Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekly Art Challenge-El Dia de los Muertos

Happy Monday everyone!  Before you get too nervous about the title of our challenge this week, I'd like to explain what "El Dia de los Muertos" means.  In Mexico, this holiday takes place on the first and second of November.   People take two days out of the year in order to pay their respect to their dead family members and friends.  During this celebration, skulls and altars are made, food is placed on graves, and families and friends celebrate the lives of departed children and adults.  You can get more information here.

The objects and artwork are not intended to scare people.  These creations are made to pay respect to a person's deceased loved ones.

Sugar skulls are created in the likeness of a departed soul to adorn the altars with a delightful and sugary treat for visiting spirits.  You can read more about them here.

 I'm always drawn to the vivid colors.  Here are some samples of artwork I found to inspire you.  Some of these are created in honor of lost pets, which really appeals to me.

I chose this topic for our challenge for a couple of reasons.  The first is that Halloween is approaching and lots of people enjoy celebrating it.  The Day of the Dead falls immediately after Halloween and has a seemingly spooky feel to it for some of us.  The other reason is that we all have loved ones that were dear to us who have passed away.  It seems like such a joyous thing to take a day or two each year to celebrate their lives.

I really hope that you'll create something this week as a response to El Dia de los Muertos.  Whether it's the holiday itself, the Halloween-like feel of the skeletons, or the bright colors that inspire you, I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.   Have a wonderful week!
                                                                                                                  Lou Anne


Monday, September 23, 2013

This Week Challenge: Celebrating Fall Colors of Orange, Yellow and Brown

Happy Monday 
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 and 2nd day of Fall 
Fall is officially here as it says in the US calendars
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Autumn in the Garden by Henry Van Dyke
When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the dark
Makes its mark
On the flowers, and the misty morning grieves
Over fallen leaves;
Then my olden garden, where the golden soil
Through the toil
Of a hundred years is mellow, rich, and deep,
Whispers in its sleep.

'Mid the crumpled beds of marigold and phlox,
Where the box
Borders with its glossy green the ancient walks,
There's a voice that talks
Of the human hopes that bloomed and withered here
Year by year,--
Dreams of joy, that brightened all the labouring hours,
Fading as the flowers.

Yet the whispered story does not deepen grief;
But relief
For the loneliness of sorrow seems to flow
From the Long-Ago,
When I think of other lives that learned, like mine,
To resign,
And remember that the sadness of the fall
Comes alike to all.

What regrets, what longings for the lost were theirs!
And what prayers
For the silent strength that nerves us to endure
Things we cannot cure!
Pacing up and down the garden where they paced,
I have traced
All their well-worn paths of patience, till I find
Comfort in my mind.

Faint and far away their ancient griefs appear:
Yet how near
Is the tender voice, the careworn, kindly face,
Of the human race!
Let us walk together in the garden, dearest heart,
Not apart!
They who know the sorrows other lives have known
Never walk alone.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Woodland ~ Weekly Challenge September 16

To me, one of the most calming places is a quiet forest or woodland area.
There's something hypnotic about the constant gurgling of a fast moving stream.

Autumn is coming for many of us. I'm looking forward to
walks along a forest path covered in crunchy colorful leaves!

Who knows what you might discover as you make your way
along the trail. (Although you have to look closely AND
have a bit of luck to see a fairy house such as this :)

So much life in the woods, but it's easier to enjoy the creatures
through art than it is to spot them on your walk.

The Fae Folk are hiding in the forest too!

This little fellow spends most of his time scurrying here and there,
avoiding bigger creatures who have an appetite for lunch.

Speaking of an appetite for lunch, little girls in red cloaks
should look out for the big bad wolf while walking in the forest.


What treasures can you find on the forest floor?

Halloween is coming!
Why not be unique this year and go as a snowy owl!

What sort of woodland places or creatures are you fond of?
Have you ever noticed Fairy Folk in the forest?
Do you have a place nearby where you can walk or spend quiet time?
Sometimes it's just a "Happy Place" where we can go in our minds.
I'm thinking of a place right now!

The challenge this week is to create and share what
the words "Woodland" or "Forest" mean to you.
As always, any medium is welcome . . . 
photography, mixed media, painting, fiber art, jewelry,
digital art, clay, drawing, sculpture . . . you name it!

Please leave a comment and your link below.
The deadline is Sunday, September 22,
the first day of autumn for us northerners!



Monday, September 9, 2013

Weekly Challenge-Kodak Moment

These days, it's easy for us to take pictures with our digital cameras.  Many people simply pull out their cellular phones to snap a photo.  Our lives can appear on social media sites in the blink of an eye. But it wasn't always that easy.
In the early days of photography, people had to pay a professional photographer in order to have their portraits made.  Sitting for a portrait required patience on the part of the model and the backgrounds were artificially created.
In 1885, a man named George Eastman figured out a way to make photography accessible to the general public.  You can read about the history of his company, Kodak, here.   In 1888, the first Kodak camera was put on the market.  Their slogan was "You push the button, we do the rest" and snapshot photography was born.   Snapshots were described as a "photograph that is 'shot' spontaneously and quickly, most often without artistic or journalistic intent," according to Wikipedia.  Those early cameras were preloaded with film, sold to a customer to take pictures, then mailed back to Kodak for film removal and developing.  That was because the film had to be unloaded in a darkroom. 
The first daylight loading camera was came out in 1891.  It allowed the consumer to use roll film and to load and unload the camera by himself.  It's hard to imagine, in this age of digital photography, only being able to take a few pictures per roll of film.  By 1902, amateurs could develop their own film. You can see a timeline for Kodak here that details the development of other film related products, such as x-ray film and motion picture film.  

Kodak recently celebrated their 125th anniversary so this challenge is designed to celebrate the snapshot, often referred to as a "Kodak Moment."  The Urban Dictionary describes a Kodak Moment  as "a rare, one time, moment that is captured by a picture, or should have been captured by a picture."

 My challenge to you is to create an artistic piece that captures your idea of a "Kodak Moment."  It can be a photograph, but it doesn't have to be.   You might want to incorporate a photgraph into your piece, but this challenge doesn't require photography of any kind.  I always love seeing what your imaginations come up with.  Please post your entries no later than noon EST next Sunday, September 15.  Thanks for playing this week!
Credits for Image Components:
Raspberry Road, Far Far Hill, Friendly Scrap, Just Jaimee, HG Designs, K. Hadfield, Etc. Dan, C. Smith, Lavender Designs, Amy's Designs, Art Gal, Connie Prince, Linda Lou Creations, and Rainbow Designs.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Bring on your JOY through your art!!

Joy is such a big part of our lives
Joy = Happiness
Happiness +  Joy

This week Share with us what brings you joy!
A fun free kind of challenge!!
Through art, photography, Poetry, word art  what ever tickles your fancy!

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Who does not smile when they see Snoopy?
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