Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Enchanted

When I saw the challenge, I thought SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, and it ended up being a castle in the mists. I love old castles. I'm convinced they're all enchanted, aren't you? Textures from Skeletalmess. Bodiam Castle from Liam's Old Books.

Sunday Postcard - Mermaid

Looks like I've come across an independent mermaid, who just hangs her "Out to Sea" sign and takes a break whenever it strikes her fancy. Now that's my kind of mermaid! Credits to Kubivet for bits and pieces. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

Friday, February 26, 2010

4x4 Friday - Mantra

What a unique challenge! When I see the word "mantra", I think Ommmmmmmmmm! I used some zentangle doodling on the seated "Om-er". Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Three Muses - Architecture

Elaborate stone cities were built into the sheltered recesses of canyon walls in SW Colorado in the 1200s, discovered by Richard Wetherill, a rancher, in 1888. By 1300, Mesa Verde was deserted, commonly believed to be because of a prolonged drought. The intricacy of these stone cities is remarkable. Thank you for indulging me in paying homage to their architects, and to Don Blanding, one of my favorite poets, who wrote of them so eloquently.

Monday, February 22, 2010

African Mail Art - Nick Bantock Style

This one was for a challenge at, where we were asked to do a collage after the style of Nick Bantock's African mail art. I'm a great fan of Bantock's, and I enjoyed creating this one. Thanks for looking! Comments appreciated.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Laughter

I found this little sweetie with the engaging smile in Flickr Collage Images. I think she knows all about laughter. Great challenge!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Twins

The faces of my twins are from a catalog, the bodies are from Flickr Free Collage paper dolls, and the borders are thumbnails of some of my stuff! Thanks for the challenge!

So Artful Challenge - Cherry Blossoms

Thanks to June and Jeanette of Soartful Challenges for the lovely sprig of cherries. I used a background freebie from Pepeetje, a bit of filtering, and part of a Waterhouse painting. It's nice to think of Spring and cherry blossoms (sigh), as I'm waiting for the predicted freezing rain which is to turn to the 6 inches of snow we're promised......

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Art Creations - 2-19

Art Creations has given us a wonderfully textured piece to work with this week. I've used it with some layering and blending, and a John William Waterhouse painting. There were so many possibilities with this piece it was difficult to choose!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Theme Thursday - Girl

I sketched the face for my "girl", colored with Prismacolor pencils, "borrowed" a catalog body, added a brick wall for her to sit on, scanned her in, added some digital enhancements from After Five Designs and a googled daisy. This was great fun. I like to vary from straight digital once in a while! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Three Muses - Nature

Thanks, Marie, for a challenging challenge! Thank heaven for the "stuff" I had backed up before my computer had to be reformatted. I used a lot of it for this one. Background is from an old Somerset Studio magazine, flowers and butterfly CR Designs, bird from Karen's Whimsy, book from Maya at Scrapbookgraphics, and the data on the pages was collected from Google. Digital collage is one of my favorite things to do .... obviously! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - Mardi Gras

I'm afraid I "waxed philosophical" with this one. Mardi Gras makes me think of the French Quarter, and one can't think of New Orleans without thinking of Katrina, or the New Orleans Saints who recently won the SuperBowl. I tried to suggest the city rising again to overcome the devastation of Katrina. The words are part of the lyrics from the 1960's song "The City of New Orleans". Thanks for a great challenge, and thank you, blog visitors, for your comments.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Three Muses - Postage Stamps

I had fun playing with perspective, and constructing a box of stamps with this one. Can't wait to see what everyone else does. Background is credit to April Mouse. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Collage Obsession - Longing

A lovely image given us to work with by Collage Obsession. Credit for flowers to CR Designs, frame by PlumTuckered. The eyes of the image seem to portray a deep longing or melancholy. Thanks Itkupilli and Elegia, and thanks blog viewers for stopping by!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sunday Postcard - Cats

This is a quite respectable cathouse. Looks like they're expecting company ... maybe a SuperBowl party. I'll bet tuna casserole is on the menu! Credits to After Five Designs and Kubivet.

Friday, February 5, 2010

4x4 - Raven

Ravens are known to like things bright and sparkly. This royal fellow is obviously in love, and trying to entice the lady with sparkly bits. She looks as if she's thinking about it! Thanks to the 4x4 ladies for the raven challenge. I love ravens and crows, so this was great fun! Also, credit to After Five Designs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Theme Thursday - Pink and Black

I went art deco and psychodelic pink for Theme Thursday's challenge to create in pink and black. Credits to Flickr Collage Images (Neefer), and Zakirah Swirls. I wish Theme Thursday indulged in a Sneak Peek so I had more time to prepare for their challenge! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Three Muses - Birds of a Feather

This is a sort of tongue-in-cheek entry, but God surely had SOMETHING in mind when he created the toucan. His beak, though very strong, is made of ultra light-weight material so as not to interfere with his aerodynamic progress. Did you know it has been studied by auto manufacturers, hoping to emulate its light-weight strength? There's my bit of trivia for the day. Thanks for stopping by!