Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekly 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.
As an example, I'm going to share a group of images I've made on the theme of Mermaids.

This one I made one day just for fun.  I was intrigued with the idea of putting mermaids together with interesting components.

 This was made for a Teapot challenge here at I. A.

I created this mermaid for a folk art challenge.

Here is a glimpse into the lives of freshwater mermaids.

My Digitalmania group invited us to create something inspired by John Waterhouse so I made this using three of Waterhouse's paintings. 

The cat mermaids were pure whimsy!

My mermaid garden is one of my favorite mermaid images.

This was mermaid mail I made for a special challenge about mail art.  

The Digitalmania challenges always invite us to work in the style of a specific artist.

This was an entry from an art journal about a mermaid. 

 This was a shadow box piece I made for a friend who loves mermaids.

Most of these mermaids have appeared on my blog so you'll find the original posts and credits here.

If you want to share a group of images like I did, feel free to do so.  If you'd like to share a single image you're proud of, be my guest.  That's what Show and Tell is all about.  You show whatever you want and tell us why you chose it.  Just be sure to like up by Sunday June 29 at noon EST.

Have a great week!
Lou Anne  (The Misplaced Mermaid)



Monday, June 16, 2014

Geometric Art Challenge

We're all familiar with geometric shapes.

This week, the challenge is to revisit the shapes we 
learned about during our first years in school!

It's amazing what can be done with simple geometric forms.
The above piece is purely abstract.

The piece below is also abstract, but clearly has recognizable buildings
while still using only geometric shapes.
Have you ever imagined that something as organic and graceful 
as the human figure could be assembled with geometric parts? 
I think it's a very good way to start, based on this example!
This week's challenge is to create something of your choice
using geometric shapes. Never mind the outcome, as long as you
have started with geometry! And of course, have fun in the process ;-)
Mandalas incorporate geometry.
This one was created with yarn.

Some contemporary artists are designing softer and fresher patterns
incorporating geometric shapes like this one by Rachel Cave.

Geometric forms don't have to be cold and hard-edged.
I love this painting by Melissa Polomsky.
Plenty of geometry here . . .
It's not all modern art!
Read about Laurent de la Hire's geometry HERE.

I hope these images have got you thinking about 
what you can do with geometric shapes.
Have fun, and see you back here by 
Sunday, June 22 at noon eastern time.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge-Juicy!

This week my town had its annual Cherry Festival.  I love cherries, but the festival is too crowded for me.  I decided to wait until cherries are on sale at the grocery store and then I'll eat my fill.  (This week they were $6.99 for a pound and that's more expensive than a steak dinner!)

I am part of a design team for a digital art journal and scrapbook designer and her kit featured colorful fruits.  There is something beautiful about juicy fruit!  I think I like fruit better than candy.  I cut open a watermelon that I'd purchased and it was crisp, delicious, and full of juice.  Do you wonder where I'm going with this?  Well, I'm a little bit hungry and a fruit salad would be delicious right now.
But I'm too disciplined to run away from my computer to make a snack.  So, on with the challenge.  I created a layout using the fruit-filled kit and decided to do something I don't think I've done before.  I chose a single word for the challenge.   
Since I had fruit on the mind, my idea of juicy goes with fruit.  But there are so many more ways to describe the word juicy.  Here is the definition:

juicy    ˈjoōsē
adjective ( juicier, juiciest )
(of food) full of juice; succulent : a juicy apple | a juicy steak.
• informal interestingly scandalous : juicy gossip.
• informal temptingly appealing : the promise of juicy returns.

"And do you know that Evelyn doesn't even NEED to wear a bustle?  Her bottom is so big it's a fashion statement in itself!"

We can only imagine the juicy gossip coming from these ladies!

 Fruit is a colorful object that represents the word juicy for me.   I'll probably work with fruit in some way for this challenge.  But you don't have to take this literally!  Create an image that you feel captures the essence of juiciness!  Perhaps it's a juicy color, or a sloppy,  juicy type of media that intrigues you.    It might be a tantalizing tidbit of juicy gossip that asks to be illustrated.  The one think I am always certain of when I host a challenge is that everyone will put their own spin on things.  That's what I love about Inspiration Avenue.  People transfer their uniqueness into art.

The details for posting are in the sidebar.  Be sure to link up no later than Sunday, June 15 at 12:00 noon EST.  I'm looking forward to seeing what juicy means to you!  Have a great week.
Lou Anne


Monday, June 2, 2014

What's Your Favorite Month?

It's June already! 
My favorite month of the year, without a doubt.
By Arthur Wesley Dow

James Russell Lowell said it much better than I ever could.

From: The Vision of Sir Launfal

And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;
Every clod feels a stir of might,
An instinct within it that reaches and towers,
And, groping blindly above it for light,
Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers;
The flush of life may well be seen
Thrilling back over hills and valleys;
The cowslip startles in meadows green,
The buttercup catches the sun in its chalice,
And there's never a leaf nor a blade too mean
To be some happy creature's palace;
The little bird sits at his door in the sun,
Atilt like a blossom among the leaves,
And lets his illumined being o'errun
With the deluge of summer it receives;
His mate feels the eggs beneath her wings,
And the heart in her dumb breast flutters and sings;
He sings to the wide world, and she to her nest,
In the nice ear of Nature which song is the best?

Now is the high-tide of the year,
And whatever of life hath ebbed away
Comes flooding back with a ripply cheer,
Into every bare inlet and creek and bay;
Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it,
We are happy now because God wills it;
No matter how barren the past may have been,
'Tis enough for us now that the leaves are green;
We sit in the warm shade and feel right well
How the sap creeps up and the blossoms swell;
We may shut our eyes but we cannot help knowing
That skies are clear and grass is growing;
The breeze comes whispering in our ear,
That dandelions are blossoming near,
That maize has sprouted, that streams are flowing,
That the river is bluer than the sky,
That the robin is plastering his house hard by;
And if the breeze kept the good news back,
For our couriers we should not lack;
We could guess it all by yon heifer's lowing,
And hark! How clear bold chanticleer,
Warmed with the new wine of the year,
Tells all in his lusty crowing!

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how;
Everything is happy now,
Everything is upward striving;
'Tis as easy now for the heart to be true
As for grass to be green or skies to be blue,
'Tis for the natural way of living:
Who knows whither the clouds have fled?
In the unscarred heaven they leave not wake,
And the eyes forget the tears they have shed,
The heart forgets its sorrow and ache;
The soul partakes the season's youth,
And the sulphurous rifts of passion and woe
Lie deep 'neath a silence pure and smooth,
Like burnt-out craters healed with snow.


It's an impressively lengthy poem all about
a knight in search of the Holy Grail,
but I love what he has to say about June.
What is your favorite month?

It may be your birthday month or a month with special memories.

I think everyone has a time of year that seems perfect to them.

Show us your creation that embodies that favorite time!
A painting, photography, or any medium you like.

Link up here by Sunday, June 8 at noon eastern time.

I can't wait to see and read about your favorite month!



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