Monday, September 22, 2014

Monthly Art Challenge-Show and Tell

Happy Monday everyone!  
This week we're inviting you to share something you just want to show off.  That's the only criteria.

Each month we'll host one of our most popular challenges "Show and Tell."  Remember that from when you were in Elementary School?  It was a great opportunity to share something that was precious to you. 

These three digital collages were made as examples for one of our Show and Tell challenges.  You can share any piece of artwork you want.  Once you link up, please leave a comment telling why you wanted to share it for Show and Tell.  It's as simple as that!  I can't wait to see what everyone shares!  See you later in the week,
Lou Anne   aka Misplaced Mermaid


Monday, September 15, 2014

A New Weekly Art Challenge ~ A Favorite Artist

It's time for a new twist in 
Inspiration Avenue’s weekly art challenges!

We've selected five of our most favorite themes and
decided to explore them more fully by having them be
our main themes, alternating them week by week.
We hope each theme is one that has many different interpretations.

For the first week, the theme is
A Favorite Artist

Sometimes we may give you a specific artist to study.
But most of the time the choice is up to you.
We'd love to see what artist you particularly love! 

Could be living or dead, famous or undiscovered.

Could be an early Renaissance painter like 
Sandro Botticelli
Botticelli Self Portrait


an early painter of modern expressive art like
Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse, La Musique, 1939

What about Pop Art?

Andy Warhol
The Marilyns

“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”
-Andy Warhol

One of my favorite living artists is
José Manuel Merello
Jose Manuel Merello, Woman with Hearts

What artist's work do you particularly love?
The artist can be a painter, but we'd also love to see sculptors,
textile artists, photographers, collage artists, etc.
Once you decide, do a piece in his/her style.
Or explore their lives and works and 
do a blog post to share with everyone.
There are many facts that are not 
common knowledge about even well-known artists. 
(Thanks to Google, it's very easy to discover those facts!)
And it would be awesome to find out about an artist we have not heard of!

We hope you'll join us every week for this and our other themes!
Are you wondering what the other four themes are?
In no order (because we don't know yet :-) they are:

Show and Tell

This week is
A Favorite Artist
and we hope you'll join us!

~ Maggie


Monday, September 8, 2014

This week our challenge is "Apples and Stripes" #applesandstripes

Happy Monday!
This week at Inspiration Avenue 
I thought it would be fun to 
do a little combo of
Please join with us in this weeks art challenge!
HOW to is right here to your right~~~~~~~>

By the end of the week we will have our
set up so you can 
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge September 1 ~ Summer's Bounty

Summer’s Bounty

Summer is drawing to a close! 
If you live in the northern hemisphere, how was your summer? 
(Those Down Under are fortunate enough to
be looking forward to next summer's arrival!)

Today (Monday) is Labor Day in the US, and Labour Day in Canada. 
Labor/Labour Day in other parts of the world is often celebrated on May 1. 
In the US and Canada it is celebrated on the first Monday in September. 
It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made 
to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. (Wikipedia)
Have a fun and safe holiday!

But back to summer's bounty. . .
This week you can show off the fruits of your labors over the summer.
Whether actual fruits, veggies, flowers from the garden,
or any other endeavor and its results that you have engaged in this summer.
Or maybe you've just driven by a field or meadow brimming
with the bounty of summer. Take a photo and share with us!
Have you accomplished a creative project that's come to fruition at summer's end?
Maybe you have a veggie garden brimming with tomatoes and peppers.
Do you have flowers to show off? A herb garden?
What have you dried, canned, jarred, frozen or cooked with any of the above?
What other creative projects have you worked on this summer?

Somehow I have a bumper crop of eggplant and it seems like I eat it every day just to keep it from taking over my garden, kitchen and fridge! Eggplant is one of those veggies that you either love or hate, so it's not as easy to give away as tomatoes. Luckily I have a neighbor who also loves it, but I'm still overrun with it.
 I think eggplants are awesome to look at as well as to eat.


Cucumbers just waiting to become a jar of dill pickles.


We'd love to see a photo, drawing, painting, or any other creative way
 to show Summer's Bounty. It can be your bounty or
something you've seen that caught your eye.



Have you been impressed by the luscious
display of produce at the Farmer's Market?
Click the link above for the recipe for this ceviche.


Link back here by Sunday, September 7 to show us your
Summer's Bounty. We only have a few more weeks to celebrate summer's bounty before Autumn is upon us. Have fun!

~ Maggie


Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge-Positive Affirmations

Happy Monday everyone!  Our challenge for this week is "Positive Affirmations." 

