At first glance, all of these creative, thoughtful pieces of artwork will help you to shake off the winter chill and fill with a spring and summertime warmth. That's quite a gift in January! However, upon further inspection these pieces will do so much more. As you look at them, I challenge you not to feel a sense of fun and pure delight.
Recently, I have heard stories of sales of Thursday Sweet Treat items and, while that is not the point, I definitely understand it. All of the items created here and in the previous posts have radiate love, imagination and fun. Who wouldn't want a piece of that?
The pieces that are being created are little gifts from the center of the artist. They are created out of a need to learn a new skill, challenge oneself and simply play. Playing allows the imagination to bring dreams to life and each of these artists did that this week. All of them rose to a challenge and created new works that are professional, inspired, fun, thoughtful and unbelievably beautiful.
I invite you to sit back and bask in the beauty of the sunsets.
CeeJayBags created a few incredible pieces.
"Yesterday I found a few hours to play, so I broke out the much-neglected art supplies and play I did!" comments Ceejay. "Even blogged about it http://ceejaybags.blogspot.com/2009/01/day-of-creative-play.html."
Magazine Paper Collage Sublime Sunset - "...to get me back into the swing of things. It was great fun finding the colors that I wanted, and messing my hands up with gel medium again!"
Mixed Media Abstract Sublime Sunset - Closeup
Mixed Media Abstract Sublime Sunset - "...is done with inks, handpainted tissue, newspaper and acrylic on watercolor paper."
Mixed Media Sublime Sunset - "The third (and the one I'm so proud of) - mixed media abstract (sublime sunset) really just flew out of me! I don't even know where it came from, but I'm sure happy with it. It's done with liquid acrylics, tissue, glitter pens, ink and heavy bodied acrylics, on canvasette."
Acrylics on canvas - 9" by 6".
Aztec Sun Bag
"What inspired me.....Well, you did! What a fun project you came up with. I now look forward to Thursdays more than I ever did before. So, keep the challenges coming! It will make me a better metalsmith! " Dont't worry TheSilverLakeStudio, I will. You all make me a better artist!
Kelly, creator of kpdesigns07 created this spectacular piece titled, "Slice." Bright sunset background with black slices cut away from its view.
Into the Groove created a phenomenal bracelet.
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Mia, creator of MiasGraphicDesigns created this fabulous piece titled, "Sublime Sunset"
"I wanted to create something that was reminiscent of spring and summer," said Mia, "but still had a little feel of the cold winter, so the vines coming down at the top of the image represent the falling night, and the winter that's slowly receding. The flowers are the little hopes that spring comes soon."
Iris O'Connor, creator of Iris Design created a lovely piece titled, "Evening Song."
"I love it and it practically painted itself once the red paint hit the music sheet," said Iris. "I will develop a theme around it because i'm in love."
As the day draws to a close, the sun slips quietly
from its perch and a parade of colors – pink, l
avender, and ice blue – follow. It is in this
moment that I recount the day’s events and
make an important choice.
For I will not hang my emotions upon the things
that went wrong, nor will I let my mood
sour thinking of the ways my life is lacking.
Instead, I will celebrate the people I
know– both new and old – who add color
to my life. I will drink in the beauty
of life all around me letting the
sunset set my imagination ablaze,
and allow each gorgeous moment that
passes to fill me with magical electricity
that even fireflies will admire.
Then, using my two hands, my heart and my
mind, I will gather what I learn and
create gifts for the world in celebration of
every dazzling moment I am given. I will dream
and I will create long after the sky has grown
dark, the moon has kept watch and the
colors begin to appear again.
Now tell me - weren't these amazing??
Share your thoughts, comments and love here and then go visit these artists at their shops and blogs and share some more!