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Weekly Art Challenge: Artist’s Choice!

Hello folks!

We decided to give ourselves a two week challenge so that we could come up with something great.. lol but two of us, the epic procrastinators that we are, didn’t quite finish our work. We are still posting them, but please don’t judge the adults! Mikyla, however, did complete her challenge and therefore deserves to pick this week’s theme: Nature. Great theme choice!


Rj – Chameleon, paint – I know this is a 2D painting, but the colors and texture really look as though he created the lizard from this foam sculpting material I have seen in craft stores instead of acrylic. Which of course makes me want to reach in to play with it! The detail of the thousands of colorful scales is great and I love the intense eyeball! I can’t decide if the chameleon has seen dinner or if he just realized he is dinner. 🙂



Mikyla – Disney Castle, pen and crayon – Again, Mikyla has an eye for mature artistic detail! Setting her disney castle at night under twinkling stars and a crater marked moon was smart and creative.  I love that she used a pretty violet for the night sky and drew in a few bricks instead of filling the castle with tiny squares, it echoes the scattering of tiny stars and creates a balanced patterning. Beautiful!

Disney Castle

Amber – Dandelion Patch, acrylic, pen and graphite – Still drawing dandelions. What can I say, I love them! I still have a lot of work to add to this piece and I hope to finish it this week, if there is time. I want to glaze over the thick black border with a golden shimmer and add more pen and ink details to the leaves and flower buds. There are a few things I wish I did differently, mainly taken more time to paint the image in a better lit room, but I still think I can make it work 🙂


dandelion patch



Next theme: Nature!


Weekly Art Challenge: Tomorrow

Hello Folks!!

The theme for this week’s friendly art challenge is TOMORROW! It was a tricky challenge, but I think we managed to come up with some creative interpretations. What do you think?


RJ’s: ART ADVENTURE, digital collage – I love this piece!! Its a little funky, a little dreamy, definitely a bit retro (the imagery reminds me very much of the old school video game graphics from my childhood) and whole lot of fun! RJ had explained that he was inspired by both his past and future travels when creating his piece, and I can definitely see where and how his travels have influenced his imagery – those perfectly puffy white sheep are most definitely and partly reminiscent of, but not limited too, a few road trips that we have taken together. The colorful layering of bold patterns and textures created a quilted affect that only reinforces his visual story telling and sense of adventure. There is a part of me that can’t help but want to invoke my inner Alice, jump through the pink window and run wild through this vivid adventure!

Art Adventure


Mikayla’s: DAWN,  Crayon and pencil –  Rj’s very talented niece has created another wonderful work of art for us this week! I’m very much impressed by her use of color! She cleverly layered reds, oranges and yellows to create a glowing sunrise and was very smart to leave the soaring bird white so that it would stand out against the primarily warm color spectrum. I look at the bird and wish I could join him in flight on what looks like a perfect morning. I also love how both the coconut trees bend toward the sun, as if they are eagerly greeting their friend. Great job Mikayla! If I had a gold star I would give you one 🙂





Mine: TAROT CARDS (The Fool, The Lovers and Strength), pen and ink with watercolor – When Rj gave me this week’s challenge I must admit that I was a bit stumped.  I had to spend a couple of days thinking about what the heck could I create that would interestingly depict ‘Tomorrow‘. My mother offered some decent suggestions, but nothing seemed just ‘right’. Then I began to think about fortune telling and the beautiful artwork depicted on tarot cards. I have my own deck of tarot cards, given to me by my mother years ago, that I sometimes still use for fun. I picked a few of my favorites from the major arcana – The Fool, The Lovers and Strength – and worked on recreating each card to reflect my own personal metaphors while still maintaining the core meaning of each card.

The Fool – I wanted to depict a man who  hasn’t quite grown up yet and is in search of new experiences, but not fully aware of his surroundings because he is too absorbed with his own pleasure. He has a lot of learning to accomplish and the potential to take a wrong step should he avoid life’s lessons.

The Fool

The Lovers – For this card I wanted to combine imagery that reflected both past metaphors and current trends. Though times may have changed, some things will always remain the same; the desire to connect and love another.

The Lovers

Strength – Traditionally this card depicts a young maiden taming a lion. I chose to substituted the lion with a pack of lovable well behaved pit bulls.


Of course I could not resist inserting my beloved dandelions into each card and I was quite upset when my pen leaked black ink onto my Strength card. Also, I wish I had drawn the people a bit better – Illustration is not my strength – but in the end I am happy with what I created and had plenty of fun working on them!

It was a good challenge, RJ!


Next week’s theme: MANDALA!!