Monday, December 29, 2014

IA Challenge December 29th: Your Favorite Animal Artist

This time challenge is to be inspired by your favorite Animal Artists!

Do you love animals?
 I know I do.

There are many great animal artists out there to inspire you to create some great animal art.

Inge Löök is a Finnish illustrator mostly known from her card series portraying two grandmother-friends. 
 but my favorites are her cat illustrations. So much colors and details.

There is magical animal art like this raven from Holly Sierra.

Or more surreal and illustrative art

"Floating animals"
by Adrienne Vita

More realistic animal art from
Melody Lea Lamb

 Fun and whimsical animal art from Amylyn Bihrle.

 Create some animal art inspired by your favorite animals artists and
come back to show us what you've created.

Love and light


Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice!

Our theme is once again

Here in the northern hemisphere we are deep into the winter season.
I'm envious of our friends in the southern half of the globe,
celebrating the Summer Solstice just as we celebrate the Winter one.

In fact, as I write this, it is Sunday, December 21, 2014 and for the eastern 
time zone in the US, the winter solstice occurs at 6:03 pm today. 
The shortest day of the year!
Light the darkness however you can.

Some animals are deep in hibernation and others
brave the cold each year. Food is scarce for our feathered and furry friends
so help them out with some nourishment if you can!
(Of course, I don't advocate feeding the polar bears ;-)

Does the winter cold inspire you to create some stormy art?

We have not had a snowfall like this one yet this season.
I'm not looking forward to it, but it is pretty.

These ladies seem very happy for the chance 
to show off their winter outfits.

The days are dark and the nights are long.
Many celebrations through the years have used lights to decorate the darkness.
Holiday lights reflected on snow can make the night look almost like daylight.
If you crave more daylight, here's a happy thought:
After the Winter Solstice, the days begin to get longer!

I know it's a busy week for those who celebrate Christmas,
but we hope you have time to create some 
winter art between now and Sunday, December 28!
If not, please share anything you've created in the past.
We love to see your art!
Happy Holidays to everyone!
~ Maggie

Monday, December 15, 2014

Colors of Christmas Challenge

Last time we hosted a color challenge, Shel gave us several colors to use in our art.  I loved the idea so I'm going to do the same thing, only with different colors of course.

Instead of assigning specific colors, I'd like to challenge you to make art using what you perceive to be the colors of Christmas.  This Santa clip art came from The Graphics Fairy and represents the black and white photos that recorded my Christmas celebrations of early childhood.

This angel girl came from The Graphics Fairy.  Some of my favorite memories of Christmas are the colors of black and white photographs that have been hand tinted.
Red and green are probably two of the most common Christmas colors.   This one came from the FDS Altered Christmas kit by Farrah's Designer Scraps.

I made this Christmas card last year with less typical shades of red and green.

This lovely vintage angel has tints of pastel pink and blue.  
Cajoline Scrap is the source for this and other vintage Christmas images.

Rachael's Scraps is where I found this glittery stem.  I don't care what colors are used, I love glitter and it's my favorite crafting material to use at Christmas.
And if all else fails, head over to Pixel Scrapper to snag this free white poinsettia made by Sheila Reid.  Since many have snow this time of year, I think white is something most of us can associate with winter.  Sure, it's not officially a color, but we're flexible here.

 The Colors of Christmas Challenge isn't about religion.  It's simply a way to challenge you to think about colors that you associate with the holiday that is celebrated by many people worldwide.  Feel free to change the word "Christmas" to "December" if you feel it's not something you can work with.  Have fun and I'll look forward to seeing what everyone shares.  Directions are on the sidebar.  Thanks for visiting.
Happy Colorful Creating,
Misplaced Mermaid  (aka Lou Anne)


Friday, December 5, 2014

"WORDS" What makes us feel good!!

  • Words are powerful
  • They speak to our soul
  • They come at us in the time of sorrow and the time we need a touch of reality
  • They come to us when we do not want to hear them as sad things splashed across the news
  • At this time how do words affect you

These are words that
 cheer me up 
 Lift my Spirit  
Keep me going 
Feed my Soul

We all have things we believe in that keep us going 
Not all the same 
But there is that one thing in each of us, that one thing that screams at us and keeps us going. 
For me personally it is God. 

