Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hello March ...

Welcome to March, not only a new month but a new season and boy, have we been eager to have you join us!

This month our inspiration comes to you from William Rose with An image of November.  I personally love the crispness of this painting, the ordered vertical and horizontal elements just appeal to me.  It could be a city skyline or boats on the ocean ... what do you see?

Criteria - USE A STENCIL

A little about William Rose (b.1929; d.1997)

Australian artist William Rose was born in 1929 in the industrial suburb of Carrington, NSW. He undertook art studies at Newcastle Technical College and held his first exhibition in Newcastle in 1954 and then moved to Sydney where he furthered his artistic education.

Rose’s distinctive powerful cross-hatched grids floating over a white ground were the mainstay of his painting throughout his career. The artist’s drawings and paintings are uncompromising and controlled quests in the composition of abstract space. The artist gradually moved away from his early use of vertical and horizontal structure to his characteristic diagonally slated grids, injecting his later works with a fresh, vibrant rhythm. Rose’s abiding passion for classical music underscored his paintings as harmoniously as it resonated throughout his studio as he worked.

Throughout the early 1960s, Rose’s work was represented in significant national exhibitions and today his work is widely represented across major Australian art galleries including National Gallery Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Rose's drawings and paintings are relentless and disciplined pursuits in the composition of abstract space.

This year we are putting the ART back into ARTastic and our main prize each month will reflect that -  this month featuring amazing products from Tim Holtz.

And as always a lovely prize pack for our random draw winner ...
Donated by Helene Bogren

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

I used three different stencils, together with a black ink pad and a black pen (doodling).

As soon as I saw this painting I knew I had the perfect stamps to recreate it as a background. I used black and grey ink to give different depth and colour burst powdered pigment to do the water colours.

I was inspired by the straight lines and little pops of colour in the artwork.

I was inspired by the lines of the reference image. I glued down some paper stripes and added lines with modeling paste through a stencil. I used two other stencils and did a lot of stamping to imitate the lines from the picture.

Inspired by the lines of the painting, I kept my layout to mainly a vertical line. I stencilled triangles with modelling paste, used some gesso with a stencil and also did pen work stencilling.

I used stencils, lines of paper and a little bright color, like in the picture.

I really love all the straight lines in this piece of art work and had to use them on my layout too.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on March 31st, 2017.  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 February winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for March


  1. Wonderful arrangements and different ideas on the backgrounds. I see something mechanical, the precision alignment of motors and shafts etc.

  2. Brilliant inspiration... that is an amazing inspiring - LOVE it!!!

  3. What a great inspiration piece!
    And I love where it's led everyone, all so different and so gorgeous!

  4. It's still March 31 where I am, but I see the link already is closed. Thanks, anyway, for the inspiration.