Monday, March 2, 2015

This is a Goodbye Message

Today we come to you with saddened hearts.
This is our last post at Inspiration Avenue.
We four have so many things going on that we have decided to bring
Inspiration Avenue to a close.
It has been a wonderful ride and we thank each and everyone of you for jumping on with us through out the years and for participating in our weekly challenges as well as these great events.

We love the friendships we have made with you.
If you do not already, jump on our blogs and follow us so we can keep in touch!
Many of us are on facebook as well!
So as we say "Goodbye" to Inspiration Avenue 
we do not say goodbye to you our dear friends 
of Inspiration Avenue!
Keep in touch!
Lou Anne

Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekly Art Challenge ~ Words

I love to use words in my mixed media art,
whether it's painting on text from a book page
or using quotes and words as part of the design.

This week we are back to Words as our theme!
As the temperature hovers around 0° F, I'm constantly
wondering when we'll have our first taste of Spring.
It's a bit too early in reality, but why not use
Nature and Springtime in our art to cheer things up a bit?

I love the graphic look of all these Spring-y words.

Not nature inspired, but I was first drawn to this awesome
coffee cup and then to the creative use of text.

Good advice of course ~

I love the whimsy of these next two pieces.


A pretty journal page.

I'd love to see your art inspired by nature and Springtime
in which you've used WORDS in the design!
Have fun creating, and link up here by Sunday, February 22.
~ Maggie
“Despite the forecast, live like it's spring.”
~ Lilly Pulitzer

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekly Challenge February 9 - Show and Tell

It's time for Show and Tell!
This is one page I made recently.  I loved the intense colors of this kit.
It's very close to Valentine's Day so I'm going to share a few of my Valentine-y favorites.  I made these for a Valentine's challenge here at Inspiration Avenue.

I made this with a digital scrapbook kit that I fell in love with.  
It's called "Follow Your Heart" by 2 Curly Headed Monsters.  
You can purchase her kits at Mischief Circus here.
This week, why not share a piece that you're currently working on, something you've been dying to share somewhere, or a favorite Valentine you've made.  
Post no later than Sunday, February 15 at noon EST.  
And remember, whatever you share, follow your heart!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Lou Anne aka Misplaced Mermaid


Monday, January 26, 2015

January Winter Challenge

Winter is here.. at least here in northern Finland and January is one of the coldest months.

Winter is very different to everyone. Some of us enjoy outside activities skiing, skating or taking walks with dogs who go crazy with all the snow.

Some prefer staying inside warm planning what flowers to plant in to the garden in the spring.

This weeks challenge is to portray what winter means to you

Is it silent beauty of nature

Majestic landscapes

Great time to hang out with family and friends

Be amazed by the beauty of snowflakes. Each one is a  miracle.

Awake senses to see all colors and shapes surrounding us

Link up your creations by Sunday February 1st

Can't wait to see what you come up with this theme

Inspirational week to all


Monday, January 19, 2015

A Purple Color Challenge

The color
There are so many shades of purple from deep eggplant to delicate lilac.

I've always thought of purple as a "love it or hate it" color.
But with so many shades and the fact that, to me, it goes with
just about every other color, I think it's actually very lovable!

Purple's complementary color is yellow.

 Purple, being the combination of red and blue, can become warm or cool
depending on whether the red or the blue is more predominant.
The complementary color of reddish-purple is yellow-green.
 Yellow-orange complements a bluish-purple shade.

This is easiest to see on a color wheel,
where complementary colors are directly across from each other.

How pretty purple and green look together!

This photo is full of complementary colors.
I love the turquoise blue with the orange table,
as well as the purple and yellowish lanterns in the wallpaper..

A pretty use of color!

Every mix of blue and red can qualify as purple.
If we add a bit of yellow, the brownish tones are candidates too.
Perhaps that would be close to Pantone's color of the year for 2015
which is Marsala.

I hope you enjoy combining purple with other colors!
I can't wait to see how you use this sometimes-bold and sometimes-delicate color.

Link up your creation(s) here by Sunday, January 25
(the sooner the better to give everyone a chance to visit your blog)

Have a colorful week!




Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekly Challenge-Using Words to Inspire Your Art

Hi everyone.  I hope you all survived the holidays and are getting back to normalcy.  I'm working up the energy to take down my mermaid Christmas tree.  It seems like I have so many things to do and that time to do them keeps shrinking.  Of course, I realized that I was signed up to post our weekly challenge, so the mermaids on the tree will remain a little bit longer.
I joined two creative teams for digital art journal/scrapbook designers.  That means I get to try their new kits and make pages to show off the designs.  It sounds simple, and it sometimes is.  But once in awhile, I find myself sitting there pondering what to do.  That's when I head over to Google to search for words.  I love to find interesting quotes that inspire my artwork.  Here is an example of two pages from a recent kit created by Christina from 2 Curly Headed Monsters Designs.  

I looked for quotes about the color red, copied and pasted the ones I liked onto a page, and returned to the page to see which ones caught my eye a second time.  The first one mentioned red hair and since my hair is red, I decided to use it.  I also loved the edginess of some of the kit's elements and felt that they fit with the idea of redheads being "dangerous."  The second quote about red being "the ultimate cure for sadness" was in line with my own melancholy mood so I selected it as well.  You can see 
2 Curly Headed Monsters Designs kits here.

Amanda, from Altered Amanda's Studio, is the other designer I create for.  Many of her kits cause me to really reflect on my own life.  Some of them are rich with visuals, while others leave more room for interpretation.  Last week I worked with a kit called Lessons Learned.  It was wide open for interpretation so I visited some quotes I had collected.  The three quotes I shared were credited to Mother Teresa and each one tied in with my experiences that week.

For the second layout, I wrote my own journal entry.  You can see Altered Amanda's Studio kits here.

It doesn't seem to matter whether I use someone else's words or my own.  Reading what others have said on a topic does help to inspire me at times, but I also find it valuable to take an idea and translate it into words and images in my art journal.  Here are some gold stars just for you!

This week we would love to see you use words in your art.  It's up to you how you use them.   Directions for participation are on the right sidebar.  Please post your work on your blog and link up below no later than Sunday, January 19, 2015.
Have fun!
Misplaced Mermaid aka Lou Anne


Monday, January 5, 2015

Show & Tell Show us your favorites of 2014


 Show us your favorite personal creations and /or moments of 2014
Such as: 
  • Grand kids
  • Kids
  • Beautiful yard 
  • Your favorite painting you did this year 
  • Awards you won 
  • drawings
  • Photography
  • Flower you grew 

In three to five pics on your blog then
 link it back to here!

Here are mine!



Monday, December 29, 2014

IA Challenge December 29th: Your Favorite Animal Artist

This time challenge is to be inspired by your favorite Animal Artists!

Do you love animals?
 I know I do.

There are many great animal artists out there to inspire you to create some great animal art.

Inge Löök is a Finnish illustrator mostly known from her card series portraying two grandmother-friends. 
 but my favorites are her cat illustrations. So much colors and details.

There is magical animal art like this raven from Holly Sierra.

Or more surreal and illustrative art

"Floating animals"
by Adrienne Vita

More realistic animal art from
Melody Lea Lamb

 Fun and whimsical animal art from Amylyn Bihrle.

 Create some animal art inspired by your favorite animals artists and
come back to show us what you've created.

Love and light


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