Monday, May 26, 2014

Spells and magic

Spells and magic

Put on your pointy hat
and glittery shoes
It's time for this weeks
challenge new

Our theme is spells and magic
You'll need wands, bottles
and animal sidekicks

Cats, owls, spiders 
toils and troubles
How about love spells
or something that money conjures

Merlin, Harry
Gandalf and Ron
Hermione, Morginana
Circe and Yen Sid powerful

Witches and wizards
strong and famous
Let them guide you
on your search of

So pick your broomstick
and fly to the moon
Create some art with
magical tune

Love and light


Monday, May 19, 2014

Birds and Flowers

Last week while strolling 
Pinterest I stumbled on some bird stuff and thought ....  Oooh challenge 
Light bulb went off and here we are on Monday May 19, 2014 

Please join along with us and create some art and share with us 
Directions are on the right sidebar. 

Here are a few prompt! 

Photo Manipulation by Shel


Monday, May 12, 2014

Creativity and Cats

Happy Monday everyone!  Lately I've been busy with helping rescue dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters.  It's been a tiring but awesome three weeks.  If you're interested you can check out my special Facebook page here.  During that time I managed to help rescue quite a few cats and only adopted one myself.  Well, that doesn't count the two kittens I'm fostering and feeding with a baby bottle.  That's why this week's challenge is about Cats.
It's amazing how many cats there are in art. 
Some of the great masters painted cats.
The Impressionists found cats to be interesting models.

Cats have appeared in many works of art.

Not all of the artwork was serious.  I love seeing art with a sense of humor.

This collaboration took 28 attempts before the final shot.  Anyone who knows cats will know that there were some grumpy cats in the studio at the end of this day.

Inspiration Avenue's Maggie painted this beautiful mixed media  piece.  
You can see it for sale in her Etsy shop.

I simply couldn't resist wandering around on Etsy because I know that we all need lots of varied inspiration.  Some of you are painters and others make assemblages, art dolls, or sculptures.  There are those of us who take photographic images and rework them digitally and there are doodlers who make magic with their pens and pencils.    Here are a few more samples to get you started.

Art Flower Cat
 Bengal Cat Art Poster

Now I've got to go give the kittens another bottle but I hope you'll all be inspired to create something about cats.  Directions for participating are on the sidebar.  Just be sure you post by 12:00 noon EST on Sunday, May18.  I hope you all have fun with this one.  I know I will. 
~Lou Anne aka Misplaced Mermaid~

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Water Challenge May 5

the chemical compound that covers over 70% of the Earth's surface.
The substance that we cannot live without.

The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, 

meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. 

The same water that existed on the earth 

millions of years ago is still present today.

The challenge this week is a simple one.
Create something using water as your inspiration.

So many words come to mind when thinking about water . . .

Fish, mermaids, fountains, rain, seaweed, Neptune, ducks, submarines!

Drinking, sailing, floating, bathing, swimming, splashing . . .

I found many interesting facts about water:

Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water! 
A five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.

Water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York City.

There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than 
in all of the rivers on the planet combined.

By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body 
has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.

Water is the only substance found on earth 
naturally in three forms: solid, liquid, and gas.

The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry 
on their heads is commonly 40 pounds.

Trivial facts are fun and interesting, but there is a serious side
to water and the lack of it. The water of the world is not
distributed equally and there are devastating consequences
to those who do not have access to enough of it.

Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children 
at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.

Every day in rural communities and poor urban centers throughout 
sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people 
suffer from a lack of access to clean, safe water.

Women and girls especially bear the burden of walking miles 
at a time to gather water from streams and ponds.
 Streams and ponds full of water-borne disease 
that make them and their families sick.

Illness from drinking dirty water and the time lost fetching it 
robs entire communities of their futures.

Not part of the challenge, but if you are interested in ways
to help alleviate this problem, please visit
The Water Project

2 more places to read all about water:

So, get creative and show us how water inspires you!
I can't wait to see your art!
Deadline is Sunday, May 11 by noon eastern.

This reminds me, Sunday, May 11 is Mother's Day in the U.S.
♥ ♫♫♫♫ Happy Mother's Day to all you moms! ♫♫♫♫ ♥



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