Monday, December 13, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Winter Cardinal

 Enjoy the art inspired by Helen's painting, Winter Cardinal
(The Inspiration Image is at the bottom of this post.)

Julie Brandt: Winter Light

I want to submit my painting, Winter Light, to represent my sincere appreciation to Helen and Sara, along with the other artists, in Inspiration Collaboration for the light they gave to me during these last years of uncertainty.  I was inspired to create!  Thank you!



Sara Harley: Exit Stage Right
Photographic Collage

I've never been involved in such a lengthy art project before. I never imagined how much I would stretch and grow as an artist, and the sense of accomplishment I would feel. This piece was created using 14 images. The stage represents our project, set with a portrait showing Helen's Snow Cardinal from January 2020. The stage floor was created using Helen's Winter Cardinal (both used with her permission). The branches and berries are a modified version of my response to Snow Cardinal, and the blue jays represent the two of us....one flying off stage on the next adventure.


 
Nelvia McGrath: The Harbinger
Watercolor Sketch
What is it with the name of this painting?  In symbolism cardinals are good news indeed.  Many believe that cardinal appear when angels are near.  They are said to bring a heaven-sent message of love to you.  These guys have so much devotion for their mates, our male constantly feeds his female.  Both are very good parents and we have enjoyed multiple generations of cardinals raised on our backyard feeder.


December Inspiration 1: Winter Cardinal by Helen Eaton

There was an idea... Sara wrote, "... it would challenge me to get out of my comfort zone... get my brain working in different ways."  I replied, "I've had a restless feeling that it's time for something new... different... challenging..."  72 hours and countless e-mails later, our idea had a name, a blog, an Instagram account, a Pinterest board, and participants were invited.  In the last 24 months, I have indeed been challenged to think and create outside my comfort zone.  I know I've grown as a painter, writer, and friend because of Inspiration Collaboration.  My first inspiration image was Snow Cardinal.  Winter Cardinal brings me full-circle.


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Your Art Inspired by A New Adventure

  Enjoy the art inspired by Sara's photograph, A New Adventure
(The Inspiration Image is at the bottom of this post.)

Helen Eaton: February Snow
Oil on canvas, 9"x 12"

I love color, but Sara’s images and words have taught me that lots of color isn’t a requirement for beauty. Her very first inspiration image was Barely There. When I saw that 24 months ago, I thought, “Oh, dear… I can’t do this… The image is… barely there!” But, I did paint a response to that one as well as the 35 that followed.  What a rigorous artistic endeavor! What a pleasure! 

This was view from our mailbox in February of 2011.  I chose this image, this style, and this color palette for Sara’s The Next Adventure to honor her.



Jeanne King: Winter 
One of a series of origami  boxes depicting the seasons
Decorative papers, ribbons, embellishments
As we end this year of inspirations I’m grateful to Helen and Sara for the encouragement they have provided all of us. Winter is my favorite season. Its cozy silence provides a time for quiet reflection and an opportunity to discover beauty in the barest of landscapes. Let it snow!


Inspiration Image: A New Adventure by Sara Harley
As our two year Inspiration Collaboration project comes to an end, I celebrate the wonderful art that has been created by such a talented group of people. I know everyone will continue to inspire me as we go off on a new adventure.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 2021 - Inspiration Images

These are our final two Inspiration Images.  As you consider each of them, let your creativity lead you make something special this month.

Click HERE for instructions on how to submit your work.

We look forward to seeing YOUR creations this month!

December Inspiration 1: Winter Cardinal by Helen Eaton

There was an idea... Sara wrote, "... it would challenge me to get out of my comfort zone... get my brain working in different ways."  I replied, "I've had a restless feeling that it's time for something new... different... challenging..." 72 hours and countless e-mails later, our idea had a name, a blog, an Instagram account, a Pinterest board, and participants were invited. In the last 24 months, I have indeed been challenged to think and create outside my comfort zone.  I know I've grown as a painter, writer, and friend because of Inspiration Collaboration.  My first inspiration image was Snow CardinalWinter Cardinal brings me full-circle.

December Inspiration 2: A New Adventure by Sara Harley
As our two year Inspiration Collaboration project comes to an end, I celebrate the wonderful art that has been created by such a talented group of people. I know everyone will continue to inspire me as we go off on a new adventure.


Saturday, November 13, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Poppy

 Enjoy the art inspired by Sara's photograph, Poppy
(The Inspiration Image is at the bottom of this post.)

Helen Eaton: Poppies 
I don’t know much about poppies.  I’ve never grown a poppy, and I’m really not sure I’ve ever seen one growing.  I know the poppies in The Wizard of Oz almost put Dorothy to sleep, and I know that opium somehow comes from poppies.  Those aren’t very positive, but I recently learned that poppies are a symbol for remembering fallen soldiers. That’s good to know.
 I do think they’re beautiful flowers, but my favorite kind is spelled a different way… My four (five soon) grandkids are so lucky to have my Ron for their Pop-E.



