Saturday, June 30, 2012

Artist's Play Room #16 (Canada Day Edition)

Once again, sorry this week's APR is so late, I just didn't think it would take me all day to finish my piece. I always underestimate how long a new piece will take me!! So, here we go...

Last week's Artist's Play Room had it's theme around gardening and gardens. I encouraged (as always) you to think outside of the box. The great thing about all the participants of APR is that you DID think outside the box and you made some spectacular art. Before I get to this week's theme (it's Canada's Birthday tomorrow, hint, hint) let's show off all your yummy pieces... I love this part.

Title: "The Greenhouse"
Gloria has painted a bright &
beautiful flower. I love the color.
Gloria's second submission is a
cute worm on a mushroom!
Darla has done a darling thing
using a scanner and a simple
daisy. So refreshing!
Sandee drew a sweet
hummingbird feeder,
maybe we'll attract some
hummingbirds! Love them.
Twinkletoes did a collage
of butterflies, bees &
dragonflies. Very sweet.

Arnoldo has done a lovely
religious piece of Jesus
in the garden, I love the
colors.
Tracey painted her
nemesis, the big green
hose machine. It tries to
eat her hand regularly!
Dion has just moved to a new
home and this is the beautiful
garden she's inherited. Congrats!
Terrie has played with Photoshop
and given us this wondrous
selection. Beautiful!
Bonnie has done a lovely journal
page of colorful flowers, just
beautiful Bonnie. Welcome!
Elizabeth combined IA and
APR and did a journal page
about gardening, lovely!
Minn has painted up a storm
and produced some really
gorgeous produce from the
garden. Wow Min, just wow.
Lynn did a garden themed
tag with a doodly bird
flying over, watering her garden,
so darn cute!!
Tracy has made a sweet little
fairy garden, her first. I can
just imagine the fairies hiding
in the foliage!
Alice is an incredible
photographer although
she's taking a break to focus
on other kinds of art.
Serena has done a wonderfully
expressive line drawing of her
Dracaena plant using ONLY pen.
That takes talent and guts! So great!
If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

Cindy is Proud to be Canadian!
As I said above, it's Canada's birthday on July 1st. Wooo Hoo!! Yes, I know it's also USA's birthday on July 4th too, but we're talking about MY country here! ;o)  So, I thought why not do a theme of red and white?? Then I thought, why not expand that to include celebrating all things Canadian? So, let's do that! You can do something red and white (ok and blue if you insist!) or you can do something Canadian, like a moose or a beaver or a goose or a maple leaf or a flag or even a box of Smarties! Did you know that  those little colorful chocolate morsels are Canadian?? YES! Once again, if you INSIST, you can do American themed things, since this week it's YOUR country's birthday too. (sigh, I guess we Canadians gotta share the week, lol.) So, if you're American and you want to celebrate YOUR country's birthday then do something red white & blue or draw an eagle or decorate an American flag or do something with stars or stripes or how about do something with your national flower, the rose. Go do some research, look up stuff and get inspired. I can't wait to see what you do.

Just to whet your appetite and fuel your creative mind (and get those muses doing their freaking job!), here are some art pieces to inspire...
Canada by GemmaButterfly on Dictionary Paper by JeanRed, White, Blue abstract by Alex
Red & White Hen by AnnAmerican Eagle by RoxanneMarisa's photo of maple leavesCN Canadian National)
 Rail painting by Steve
Love Canada collage by SaraRed, white & blue abstractPatriotic Art by Kimberly
Now, go represent the country of your choice or just do red & white (or +blue) art! Happy Canada Day and/or Happy Independence Day!!

Gonna go make red and white cupcakes and some iced tea... OOh, gotta go find my Canadian flag, it's around here somewhere!! (hehehe)

We'll talk soon, K? Yes? Good!



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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Postman Cometh

As I've said in a couple earlier posts, we did a PostCard swap at Inspiration Avenue about a month ago. Since I'm in Canada it takes longer for my postcards to find me. (I accost the mail carrier regularly but it doesn't seem to help.) Well, finally all my postcards have arrived from all over the globe and I thought I'd play show and tell with you all today.

I received postcards from Evil EdnaDonna Letteress, Marcia Beckett and Lou Anne Hazel. (Rachel's hasn't arrived yet.) Those are the lovely ladies who "picked my name out of the proverbial hat" so to speak. On top of that, I seem to be a postcard magnet because I also received postcards from Kim Collister, Cindy Garner and two from Terrie Purkey (she's going to be in Nanaimo in August so we're getting together for lunch!). I'm putting it down to the fact that it was my birthday midway through last month and they all decided to shower me with love. Thank you to all you wonderful women for filling my mailbox and heart with snail mail love.

Let me show you the beauty, coolness and unique creativity these women exude. 

Terrie Purkey's Postcard, I so totally
love stamps so I'm a happy camper!
Marcia Beckett's Postcard, I love
the colors on this one.
Evil Edna did a beautiful sunset
behind a figure, love it.
Cindy did a lovely and pretty
friendship postcard, thank you my friend.
Kim did her postcard in two parts.
She did a lovely envelope and
a fantastic postcard, cool!!
Kim's actual postcard is wonderful and
colorful with cool embellishments.
Thank you Kim!
This is the front of Lou Anne's beautiful Hawaiian themed
postcard. The back is just as great.
The back of Lou Anne's postcard is resplendent with cool
ephemera all about Hawaii. Thanks Lou Anne, I love it!
Donna drew a girl and her unicorn. THanks
for the lucky unicorn Donna!
Terrie sent me another lovely postcard, what a
generous woman. Thanks Terrie.
Thank you to all the wonderful women who sent me postcards. I loved them all. It was such a thrill going down to the mailbox every day, hoping to have a little snail mail piece of treasure waiting for me. (I'm still hoping Rachel's arrives and hasn't gone to the letter heaven in the sky,crossing my fingers.) Thanks again my friends, happy, happy, joy, JOY.
:o)

Best,

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Artist's Play Room #15

So sorry this is egregiously late today, I totally forgot to push publish! I've been working all day on art and off the computer so I just never clued in.. until NOW. OOps, sowwies! Last week's theme was momochromatic, I asked you to pick one color, whether that be red, blue, green, orange, turquoise, lemon, majenta, purple, french gray, pink or even persimmon, I didn't care. Just make your art in that one color, using as many variations of that color as you like! I was a little trepidatious about covering this subject, some people don't like to do monochromatic art (I personally love it, but that's just me). But I decided we're into week 14 and you could handle a curve ball. I was totally right, you guys ROCK! I'm in love with all the selections of artwork. So creative, let me show you...

Irina did a beautiful
blue monochromatic
etherial painting.
Laurie was nervous to
put her art out there,
I'm so glad she did,
it's stunning.
Arnoldo has done a
drawing from his
vacation, great job!
Rachana has done a sketch
and captured a bride
in blue beautifully.
Susan has used her skills
with calligraphy and
graduating blue color to
create this stunning square.
Victoria had added many
black & white photos on
her blog to participate in
this challenge, they're all
stunning, go look.
Alice has done a whimsical
drawing in pink, I love the
ice cream trees!
Twinkle Toes has done a cool green
tag, I love tags, they always
appeal to my senses. Very pretty.
Vonny entered a very cool fish
who is definitely all orange. Hey,
don't argue with me, it's MY
Artist's Play Room after all, lol.
Rumi has done a lovely
zendala, a combination of
mandala and zentangle.
Tracy has played in photoshop to
sepiaize her photos, go look at
her other lovely sepia photos,
beautiful! This is my fave.
Darla has done a collage in
pinks. She's done a great
job with color and balance.
Tracey did a beautiful
pencil drawing of some
long beans, all I need is
some butter!
Neesie has done a black &
white photo that's
really terrific, under the
boardwalk, literally!
My yellow rose was
painted for my mom,
her fave color is yellow.
Andrea has done a beautiful
zendala in pinks, it's so lovely,
delicate and symmetrical.
Lynn made a fun and cute
tag in greens, I love
that little bird!!
If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

This week I'm feeling inspired by my lovely environment. I have a balcony with riotous pansies and beautiful green hostas with large expressive leaves. I've therefore decided that this week in my Artist's Play Room the theme should be "In the Garden". Now, you don't have to do flowers or even hostas (unless you want to, I love hostas!), you could do garden paraphinalia instead. You could draw your garden hat or do a collage showing all the things one gardens with (trowel, gloves, seeds, watering can etc.). You could do a mock up of your garden shed or paint your lawnmower! I mean, not LITERALLY paint your lawnmower, your hubby might balk having to push around a pink and turquoise machine. But you get my drift. Here are some inspirational photos...
Dion painted her sister Amy's gardenKat's garden collageSucculents Photograph 
Dale's garden veggiesCharity's assembled artMatt's garden gnome
Carol's seed packets paintingSnowberry needle craftWendy did watercolor watering cans!
Now, go sit in your garden or go sit in your neighbor's garden (I'm sure they won't mind) and get inspired. I wait with baited breath to see what you create. Until then,

I'm outta here!! (but I'll miss you...)


I'm going down to Victoria tomorrow to visit good friends, FINALLY. So I won't be answering emails or anything for at least 24 hours. Leave comments to your heart's content, I'll get back to you soon, promise!
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