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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.

Monday, 30 August 2021

August highlights ...

Thank you for your entries this month - love all the black and white!

This month our inspiration comes to you from Barbara Hanrahan with Butterfly Catcher.

CRITERIA - Black and white and include insects in some way

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

DEBRA BEER

POLLY LIBBY

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

Sunday, 15 August 2021

July winner ...

Thank you to those who played along with our challenge last month.  The inspiration artwork was by Elioth Gruner and called Orchard

CRITERIA - Use a rural or backyard garden scene plus add some feathers 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

and our winner is ...

JOY

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)


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


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.


Sunday, 1 August 2021

Welcome to August ...

This month our inspiration comes to you from Barbara Hanrahan with Butterfly Catcher.

CRITERIA - Black and white and include insects in some way

A little about Barbara Hanrahan

Barbara Janice Hanrahan (1939-91) was an Australian artist, printmaker and writer whose work featured relationships, women, women's issues and feminist ideology. Both her art and her writing are highly individual and personalised. Her best-known prints are those on the covers of her novels – romantic floating girls in sprigged dresses and flowing hair – and she found endless material in Adelaide and what she called the ‘weirdness of suburbia’. Hanrahan’s private face, revealed with the publication of her diaries in 1998, came as a surprise to many. Hanrahan was also known for her writings and short stories featuring coming of age stories that were somewhat biographical.

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

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)

Two bee-utiful cards

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I made a fold-out page for my road trip journal, and used a large butterfly.

Karen Guy (Australia)
A 1st Bee-day celebration!!

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
Taking a short break 

Jane Howden - (Australia)
Tea anyone?  Using Project Life cards.

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 Karen Guy

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.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

June winners ...

Thank you to everyone who played along with our June challenge using inspiration from this gorgeous artwork by Hilda Rix Nicholas called The Bride.

CRITERIA - Heritage/Vintage Weddings plus flowers
(think your parents, grandparents, great-great grandparents)

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 #1:

MARY

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

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

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 prizes unfortunately.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Welcome to July ...

This month our inspiration comes to you from Elioth Gruner with Orchard.  I love the softness of this piece of art and who doesn't like chickens? - they are such happy little creatures!  Please use ANY rural or backyard garden scenes (doesn't need to be chickens). 

CRITERIA - Use a rural or backyard garden scene plus add some feathers in some way 

A little about Elioth Gruner ...

Elioth Gruner was born in New Zealand in 1882 and arrived in Australia with his parents when he was still a baby. He began art lessons at the age of 12 and rose to become one of the most popular landscape artists of his day.  He was awarded the Wynne Prize for landscape no fewer than seven times between 1916 and 1937, including for some of his Murrumbidgee paintings.

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

Karen Guy (Australia)
Had fun with this challenge, found the perfect photos from a weekend in Warwick!

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
We keep chickens at home, so I have an endless supply of chook photographs! This is 'Twitter' - the first rooster we raised from our own hatchlings.

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
Taking a short break 

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I have used up some really old Jenni Bowlin products I have had in my stash to document part of a farm stay my family enjoyed last year.

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)
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.

Sunday, 27 June 2021

June highlights ...

 Thank you for your entries this month - loving seeing all the beautiful old wedding photographs.

This month our inspiration comes to you from this gorgeous artwork by Hilda Rix Nicholas called The Bride.

CRITERIA - Heritage/Vintage Weddings plus flowers
(think your parents, grandparents, great-great grandparents)

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

LIZ

THERESA

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

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

May winners ...

Thank you to everyone who played along with our May challenge using inspiration from this gorgeous ceramic piece by Jill Foster called Country Ladies.

CRITERIA - Featuring girls only please

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:

BARB 

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

and our winner is:

LEANNE

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 and we'd love to see more of you enter each month.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Welcome to June ...

Welcome to June and another challenge for everyone which we hope you can find some time to join in with. 

This month our inspiration comes to you from this gorgeous artwork by Hilda Rix Nicholas called The Bride.


CRITERIA - Heritage/Vintage Weddings plus flowers
(think your parents, grandparents, great-great grandparents)

A little about Hilda Rix Nicholas ...

Hilda Rix Nicholas was an Australian painter of great ambition who established her career in the early decades of the 20th century both internationally and in Australia. Classically trained in the studios of Paris she became part of the artist colony in Etaples. Along with Ethel Carrick Fox, Rix Nicholas was one of the first women to practise her art openly in the streets of Tangier in Morocco and successfully exhibited her work at the prestigious Paris Salon and the Societe de Peintres Orientalistes Francais .

On her return to Australia after the Great War she worked from her studio in Mosman for four years. Rix Nicholas was feted as an international artist and her paintings in and around Sydney reflected her cosmopolitan training including her exposure to the Post Impressionists. This exhibition features important paintings from her time in France, Tangier and Sydney which have not been exhibited together since Hilda Rix Nicholas’s solo exhibitions in the 1920s.

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

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I searched through several boxes of old family photographs to find something suitable for this challenge!

Dale Tiernan - (Australia)

Karen Guy (Australia)
Treasure the memory of a day many years ago!

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I used colours from the background of the artwork and concentrated on the blue/green.

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)
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.