" LOVE IS All YOU NEED"  John Lennon
I have met so many people that do not feel love and it saddens me to the core.
I love to be that smile of Love 
the Cheer of the word "Hello" as I greet someone 
As I work in a nursing home that is HUGE!!  Some of our little people have no one and that is where I 
Learned to put my woes of the day behind me and when I walk through the doors it is their home and I need to smile for them!!!

Joy that feeling that surge's through our body and soul as we get when something awesome has happened!
A new baby is born 
A child calls you grandma
A friend asks you to please pray with them in public
A Song that touches you and speaks volumes to your soul
A kitten get that new home 

I know it is a very busy time of the year!  If you have time to Spare
Come and show us in your artistic ways how Words affect your days!!
Take a deep breath
Let it out
Are those thoughts coming to you?
Direction are on the right side bar. 
Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Show and Tell


"December dreams"
(c) Niina Niskanen

It's show and tell- time!

This year I decided to paint some of the holiday greeting cards. 
Winter, snow, nature, kittens, reindeers. . there are so  many great things to paint.


I've also had great students attending my watercolor classes 

Please share with us what you've been creating
- Niina 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekly Challenge November 24

This week, I'm going to change the title to
Four Favorite Artists”

You may be familiar with the work of some or all of these talented women.
The great thing is that they are all living and working today
and so there are many ways to find them and see what they are doing.
I've listed their blogs, and from there you can find them
 on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Plus! They all teach, and they may have a free video or two
(Check their blogs or look for them on YouTube)

Mindy Lacefield

Teesha Moore

Flora Bowley

Jane Davenport

I hope you will be inspired by these four artists.
Do you have a favorite artist or several whose
work you love? Please share with us!
I can't wait to see how these or other artists
inspire your creativity.

You have until Sunday, November 30 
to complete your submission. Simple rules are in the sidebar >>>>>

If you live in the US, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Count your blessings!


Monday, November 17, 2014


 It's time to immerse ourselves in the theme of "Seasons" again and I've chosen autumn for my examples because it's my favorite season of the year.

I made this digital collage and centered it around the lovely quote and a beautiful fall scene.  It reminds me of my walk to school when I lived in a house in the woods for a short time back in 1967.

Since moving to southern California in 1988 I have often felt homesick for the beautiful autumn scenes I experienced while living in Missouri.  We have some of the elements so common in fall but it's never as dramatic as it was in the midwest or on the east coast of the United States.  I relish every tree that turns color and cherish the change in sunlight as the days grow shorter.

Digital Collage by Misplaced Mermaid

Whether you love vintage images or getting your hands dirty with paints you can participate in this challenge.
From Little Butterfly Wings Designs "Autumn Happiness" Kit

I'd like to encourage you and your muse to explore the theme of "Autumn" or any other season that "springs" to mind.  (No pun intended)  Directions for posting are in the sidebar.

Have a wonderful week full of fun and whimsy.  Here is one last vintage image from the Graphics Fairy.  If you love vintage ephemera, be sure to visit her site for amazing inspiration and free pictures.

See you soon,
Lou Anne, aka Misplaced Mermaid


Monday, November 10, 2014

COLORS.... DID I HEAR COLORS? Yes it is Colors this week and a Color Challenge!

Mixin it up a bit with specific colors
Purple, Yellow, Oranges and Greens
Bonus color is Black

Use these colors to create

 I love Color challenges they get my mind thinking 
out of the box
This pic below is what inspired me 


Directions are on the right!!
Have a great week 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Art Challenge : Time for Monograms

This week challenge is to create art that includes MONOGRAMS.

As we all know Monogram is a motif made by overlapping and combining initials to form a symbol. In the artwork you can create a monogram from one letter also and let it symbolize the piece you've created. You can also combine words with monograms.

There are many ways to go with this

I really love these children's Monograms from

A is for Alligator Small

B is for Buzzing Bees Small

Here are some Fairies from my Fairy Monogram Series

I for Inspiration Avenue

B is for the Blogging Artists

C is for the Creative Process

I hope you have fun time with this theme
Can't wait to see what all you come up with



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