Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Welcome to October ...

We are now making it even easier to enter our challenges - use our inlinkz gallery on the left or click onto our new Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) and put your entry directly into our monthly album under photos.

This month our inspiration comes to you from Grace Cossington Smith with The Window 1956.


Please remember - You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges only.

A little about Grace Cossington Smith ...

Grace Cossington Smith OBE (1892-1984) was an artist who was at the forefront of the Australian modernist movement. Born and educated in Sydney, she studied drawing with Dattilo Rubbo at the Royal Art Society of New South wales between 1910 and 1912. After two years spent travelling in Europe, shere she was inspired by post-impressionism, she returned to continue her studies with Rubbo. Sock Knitter (1915), painted while Cossington Smith was still a student, is considered a key picture of the Australian modernist movement. She was a member of the Contemporary Group (established in 1926 by George Lambert and Thea Proctor to foster young modern artists) and worked closely with modernists Roland Wakelin and Roy de Maistre. However, her contribution to Australian art went largely unrecognised until 1970 when a retrospective of her work, organised by Daniel Thomas, toured Australian galleries. Cossington Smith, who has come to be recognised as a major 20th century Australian painter, produced a large and consistent body of work that is distinctive in its vibrant use of colour, representation of volume and space, and concern for the objects of everyday life. She is best known for her domestic interiors and images of the Harbour Bridge during its construction. Cossington Smith is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and in all the state and many regional galleries.

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
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A collection of family cat photos...from left 'Astro' (dec), Uncle Pusskins, cousin Cruiser, 'Kimba (little brother to Astro) and Aunt Tabby-tha

Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)
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I used the new Dusty Attic chipboard frames and Mintay papers.

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
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I used a cardstock frame to some drama to a landscape photograph.

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
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Tanya Heritage - (Australia)
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I thought an outdoor photo worked well with the inspiration painting. The first thing I saw in the painting was the trees.

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)
Image may contain: 4 people, including Dale Tiernan, people smiling

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I added a frame to showcase the photo and used the orange based colours from the artwork.

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 Dale Tiernan

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT or click onto our new Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) and put your entry directly into our monthly album under photos 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 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.

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

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