Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sensational Artists Choose Nature, Beauty and Art

What I find fascinating about this week is how these amazingly talented artists were given a choice to create works of art for any theme and many graviated toward creating pieces that were filled with the beauty of nature. As you move through these works, each one represents some gift that comes from nature, some incredible way that the artist sees the world. These are all sensational and make me want to spend my day outdoors basking in the magic of flowers, watching clouds and birds with the same wonder and listening to the wind giggling with the trees.

Please enjoy these Participant Choice works of art...

Althea, creator of Salvaged Expression, created this sensational piece for Theme 57: Ladybug Luck.

"I decided to head back to ladybug land and this challenge came at the perfect time since I acquired a few flower shaped pieces of glass for rings and was looking for ways to jazz them up," said Althea. "I always love finding ladybugs and putting them on my plants to protect them from pests so it seemed like a natural combination."

Felicia Kramer, creator of Another Bright Idea, created these gorgeous pieces titled, "Clematis Reaching for the Sun", "Rose Reaching for the Sun", "Gerbera Reaching for the Sun" and "Daisy Reaching for the Sun" for Theme 45: A Bright Bit of Sunshine Mixed With...

"What I have been working on this week fits right into one of the previous themes: Theme 45: A Bright Bit of Sunshine Mixed With…My Garden!" said Felicia.

"We have had some incredibly hot, sunny days here mixed in with incredibly dark, rainy days. On the sunny days I hurried to get my new plantings in, in between grabbing my camera to capture the newly blooming flowers reaching for the sun. I used minimal effects on these photos – only to achieve a softer effect - and I’m pleased at how they turned out."

Clematis Reaching for the Sun

Rose Reaching for the Sun

Gerbera Reaching for the Sun

Daisy Reaching for the Sun

Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this magnificent Barefoot Soul piece for Theme 17: Once Upon an Afternoon Stroll.

"I've been sick and stuck in the house for several days, so my mind has been drifting to more pleasant times and a long, peaceful stroll outside--hopefully I can enjoy a real one soon!" said Amanda. "I took this photo on my most recent "doodle walk," as we came to call it in Natasha's and my e-course. Doodle walking is when you wander with delicious patience and curiosity, meandering wherever the wind blows you, letting the journey become more important than simply "getting there." PS: I finally got a new website up and running! It's definitely not perfect yet, but I'm thrilled to have made the leap anyway."

Maureen, a talented artist created this stunning piece for a mix of themes.

"I've never submitted just a photo before to TST, but this scene really spoke to me," said Maureen. "I had planned to produce something for "Oh, the Places You'll Go." But this morning, I had my attention drawn out my front window to some plants on my deck. They, in their "Purple Passion," were a trio of blooms: one barely open, one half-open, one full. But then the full-length picture shows you "Where the Wild Things Bloom,"--in a kitty litter bucket, brand name "Fresh Step." Lots of plants don't survive transplanting. If they do, they often skip one season of blooming because they need to recuperate from the shock of transition. Well, these purple beauties could no more hold back their blooming than the sun could stop shining. And they sure weren't gonna wait until they were planted in my yard. No, when the urge came to bloom, they did, right where they were. They definitely taught me a thing or two about taking a Fresh Step toward wonderful Places, down a path where Wild Things Bloom, all the time bursting forth with wholehearted Purple Passion."

Bird, creator of Crow Tarot Tours, created these beautiful pieces titled, "Little Bird", "Birdy Dance" and "Ladybird Luck" for Theme 58 : Little Bird, Little Bird.

"Little Bird"
"Bobbin' Robin I - Mike is the photographer of this piece, taken on one of our walks by the river. 06-08-10" said Bird.
"Bobbin' Robin II - Again, one of Mike's, but with the addition of a posterizing filter, since there was some disappointing blurriness in the original. I guess Robin bobbed at the wrong moment. :-D"

"Birdy Dance - When I sat down to create what became the Ladybird Locket, while I was sitting there this red-winged blackbird landed in this short bush-tree by the water and started doing this fluttery dance. After a while, he gave on of the 'Goldfinger' calls and left. I have no idea what he was up to with all the fluttering & peeping."

