Friday, March 6, 2009

Theme 9: Artistic Safari

How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you. It simply needs to be tasteful – no pornography or messages of hate here. When you sit down to create, you cannot think about how people will or will not receive your work. You are required to simply enjoy the act of creating. Please see the bottom of this post for how to submit a response.





“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ~ Jack London




"Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been , what people needed protection from. Now nature tamed, endangered, mortal , needs to be protected from people." ~ Susan Sontag




“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.” ~ Paula Poundstone




“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.” ~ Pablo Picasso



Important Guidelines

The work submitted must be something you have created and/or worked on between the time the theme was revealed and the Thursday unveiling. Please submit your response to Natasha@creativenachos.com no later than end of day Wednesday, March 11th if you would like it to be posted on Thursday, March 12th. OR send me a link to your response to include in the comments section of the post.


With your response please include:


1. Your name - either first name, shop name or both.


2. The name of your piece (if you choose to give it one)


3. Something you'd like to share (process of creation, idea behind piece) if you'd like to share anything


4. Two photos of your piece or of each of the pieces (3x5 or 4x6 and 72dpi or a max of 96dpi - if you need any help with that please don't worry I'd be happy to help!)

Most importantly, let your imagination run, leap and play! Let yourself go wild and enjoy it!

32 comments:

SalvagedExpression said...

This is going to be a tough one for me I think... I love the cheetah photo though!

Natasha said...

SalvagedExpression - hey, why will it be tough? I have no doubt you are going to play and something fabulous will come to life...isn't that cheetah photo amazing? I was in love with it

aquamaureen said...

Ooooohhhhh . . . yet another prompt guaranteed to elicit a boundless spectrum of responses--I can't wait!!!! Your quotes, Natasha, spiral us out to the four corners of imagination. London's words call to me, particularly. And the Picasso quote reminds me of one I came across Tuesday (when I was painting my Rainbow Rock and couldn't bear to waste my paint-laden fingertips and grabbed a canvas board and daubed all over it . . . on the back were these words from Picasso: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Thank you, again, Natasha, for yet more evocative inspiration.

Natasha said...

Aquamaureen - I am LOVING your response to this...the quotes really moved me too and Paula's just made me laugh out loud..I thought it was all a nice balance...and I LOVE that Picasso quote you shared...I'm writing that down and throwing it up on my bulletin board...bet that canvas you created is awesome! Thank YOU for the inspiration :)

sunsetsurf said...

oh my goodness! i am so excited, this will be my first time participating. what do i have...glue? beads? paper? yarn?....hmmm, the wheels are turning!

Natasha said...

sunsetsurf - YAY!!!! I'm so excited for your first creations...OHHHH I can't wait....enjoy every moment!!!

Wood N Goods said...

I love the photos of the big cats and other jungle animals! I have the perfect item for the theme, however it was already completed a few weeks ago! So I will put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with - thanks for the inspiration!
Theresa

Rowena said...

oh my safari! I think I can do this one. It's giving me that funny feeling in my stomach which means it has hit something from the subconscious. the last one had me stumped... although I have an idea on it now... too late.

Marja said...

I can't wait to witness the variety that comes out of this inspiration!! :)

Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli said...

Natasha, thanks for sharing this quote...very powerful...
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ~ Jack London

gabrielle

giraffelabel said...

i'm liking this theme. i can't wait to start something new. i absolutely love the picasso quote you put in there. and, aquamaureen, i love yours too!! as someone with small kids that love to do artwork that really strikes a chord with me. thanks for sharing!

Natasha said...

Wood N Goods - when you put that thinking cap on, magic happens!! I can't wait to see what you come up with....

Rowena - I'm celebrating your stomach...that's SOOOOOO good...and knowing your work I'm ridiculously excited to see what you create AND you can always do what came to mind for the last theme and submit it for the mini-monthly!!

Marja - me either...wait, Marja are you in for this one??????

Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli - that quote hit me squar between the eyes...I felt this magnetic tug in my chest when I read it and I knew I needed to share...

giraffelabel - guess what I can't wait for you to do something new too...I'm WAY to excited to see what it will be....such fun ...and the Picasso quote just moved me and I'm so glad I put it in because it caused that beautiful chain reaction that led Aqua to share her Picasso quote....I now have that quote hung up right in front of me...

Cycle Girl said...

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. This is so exciting!

SamAndrea

SalvagedExpression said...

Natasha, this one will be a challenge because the colors and patterns I associate with Africa and animals aren't places I tend to go for my wardrobe or even crafts. That said...it took almost all day but I'm working on something new!

The Lone Beader said...

I will have to submit something to this.

storybeader said...

I'm going to look and see if I have any safari-styled fetishes (for jewelry!)

Natasha said...

Cycle Girl - I feel EXACTLY the same way...couldn't have said it better myself...

SalvagedExpression - it's exceptionally important for me to let you know that I just screamed and clapped...I'm so excited....what a way to challenge yourself!

The Lone Beader - I totally just backflipped ... this is the best morning ...HOW EXCITNG!


storybeader - OHHHH I hope you do, I hope you do, I really hope you do!!! :)

YAY!! I'm dancing around woohooo!

Ceridwen said...

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!!! I definitely have to make sure I get in on this one! Thanks, Natasha!

Natasha said...

Ceridwen - YAY!!!!!! Thank YOU for making me even more excited for Thursday...I'm doing the happy dance right now oh yeah!

Tart Deco said...

Yea! I just sent you my first submission. Can't wait for Thursday!

Natasha said...

Tart Deco - WOW! It's AWESOME!! It's so mean that I have to wait till Thursday ...but it makes Thursday like Christmas....LOVE this and love that you participated...what fun!!

Cidtalk said...

At the moment I'm feeling quite literal..but hopefully that will change and something kind of groovy will come to me:) I just need to run to some remote location and check out the wildlife for inspiration..oh wait, that's me being literal...dang it!!! I need to shake that off, but how? Ahhh that's part of the process:)

Natasha said...

Cidtalk - you're awesome...I wish we both could go to some remote location for wildlife inspiration!! Yes, part of the process...can't even handle where this process will lead you....are you going to continue with the last piece you did as well?? So many exciting things Cid!

LadyK said...

This one will be tough I think, but I'm looking forward to it. :) I missed the last two. Now I have it taped to my monitor where I can see the deadline all the time. ;)

MyPencilPortraits said...

I sent a submission for the first time this week as well! I'm so excited!

Natasha said...

LadyK - Although it's challenging I know you will create something absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to see it!!

MyPencilPortraits - I received your submission and I can say with absolute certainty that it is phenomenal!!!!!!! I mean PHENOMENAL! I cannot wait to unveil this week's treat....I can't wait!!! I'm so thrilled that you are a part of the treat this week :)

MyPencilPortraits said...

Natasha- Yay! I'm so glad you like it :) I think it may be one of my favorite pieces I've done. I can't wait to see what everyone else did with this theme.

Natasha said...

MyPencilPortraits - the most important thing in the world is that you said this may be one of your favorites...I can see why- the love, patience, time, magic that went into it is incredible. It's so clear you enjoyed yourself...I can't wait to share it along with all incredible work being done for this theme!

j.US.t chatter said...

oh dearie... I can't even begin to tell you the trail that has led me here, but how exciting that it has! I am going to make my first submission this week on this jungle safari theme. I have an item that i started over the weekend and it's as close as i can create jungle. ;) looking forward to it! I am so giddy about finding this site that I am featuring "thursday sweet treat" in my blog friday. woo hoo!

Natasha said...

j.US.t chatter - welcome!! It's wonderful to see you here. Some time I'd love to hear about the road that brought you here as it sounds like an interesting one. I'm s excited to see you creation this week!!!!! What fun and thank you for blogging about this on Friday...I will be sure to check it out...YAY!!!! It is my sincere hope that you completey enjoy yourself when you are in ...this is a fabulous group of folks. We're all glad you've come to play.

SalvagedExpression said...

The suspense!!!

Natasha said...

It's comin....and it's SOOOO good