Friday, June 18, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Smoky Mountain Stream

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

Sara Harley: Reflections in the Stream
Photograph

Reflections in the Stream by Sara Harley
I walk through our local trails every day, and every day I look for reflections in the stream that winds through the park. It amazes me how many different views I can find at the same  location. For this image I tried to capture the beautiful blues and greens, similar to Helen’s painting.


June Inspiration 1:Smoky Mountain Stream by Helen Eaton
Whether it's a river, creek, brook, or stream, I want to watch it for a while.  The person who wrote "Peace Like a River" must have felt the same way. There's something soothing to the soul about watching and listening to water trickle and tumble over stones.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Signs of Spring

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


Nelvia McGrath: Blossoms
Graphite/Watercolor on 7"x 10" Mixed Media Paper, Sketchbook Drawing Practice
Instagram @nelviamcgrath
I love all the spring flowering trees we have in Georgia.  I'm continuing the practice of first doing a graphite drawing and then doing a painting process, adding that pop of color. Working on a flower multiple times helps me gain familiarity and get more comfortable.  I'm surprised by this stained paper effect that I got when I used a plastic dish drain mat which acted a bit like a resist to staining liquid.



Signs of Spring by Sara Harley
Spring is one of my favourite seasons, full of new beginnings and
the promise of wonderful things to come.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June 2021 - Inspiration Images

Sometimes looking at one of the Inspiration Images leads you in one direction, then reading the thoughts behind it takes you another.
Look at each one below.  Read the thoughts behind each one. 
Which one do you find yourself going back to?
What does it inspire you to create? 
 
Your may choose to do an oil painting, stained glass, colored pencil drawing,  needlework, woodwork, pen and ink, charcoal, photography, mixed media, poetry, watercolor... We love the diversity! 

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We love seeing each work that is submitted, and we want YOUR art here with our art! Join us!

June Inspiration 1:Smoky Mountain Stream by Helen Eaton
Whether it's a river, creek, brook, or stream, I want to watch it for a while.  The person who wrote "Peace Like a River" must have felt the same way. There's something soothing to the soul about watching and listening to water trickle and tumble over stones.


June Inspiration 2: Signs of Spring
by Sara Harley

Spring is one of my favourite seasons, full of new beginnings and
the promise of wonderful things to come.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Little White Church

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

Julie Brandt: Baptist Ford Church
Multi-media Collage
I have always wanted to reimagine this sweet church that is nestled in the hills. 
This piece is constructed of printed papers cut to represent the picture with acrylic paint to enhance it.


Helen Eaton: Stone Chapel
Oil on Canvas, 8"x 10"
Social Media
A little stone chapel nestled on the edge of the woods...  It makes me wonder... How long ago was it built?  Who built it? Who worships there? How many couples have been married there? Does the stained glass make a lovely pattern across the pews when the sun shines through?



Inspiration Image:  Little White Church by Sara Harley
I have photographed churches for many years and am especially attracted to little white churches on back country roads. They always bring me peace and solace. There is something comforting about imagining all the stories that have passed through their doors over the years. Joyful celebrations, overwhelming grief, and everything in between, have been held in the hearts of the faithful.






Thursday, May 13, 2021

Your Art Inspired by My Rooster, Bob

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

Sara Harley: Celebration
Photographic Art
This spring I have been watching a pair of starlings who have been busy building a nest in a hydro pole. I have photographed them coming and going, to-ing and fro-ing, watching the gradual creation of their home. The colourful feathers of Helen's rooster Bob, combined with a photograph of a starling with a long piece of grass, made me think of ribbons. I combined those thoughts with the joy of spring, and created Celebration, my version of a maypole dance.



Inspiration Image:  My Rooster, Bob by Helen Eaton
I love the way my home sounds. Cardinals, blue jays, finches, chickadees, wrens, robins, hawks, crows, mocking birds, whippoorwills… There’s a pair of owls that call out to each other. A red headed woodpecker beats his percussive addition to the cacophony.  Soon there will be the hum of hummingbirds as they’ll flit around their feeders.  In a few weeks there will be the tiny peeps of chicks under running around their clucking mama hen.  There are caws, peeps, twitters, tweets, hoots, clucks, hums, whistles, and then… there’s Bob… Er er-er er-errrr! All… the… time…

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May 2021 - Inspiration Images

Welcome!  We hope you join us this month and see where your creativity will take you.

We've provided two new inspiration images.  Does one of them cause your imagination to stir? remind you of something? cause you to reflect? give you an idea? We look forward to seeing your art inspired by one of them! 

We would love to see YOUR art alongside ours this month! Make it with paint... or wood... or yarn... or fabric... or words... or a camera... or clay... pen and ink...  YES, your art will fit in perfectly!

May Inspiration 1: Little White Church by Sara Harley
I have photographed churches for many years and am especially attracted to little white churches on back country roads. They always bring me peace and solace. There is something comforting about imagining all the stories that have passed through their doors over the years. Joyful celebrations, overwhelming grief, and everything in between, have been held in the hearts of the faithful.


May Inspiration 2: My Rooster, Bob by Helen Eaton

I love the way my home sounds. Cardinals, blue jays, finches, chickadees, wrens, robins, hawks, crows, mocking birds, whippoorwills… There’s a pair of owls that call out to each other. A red headed woodpecker beats his percussive addition to the cacophony.  Soon there will be the hum of hummingbirds as they’ll flit around their feeders.  In a few weeks there will be the tiny peeps of chicks under running around their clucking mama hen.  There are caws, peeps, twitters, tweets, hoots, clucks, hums, whistles, and then… there’s Bob… Er er-er er-errrr! All… the… time…



 



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Your Art Inspired by Dickson Street

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

Sara Harley: Bridgewater Reflections
Photograph
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia is a town of approximately 9000 people. Like many small towns, the downtown has seen better days. Most people have changed their shopping habits, making malls their primary choice. There have been subtle changes over the past few years and our downtown is improving. The most striking feature of our town is the LaHave River running through it, a tidal river that flows to the Atlantic Ocean. I walk along the river every day enjoying the cry of the seagulls, the sight of the occasional seal, and the ever changing reflections of our downtown.


Inspiration Image:  Dickson Street by Helen Eaton

It seems like most towns have their special places that give them personality… the landmark where everybody has their pictures made, the street for the parade route, the square where the farmers’ market sets up or rallies take place, the restaurant that always has a long wait list, the old homes in the historic district, or the building whose silhouette appears on the city logo.

Dickson Street is my city’s colorful strip of activity.



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