Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  To many Americans, it signals the unofficial start of summer.  We celebrate with barbeques and picnics at the beach, in the parks, at the lakes, or in our back yards.  It's always celebrated on the last Monday in May.
But its significance is far more important than just having fun with family and friends or taking a day off from work or school.  It's the federal holiday reserved for honoring our fallen soldiers.   While Veteran's Day is a holiday to celebrate all veterans, Memorial Day is reserved for remembering military personnel who died in active service.  Americans just ended the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan is scheduled to end in 2014.  We've lost over 7000 Americans in those two wars.
Digital Collage by Lou Anne Hazel

I know that our followers come from all over the world and this is a U.S. holiday.  Still, each country probably has its equivalent.  My goal for this challenge is to ask that everyone choose their own reason for participating.   It may relate to American patriotism or a love of your own country, it could tie in with someone in the armed forces now or in the past, or it might connect with your views on war, or even peace.

It's not a lighthearted topic but I believe it's something that can connect with every individual in some way or another.  I'm looking forward to seeing your artwork on the topic.  

As always, the challenge ends next Sunday at 12:00 noon EST.  After posting your entry, please leave a comment.  Your entry will link to your blog so others can visit.  We love it when you link back to Inspiration Avenue to encourage others to see all of the entries.

Thanks for visiting us!
Lou Anne


Monday, May 20, 2013

Retro Art Challenge

Oh, That's SO 20th Century!

Things happen so fast in this time we live in,
I have heard the phrase, “Oh, that's so five minutes ago!”

How about taking a big step back in time to say
“That's SO last century!”?

The 1950s and the 1960s, to be exact.

Some of us (ahem . . . not admitting anything here, mind you) 
were actually alive back in the old days. And some of you 
were not even a gleam in your parents' eyes yet.

But either way, many of us love the design, the colors, the seemingly carefree life
minus the mid-boggling technology we have today.  Back then, the words
"social" and "media" were never used in the same sentence.
 Cell phones? Tablets? MP3 players?
Even computers were only on the minds of the nerdiest of scientists.

Is this your idea of mom-and-apple-pie?
Maybe not, but the media was starting to make us think
that things would be ideal if we would just spend, spend, spend! 
(Have you ever baked this many things at one time??)

We felt lucky when we upgraded to a color TV.  
(Okay, I admit to growing up in the 60s)

You can still find fabric like this in thrift shops if you're lucky
(or look on Etsy ~ Click the link to see these 50s place mats)

Things went a bit psychedelic in the 1960s.

Whimsical flowers were so mod!

I'm picturing Twiggy in a mini dress made from this fabric.

So, this week, in whatever medium you prefer, design something "Retro".
As you can see, design changed quite a bit from the 50s to the 60s.
So pick the style dearest to your heart.
Create something that takes us back in time!

I've only scratched the surface here with pictures.
The internet is full of ideas on home decor, cars, toys,
travel, fashion, and entertainment from the middle of the last century.
I hope you are inspired by it and will join in the challenge this week!

Start as soon as you like and leave your link here as soon as you can!
But no later than Sunday May 26 which is the deadline.
Most of all ~ have fun traveling back in time!

~ Maggie


Monday, May 13, 2013

Inspiration Avenue Challenge-Sad Girls with Flowers in Their Hair

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen

There comes a time when sadness can reflect much beauty. Spring has Sprung for many of us.   I have chosen the theme of Sad Girls with Flowers in their Hair.

 There are many celebrations that lead the girls to place flowers in their hair; it usually arises from a large transition. They are happy, yet they can be sad for leaving an old part of them behind or because of an unexpected time ahead. 

 For instance when you get married, most women are overjoyed, but there is a soft sadness that is left behind from their childhood years, from the support and love of her parents.

Sad girls with flowers in their hair can arise from a celebration of teenage fertility.  Some cultures practise the coming of age into moontime with a full moon celebration.

She would look fabulous with flowers in her hair. 

This little one may look sad, though the artist says she is waiting for her lover to visit.

I hope you will have fun with this theme. Perhaps you can tempt yourself to try to create one portrait a day for the week of this challenge. Perhaps you already have a drawing or a painting. Any medium is accepted. We would love to see your creativity. We will share your blog with the others.

May you create with much beauty and love.

Kim P


Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunrises and Sunsets

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

(source Instagram)
Breathtaking sunrise over Canyon National Park, Utah
We have all encountered sunrises and sunsets.  Phenomenal ones.  Join in with Inspiration Avenue for this week's challenge and share one or several pictures that you especially enjoy, and we can all marvel at breathtaking moments.  Look for pictures in print media, paint one, snap one.  It matters not how you come across them, just share!
 Here are a few pictures that will inspire you and maybe get you started:

Pinterest (Key West, FL at sunrise)
“ I did not know until now that clouds could be like this. I did not know that the sky is the sea and that clouds are the souls of happy ships, sunk long ago. I did not know that the wind could be tender, like hands as they caress - what did I know - until now?” - Unica Zürn

Now show us your favorites and link in with Mr. Linky below.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May Day at Inspiration Avenue! New Announcement is...

First of all  

Happy May Day!
When I was a little girl living in Rapid City SD we would make May Day Baskets and deliver them to the neighbors, ring the bell and run so they opened their door to a surprise. I moved to Montana and then Alaska, there they had never heard of such a thing.  So a fun good old memory from my childhood.  ~Shel

NOW FOR OUR Announcement!!

  • Every month we would like to feature one artist.
  • We will choose from the talented artists that participate in our challenges every week.
  • We will do a write up and the art that is chosen by the artist will be featured
  • We will present a badge to the artist chosen every month for their blog or web site.
  • How the artist will be chosen and selected will be posted in the next week.
  • No need to respond to be featured to this post.
  • We will have an official "HOW TO" SOON!
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