Featured Blog Posts – September 2011 Archive (22)

Mixed media WIP

Hello everyone.

This started as a project to be completed in art nouveau style in acrylics on canvas but ended up in mixed media.


the drawing all from imagination my original composition with Cuba as a tropical island.


I decided to do this on a 16x20 canvas pad. As i love working on black i painted my canvas in…


Added by Elena Malec on September 29, 2011 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Mail Art

I just recently discovered Mail Art…and you guessed it, I just had to try out!  It`s a lot of fun.  But what is Mail Art? In a nutshell, it`s a postcard sized piece of art that you send in the mail

to someone.  I did a lot of research and attended a workshop before creating all of these masterpieces that follow.  But this is what I retained as the most important: Anything goes!

Here are some ideas to get you started. …


Added by Krysthle Poitras on September 27, 2011 at 10:35pm — 3 Comments

2nd Hand Book Sale.. sometimes they are the best...

Hi there,


went to a second hand book sale yesterday.  went searching for any sort of art books just to see what they had.


Came away with a learn to sketch book and ways of doing it.  I don't have enough time to teach myself.  I dont even know if i am able to sketch. Plus what colours to put on your noses, lips eye's etc... colours i guess...  one day i will get this sort of thing right.  that is the most important thing of portraits..... 




Added by Lisa McAlister on September 25, 2011 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments


So how do you get inspired when there's no inspiration to be had.... Do you bash your head against a wall, read, sit quietly and contemplate or maybe go for a long walk, these are the age old things you come up against when hit "the mental block", what I find really helps me is I look at loads of images of art, then go for a long walk with my dogs whilst listening to music on my iPod.... From queen to pink floyd, hawk wind to Vivaldi it ca trigger something inside that brings forth the art.....… READ MORE

Added by gary smith on September 23, 2011 at 7:23am — 2 Comments

To everything there is a Season...

Sometimes while I am dabbling in my bright colors of Summer and Spring  on my palette of paints, I find it hard to remember that there are other colors to consider. I get so caught up in the colors I have become comfortable with. I understand too well how they move on the canvas and how they mix with one another and their comfort has alienated me from the rest of the spectrum.

Now I know that may sound silly to some, but for me it's a stretch to incorporate browns, tans and rusts into…


Added by Margie M. Rigney on September 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Acknowledging Our Sources

Yesterday I delivered my entry documentation for an embroidery and creative fibres exhibition that is to be held in New Plymouth, my nearest city, in a community gallery October. The information that was asked for in invitations was the work’s title and description (e.g. method used), fibres used, size and price.


I duly provided the detail, including where I had sourced my inspiration from. For 3 of my works, I had been inspired by the work of other embroiderers or fibre…


Added by Meg Mackenzie on September 21, 2011 at 5:14am — 4 Comments

muse and inspiraition

What is your muse, or inspiration?

The other day I was in my art room supposedly drawing (I’ve got a few projects on the go), when my girlfriend came down to ask if I wanted another drink (which she often does), but instead of drawing I was playing with the cats “there you go, distracted again!” I say “They are not distractions, they are my muse” I came to our defence.

We both laughed as Clarence just walked head on into the side of my table.

“ Well, at least they are my…


Added by danny vaughan barrett on September 18, 2011 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

Drawing Inspiration from Nature

I took a trip to one of my favorite places last weekend hoping to get the chance to capture some of the fields before harvest. I lucked out! The weather…


Added by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on September 18, 2011 at 4:39pm — 5 Comments

New to The Art Colony


Hello all you wonderful creative souls. I am happy to become a part of the Art Colony to inspire and encourage me to tap back into my creative urges that i tend to deny from time to time...
I like to not label, what it is i do (as in type of art); as i just go with what my inner being wants...i do love to add things to my artwork..as i really love texture,dimension  to my work and never have a plan...i just create!

Added by Susan on September 15, 2011 at 1:07am — 2 Comments

Where does inspiration come from?

