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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Welcome to December ...

 Welcome to our final challenge of the year - we will run this one through until the end of January so plenty of time for you to play along with us. 

 Our inspiration comes to you from this wonderful Christmas card designed by Adrienne Higgs and produced by Scribbly Graphics, c.1978

CRITERIA - Christmas theme plus stars

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
Lots of stars!

Karen Guy (Australia)
Lots of Stars for Christmas of course!

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)
I've added stars on the background using chalk and a stencil. There are also stars in the polar bear scene. All the animals are facing right.

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I scrapped some leftover pics from Christmas 2013. I think we've all got some photos that never quite make the first pass!

Jane Howden - (Australia)

Our main prize winner is 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 from amongst our Australian entrants.

Main Prize

If there are more than 8 entries another prize will be drawn

Now over to you ......

 Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month (in this case January) - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

  We hope you might find time to play along with our challenge.

Monday, 15 November 2021

October winner ...

 We loved your entries for our challenge last month featuring Lyn Butchart with Aquatic Art.  We'd love to see your entries this month too - hope you can find time to put in an entry.


CRITERIA - Mixed media plus ink

Our main prize winner is selected by random draw (names on pieces of paper and drawn from a jar) - 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

and our winner is ...

#4 VICTORIA

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Unfortunately we didn't have enough entries to do an additional prize draw.

Could the winner please contact me on artasticchallengeblog@gmail.com with their postal address.  Please remember it is the responsibility of each winner to claim their prize and provide their details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

If you would like to be a winner please put in an entry for 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 and we'd love to see more of you enter each month. No entries means no chance to give away our prizes unfortunately.

Monday, 1 November 2021

Welcome to November ...

 This month our inspiration comes to you from Emma Uber with Beauty will save the world.

CRITERIA - Portrait pic or full face style

A little about Emma Uber ...

Australian artist Emma Uber has been painting with oils on canvas since she was 15. After studying and pursuing a career as a young graphic designer, she soon realized her passion and talent was painting and soon returned to her art.

Impressionist portraiture and the playful colors, themes, and décor from the 60's and 70's influence her painterly style. Flowers and intense vibrant hues give her work a romantic and lively quality when combined with the emotion of her female subjects.

Combining detailed realism with chaotic drips and brush strokes, she creates richly layered portraits that are both meticulous and carefree.

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Karen Guy (Australia)

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
This portrait photo was taken by my grandfather - four generations of females on my mother's side of the family. I took my inspiration from the colour palette, using green and florals.

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)

Jane Howden - (Australia)

Our main prize winner is 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 from amongst our Australian entrants.

Main Prize


Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)


Now over to you ......

 Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

  We hope you might find time to play along with our challenge.

Friday, 15 October 2021

September winner ...

 Some great entries for our challenge last month featuring Robert Hagan with Big Guns.  Thank you.

CRITERIA - BOYS ONLY and please use this sketch (courtesy of PageMaps). Feel free to rotate, flip, change out photo sizes - just so long as we can see the basic premise of this sketch in your entry.  

Our main prize winner is selected by random draw (names on pieces of paper and drawn from a jar) - 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

and our winner is ...

LEANNE ST

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Unfortunately we didn't have enough entries to do an additional prize draw.

Could the winner please contact me on artasticchallengeblog@gmail.com with their postal address.  Please remember it is the responsibility of each winner to claim their prize and provide their details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

If you would like to be a winner please put in an entry for 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 and we'd love to see more of you enter each month. No entries means no chance to give away our prizes unfortunately.

Friday, 1 October 2021

Welcome to October ...

 This month our inspiration comes to you from Lyn Butchart with Aquatic Art.

CRITERIA - Mixed media plus ink

A little about Lyn Butchart ...

Lyn Butchart draws her inspiration from the vibrant, textural and ethereal spirit of nature.

