery now to see
the previous winners for this year!

Happy creating!

~ Maggie

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Grannie Annie said...

Great challenge Mr Linky won't let me through but thanks for dropping by...

WrightStuff said...

Oh I love this theme! I am going to try so hard to play this week.... in fact I may go and start right now!

Magpie said...

Deann, and anyone else having trouble ~ so sorry about Mr. Linky...will check into the problem.

Shelinwa said...

ooooh la la working on this right away!!!!!

IMGIRL said...

Perfect theme for April and love all the pictures.


Catharine said...

Hopefully all the rain we have had will bring a great spring garden, or we will grow webbed feet :)

peggy gatto said...

Love the inspiration!!!!
Having trouble with linky accepting my link.
will try later

peggy gatto said...

oops....double post to link!

IMGIRL said...

Here is mine!


see you there! said...

Great theme, plenty of stormy weather here to inspire me.


Canato Jimomi said...

mine entry

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