Thursday, 29 November 2018

November highlights ...

There is still time to play along with us this month. Joining in is very simple - please be inspired in some way by our wonderful art and use our criteria. 

Our November inspiration comes to you from Arthur Baker Clack with "The Citadel, St Tropez".

Image may contain: plant, outdoor and nature
CRITERIA - Use paint or ink

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



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

Thursday, 15 November 2018

October winners ...

Thank you so very much for all your wonderful entries for our October challenge using this artwork from Lyn Butchart called Green Peacock.

CRITERIA -  Monochromatic (can be any colour)
Feel free to use black, white, kraft or navy as your accent colours.

Our winners are ...

#9 Jackie Edwards


#14 Jenny H

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 3 other challenges.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Welcome to November ...

Our November inspiration comes to you from Arthur Baker Clack with "The Citadel, St Tropez".

Image may contain: plant, outdoor and nature
CRITERIA - Use paint or ink

A little about Arthur Baker Clack ...

Arthur Baker-Clack was an Australian born painter who embraced the Post-Impressionist French style. After a short spell as a teacher in South Australia, Baker-Clack started a career as a journalist covering the Western Australia.

In 1906 Baker-Clack travelled to Paris to study painting, initially as a pupil of the Australian expatriate Kupert Bunny and then under the painter and sculptor Laurens. He found great inspiration from the modernist works of C├ęzanne and Seurat. His style reveals the impressionist influences of his Parisian studies, while demonstrating his skill in the use of colour which is employed with uncompromising vigour alongside a certain boldness and directness in the lines. The result creates richly toned and forceful pictures.

Throughout his life, Baker-Clack exhibited both in London at the Royal Academy of Arts and in Paris. His work is held in many public collections in Australia. 

And now some inspiration from our team ...

Tone Jensen - Norway
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The photo is of my son standing by the sea in Hurghada, Egypt. We found some dead fish in the sea (the little photo) and therefore I have used fish-bone chipboard on the bottom of my page and I have used a script stamp to ink my background.

Kat Gray - Australia
Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling
For my take on the challenge, I created a painted background inspired by the colours in the artwork; especially the blues, teals, purples and silver.

Sharon Bishop - Australia
I used watered down ink and took the sea in the background and green foliage as my inspiration from the photo. This is our travelling Gnome in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2006.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia
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I have used paint and ink on the chipboard.

Tanya Heritage - Australia
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I liked the water and buildings in the painting so chose a photo of my daughter in Florence Italy with water and buildings behind her.

Karen Brierley - Australia
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My artwork inspiration was using scenery photographs. I created my background by using a piece of corrugated cardboard to apply acrylic paint across the page.

Jane Howden - Australia
The painting held a real holiday vibe for me so I have used some happy vacation snaps of our trip to Tasmania a few years ago.  There is no patterned paper on this layout - my background was created using ink and stickers.

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 Kat Gray

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  three (3) 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. No blog? No problem!  You can also add your entry to our gallery on our Facebook page.

Please call past on the 15th for the announcement of our October winners.