Positive Affirmations serve as a reminder to oneself.  I have difficulty sometimes thinking of positive things to say about myself.  I loved doing this because there was no choice but to come up with motivational messages just for me, from me.
I recently participated in an ATC swap where we created 3 ATCs with positive affirmations on them.  It was lots of fun!

All of these were made with a variety of things-paper, jewels, vintage scrap, book pages, and various types of trim.  The words were done digitally, printed, and cut out to collage on the ATC.  I made the mistake of scanning them after trim was applied so the layers aren't all equally in focus.

This is a digital collage made with a kit called "One of a Kind" from Seatrout Scraps.  I loved the colors and the theme so I just started playing with it.

I had scanned another collaged ATC that was created for a mail swap.  I added a few things digitally and turned it into a positive affirmation.

This last one was a digital image I had created about a year ago.  I had never finished it and decided it would suit this theme.

My challenge for you is to create at least one positive affirmation for and about yourself.  It should have the word "I" in it.  Here are a few more examples.
  • I love myself for who I am
  • Fear is only a feeling; it cannot hold me back
  • I know that I can master anything
  • Today I am willing to fail in order to succeed
  • I have the strength to make my dreams come true
  • I trust in myself
  • I am proud of myself for even daring to try
  • I grow in strength with every forward step I take
  • I can do anything I set my mind to do
  • I like myself better each day
  • I am capable and strong
  • I am a winner
  • I am a deserving human being
  • I am able to easily handle any problem I face 
  • I am loveable
  • I am a beautiful person 
  • I am kind
  • I am generous

You can take an old image and add an affirmation or you can create something new.  It can be an ATC but doesn't have to be.  The only requirement is that it must have a positive affirmation, from you to you. Create something that is designed to reinforce yourself for something that makes you special.  I hope you'll think of so many things that you'll have trouble choosing just one.  See the directions on the sidebar for posting and be sure to link up no later than noon on Sunday, August 24.  I'll visit your blogs and leave a comment and I hope that others will do the same.  See you soon!  Lou Anne


Monday, August 11, 2014

August Art Challenge (11th -17th) is MOONLIGHT

August has arrived and brought us the super moon. Yesterday I was lucky enough to see glimpses of the super moon (sky was a bit cloudy).

Picture taken by me


The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologers Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined a:
...a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.[9]
 According to NASA, a full moon at perigee is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than one at its farthest point, or apogee.[8]

source Wikipedia

                            At one point moon was so close I almost could have touched it

Moon has many colors
Red moon is also known as blood moon

Blue moon is said to be the most magical

Moon is often connected to femininity. No wonder that mermaids love to sit and sing under the moonlight 

Fairy watching autumn moon

What kind of moon is the right moon for you?

Mixed Media moon

Moon that can give you a ride in the night sky

Moon that makes you meeow

Magic moon and moon reflections

Moon of the fox

Anybody home?

Moon phases

New moon
Crescent moon
Waxing moon
Full moon
Waning moon (also known as dying moon)

Send your wishes to the moon

How nice it would be to go sailing with a moonlight boat

Peacefully in the night

Moon truly is an endless source of inspiration.

Here is one of my favorite "Moon songs" very fitting for the super moon.

the 69 eyes - "August moon"

So pick up your favorite mediums and create some Moonlight art. I cant' wait to see what you 
come up with this theme

Love and light


Monday, August 4, 2014

School Days weekly art challenge August 3

Summer is winding down and all the ads are telling us it's time 
to spend spend spend on back-to-school items.
Before we know it we'll be seeing the big yellow school buses!

Do you have school-time memories that inspire you to create some art?

I hope your school days were happy ones, although I know 
we all have both good and bad memories of those 12+ years.

This looks like a well-loved teacher, 
the kind that makes up for the ogres that peppered our school years.

Norman Rockwell could always create poignant images of days gone by.

Sometimes a girl's just gotta do what she's gotta do.

Did your mother make your new clothes,
or did you go on a shopping trip for school clothes?
Vintage sewing patterns are great to use for collages.
This figure might have been me contemplating back-to-school.

Some children go to boarding school.
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines,

lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. 
They left the house at half past nine . . . 
the smallest one was Madeline.

The world over, children in a line usually means they are in school.
Single file, please!

A perplexing problem . . . or daydreaming?

A favorite place.

Look at these eager students!

That gigantic box of 64 crayons never looked like this for long.
I hope these images entertained you for a time and,
more importantly, inspired you to create something 
for this week's challenge which is
School Days

Leave your link with Mr. Linky below by Sunday August 10, 
12 noon eastern time. I'm looking forward to
seeing a glimpse of your school days!
~ Maggie


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