Thursday, May 13, 2010

Surf the Monster Wave of Creativity Within New Works Created By Amazingly Talented Artists

The talented, thoughtful, whimsical, creative artists who created new works today captured the colors, sensations, feelings and magic of surfing. Whether they have gone surfing or not, they managed to harness a creative power within their work that is usually reserved for ocean waves. It is at once both thought-provoking and inspiring.

Please join me as we ride the waves of creativity....

Althea, creator of Salvaged Expession, created this ultra-cool piece.

"Well when presented with this theme I thought and thought and got Surfin' Bird stuck in my head so rather than fight it I decided to make this admittedly silly keychain," said Althea. "I'm concerned that I'll have to rework it since the pen seems to have bled but it's at least potentially finished now so here it is!"

Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this stunnng piece, play time in progress.

"My project here might not look much like surfing, but I was thinking of bubbles and those crazy-colorful creatures in the deep sea . . . yeah . . . are you buying my argument? ;)" said Amanda. "This week I experimented with a technique I've long wanted to try--painting coffee filters! I plan to add more layers of color, then add some gloss gel, punch holes in them, and hang them like suncatchers."

Maureen, a super talented artist, created this gorgeous piece.

"This week I carried the prompt around with me a few days . . anything ocean-related is an automatic fav . . then Saturday I had to be at a challenging family gathering--it called into question who I was, what my worth was, etc." said Maureen. "I started work on this watercolor with wax resist to help heal myself. By Sunday night, my last step was to shake salt all over the lush wetness--I figured that tears/salt water could be part of my art, if it was to be part of my life . . I love the effect they left. Today I added the last few highlights . . the smallest part, but the bluest part, is me. I might seem dwarfed by the waves, but I'm really curled inside them, having a great ride!!! I think I"m kind of daring the surf to just TRY and dump me!!"

Bird, creator of Crow Tarot Tours, created these sensational pieces.

"Ride Never Tame - Between tsunamis & the world's wild, restless waves, humans will never completely tame the oceans," said Bird.

"Surf & Turf - Have you ever felt this way? I know I have."

Blog: An Encouraging Bird - - In Progress
Talismans by CrowTarot -
Twitter: @CrowTarotTours

Natasha, creator of DoodleStar, created this piece.

This week, I played with watercolors. I have found I LOVE playing with the color. I'm reaching a new point in my life where I'm working exceptionally hard to throw off the shackles of fear and go for what I want. Although the perspective is off, I love this piece because it celebrates the desire, the almost unbearable need to break free. It also represents the colors I saw and felt when I was surfing...can't wait to get back to it!

Are you feeling inspired to ride the wave of creativity? If you are then grab hold of the next theme - "Ladybug Luck. " Here we will try to capture the magic and "luck" idea behind these tiny wonders. The only requirement is that you have to use red and black in some way within your piece.


giraffelabel said...

what fun pieces! i just love the colors you all used, and maureen, then effect the salt had is amazing! truly beautiful!

i am really hope for a mini-monthly on this one...i have the perfect fabric, and even started something, but never got a chance to finish...yet!

my son just brought be home two of his own handmade i am totally loving next weeks theme!

Natasha said...

Giraffelabel!! I will definitely have a mini-monthly soon ...I'd love to see what you create. How crazy that he just brought home handmade was meant to be LOL....isn't that salt effect AMAZING in Maureen's piece?? I'm so going to try it...come play soon ok??

Salvaged - I actually seriously dig this keychain. That bird rocks!! I'd wear it like a necklace's so great

Amanda- your experiment paid off I love it!! The colors are stunning - you always have such a way with color and you have to promise to send a pick when you turn them into suncatchers - so inspired.

Aqua - I love what went into this piece - personally, artistically - it's so YOU I LOVE it and the salt is soo cool I want to try it now!

Bird these are my favorite pieces by you...I LOVE surf and turf and that's a GREAT original quote by you...rock on!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

So, we have til next Thursday to do something creative with Red and Black? about Ladybugs? Sounds like a challenge. Can I play too?

Natasha said...

Rosemary!! This is the BEST surprise!! I'm so glad you are here ;) Yes, tomorrow I will post the guidelines. You have till the end of day Wednesday to submit something that has red and black and has to do with ladybugs and you can TOTALLY play - everyone here would LOVE that! What fun!!!

lisianblue said...

What fun colorful pieces by everyone!
Amanda - sure if that's the way you want to spin it! lo - Those are really pretty - who knew painting coffee filters could be so much fun and sooooo pretty!
Maureen - I love the movement and colors in this piece.
Salt does have some cool effects on different paints!
Bird - I tend to not choose a favorite on the TST submissions - and this is exactly why: - I love both of these!
Natasha - sometimes perspectice just isn't that important when the piece is this colorful, and has such a wonderful saying with it!

life has taken a 180 and then a 360 and then sort of back again!!! lo - not sure I'll get much playing in until Sept or later!!! I'm moving to Colorado Springs and it's going to take a lot of work to get stuff cleaned out and pack the rest! Hopefully, I'll be able to play now and then! The really cool thing tho - my grandson is here with me until we go back up to CS end of July! But, now that my computer is fixed, and I'm back home again, I'll be around to cheer!

Natasha said...

Lisian!!!! How are you?? Oh I've missed you! I owe you a BIG email! You sound awesome - thank you for your sweet comments on my piece AND for the cheers. You ROCK as a cheerleader but you also rock as an artist so I can't wait till you play again! Hehehe...CS is nice I was there a few years ago I want to hear all about the move AND how awesome that your grandsom is with you - what fun!!! Have him play on the TST again ...sooo awesome to have you back! BIG hugs

lisianblue said...

See, when ever I need a BIG hug, I know I can come here and get at least one!! lo
I've missed you and all the TSTers! :)
I'm scared, excited, aprehensive, can't wait to get there, don't want to move, can't wait to move!!!!! no, I am not having mixed feelings about this move, not in the least! hehe
Colorado Springs is really an awesome city - I really love it - it's just soooooo cold there - and well - it's soooooo cold there! lo
Hopefully will be moving in Aug - till then - "he's mine"! so I will let Kai know he is welcome to create something to submit - I'm sure he will be thrilled to do so! We start homeschooling next week! This will be fun with this little sponge!
Yes, I am looking forward to an email from you....
And BIG hugs back.

SalvagedExpression said...

Tash: I considered making it a necklace but I didn't know if anyone would want to wear something that long!
I love how your piece represents your experience when surfing, we get to see it through your eyes!
Amanda: Love the colors! IT's bright and soothing at the same time!
Maureen: I love the color of course since I'm a big cool colors fan but the splash and salt textures are just really amazing!
Bird: This will sound silly but tour pieces remind me of a set of cheques I had once. I picked them because of the beautiful scenes and quotes and the reverence and inspiration they gave me. Great work!