Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Talented Artists Create Unforgettable New Works that Celebrate Art, Expression and Life

(SPECIAL NOTE: Please be sure to check the comments portion of this post for fabulous additional submissions).

Wow! That was the first word that popped into my head as pieces of artwork began to arrive in response to Theme 2: Explosive Celebration (please see previous post for theme). I even wrote that word to one of the artists and then I realized that I was saying it in my head for each one.

These talented artists were able to capture that feeling of celebration - the longing for it, the joy of it, the idea of it - in each piece of artwork. That's incredible! Many of these pieces are now in shops and can be purchased and yet that was not the idea. The idea was to simply create and enjoy the act of creating which each person so clearly did. I think the fact that these works of art can be sold speaks to the caliber of work they create. They all challenge themselves and strive to create the highest quality work and they succeed because it is all top notch. What they demand of themselves and the way they challenge themselves to create is a gift to all of us.
Now sit back, put your finger on the mouse, start scrolling and enjoy this explosive celebration.

CLineCreations "took the plunge" and began making jewelry for the first time. Rising to the challenge, CLineCreations created these Red Knotted Earrings.

Using colored pencil, pigment ink, watercolor and graphite on a discarded book page, PollyandEster brought this work of art to life.

MiasGraphicDesigns explosion became a Professional Package-Explosive Celebration, Life in the Heavens. This graphics package is one of a kind to ensure your shop's look is completely unique!

Curious Mess said, "I had a TON of fun making this! As soon as I saw the post, the image just popped into my head and I knew instantly what I wanted to do."

AllOverArt created this eye-catching 1.25 inch (3.175 cm) square fine art silver-plated adjustable ring. This tiny acrylic painting is one-of-a-kind, and depicts an abstract white, blue, turquoise, and orange theme.This original miniature painting was created with high quality acrylic paints on a wooden tile. The painting was then sealed on every surface making it water-resistant, and then received a high-gloss resin finish which gives it a very shiny and polished look. The finished effect is similar to that of a heavy glass ring, but it is actually very lightweight. The ring features a silver-plated adjustable ring securely attached to the back. It can be adjusted up to just above a size nine. Each miniature work of art is signed by the artist on the back.

When talking about the submitted piece, Salvaged Expression said, "It's essentially a head scarf with attached crazyness. Meant to be worn while dancing and jumping with joy."

EarthDeva discusses the idea behind these works of art at

Irisdesign "wanted to do something with my books from my beloved second-hand bookshop but the light for taking pictures was just not right. So I used a few book bits in the collage. My inner celebrations are exactly that: inner. I don't jump and shout and scream. I try to taste and feel every emotion with a few sparks going off here and there, hence the fantasy flowers jumping out of the vase."

Lorrie Veasey's explosion made it's way onto a festive platter!

When describing this piece of artwork, PersistentGreen said, "My piece is a fabric wall hanging, the first of a series I'll soon be selling in my Etsy shop. The wall hangings, a combination of textiles and my marbled paper, will feature various phrases for everyday encouragement and inspiration."

Into the Groove 's piece of artwork is called "Thrilled for Thursday!" It's a hand cast resin pendant with pink glitter and a happy kitty!

Glasselements Celebration Fused Glass pendant was inspired by the change in DC and joy I see and feel everywhere. A rainbow of colors splash across a dark background, reminding me of fireworks and celebrations.

This artwork is titled "From the Heart" and as MyYoungStudios said, "What's more celebratory than exploding with love?"

Blinkingmouse said, "My piece is called 'Punk Rock Princess'. Any celebration would be kind of girly but with a punky, altenative edge (hence the pastel colour scheme but the unusual combination of lime green, purple, pink and black). It would always involve polka dots as my favourite outfit for celebrating is some kind of polka dot prom dress with killer heels."

LovePeaceAndDye's explosion became Recycled Denim Jeans Turns APRON in Great Green and Blue Plaid.

Jewelry by Lisa Scala had a creative explosion in many forms!