Julie Brandt: Roadside Poppies 
Oil on Canvas
 Inspired by Sara’s single poppy, I submit my adventure in a field of roadside poppies.


Inspiration Image: Poppy by Sara Harley

As far back as I can remember, poppies have been one of my favourite flowers. It always stops me in my tracks to see a swath of them in a flower garden, and I think it would be marvelous to see a field of them. Of course, at this time of year they are a symbol of sacrifice, lest we forget.



Thursday, November 11, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Little Treasure

Enjoy the art inspired by Helen's painting, Little Treasure
(The Inspiration Image is at the bottom of this post.)


Jeanne King: Red Box
Collaged box using decorative papers and embellishments
All that red! Both Helen and Sara featured red in their inspiration pieces and red is my favorite color! This is a box for holding special treasures; surely you have one or two of those, don’t you? 


Sara Harley: Little Pleasures
Composited Photograph

In January, Helen provided a blueberry muffin as inspiration. The image I created in response was accepted (and sold!) at an exhibit called Palate. After finishing at the gallery, we had a lovely time exploring and ended up at a country store filled with everything imaginable. I bought myself a winter hat with a huge pom pom on top. My husband still can't believe that I wear this hat, as I typically wear black or grey. I consider it a little pleasure, my small statement of fashion fun. Our little inspiration group has influenced me in many ways!

AJ: Hat & Scarf
Yarn Crochet
Getting ready for winter!

 

Inspiration Image: Little Treasure by Helen Eaton

What kinds of hats do you wear? Either metaphorically (grandma, artist, cook, gardener) or actually on your head (toboggan to keep you warm, wide brimmed to shield your face from sun, baseball cap to keep your hair up)?
I once said to my sister who wears hats beautifully, “I wish I had whatever it takes to be able to wear a hat.”  She replied, “All it takes it to put one on your head.”
Thanks Rebecca Marinoni for capturing this image with her camera and allowing me paint it.




Monday, November 1, 2021

November 2021 - Inspiration Images

There's a thought, a story, or a memory behind each Inspiration Image.  They are chosen with the hopes that one of them will give you an idea of your own.  

It's a pleasure each month to watch the diverse pieces of art that you create and add to Inspiration Collaboration.  Any art medium is welcome to be a part.

Click HERE for instructions on how to submit your work.

We can't wait to see what YOU create this month. Whether this will be your tenth or your first time to add to our collection of art, we welcome you.

November Inspiration 1: Poppy by Sara Harley

As far back as I can remember, poppies have been one of my favourite flowers. It always stops me in my tracks to see a swath of them in a flower garden, and I think it would be marvelous to see a field of them. Of course, at this time of year they are a symbol of sacrifice, lest we forget.


November Inspiration 2: Little Treasure by Helen Eaton
What kinds of hats do you wear? Either metaphorically (grandma, artist, cook, gardener) or actually on your head (toboggan to keep you warm, wide brimmed to shield your face from sun, baseball cap to keep your hair up)?
I once said to my sister who wears hats beautifully, “I wish I had whatever it takes to be able to wear a hat.”  She replied, “All it takes it to put one on your head.”
Thanks Rebecca Marinoni for capturing this image with her camera and allowing me paint it.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Fixer Upper with a View

   Enjoy the art inspired by Sara's photograph, Fixer Upper with a View.
(The Inspiration Image is at the bottom of this post.)

Jeanne King: A Dream Come True
Paper Collage on China Saucer

Yes, Sara, we all have our dreams, and  my dream was  to submit an entry to Inspiration Collaboration every month this year. With this little collage, I’ve done it! Another dream this project fulfilled, one that is ongoing, is to work harder to make my creative ideas come to life. I’ve had this hand-painted saucer for years, and finally did something with it. Thanks for the creative nudge you two have given to all of us!



Julie Brandt: Dad's Peaceful Place
Oil on Canvas
The moonrise from the deck of the family cabin represents my family's love of Lake Bloomington and this little cabin that nestles into the evergreens.  My mom and dad bought this funky cabin in the 70s. They added on to the small space and fixed it up so the growing family could come up and enjoy the lake. My brother and his wife have continued to update and adorn this peaceful spot.  



Helen Eaton: The Merry House
Brick & Wood, 1791 Sq. Ft.
Yep, we have a fixer upper.
Nope, it was never our dream, but we just bought the house next door.
Yeah, it's hard work!
No, we don't know what we're doing; luckily my brother does.
Yes, we're having fun with it.
No, it's nowhere near finished.
We simply walk out our front door and cross the yard, apologize to the deer who've been resting in the strip of woods between the houses, and enter the yard of our fall project. 
For 45 years it was Mary's house. Now we call it The Merry House.


Inspiration Image: Fixer Upper with a View by Sara Harley

I’ve had many dreams throughout my life. One that just won’t go away is the dream of buying a century old fixer upper home, and  bringing it back to life. A home full of  character, perhaps with a water view, situated on a piece of land surrounded by huge trees. Maybe you love old homes too...or maybe you have your own dreams.