Born in 1951 in Manildra NSW of Aboriginal Irish Swedish descent, Lyn has developed a unique individual style ranging from contemporary to abstract. Her fascination with the ocean inspires intricate underwater scenes, a theme she is renowned for.  She undertakes extremely large works on paper, some of the largest in Australia, and incorporates strong vibrant colours that bring harmony and balance to her paintings.  Lyn is a self taught artist with over 25 years tutoring experience. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. Her work has also been featured in numerous national art magazines featuring watercolour and mixed media works.

Lyn lives and works in Grafton northern New South Wales, and travels frequently to conduct workshops in regional areas around Australia.

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
After a disastrous beginning (not happy with my first choice of bubblegum pink) I ended up having a lot of fun layering and layering and layering! Ink spray, tissue paper, gesso, acrylic paint, modelling paste. Sometimes you just have to let it happen 🙂

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
FLIPPING THE BIRD
‘Terry the Turtle’ gives the rude finger to a photographer!
Taken on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
The photo won the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards in 2020. 🙂

I added the fish using the iron on napkinising technique.

Karen Guy (Australia)
A lot of Fun with Mixed Media and Ink, used lots of mixed media, Magicals, Embellishment mousse, Expanding mousse, Glacier paste, Modeling paste, Glass beads!

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)
Stencil using gesso and paint, stamping with ink and colouring with pen.

Jane Howden - (Australia)

Our main prize winner is 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 from amongst our Australian entrants.

Main Prize
Donated by Jane Howden

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)
Donated by Dale Tiernan

Now over to you ......

 Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

  We hope you might find time to play along with our challenge.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

September highlights ..

 Thank you for your boy focused entries this month brought to you from Robert Hagan with Big Guns.

CRITERIA - BOYS ONLY and please use this sketch (courtesy of PageMaps). Feel free to rotate, flip, change out photo sizes - just so long as we can see the basic premise of this sketch in your entry.  

Here's just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the month ...

LEANNE

VICTORIA

There is still some time to play along with us this month. We'd really love to see your entry via our FACEBOOK page. 

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

August winners ...

Thank you for your wonderful entries last month using our inspiration from Barbara Hanrahan with Butterfly Catcher.

CRITERIA - Black and white and include insects in some way

Our main prize winner is selected by random draw (names on pieces of paper and drawn from a jar) - 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
Donated by Karen Guy

and our winner is ...

MAUREEN

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

SHARON

Could the winners please contact me on artasticchallengeblog@gmail.com with their postal address.  Please remember it is the winners responsibility to claim their prize and provide their details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

If you would like to be a winner please put in an entry for 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 and we'd love to see more of you enter each month. No entries means no chance to give away our prizes unfortunately.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Welcome to September ...

 This month our inspiration comes to you from Robert Hagan with Big Guns.

CRITERIA - BOYS ONLY and please use this sketch (courtesy of PageMaps). Feel free to rotate, flip, change out photo sizes - just so long as we can see the basic premise of this sketch in your entry.  

A little about Robert Hagan ...

Robert Hagan is an Australian television personality, author, impressionist artist, and producer. He is best known for hosting the Discovery HD/Discovery television show Splash of Colo.  His painting depicts western, romantic, decorative, adventure, portraiture and maritime scenes.

Hagan's approach to painting is to translate scenes of everyday life into romantic, nostalgic and blissfully peaceful visions of the world. His subjects include the figure in a moment of reflection, animals, children fishing on the beach with their father, sailboats, rainforest birds, cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle or hunched over a campfire after a hard day's droving and dusty outback scenes of Australia.

Although self-taught, Hagan's style is impressionist using a limited palette of oil to impart a sense of tranquility and play on light to make the painting come alive. His brushwork is loose with final strokes of impasto.

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Karen Guy (Australia)
This little Man loves fishing, and Boat life!!

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I noticed a dog in the foreground of the painting, so my layout features both the man (and dog) in my life.

Jane Howden - (Australia)
Followed the sketch closely and used the basic colour scheme and the water/boat theme.

Our main prize winner is 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 from amongst our Australian entrants.

Main Prize
Donated by Jane Howden

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)
Donated by Jane Howden

Now over to you ......

 Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

  We hope you might find time to play along with our challenge.