1. I am sorry for not being around in the comments or on email. I got caught up in two projects but will be resurfacing :) I LOVE everything you guys share...truly, truly!
2. There were folks who were working hard to submit this week but ran out of time. In answer to your questions, there will be a mini-Monthly. In fact, let's make this an official call for the Mini-Monthly. Please have your pieces in no later than the end of the day on Sunday, June 28th for the Mini-Monthly on Monday, June 29th.
This week felt like ...magic. The pieces created not only radiate a sense of fun, there is a clear sense of freedom here. Each artist allowed themselves the time to play and let color move them. They reached inside themselves and brought out true joy. What amazes me even more is that there is a feeling of movement in every piece. The colors, the joy, the celebration in each work made this one of my favorite weeks here, by far! These creative, amazing, giving, talented, professional artists turned the colors within their soul into a present for you to carry in your heart and mind...is there anything better?
Grab my hand, let's dance among the colors......
Kittydesigns created this truly stunning piece.
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Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this spectacular 8x8 watercolor and ink on canvas board titled, "Celebrate Today."
“Natasha's lovely theme of whirling colors immediately made me think of joy and celebration (even before I saw her post about the Celebration Revolution!). I created this cheerful, colorful painting in an attempt to mirror those feelings," said Amanda. "Are you celebrating today? Why not? :)”
Agathe, creator of Meherio68, created this gorgeous piece with a fabulous name.
"I have long wanted to use these large, vintage beads and I thought of them the minute I read your post about the colour theme," said Agathe. "Hence the large but lofty, colourful earrings that I called "Great Balls of Colour".
Blog : http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com/
Steph, creator of A Paper Buffet, created this simply wonderful piece.
"Fairy Belle reminds me of a fire fly; I picture her flying through the night, illuminating the dark blue sky and lighting our way to happiness," said Steph.
"Over an hour of colouring to get her colours perfect, and using nail scissors to make sure each detail was captured, Fairy Belle will be for sale in my Etsy store: www.apaperbuffet.etsy.com and her tag can be personalized for your own little Belle."
Kelly, creator of Backward Glances, created this sensational piece.
"What do you do?" is a common enough question. Imagine being able to answer,"I fly kites." Every summer, a few young people here have the job of flying huge fanciful kites with all matters of added adornments - flashes of color and movement against the blue of sky and water and my inspiration for this challenge," said Kelly.
"I started with a photo of a multi-colored tail that had been attached to a huge kite. I've been experimenting with computer enhancing/altering of photos - here's a couple different versions of the same image."
Marja, creator of Glass Elements, created this truly phenomenal piece titled, Sunrise over Melbourne. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26949974
"I just knew I had to find time to participate this week - the photos posted for this theme immediately brought back memories of living in Melbourne, Australia last year," said Marja. "We were staying in an apartment on the 10th floor with no other large buildings blocking our view. One early morning, before I was fully caffeinated, I was shocked to see these gorgeous and colorful hot air balloons wafting toward our building. They were rising out of the horizon and marching toward us – on there way to take in the gorgeous sunrise on a beautiful day. After the initial shock, it was a glorious thing to witness – and to look for on all the following early mornings.
This pendant captures those memories with its color – swirling pinks and golds of a beautiful sunrise over a bright blue sky – and its balloon like shape."
Felicia Kramer, creator of Another Bright Idea, created this magnificent piece titled, “Kaleidoscope of Color”.
"When I first heard this theme I was a little stumped for ideas," said Felicia. "Then I remembered a line from one of Natasha’s poems (“And There Were Wings”) that has stuck with me since I read it: “That’s when I saw you balancing on a high wire without a net while painting the sky in a kaleidoscope of color …” (I’m beginning to think that Natasha is my muse!) This is a digital collage print using my background images in layers and then applying Photoshop effects."
Bird, creator of KittyHawke, created this fabulous piece.
"I did in fact manage to create a piece this week. Many thanks to my wonderful hubby, Mike, for taking the pics for me. :-)"
"Okay, I admit it. I'm a coloraholic," said Bird. "And I don't plan on stopping any time soon. :-D This piece reflects that sometimes excessive love of color that I have. A lady in her best summer hat goes to the market to shop. What colors will she choose? There is such a lovely selection of them from which to choose. But how can she choose? And why does she need to choose? :-P So... she will happily take them all into her life. :-)"
In all the time that I have been playing on the TST, I have lived dream after dream. Armed with your creative inspiration, support and love, I have jumped headfirst into making lifelong dreams come to life. For that, I am so very thankful.
This week something happened. Let me backtrack for a moment..about a month ago I was at a benefit for children with learning differences. One of the things they had setup for people was a table to make a bag. You took a blank tote and covered it in all sorts of wonderful things. I was in the middle of making one for my daughter when I stopped, looked around the room and thought, "This is what I want." In that moment I found myself and I knew that deep down in the core of me I wanted to write and create art. I've always known it but for the first time, I let it really sink in and make a home in my heart, mind, body and soul.
When it came to the "how" part, I was still at a bit of a loss. Then this week, it clicked. Choosing to play as part of Rowena's 100 of 100 and responding to this theme I lept into the creative abyss ....and I found me. This is what I want to do. I want to create journals - blank and inspirational - and portable creative playgrounds for people.
I'm sorry for writing so much but it is important for me to share this with you. Without all of you, without this place I might not have made it here. This is the first in a series of journals. This one is filled with inspirational thoughts, prompts for writing AND creating art and it's sealed with lots of love. This is me ....this is where my heart is...who knew?
These will come in two forms - blank journal and mini-playground journals (they are filled with fun inspiration similar to what you see here only a bit more expanded.)
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It reads: "To stop and marvel at the wild, electric colors all around you is to be present in life....Be present now...PLAY!"
Sample Fun Prompt
It reads: "BLUE What's the first thing that comes to mind? Draw or write it."
There are tons this is just a silly little one.
Copyright © Natasha Reilly 2009.
Don't you feel like you just ran through a waterfall of color??
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