Sunday, 24 May 2009

Last week for entries

our next share is from Sonia she wrote:
Here is my entry for Mays Dali Challenge....I had chosen some photos of a red panda to work with on this challenge, and then my husband snapped these pictures - and that was it, I could see Dali's colours, reflections and butterflies...instantly and got to creating.I have also used the acetate sheet that came with my BasicGrey Stamps as the colours were perfect.

The layout looks fabulous Sonia :)

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Another Team Share :)

Natasha writes...I was very inspired by the colours in the Dali painting... I tried to carry that through on my layout, the Kaiser Craft Esperance range was perfect for this. I also wanted to use a photo that was a bit surreal and I just love this one of my little man's toes when he was just 4 months old. For the butterflies I have stamped them with Staz On ink onto a transparency and cut them out, then secured them to my layout with a gold brad. I also swiped the background paper with a silver ink pad as an attempt of recreating the silvery & white clouds in the painting. Details shots on my blog at

Friday, 15 May 2009

Layout Share

This Layout is Shared by Danielle. It is titled
This photo of my daughter, now 13, was taken about 9 years ago in a costume which she would wear EVERYDAY if I let her...LOL. I love that floral combination Danielle what a lovely take on Dali's sample.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Friday Updates

Hi everyone. Hope you have had a great week and are looking forward to a lovely Mothers Day with your families! I have some more fantastic layouts to share with you this evening.
The first is by Peggy

Peggy was inspired by that beautiful colour combination and of course the butterflies. Details can be found on her blog:

The journaling on Peggy's page (which is in Dutch) reads:
What I feel for my kids is so much more than mere love, it's a kind of love that's hard to describe. It's a kind of everlasting being in love, a constant feeling of butterflies in my stomach. I would be lost without my children, they are the reason of my existence.

and some more fab shares from the team by Terri and Renae

Terri brown

Terri says.. I've used the colours in the painting & used a photo of my children that evoke's the warm emotions that the colours inspire. I used a more funky PP choice as well as placement of embellishments to reflect the difference between the boys & girls -- sort of like Dali's use of shadow & light.

Renae Deguara

Friday, 1 May 2009


Our featured May artist is Salvador Dali and his work "Landscape with Butterflies"

The team have interpeted this one in a variety of ways. There will be more shares in the next few days for now here are Shazza and Michelle's

SHAZZA "Hell on Earth"

The orange tones reminded me of the large orange flames that engulfed huge gum trees on Black Saturday.The butterflies appear abnormally large against the rockand so with the bushfires, the size and intensity of the bushfires were under estimated. They were too large to control, the extent and widespread damage was devastating. The black shadows remind me of the aftermarth of the fires leaving blackened gum trees covering the landscape. It was like "Hell on Earth". The gumnut and leaves are the regrowth that appears almost straight away after a natural disaster such as this.

Michelle The World Awaits Him

I have gone for the colours and butterflies. The photo has some shadows in it too !

A very exciting month here at ARTastic. We have several fabulous women contributing to the blog as part of the ARTastic team who include:-

Trudi Harrison
Shazza Bishop
Terri Brown
Lisa Hanrahan
Renae Deguara
Michelle Winston
Danielle Pasli
Natasha Allen

Congratulations everyone and I am so glad you want to be a part of something new! I am sure that the team will have us inspired with their unique style, perspective and interpretation of each months artist.

The artist this month is Salvador Dali with particular focus on his artwork titled "landscape with butterflies" The team will be showing off their examples in the coming days (they werent given much notice by me this time around) :) In the meantime here are some of the teams take on their favourite artist

I don’t really have a favourite modern day artist (sad fact but true LOL!) Ken Done comes to mind (for the wrong reasons) – yes I had the fashion disaster overalls mid to late 80’s that were inspired by Ken’s art work. There are many works from past and present that inspire me in different ways. I guess that I perhaps may be a bit prehistoric when I say that Monet is my all time favourite. I have always been particularly drawn to scenes and pastels and in direct contrast to this; strong line and colour

Vermeer...My favourite artist is Vermeer, I love that he paints middle-class people going about their daily life. He was also brilliant when it came to using light or highlights on his subjects. I love his painting "The Art of Painting" as it gives a realistic visual depiction of the scene as if someone has pulled back the curtain and snapped a photo. His masterpiece and my favourite "Girl with the pearl earing"..... his "Mona Lisa." I love the intimacy of the girls gaze and the focal point being the pearl which emits a soft light on to the girls cheek.

For as long as I can remember, art has been a part of my family life, my mother having painted and drawn for many years. My first facination with the Great Artists began while studying HSC Art and I did a study on Da Vinci and his pencil drawings. A few years later I went off to study to become a graphic designer and while there discovered how much I loved Piet Mondian. His graphic paintings gave me much inspiration.

My favourite artist is my brother-in-law, Rex Winston-Walford.
I love Rex's art because it is a combination of traditional and modern Aboriginal art.Rex's works are detailed, colourful and very contemporary.

See his work here

I also love Claude Monet.I fell in love with his work, after my DH rescued a huge framed print, of " In The Park Monceau" from the tip ! I just adore the impressionistic style of chunky brushstrokes, and use of gorgeous colours.

The winner of last months prize is Renae. If you can contact me via email with your details I will post the Tim Holtz Mask to you on Monday. The winner of the Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser (drawn at random) is Vicky!!! send along your details Vicky so I can send that one out.

This months prize is a GCD Studios Rose Coloured Chip Sticker Shape Pack.Yummo!

Layout Share Last for April

Here is Lisa's layout for the April "Klimt" Challenge...The photo is of my three year old daughter asleep on a friend's lounge.My girlfriend took the photo and altered it too...I drew inspiration from the subject matter and the colours... the lady in the Klimt painting appears to be resting or sleeping and this reminded me of the photo of my daughter... I also used similar colours, especially with the flowers.

And Trudi ....Here is my take on April's Art inspired challenge. In creating my layout 'True Colours' I have been inspired by the richness of colour in the art piece

Looking Fab!!