Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's June ...

Welcome to June, and winter is coming (gosh I've always wanted to say that lol) but all too soon we will be huddled under blankets, sipping hot chocolate and watching our favourite TV shows - we'll my family will be at least!

This month our inspiration comes to you from Ethel Spowers with The Kite.  Our Criteria this month is a little different - we invite you to do a Vintage style layout OR one that features children (and for the extra challenge in this challenge why not combine them both).


CRITERIA - VINTAGE style OR featuring CHILDREN
 (or for an extra challenge combine both)

A little about Ethel Spowers ...


Ethel Louise Spowers was an Australian artist associated with the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. Born on 11 July 1890, in Melbourne, daughter of a New Zealander father and a London-born mother. Her father, William Spowers, owned a newspaper. Spowers trained as an artist in Melbourne, with some study in Paris as well. Spowers had her first solo exhibit in Melbourne at age 30, showing fairy-tale illustrations. In 1928–29, she studied linocut printmaking at the Grosvenor School. She was one of several Australian women artists at the Grosvenor School, including Dorrit Black and Eveline Syme.  She mounted an exhibition of Australian linocuts in Melbourne in 1930. In 1932, she became a founder of the Contemporary Art Group, promoting modern art in Australia.
Spowers died on 5 May 1947, after a long illness from cancer, in Melbourne, age 56. The Art Gallery of NSW holds several of her works, some from an early period of realistic illustrations, others showing the marked influence of her time at the Grosvenor School.

This year we are putting the ART back into ARTastic and our main prize each month will reflect that - this month featuring amazing products from Kaisercraft.

And as always a lovely prize pack for our random draw winner ...

Donated by Tracey Henly

And now some beautiful inspiration from the first of our team ...

JUDY
I was inspired by the vintage feel of the painting and the children depicted and scrapped an 8 x 10 layout of my brother taken in the early 50's.

EVELYN
For this challenge I decided to alter a little stand, I found in a dollar store. I painted it, using some green like in the artwork and added a vintage photo of a little girl.

MARIA
In the photo, my brothers in childhood! It's so cute - now they are very grown-up.  My inspiration is the colors in the picture.

ELAINE
I loved the neutral colours in this painting and picked it up for my layout, with a few bits of colour. And I just had to add a kite.

HELENE

TANYA
Of course to create a vintage feel I thought it best to use a photo of my mum and aunty as children. I loved the green and cream tones in the painting too.

TRACEY
Vintage child is my mother as a flower girl. Used the new Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane papers.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on June 30th, 2017.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries. Why not try doing a pocket page spread?  Please no back-dated submissions.  

 Please note:- You may combine our challenge with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted.  Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as provide a link back to us at ARTastic  ... and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired by our challenge.  You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation.  International entries are very welcome. 


Please call past on the 8th for our announcement of the May winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for June


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