Yesterday I saw the cutest thing: two young girls on the path outside my house, battling with an umbrella that was turning contortions in the strong spring winds, and giggling like they were about to burst. Each time they turned the umbrella out of the wind and it righted itself, they would hold it again to catch the wind until it popped out of shape like a fleeing jellyfish. And they'd laugh and shriek some more. They trashed…


Added by Meg Mackenzie on September 14, 2011 at 4:52am — 6 Comments

Just getting around to things....

I've just posted some of my favorite pieces; I welcome everyone to check them out, and please-- I also welcome feedback. These are certainly older works, and I've spent a lot of time exploring plants and animals as subject matter. I soon plan to share some examples of what I am currently working on with you all; I have since transitioned into a more abstract form of expression, though I still love working in acrylics. I look forward to sharing more with this Art Colony in the very near…


Added by Desirae Inman on September 13, 2011 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

Becoming brave

It's so exciting that many of the Art Colony members who haven't exhibited before or sold work are becoming brave after receiving encouragement or inspiration from other Art Colonists.


I thought that this was worth sharing: My 12 year old nephew recently borrowed my acrylic paints and brushes, had a quick lesson in blending colours, and painted a cute landscape that he entered into an exhibition near his home. The first time I saw the finished canvas was when I took him and…


Added by Meg Mackenzie on September 11, 2011 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

I followed Ann Marie's lead!!

Last month I submitted my paintings to a art gallery for a solo show, which will not open until next year, waiting for an answer on that show and I, just this morning, submitted 3 paintings to another art exhibition that will be opening in November. It really is OK if they do not make the cut, just the fact that I submitted them is a really big step for me. I, like Ann Marie, never thought or even imagined I would get to this place as an artist but so glad that I have!!

Added by Andrea Santee on September 11, 2011 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

There is no Blak or White

Comment by Marguerite Meara 1 second ago           

Delete Comment            When, you feel and begin to learn, understand, graciously accept yourself as an Artist(or person), it first starts to bubble up, There, you feel the elements (Sight, smell, taste, hearing, intuition) churning. Slowly, the lava and layers of creativity, maturity and understanding are able…

Added by Marguerite Meara on September 11, 2011 at 5:46am — No Comments

A Different Kind of Medium/Art

Recently we (hubby & I) made the decision to move.  Just prior to making the decision I had begun a project which I have been diligently attempting to complete prior to our move.  I love to crochet and had made some snowflakes for our Christmas tree last year.  I had several people ask if I sold them?  Since it was mid December I decided to wait until this year to attempt to make and sell any.  


Last month I began choosing patterns I liked and started to crochet &…


Added by Cat Lengyel on September 9, 2011 at 5:17pm — 4 Comments


Have you ever heard that "life begins at 40"?  Well, I'm a believer.  I recently turned 40 and I have to tell you that I have experienced a profound change in the past year.  All my life, as far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be an artist.  I remember winning an art contest in the 6th grade.  I won with a picture of the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, that I drew and colored with crayons.  But my well-meaning parents soon squelched any artistic aspirations I may have had in favor of…


Added by Starr White on September 6, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Does anyone keep an art journal?

If so, what type of things do you include to help with your art projects?



Added by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on September 4, 2011 at 10:10pm — 8 Comments

Does anyone else have a problem with being a perfectionest?

I seem to have a problem with this and getting anything started.  I keep telling myself it is only paper, or I can paint over what I don't like.  It doesn't seem to work.  I am fairly new at painting so having this attitude is silly I know.  I just need to find a way to get past it.  I need motivation....Maggie

Added by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on September 4, 2011 at 10:06pm — 9 Comments

The Magic of Making Art


It’s been a while since I gave myself permission to take the time to make some art. I’ve been busy. Really busy. The amount of time I…


Added by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on September 3, 2011 at 3:03pm — 2 Comments

More fun than one should with one's clothes on!

That's what painting is for me: fun with a capital "F". It's going back to my childhood, back to the days of new crayons in my Christmas stocking, it's sharp coloured pencils for back to school, it's that new pristine box of watercolours. When I'm painting and some detail gets added, I sometimes find myself actually laughing with glee. It doesn't matter to me that I'm not Leonardo da Vinci. Creation gives me pleasure. And I'm a hedonist!

Added by Ev McTaggart on September 2, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments


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