Tuesday, 15 May 2018

April winners ...

Thank you so very much for joining in our April challenge inspired by artwork from New Zealand artist Karen Neal called Poppyfields.  

CRITERIA - Black and White with one other colour of your choice

Congratulations go to ...

#10 - Karen

Main Prize

and

Second April Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

#16 Dolly Bee

Donated by Judy Willey

Could the winners please contact me on jjjustjane@bigpond.com with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

Please don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge. All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

You may combine your entry with other challenges.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Hello May ...

Our May inspiration is just delightful.  This beautiful painting is by Cathy McClelland and is called Tap Dancer.

CRITERIA -  Flowers

A little about Cathy McClelland ...

The paintings of Cathy McClelland show her love of the landscapes that surround her, she is a fifth generation cattle farmer at Bell where her pretty farm is snuggled into the foothills of the Bunya Mountains National Park and surrounded by beautiful views. It is here with her husband, they raised four wonderful children, multitudes of animals, and have happy contented cattle grazing throughout their pastures. Cathy loves family, animals, photography and travelling.

Combining whimsical magic with a reverent realism, Cathy paints her country's landscape with a graceful sense of mystique. Highly regarded for her contemporary realism style, McClelland draws on her personal emotional responses when translating a landscape into her work, utilising a unique combination of colour and texture to guide each viewer’s connection to her initial inspiration. She paints her subjects with honesty and integrity in a flowing composition that sits easily on the eye.


And now some inspiration from our team ...

This month we bid farewell to longtime DT member Elaine Schoof whose growing family means she doesn't have as much time as she once had for craft pursuits. We will be sad to see her go but wish her all the very best for the future.  Thank you for being such a wonderful and valued part of the team Elaine. 

We'd like to welcome the lovely Karen Brierley to our little team.  I love how Karen can take the seemingly ordinary and make it seem extra-ordinary - I am sure you will all love her work as much as I do.

Karen Brierley - Australia
I took my inspiration from the bird and its pink sky background. I made my own flowers using cutting dies.

Tanya Heritage - Australia
I used the greenery in the garden as my inspiration.

Tone Jensen - Norway
I was inspired by the different colors.

Kat Gray - Australia
I was inspired by the colours, the flowers and the cute little bird.

Judy Willey - Australia
I was inspired by the soft, pretty colours in the painting and have used mainly pinks and yellows.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia

Jane Howden - Australia
I loved the bright colours in the artwork and wanted to prove that you can use flowers successfully on a boy page!

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main Prize

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Tanya Heritage

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome. 

Please call past on the 15th for our announcement of the April winners. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

April highlights ...

Thank you so much for all your wonderful entries so far this month although there is still plenty of time left to play along with us. Joining in is very simple - please be inspired in some way by our wonderful art and use our criteria.   

 I just love the simplicity of our April inspiration artwork by New Zealand artist Karen Neal called Poppyfields.  And the challenge this month is a very easy one.

CRITERIA - Black and White with one other colour of your choice

Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks ...

Elly

Karen

Anne

We'd love to see your work too so please come and join in with us.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

March winners ...

Thank you so very much for joining in our March challenge inspired by Luka Va with - Lamos nelaime.

CRITERIA - Animals in any way you like

Congratulations go to ...

#4 - Anne McLaughlin


Main Prize

Our March prize was through our wonderful sponsor ...


and


#11 - Lisa Moen


Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)
Donated by Kat Gray


Could the winners please contact me on jjjustjane@bigpond.com with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

Please don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge. All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

You may combine your entry with other challenges.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Welcome to April ...

Each April I like to do a small tribute to ANZAC Day (our memorial day here in Australia and in New Zealand where we remember those who gave their lives in wartime).




I just love the simplicity of our April inspiration artwork by New Zealand artist Karen Neal called Poppyfields

CRITERIA - Black and White with one other colour of your choice

A little about Karen Neal ...

Karen works primarily in Scratchboard, Pastel and Oils, from her Rarangi beachside studio. A passion for wildlife art and portraits, she is one of 16 artists internationally to be juried in as a Master Scratchboard Artist. Karen has won several awards for both scratchboard and pastel, including the Supreme Award in the Nelson Art Awards, and twice being runner-up in the national PANZ Pastel exhibitions.

Scratchboard is a process of etching with tools such as scalpel blades and tattoo needles, to remove the top surface of black Indian ink to expose the secondary layer of white kaolin clay underneath.



And now some inspiration from our team ...

Judy Willey- Australia

Black & white with green is my favourite colour combo at the moment. I love the colour of Colourblast Paris glimmer mist.

Elaine Schoof - Australia
I went with red as my colour with black and white. My background is made from misting and stamping and I finished my page with flowers and hearts.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia

Tanya Heritage - Australia
I loved the black and white with the red poppies, I added one into my flower cluster. I stamped the background as I liked the background of the painting.

