Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hello sweet May ...

I think you will truly love our inspiration artwork this month.  It is by John Maitland and is called Seven Girls Running and our criteria this month is "Girls only" so we would love to see photos of the females in your life.  As we celebrate Mother's Day in May perhaps it might be a lovely opportunity to include a photograph of your own Mum or one with you and your daughter(s).  You may have a special girlfriend, sister, aunt or would like to scrap a page about a scrapbooking retreat, a girls night out or even your female feline!


A little about John Maitland 

John Maitland was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. He attended Kings College, Newcastle to study art. John has been showing his work in England and Australia since the mid seventies. He has completed many private, church and corporate commissions over the years.

In 1993 his entry in the “Tribute to Mary McKillop” exhibition was a finalist and was nominated as one of the finest pieces in the show. This work was part of a national tour in 1996 and was shown in Parliament House, Canberra, the Powerhouse Museum and The State Gallery of South Australia. It was also seen again during the World Youth Day events in Sydney in July 2009.

John Maitland’s skillfully executed oil and acrylic paintings are informed by figurative expressionism and imbued with rigorous colour and texture to denote emotive nuance. The work achieves poignancy through a unique perspective which resonates throughout his cohesive presentation

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

I converted the row of girls into a banner! And took the black colour to highlight my page like the picture.

I was inspired by the colors and my wanting to create a painted background.

I was inspired by the row of girls so made a collage of photos of our own little girl.

This picture is very delicate and airy! Its layout I've done in a minimal style that was more air and light!

I chose a photo of my three girls and by coincidence, they were all in a line like the inspirational piece. I like the feel of the childhood fun in the painting, which made me choose this photo. I used the colours in the painting as the base for my colour choice.

Heritage layout, inspired by the theme of the painting Dance. Photo is Circa 1949,this is my Mum.

Inspired by the colours and soft watercolour look.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on May 31st, 2016.  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.  

 Please note:- You may combine our challenge with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted.  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 call past on the 8th for our announcement of the April winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for May

1 comment:

  1. What a gorgeous piece of inspirational art to work with! LOVE it! And amazing inspiration from the design team! Thanks!