Sunday, 27 May 2018

May highlights ...

Thank you so much for all your delightful floral entries so far this month - I think maybe it has been easy to be inspired by this beautiful painting by Cathy McClelland called Tap Dancer.

CRITERIA -  Flowers

Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks ...

May 9 stamplorations

Giorgia Rossini for ScrapMir


We'd love to see your work too so please come and join in with us.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

April winners ...

Thank you so very much for joining in our April challenge inspired by artwork from New Zealand artist Karen Neal called Poppyfields.  

CRITERIA - Black and White with one other colour of your choice

Congratulations go to ...

#10 - Karen

Main Prize


Second April Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

#16 Dolly Bee

Donated by Judy Willey

Could the winners please contact me on with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

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.

You may combine your entry with other challenges.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Hello May ...

Our May inspiration is just delightful.  This beautiful painting is by Cathy McClelland and is called Tap Dancer.

CRITERIA -  Flowers

A little about Cathy McClelland ...

The paintings of Cathy McClelland show her love of the landscapes that surround her, she is a fifth generation cattle farmer at Bell where her pretty farm is snuggled into the foothills of the Bunya Mountains National Park and surrounded by beautiful views. It is here with her husband, they raised four wonderful children, multitudes of animals, and have happy contented cattle grazing throughout their pastures. Cathy loves family, animals, photography and travelling.

Combining whimsical magic with a reverent realism, Cathy paints her country's landscape with a graceful sense of mystique. Highly regarded for her contemporary realism style, McClelland draws on her personal emotional responses when translating a landscape into her work, utilising a unique combination of colour and texture to guide each viewer’s connection to her initial inspiration. She paints her subjects with honesty and integrity in a flowing composition that sits easily on the eye.

And now some inspiration from our team ...

This month we bid farewell to longtime DT member Elaine Schoof whose growing family means she doesn't have as much time as she once had for craft pursuits. We will be sad to see her go but wish her all the very best for the future.  Thank you for being such a wonderful and valued part of the team Elaine. 

We'd like to welcome the lovely Karen Brierley to our little team.  I love how Karen can take the seemingly ordinary and make it seem extra-ordinary - I am sure you will all love her work as much as I do.

Karen Brierley - Australia
I took my inspiration from the bird and its pink sky background. I made my own flowers using cutting dies.

Tanya Heritage - Australia
I used the greenery in the garden as my inspiration.

Tone Jensen - Norway
I was inspired by the different colors.

Kat Gray - Australia
I was inspired by the colours, the flowers and the cute little bird.

Judy Willey - Australia
I was inspired by the soft, pretty colours in the painting and have used mainly pinks and yellows.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia

Jane Howden - Australia
I loved the bright colours in the artwork and wanted to prove that you can use flowers successfully on a boy page!

Our main prize winner this year will be 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.

Main Prize

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Tanya Heritage

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. 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 15th for our announcement of the April winners.