Turquoise Woven Coursage Bracelet
Teta Purse Black Leather,Coral and amber Bakelite

Masked Man Necklace and Earrings
Purple Africa Necklace

Icy Aqua Carved Flourite Necklace
Doodlestars had an explosion of words and images. "It's all the things I want to remind myself and others so that nothing can diminish the light of an inner celebration." It will be a framed wall hang in my shop.

Here are the words:
Life is too short to….

Hold a grudge. Hold a Hand instead.
Keep your “I love you’s” hostage. Set them free today. Hoard your smiles. Start giving them out now.
Pack your hugs away. They are the best handmade gift we have so share, share, share.
Listen to negativity. Listen to a friend’s kind words.
Hide who you truly are from the world. Be yourself -who knows who you might inspire!
Let your dreams deflate. Fill them with belief and let them float up, up, up.
Offer lodging to fear. Tell fear you have no vacancies as courage is taking up all available space.
Allow others to edit your story. This is your tale and, in the end, you want to read it with pride.
Worry about being vulnerable. What others say is really about them and not you, so shine!
Let your belief in yourself falter. You are unique and filled with the best kind of magic.
Question your path. If you listen to your heart and fill each step with passion you will find your way.
Not trust. Have faith that if you’ve been hurt there are loving souls out there that will heal your heart.
Try to make others love you. It’s ok to be loved just for being you.
To waste any more time, let the celebration begin –
Celebrate YOU!

Share your thoughts, comments and love here and then go visit these artists at their shops and blogs and share some more!


Ruth of Allover Art said...

Such fantastic pieces and what a well-written post!! Thank you for providing such an inspirational theme. It was a lot of fun. :)

Natasha said...

We have had another submission I had to share!

Please visit: and share the love

Natasha said...

Ruth - your ring was fabulous! Thank you for submitting and for the kudos...I hope you will participate in the next one!

Natasha said...

Another gorgeous submission from

Marja said...

This is fabulous! Look at all of these creations just bursting w/celebration and joy. Thank you for the wonderful idea, and especially during a week of such change and joy. :)

Natasha, I love your explosion of words! :) We all need to remember to celebrate and be kind to ourselves!


Natasha said...

Marja - thank YOU! Your pendant was an incredible addition to this theme...all of these works just take my breath away. Thanks for the kudos on my words...this whole thing makes me smile. I hope you will be participating next week!

SalvagedExpression said...

So many beautiful things! I can't wait to start the next one and to start listing my submissions!

Natasha said...

Salvaged your submission was filled with such fun! Just great! The next one will be fun...I can't wait to see what is created next just gets better and better!

ceejay said...

Natasha: I knew I'd be inspired by the submissions from this week's fact, even though I wasn't participating, ideas kept jumping into my head.

Can't wait to find out what next week's theme will be!


Amanda (Blake) Fall said...

I couldn't wait to boot up my laptop today to come see these creations! They're just as varied and lively as I expected. Natasha, can you believe all of this resulted from your one lovely thought of celebration? Your piece is so moving--one that I will reread frequently.

Have a wonderful day, all--how could you not after that? :)

Natasha said...

Ceejay - you are such a fun ball of positive energy. I love your excitement - I was totally inspired by all the work this amazes me every time. I'm SO excited you are joining us next week...can't wait to see what fun thing you create!

Amanda - your work is fantastic. I want it on my wall and can't wait to see the other pieces you create!!Thanks for the kudos on my piece...I have more ideas for it...we will see..thank YOU again for being a part of this...have a great day!

Three Yellow Hearts said...

What a great variety of work! Congratulations have inspired us.

Can't wait for the next one.


Michelle said...

This is a very intriguing idea - and the pieces being created in response are wonderful. Looking forward to seeing what comes in the future, and possibly participating!

Natasha said...

Tiffany - Wow...there it is again...that wow...thank you for such kind words. That officially made me fill with tears...everyone here, everyone who has participated and all those who are cheering and thinking of participating have inspired me. So, I say thank YOU for that gift. It's more precious than anything - well except my family and I mean that...thank you

Michelle - thank you and I agree the pieces here are amazing. I hope you enjoy what the future holds and will jump in if something inspires you! Thanks for the support and the love - everyone here loves it

Iris O'Connor said...

