Monday, June 24, 2013

The Challenge for June 24-Outfits for all Occasions

We have a very special challenge this week!  One of our special followers volunteered to co-host a challenge.  Jez is a regular participant in the challenges here at Inspiration Avenue.   Let's start with her own autobiographical introduction.

Hello, my name is Jez, and I'm so happy to be your co-host for Inspiration Avenue this week.  If you have seen my blog here, you will know that I love drawing, painting, collage and anything artistic.  Although my major subject for my art degree was sculpture, the fact that I live in an apartment limits this activity.  At the age of 78 I no longer sell any of my creations. I spend my days making art for pleasure and enjoyment, hoping that what I share on my blog gives other people some pleasure too.  It's been fun drawing and painting the examples below to introduce this week's theme of 'Outfits for All Occasions', so be as free as you like with your interpretation of the theme and have fun too.   


Brother and sister teddies have been bathed and dressed in their new nightclothes ready for bed.  I did the drawing on smooth cartridge paper with a brown Pitt Artist's pen, and then painted it in Photoshop.


My drawing of this hopeful young model was created with Pitt Artists pen on white card and the archway painted with red marker pen.  I coloured the floor and yellow wall on Photoshop to get a smooth background to act as a foil for her jazzy outfit, which she chose specially for her visit to the fashion show.  I hope she gets the prize as the best-dressed member of the audience.  The notices on the wall were also added on Photoshop.


Old photographs are so interesting to use in collages and montages.  The sweet bride in her beautiful dress and veil was my husband's mother, Gertrude, on that very special occasion for her and her new husband in 1929.  For the two childhood photographs she has been dressed by her proud parents in her best outfits.


When we went to see the Niagara Falls many years ago, we visited a huge conservatory. A few moments after we entered, a young woman came in, wearing ballet clothes.  She put a tape in her cassette player and danced to the gentle classical music as we watched from a balcony.  Just us and the dancer.  A magical memory.  I painted this imaginary dancer in watercolour, with coloured pencil for the floor.  Here she is, ready to take her place on stage in the leading role.  


     The gorgeous lady in my collage is called Millie.  She's spending her summer holiday at the seaside, and has bought lots of new clothes specially for her trip.  She loves paddling in the sea, but is careful not to let her new two-piece swimsuit get wet.  I drew Millie on the reverse side of an A4 sheet of coloured card, and for her swimsuit I photocopied some fabric I've had for about 35 years. Luckily the pattern on the fabric was just the right size.  Her swimsuit, shiny black hair, gold bracelets and flower were stuck on, and the whole image glued to a piece of A4 blue card, with tissue paper for the 'sea'.  I've written a special tutorial showing how Millie was created.  It's on my blog here.

      I remember the days when young housewives were encouraged to dress perfectly, even for housework, with a pretty apron that could quickly be whipped off if a visitor arrived. This photo of a mother and daughter dressed in their crisp outfits ready for the dusting is from a vintage book called "Gifts You Can Make Yourself - Illustrated".  The picture made me smile and because it reminded me of the film 'Stepford Wives' so I added the mother's words to suit the period.

     I hope you find some inspiration in these examples.  It's going to be fun visiting all your blogs to see what interesting ideas you come up with for the theme "Outfits for all Occasions".



Monday, June 17, 2013

Challenge this week is: Audrey Hepburn

A few facts on the beautiful Audrey,
Audrey Hepburn is an actress known for her famous long neck and her graceful petite figure. She has featured in many films.  Her best known films are Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Roman Holiday (1953) and My Fair Lady (1964). She was nominated for the Oscar awards four times and won best actress for the Roman Holiday.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Weekly Challenge June 10 ~ Birds

What wonderful and amazing creatures!

From the smallest . . .
The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world.
Native to Cuba, the male (smaller than the female)
weighs just 0.056 ounce.

To the largest . . .

The largest and strongest living bird is the
North African Ostrich.
Males can be up to 9 feet tall and weigh 345 pounds.

Look at the photo above . . . don't they just look like 
ballet dancers strutting around in their tutus!

. . . and everything in between . . .

 The Gentoo Penguin found on the Antarctic Islands can swim 40 km per hour.

 Ramona Smiers (

 The African Grey Parrot has been called 
"the perfect mix of brains and beauty" (Bird Talk, Aug. 92)
Many cases have been documented of African Greys 
learning multiple lines of songs, prayers, or plays.

The Kea from New Zealand is the only bird
known to have a society in which the higher status individuals
force others to work for them.


It's impossible to determine the most unusual bird,
but the common Tailorbird is aptly named.
The Little Tailorbird uses its sharp beak to pierce holes along
the edges of two leaves. It then constructs a nest by neatly stitching
the leaves together with pieces of grass.

The Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala, has a
tail which reaches up to three feet in length.

These superlative birds are inspiring and exciting.

But there are so many common birds we see every day
that are every bit as inspiring. We have a little brown
Carolina Wren that visits our yard and likes to hang out and
sing to us with his perky little personality. He even
likes to talk to our cat as he sits on the window sill.
(the cat is not impressed, and even gets a bit nasty about it)

I can't wait to see what you will create
for our challenge this week which of course is



Have your entry in by Sunday June 16 at noon (eastern time).
Link it up with Mr. Linky below and don't forget to leave a comment!
Please link back to Inspiration Avenue in your blog post.


Monday, June 3, 2013

It's a "Nautical" theme this week

Yes it is all about 

nau·ti·cal      /ˈnôtikəl/

this week 
Join us in
Any medium you so choose 
in the 
Here are some examples!!

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!





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