Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Three Muses Challenge - Steampunkerie

Here is my Steampunk Man (with attitude - and some graffiti).  The face comes from a collage sheet by Moonlight Journey and other bits and pieces are from Lauren Bavin at Digitalscrapbookplace and Lorie Davison and Maya at Scrapbookgraphics.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Take a Word Challenge #22 - Blooms

All my own work except for the face which comes from a Flickr free-to-use image.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art - White

"White" is quite a challenge!  The face was originally a Flickr Free image from the late Suzee Que.  I drew the body.  The white flowers are by Birgit Kerr at Scrapbookgraphics.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Three Muses Challenge - Land of Odd

Bev has given us "Land of Odd" as our theme of the week and this is very serendipitous for me as I know the true story, having been a student of the history of this small nation, ruled for centuries by the Baguette royal family or, as we say in the French "La Baguette Famille Royale".  The Land of Odd was a tiny principality and, sadly, to maintain the royal line, the Baguette family was forced to arrange marriages within its own small circle.    The outcome was that some family members were genetically challenged.  (See portrait of the Princess Genetica above).
The gown is an Ozstuffe Originale, painted in ArtRage.  The image is one I have had in my stash for a long time.  I think it came from Stockxchange.  The crown is by Lorie Davison and some of the ephemera is from Irene Alexeeva.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Take a Word Challenge #21 - Architecture

I painted the background (digitally) and added the black and white stencil style skyline (by Christina Renee) which I coloured.  The frame is from one of my software packages and the little girl (altered by re-dressing) was excised from an old postage  stamp many years ago and I can't remember the source.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art - Fair Maidens

 To all my friends who know me as a digital freak, I am here to tell you that my postcard is mostly hand drawn, using Prismacolors.  The sunflowers were painted by me.  The lines are from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Three Muses Challenge - A Tale of Two Fishies

This is a true story.  Day after day, Frogmorton F. Fishwrangler studied the painting (by Vincent Van Cod) of his late father, on the wall above his cramped quarters.  All he could think of was escape to the freedom of the outside world,  knowing that it was better to risk the cruel hooks and barbs of cruel fortune (and fishermen) than be a prisoner in his own home.  Sadly, before he could live his dream he outgrew the four  walls that surrounded him and he expired in a sea of broken glass and gushing water.
His life was commemorated by the commissioning of a portrait by the famous Spanish painter, Pablo Fishcasso.  A movie "Free Frogmorton" was made and was a big hit at the box office.  We miss you, Frogmorton.
The fish painting (often trotted out for fishy challenges) is an Ozstuffe Originale.  The fishtank was Googled.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Take a Word #20 - Green

Happy St Patrick's Day on March 17th.  I was educated in Catholic schools which were very much influenced by the presence of Irish nuns.  St Patrick's Day was a big day on the calendar.  Students from all Catholic schools were taken by bus to a large stadium where we had to march in school groups.  Woe betide anyone who was out of step because it was bound to be noticed by the eagle-eyed nuns.  Afterwards there was Irish dancing, sporting events and lots of icecream and soft drinks.  The "wearing of the green" was a strong political statement in the days of the "Troubles" when, by some strange logic, people were forbidden to wear green colours.  Today, sadly, the big day seems to have descended into over-flowing Irish pubs and green beer!
The quote above is an old Irish blessing.  The image (coloured) is from and background papers and elements are from Lauren Bavin.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art - Number One

I wasn't sure how to go about illustrating Number One.  I had one idea which was probably not politically correct!  A very old song, by Irving Berlin, kept coming into my head.  I don't know all the lyrics but the first line is "All alone, waiting by the phone" so here is ONE sad lady, waiting in vain for the phone to ring.
The main image was drawn by me.  I made the house from papers by Createwing Designs (also the background).  The pedestal and phone are from Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Three Muses Challenge - Spring

The beautiful image, perfect for spring, is a freebie from Diane at Mixed Media Monday.  It is a parting gift for all her Blog friends as the challenge has been closed.  Thankyou Diane!  We are sorry to see MMM go but no doubt we will see you back from time to time in other challenges.
I coloured and image and placed it on layers (quite a few), using papers, overlays and elements by Irene Alexeeva (Scraporchard) and Lauren Bavin (Digitalscrapbookplace).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Take a Word #19 - Birdlife

The bird was Googled, some elements and papers by Lauren Bavin.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Postcard Art - Illusion - Hall of Mirrors

Isn't it amazing that a slim 4 x 6 card looks much larger when turned on its side - at least on the computer screen..  This in itself is an OPTICAL ILLUSION.
The image is from and background papers from Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Three Muses Challenge - Ancestors

I always feel sad when I look at this picture.  Here are two young people setting out on a life together and in ten years they were both dead.  Nevertheless, my grandfather began a long and prolific branch of the McDonnell family tree with five generations since his death.
Photo from my family album, aged papers and embellishments by Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics.