Friday, February 27, 2009

Artarazzi - Magritte

I love the quirky unexpected of surreal art, and Magritte does it so well. Here's my bit of fun ala Magritte. Good challenge, Marie! Credit to After Five Designs.

Art Creations - Granny

Thanks to Art Creations for this wonderful image of a granny whose face bespeaks a lifetime of hard work. I'm just sure she lived in a log cabin, and maybe she even smoked a pipe! I'll bet she had a garden, bordered by bright flowers. Don't you wish she could tell us her story? I tinted her in Corel Paint and put her in this cabin window. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Make a Moo - Spain

When I think of Spain I think of flamenco dancers and toreadors. I'm sure this pretty little flamenco dancer has a toreador heartthrob somewhere in Spain! Thanks for the challenge!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Theme Thursday - Nautical

Theme Thursday's theme is Nautical, so I went to the Seaquarium and took a peek. Credit to Kubivet and Phuong Ton (SBG). Oh, sigh, it must be awful to live your life with all those people peering in at you!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Hero

My hero had to be my father. He loved me unconditionally, he gave his support, and his trust. He was my cheerleader and my mentor. I miss him still. I thank the ladies of Mixed Media Monday for the opportunity to honor him.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Mardi Gras

A bit of the French Quarter, and a couple of exotic masks hopefully capture the spirit of Mardi Gras. Here's to New Orleans, rising from the ashes of Katrina!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Art Creations - 2-20

Art Creations provided us with the image of an adorable curly-topped little girl. I'm still trying to perfect my tinting skills (obviously). The frame is compliments of After Five Designs.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ThemeThursday - Labels

Some time ago I bought a book by Nancy Rosin which was a compilation of vintage labels. It was accompanied by a disk which contained all the labels for use in digital art. This was one of those labels. I am at a loss to know the product it advertises, however! Sorry about that! It will be interesting to see the responses to this challenge!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Artygirlz - Wire

I thought of taking a photo of the mass of tangled wires behind my computer desk, but I didn't think I should expose you, my cyber friends. to such chaos. This ended up as a sort of a social statement. I love Chief Seattle and his statement on environment. He was a wise old fellow. How he would have hated what we've done to his Mother Earth! Thanks for indulging me.

Crazy Amigos - Color

Thanks for the colorful challenge!! The background is mine, the image from Art-E-Zine (retinted), the limb and stars from After Five Designs, and the quote is by John Lubbock. Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 16, 2009

TMTA - Roof Tops

Think Monday, Think ATC challenge is "roof tops". The background here is by Lorie Davison (SBG), and the overlay is art by G. Heude. Enlarging the ATC brings out more detail. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Hearts & Wings

Heart and wings
And beaded strings
Love in a hot air balloon
He has smiled
She's beguiled
A marriage proposal soon?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Hearts

Sadie is all heart, and a bit heavy in the bottom. Some bits and pieces from Robyn England, crown and background from After Five Designs. Finishing touches with Wacom tablet.

Artarazzi - Me

My apologies to Marie Antoinette! Our challenge was to create a piece of art that included ourselves in some fashion. Wellllllll, this is in some fashion! The background consists mostly of past pieces of my art. This was fun, Vron!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Art Creations Challenge

I agree with everyone that this background was so gorgeous it was hard to cover any of it up! My little guy is courtesy of Vintage Stamper (thank you), and the other enhancements are from After Five Designs.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Make a Moo - Marie Antoinette

I wanted to do something different with Marie for this challenge, and so I made her into a postage stamp. Enhancements are from Impressions of Delight at SBG.

Theme Thursday - Game Pieces

This is my "take" on the Theme Thursday game piece challenge. Thank you to After Five Designs Creations 23 for the "enhancements" ! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Crazy Amigos - Stamps

The challenge of "stamps" brought to mind Nick Bantock and his mail art, which I find endlessly fascinating. Muchas gracias, amigos, for this challenge!

Artygirlz - Flowers

Oh boy, was this fun! Our snow has melted, and thinking of flowers is timely, even though I know we'll have more winter before all is said and done.

Credits to Christina Renee for the blooms, and After Five Creations 23 for all else.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Romance

This is in response to the long snowy days of winter. Ah, I can smell the ocean breezes now!
Credit to Phong by the Sea (SBG)for the background, my son and his wife for their feet, and a googled image for the couple.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Chair

A self-portrait seemed in order ...
Credit to Flickr copyright-free images and Google.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Artarazzi- Model

Artarazzi's challenge (via this week's hostess, Ann) is the gorgeous lady in pink from Art of Costume Design Vintage Magazine courtesy of Takeabreak at Flickr. I gave her some company (thanks Tangie Baxter), and it appears they're waiting for the show to begin. The Fickle Finger of Fate meant to put me in a body like these, but by mistake put me into a pudgy little peasant body! Sigh.......

Art Creations - Trunk

I look forward each Friday to the beautiful images the ladies of Art Creation offer for our challenge. This week's reminded me of a photo one might find in an old trunk. Thanks to Jen U Designs, Kubivet and Lorie Davison for the bits and pieces that went into this collage. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Make a Moo - 1

The "Moo Girls" are celebrating their first birthday, so the topic was #1. Happy Birthday, ladies! Thanks for all the effort you put into an interesting weekly challenge.
Credit to Flickr Collage Images and SBG Impressions of Delight for the bits and pieces that went into this itty bitty piece of art.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Theme Thursday - Borders

My entry for this week's challenge at Theme Thursday has the word art to create an artist's tale. After all, dreams and hope are the fragile stuff from which we create, right? Thanks for the inspiration, Theme Thursday!
Credit to Donna Miller at DAQ for the papers, Flickr collage images for the creative lady, and Liam's Old Books for the graphic overlay. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ArtyGirlz - Red & White

The ArtyGirlz topic of red and white conjured up this bit of vintage style. In this day of pantsuits and casual, women can look fondly at "dressing up" as it used to be. Credit to M. Zimmerman at Scrapbookgraphics, and Echo de la Mode.

Crazy Amigos - Shoes

The ladies at Crazy Amigos have given us "shoes" as a theme this week. I remember when my big decision of the week was what to wear for that special occasion. Now I just slide into my orthopedic slippers and toddle off! Credit to Baers Garten Designs and Echo de la Mode. Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Ah, my dear blog visitors, I feel a ramble coming on,-- you know, when I wax poetic and talk about the way it used to be? Every week on “trash day” when I look down the street at all the trash receptacles waiting for the rounds of the garbage trucks, I think of the way it used to be on the farm where I grew up. Everything, yes, every thing was used in some way. Potato peelings, apple cores and such were tossed over the fence into the field for the birds. Table scraps were fed to the dogs or other varmints. Papers and magazines were burned in the trash barrel, except for old Sears and Roebuck catalogs, which were put to use in the outhouse (sigh), sad but true. Corn cobs were the fuel for my mother’s cook stove. Worn out clothing was pieced into quilts or comforters, or torn into strips and made into rag rugs. Any glass container was washed and saved for mother’s use when making jelly or canning vegetables and fruit from the garden. Any cooking pot or pan that had sprung a leak was immediately turned into a flower pot. At the back of the lot, behind the machine shed, was an old round water tank that had sprung a leak, and into it we tossed odd pieces of metal. In all the years of my growing up, I don’t think it ever got full. I passed the local Goodwill Store a day or two after Christmas, and was amazed to see a line of cars at the back dropping off old stuff---which of course had been replaced with new stuff for Christmas. We must have our stuff. In the present economic climate, it might be good if we all began to practice a little more thrift and weren't quite so trashy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Fruit

After about three hours of wrestling with Photoshop, which I'm convinced was created by Count Dracula on Speed, I was feeling pret-tee ditzy, and this is what evolved. A-pear-ently I didn't take this challenge as seriously as I might have. Mea culpa. I'm not myself after a session with Photoshop!

Gothic Arches - Tag

Great challenge, Gayle, -- a tag within an arch! My "lady" is from Above the Mark, tinted a bit. It was fun being
"tagged". Thanks!