Monday, July 28, 2014

This WEEKLY ART CHALLENGE IS: "ICE CREAM" last week of July 2014

 
Perfect time of the year 
to celebrate the wonderful thing called 
"ICE CREAM"
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Also screams for 
Artists in:
painting
Sketching
Photography
Mixed media 
Graphics
Pencil
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Show us your 
ICE CREAM 

Ready 
Set 
GO









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You have a week 
Come create with us!!
~Shel of Inspiration Avenue Etsy Team


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge-Hot Pink Summer Sizzle

Well it's been heating up here in southern California this summer and I wanted to do a color challenge so I settled on hot pink!  That seems to be a color that sizzles without any extra outside heat.  I do realize that not everyone is having summer right now so I hope the shade will inspire those of you who are in the midst of winter.
For inspiration, I went straight to Etsy and found art that contained hot pink.  I simply chose the ones I liked.  It was lots of fun!  The first group contains abstract paintings.  The vibrant colors and textures really appealed to me.



 The next two images had some fun collage elements.  I loved the addition of text.
Source

Having come from a background in photography, I had to select some photographic images.



 Birds seem to have a special place for many people who make altered art.  I chose a couple of images that had birds with a hot pink flair to them.



It's always fun to see how people alter images of animals to capture something whimsical.



Then there was the carnival-like feel of a hot summer day in the sun.


And finally, I couldn't resist a couple of mermaids to dress up this post.



And now I'm going for a swim.  See you all next Sunday!  Please be sure to link up by noon EST.
See you then,
Lou Anne
aka Misplaced Mermaid

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge July 14

Map it Out!
 
 Maps have existed for millennia.
 
 Scientists in Spain have found a map that dates back 14,000 years. 
The map is scratched onto a 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inch) stone tablet 
 and shows a number of nearby features.
There’s the cave in which it was found, a mountain,
a river, and drawings of various animals
that would’ve made a nice meal. It’s less than an inch thick,
 so it would have been possible to carry it around if necessary.

They are certain it is a map because it
“corresponds exactly to the surrounding geography.” [source]
 
http://listverse.com/2013/11/15/10-oldest-artifacts-of-their-type-ever-found/
 
 What does this interesting bit of trivia have to do with us today?

That's right, our challenge this week is to create something 
incorporating maps. Use an actual map as a background,
paint or draw a map of your own, or whatever map-ish thing you can think of!

I've included some examples of creative uses of maps.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/171848730/hand-painted-old-world-map-antique-globe
 
A treasure map is always fun (and sometimes lucrative).
 
 
 
 
 This artist (above and below) uses a map theme in many of her pieces.
Here she creates her own beautiful maps instead of using existing maps.
 
 
 
 A mixed media piece using a map and many other interesting items.
 
 
 Maps seem to lend themselves to being in the background.
I love the cheerful flowers painted on this one.
 
 
 
 
 I just noticed, I have a bird theme going on here.

Of all creatures, birds would have a definite need of maps, but never use them!  
I'm sure a bird must have some sort of built-in map or compass. 
Imagine traveling hundreds (or even thousands) of mile without a map!
 
 
 
Need some maps? This shop, plus others on Etsy, will sell you a pack of maps.
 
 
 
If you have some interesting punches, 
make pieces to collage onto a mixed media piece.
Airplanes and maps both have to do with travel,
but any other shapes like crowns, shells, flowers, etc. 
will add a fun touch to your piece.

 
 
So. 
Use a map, 
 
make a map, 
 
or some combination of the two...
 
We can't wait to see what you create!
 
Add your link below by Sunday, July 20.

Happy creating,
 
Maggie

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Costume Inspired Art Challenge


This week our theme is Costumes!!

This is what wiki source says about costumes:

"Costume is the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. A costume can be a particular style of clothing worn to portray the wearer as a character or type of character other than their regular persona at a social event such as a masquerade, a fancy dress party or in a theatre performance"

World is full of costumes.

Historical costumes:



National costumes:



Costumes born from imagination:




Costumes full with imagination:


You don't need to be talented with the sewing machine when you create
fantasy fashion.


How about some steam punk style?


Theatrical costumes:


Costumes for parties, carnivals and Halloween :




Costumes inspired by popular culture:


Can't wait to see what you come up with this theme :)
-Niina


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