Tone Jensen - Norway
I have used the color blue. I was inspired by the colors on the top of the paint, so I have made colors on top of my page and I have also made the circles around the page to symbolize the flowers.

Kat Gray - Australia
I made a gift box inspired by the flowers and somber colours.

Jane Howden - Australia
I have used blue for my plus one colour and was drawn to the overall design of the artwork where the flowers are placed across the top third of the page.

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main Prize

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)
Donated by Judy Willey

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome. 

Please call past on the 15th for our announcement of the March winners.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

March highlights ...

There is still time to play along with us this month.  Joining in is very simple - please be inspired in some way by our wonderful art and use our criteria.   

 Our March inspiration comes to you from Luka Va with - Lamos nelaime.

CRITERIA - Animals in any way you like

Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks ...


Barb Holmes

Anne McLaughlin

Karen B

This month we have a wonderful sponsor supplying our main prize.


" Hi I am Jodi, Owner/Designer at Corbett Creations Wood Veneers.  My laser cutting business is currently based in Canberra and has been something I have been working on for a little while now.  It came about because I would be constantly frustrated that I couldn't find the perfect title or embellishment to finish off layouts, projects or gifts.  I would then spend far too long trying to create the perfect embellishment and would sometimes rope my husband in to help me with all this cool tools in the man shed!  He has a love for wood also and together we purchased our laser.  I love being able to design and cut the perfect piece for someone to finish telling their story - the perfect title, the hard to find themed embellishment, a custom piece for the home or a meaningful gift, really makes me feel so happy because I know that their search is over and they have the perfect piece that they desired.  I love to create in wood, chipboard, cardstock, paper and acrylic with so many different mediums I can create so many embellishments and titles - the possibilities are endless.

Good luck with your entries in the  challenge, I look forward to seeing everyone's entries"

 We'd love top see your work please come and join in with us.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

February winners ...

Thank you so very much for joining in our Girls Only challenge in February with this lovely ceramic piece by Jill Foster called Fringe Faces

CRITERIA -  GIRLS only 

Congratulations go to ...
Julie J


Main February Prize

and

Tracey B
Shake your booty
Second January Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)
Donated by Elaine Schoof


Could the winners please contact me on jjjustjane@bigpond.com with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

Please don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge. All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

You may combine your entry with other challenges.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hello March ...

Our March inspiration comes to you from Luka Va with - Lamos nelaime.

CRITERIA - Animals in any way you like

A little about Luka Va

I’ve been drawing since childhood. You know, almost every child likes to draw but one day they just stop. Probably like many illustrators, I just didn’t lose it. Later I studied design and thought that I can make logos or chairs and other things. A few members of my family were architects and designers. I thought – that’s what grown up people do. But soon I had to realize that illustrating is a much bigger joy. Especially drawing quirky animals. When I moved to Australia, I found that it’s pretty popular and ‘normal’ profession, not just a hobby.  I keep searching for my style and use different techniques but even when I try to make to something serious, it comes out still a little bit funny and naive. I don’t have the word for my style, but a lot of people call it quirky.

And now some inspiration from our team ...


Kat Gray - Australia
I thought this artwork was a lot of fun so I made a set of birthday cards incorporating lots of cute animals and bright colours.

Elaine Schoof - Australia
I've scrapped a photo of our beautiful Chocolate Labrador, Milo. The painting inspired me to use layers behind my photo.

Judy Willey - Australia
I have chosen the beige, browns and blue for my layout of the family pet.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia
This is my daughter's puppy. How cute is he?

Tanya Heritage - Australia

Tone Jensen - Norway
This is my little monkey.....the title is: apekatt = monkey. I was inspired by the funny and slightly crazy picture. I think the monkeys are fun and they climb everywhere, like my son

Jane Howden - Australia
Inspired by the kraft background and colours used in the artwork.

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

This month we have a wonderful sponsor supplying our main prize.


" Hi I am Jodi, Owner/Designer at Corbett Creations Wood Veneers.  My laser cutting business is currently based in Canberra and has been something I have been working on for a little while now.  It came about because I would be constantly frustrated that I couldn't find the perfect title or embellishment to finish off layouts, projects or gifts.  I would then spend far too long trying to create the perfect embellishment and would sometimes rope my husband in to help me with all this cool tools in the man shed!  He has a love for wood also and together we purchased our laser.  I love being able to design and cut the perfect piece for someone to finish telling their story - the perfect title, the hard to find themed embellishment, a custom piece for the home or a meaningful gift, really makes me feel so happy because I know that their search is over and they have the perfect piece that they desired.  I love to create in wood, chipboard, cardstock, paper and acrylic with so many different mediums I can create so many embellishments and titles - the possibilities are endless.

Good luck with your entries in the  challenge, I look forward to seeing everyone's entries"

Second February Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)


Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome. 

Please call past on the 15th for our announcement of February winners.