Amazing creations here, glad I participated.
Getting really excited now about tomorrows challenge and it should be interesting to notice the emotions I'll be going through before I submit my next piece.
Thank you so much Natasha for putting us all up on your blog - that's a lot of work for you!

Natasha said...

Iris - you are an instrumental part of the beauty here...thank you for submitting such incredible work. Please do share all those emotions - I SOO get that...and yes it's a little more work than I anticipated but you know what? It's grown more than I dreamed and now I love all the participants and followers so much I just want to grow it bigger...I really want everyone to see this amazing work! Thank YOU for participating

Heiress Jewels said...

How Can I be a part of this amazing creation...

Heiress Jewels

alwaysadorable said...

I ended up not being able to participate for this one. But look forward to next weeks! I feel so inspired and excited about life after viewing all of those amazing pieces! I feel my craftiness shifting into 5th gear. :)

Natasha said...

Heiress Jewels - I am sending you information momentarily! I'm SO excited that you would like to be a part of this....what fun!

AlwaysAdorable - you are! I LOVE that your craftiness is now in 5th gear....that should be our tagline - Thursday Sweet Treat shifting your craftiness into 5th gear! Damn that makes me happy :) Can't wait to see your work next week!

Marja said...

Natasha, I'd love to buy a print or a card of your celebration creation... do you have plans to post in your shop??

Natasha said...

Marja - here's what just happened. I cried. No kiddin' tears right down the face...yupper. I must explain...I've always wanted to make prints like this so I have journals of them and this was the first time I felt comfortable enough to share one...I shared two poems like it years ago and got one published but then clammed YOU just made my day? week? year? Wow (<---there's that word again)...I will have the print in my shop tomorrow...would you like me to reserve it for you? Ok I need to go compose myself

Walk in the Woods said...

What wonderful finds - each and every one. Peace.

Natasha said...

Walk in the woods - on behalf of all the artists listed here I say thank you...each person and their artwork completely amazed me. Hope you will join in or cheer but stay a part of this incredible growing group

Jess said...

Natasha! I didn't have a chance all day to look at this (because my workplace JUST blocked blogger this week!), but can I just say how wonderful this all is?

Thank you so much for inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone and take some crafting risks!! =)


Natasha said...

Jess - how mean that they blocked blogger :) I'm so happy you liked this...Thank YOU for taking such a fabulous risk. I sincerely hope it won't be the last!! Playing again next week?? Great work Jess!

Dayzee Love said...

Very inspiring piece of writing, never has a truer been spoken! :)

Natasha said...

Dayzee Love - thank you SO much....I - and all the artists here - appreciate that and thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment...(insert major smile here)

Lori Anderson Designs said...

Some super selections and awesome words!

star said...

wow! so many beautiful pieces! so much fun to see how everyone interprets the theme!

Natasha said...

Lori Anderson Designs - thank you so much for your thoughtful words!! On behalf of everyone here I say thank you.

Star - I think that's one of the most amazing things is the way people interpret the theme. I agree so many beautiful pieces including yours. Thank YOU for sharing your vision

fugsly said...

Beautiful - I Particularly love the button piece by alloverart - just wonderful.

I got completely stumped on this one! The next theme has me written all over it though! :)

Natasha said...

Fugsly!! I'm so glad you are here...I wondered what you were thinking about the next one because I knew nothing jumped to mind with the last one...YAY!! Can't wait to see what you do for the next one...and I agree they are all beautiful aren't they? And AllOverArt's is such fun...what a great group to be surrounded by no??

Anonymous said...

I love the themes for your blog. What a wonderful I idea. Thanks so much for visiting I'm so happy to have found your space as well ;)

Natasha said...

theartistdiary - so glad you came by and thank you for your thoughtful comment...I will be back to visit your blog's great..thanks for leaving the link!

PinkWaterFairy said...

Wow, brilliant stuff! I must try to make something this week :)

Natasha said...

PinkWaterFairy - wasn't it all great?? Thanks for your kind words!! I would LOVE to see whatever you create this week....YAY!