Saturday, September 18, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Preserving Summer

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

Helen Eaton: Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine
Oil on Canvas, 6"x 6"
Instagram @helenpowelleaton
Another summer is giving its best.  Hopeful blooms turn into vegetables to be harvested. These little cherry tomatoes hold all the joy and color of the season of sun.


Preserving Summer by Sara Harley
Another season is coming to a close. Glorious blooms are fading and vegetables are being harvested. These bottled memories preserve the joyous colours of the season of sunshine.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September 2021 - Inspiration Images

A couple of Inspiration Images are here!  Which one makes you want to create something of your own? The unique thing about Inspiration Collaboration is that there is no way to predict how what direction YOUR mind will take.  The possibilities are endless. Paint, yarn, glass, stone, pen, paper, words, fabric, photography... and more!

Click HERE for instructions on how to submit your work.

So much beautiful and creative art has come from this community of artists. It's a pleasure to see each new work that YOU add to the growing collection of Inspiration Collaboration 2021.  If you haven't contributed before, maybe this is the month that you will! 

September Inspiration 1: Preserving Summer by Sara Harley

Another season is coming to a close. Glorious blooms are fading and vegetables are being harvested. These bottled memories preserve the joyous colours of the season of sunshine.



September Inspiration 2: The Road + The Wind = The Ride by Helen Eaton

"It's not the destination. It's the journey." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's easy to miss wonderful surprises if I don't make a point to notice as I walk, ride, or drive.  The changing leaf color as we pull into our driveway... The fawn and doe as we walk down our dirt road... The hawk perched on the highway marker as we travel down the interstate...
I want to be intentional about noticing what's along the way.


 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Basket of Peaches

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

Sara Harley: Balancing Act
Helen's inspiration prompts always manage to stretch my creative mind and get me thinking outside my usual photographic box. In response to her peaches spilling out of a basket, I decided to stack my peaches. Without the aid of photoshop, I managed a stack of five. However, I preferred this image of four (there is one unseen in the sugar bowl). It took many tries to achieve the balancing act, and I have been eating many bruised peaches!


Basket of Peaches  by Helen Eaton
There's just something about a basket of fresh peaches that gets me every time.  I want to pick one up and take a deep breath to smell it.  If you see beautiful peaches in the grocery store, go ahead... sniff one.  If you don't smell a thing, put it right back where you found it. If the vendor at the farmers' market has peaches, go ahead... smell them. Then hand him your money and let him put them into your reusable cloth bag.
 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Cottage Garden

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


Helen Eaton: Cottage Flowers
Oil on Canvas, 8"x 10"
Each month I study Sara's Inspiration Image and thoughts then wait for an idea to come.  This month I kept being pulled back to her photograph.  It featured my favorite color combination: green, purple, and turquoise.  It held a story that made me wonder and made my mind wander. It fit my favorite descriptive combination: Elegance within simplicity.
I just had to spend time more time with this image.  Her image intended for inspiration became my reference photo.

Gardening is one of my hobbies, and I enjoy looking at them as well. Flower gardens, vegetable gardens, formal gardens, cottage gardens, and everything in between. The personality of the gardener shines through every time.




Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 2021 - Inspiration Images

Enjoy seeing and reading about each of the Inspiration Images for this month. Take a moment with each of the Inspiration Images below.  Do you come back to one of them? Is there one that makes you think? Is there one that causes you to want to create something of your own?  The diversity of submissions is what makes Inspiration Collaboration unique.  They can be art created through work with paint, yarn, glass, stone, pen, paper, words, fabric, photography... There's no limit to the possibilities.

Click HERE for instructions on how to submit your work.

We love the community of artists that makes up Inspiration Collaboration. If you haven't in a while, scroll back through the blog posts and enjoy all the art YOU have created! We look forward to seeing what you create this month!

August Inspiration 1: Basket of Peaches by Helen Eaton

There's just something about a basket of fresh peaches that gets me every time.  I want to pick one up and take a deep breath to smell it.  If you see beautiful peaches in the grocery store, go ahead... sniff one.  If you don't smell a thing, put it right back where you found it. If the vendor at the farmers' market has peaches, go ahead... smell them. Then hand him your money and let him put them into your reusable cloth bag.

August Inspiration 2: Cottage Garden by Sara Harley

Gardening is one of my hobbies, and I enjoy looking at them as well. Flower gardens, vegetable gardens, formal gardens, cottage gardens, and everything in between. The personality of the gardener shines through every time.



Sunday, July 25, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Gently Down the Stream

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

Julie Brandt: Paddling on the Buffalo
I love the view Helen painted in Gently Down the Stream.  
On a boat or raft on the river is my kind of fun.


Sara Harley: All Tied Up
Photographic Art
A recent day trip to South Western Nova Scotia took us to Dennis Point, home to the largest commercial fishing wharf in Atlantic Canada. After a tasty lunch of the freshest fish around, we headed to the wharf so I could take photographs. With  Helen’s inspiration painting in mind, I concentrated on the bows of the fishing boats. I then became photo obsessed with the patterns of the ropes.


July Inspiration: Gently Down the Stream by Helen Eaton
Every so often a near-perfect day happens. The to-do list is blank, the weather is great, the scenery is beautiful, and the company is right.
When one of those elusive days comes along, embrace it fully!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Laundry Dance

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


Helen Eaton: Clothes on the Line
Oil on Canvas, 11"x 14"
An image like this makes me want to slow down, have a seat on the porch that's surely on the front side of this cabin, and then listen to some stories about way back when.


Life always seems more carefree in the sunny days of summer. Blue skies, warm breezes, and laundry dancing on the line.