"Ladybird Locket - The "Ladybird Locket" came about as the result of a coaching session with the awesome Gareth of Fight-Mediocrity. He suggested that when I was at the park I create a talisman to remind me of the energies of being at the river, for those times when I needed a pick-me-up & a reminder of better, more power-full times.

This is that talisman. Verigated blues for the river, and a little ladybird for my own personal good fortune."

blog: - In Progress
Twitter: @CrowTarotTours

Natasha, creator of DoodleStar, created this piece for Theme 36: Believe in Magic.

This piece can be looked at in two ways. The first is with the tree right side up and the second is with the tree upside down and the house right side up. The idea is that so long as you have an open heart and believe that the Universe has a little magic in it, then even amid chaos, when things feel upside down, everything will be fine.

Are you feeling that urge to create something? I am too! So let's hop on the next theme.

This theme is a little different. Before you begin it, you will need to do something nice for YOU! You need to give yourself a little gift of kindness. Then based upon the gift or the feeling behind it, you will create something. This theme is really about loving you because we all take ourselves for granted from time to time. We all get so busy we put everyone ahead of ourselves. This theme is a little present to you. So, I ask that you and everyone you know participate in this theme - it's a special one. Theme 61 will be titled, "The Gift."


Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Enjoy the summer ladies!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Hi Natasha,
So did you do that interview about your blog yet? I think that’s awesome!

Althea, the lady bug is adorable! I bet little girls would want these rings for their birthdays! My 9yo saw the picture and said, “Whoah!”

Felicia, the flowers are soothing! There’s certain calmness in them. I love the clematis – the purple and green subtleties do look like they’re reaching for the sun! It’s a great photograph about hope!

Amanda, doodle walks are great. Research even shows that all you need is 5minutes of green exercise to help boost your mood and self-esteem. I love my “zenwalks”, too. Oh – and what a difference your website has accomplished! Good-luck. You’re totally spreading your wings!

Maureen, the purple irises can definitely teach us a lesson or two! Sometimes no matter what, we still grow and live life! That’s how I see your purple irises!

Bird, how are you dear? It’s been a year since you, Natasha and I met in NYC. Great capture of the bird’s daily existence. There was a nest on our cherry blossom tree. The mother was very protective!

Natasha, miss you my friend! This is our year! Thank you for listening to my insecurities. My life is still topsy-turvy and you’ve taught me a lot!! Wishing you all the best.

Ladies, you make my Thursdays a sweet treat every week. That is a GIFT that will always be with me.

Hugs and kisses :-)

aquamaureen said...

just commented--it got lost. too tired to redo . . will be gone a week. miss you guys already. see you later . .

Felicia Kramer said...

It's not surprising that the submissions revolved around nature. This is the time of year (at least on this side of the world) when nature is new and fresh and blooming and bright, before the hot summer rays wear it down and it slowly retreats to face fall and winter.

Beautiful work, everyone!

Natasha said...

In hospital w contractions will b in touch

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Tasha--just saw your message know you are in all of our thoughts. Take care of yourself, hon. Love you!

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

To all the other lovely people here...I loved our gathering of nature-related pieces. Felicia's right--this is a perfect time to celebrate new growth and blossoming.

lisianblue said...

I was thinking I'm Late, Im late for a very important date!.........................awww I will be so glad when I am moved and resettled - and like Maureen's iris's we can grow where ever we are as long as we have what we need! and a few little extra goodies along the way never hurts!
Natasha - Love you dear!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Tasha - do take, hugs and kisses..

Natasha said...

Hi everyone! I'm still here and baby has not arrived yet - it's been a little crazy but I will be posting and responding to emails very soon. Thank you for all your love, thoughts and prayers - baby is trying to get here LOL...

aimee said...

what a great roundup of creative pieces! had so much fun looking through these!

Felicia Kramer said...

Natasha ....
((hugs))) and +++prayers+++
Hope all is well with you and the little one.