Thursday, 1 October 2015

October on ARTastic ...

and another month rolls on through .. Welcome to October!

This month we hope to inspire you with this beautiful painting by E Phillips Fox called The Green Parasol (1912)

CRITERIA this month is VINTAGE style

A little about Emanuel Phillips Fox 

Born in Melbourne in 1865 to a legal based family, he first studied art at the National Gallery School in Melbourne before moving to France and England between 1887 and 1892 to study. He spent time at the magical destinations of Etaples and Giverny, as well as St Ives, the open-air painting hub of England. Returning to Australia, in 1893 he took over the lease of Charterisville in Heidelberg, and created a studio in which he taught outdoor painting techniques in the summers. Fox also co-established the Melbourne School of Art, which proved serious competition for the National Gallery of Victoria school over the 1890s. Having taught for nearly a decade, during which his portraits were in demand, Fox left for England in 1901, and lived in Paris from 1905 to 1913. He and his wife Ethel Carrick Fox made many brilliantly-coloured impressionist studies of beaches, striped bathing tents and markets in France and North Africa; of all the work of Australian artists of the period, the Foxs’ paintings look the most French. In 1913 he returned to Australia, marking the occasion with an exhibition of some seventy works. Fox passed away in 1915 from cancer.

And now some inspiration from the first of our team ...


I was inspired by the garden and the soft, romantic colours. I utilised lots of vintage elements to pretty up this container for my scrapping flower supplies.

I took my inspiration from the lady and the flowers in the painting and the soft tones.


To create my background I have stuck lace and a doily to my page and then used gesso over the top
of my whole page to blend them into my background. I then stencilled a doily stencil with modelling
paste and finally I used green and brown spray mist as inspired by the painting.  I finished my page with my photo backed onto vintage papers which I distressed.

This month I took inspiration from the colours, the flowers and the little black dog.

I chose to create a romantic layout using papers and embellishments with a vintage look.


I loved the soft feel of this artwork and it's setting within a garden with lots of beautiful blooms in evidence which I have tried to replicate on my page.  This is a gorgeous vintage photograph of my Aunt when she was 3 years old and I totally love everything about it - from the bow in her hair to the little shoes on her feet.

And now it is your turn ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 31st, 2015.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries. Why not try doing a pocket page spread?  Please no back-dated submissions.  

 You may combine our challenge with a sketch and a product/technique challenge (so two additional challenges).  Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as provide a link back to us at ARTastic  ... and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired by our challenge.  

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 pop back on the 8th for The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by Wendy O'Keefe. 

Our September winners will also be announced at this time so please make sure you call past.


  1. Beautiful girls, very inspiring projects from you all x

  2. beautiful and inspiring projects!

  3. Wow!! You girls rocked this challenge!!! Super inspiring !!! YAY!! Anna xo