Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sharing Nature Gathered Challenges

During the past few months I have had the privilege to be part of a collaborative art group where we do a monthly challenge creation. Each month has a theme for the inspiration we use to create our works.

I thought I would share some of the works that I have created during these challenges.

December's theme for our challenge was "Reptiles and Amphibians". I created a fiber fused chameleon that I have named --- "Hidden".

November's theme for our challenge was "Fauna". My inspiration was a very grumpy cat that frequents our pasture and yard -- "Lost Kitty". This was painted on fabric with dried lavender and yarn felted into the painting.

October's theme for the challenge was "Field Notes". As I searched for inspiration I spotted several empty bird nests and realized that with winter on the way the tiny birds were beginning to fly south...I would miss them terribly. Appropriately this is "Notes of the Empty Nest". This has a fiber fused background with painted overlay, real twig and nest.

September's challenge was "Flora" Using pressed flowers and foliage I created the fused picture "Flowers from My Garden".

August's challenge was "Entomology" so using silk flowers and pressed leaves I created the field of flowers with a dragonfly. This piece is has no name. Perhaps by the time it goes on display for our art show in Vancouver, Washington I will have a name for it.

July, our first month of the challenge, began the adventure by using the theme, "Birds". My creation is a painting of a vermilion flycatcher on canvas which I fondly refer to as "Early Morning Song".

To see the beautiful works of the artists in our monthly challenge group please visit our collaborative blog - Nature Gathered.

Our monthly challenge will continue through June 2009 so please continue to check Nature Gathered as each artist posts a creation. In August 2009 the original works will be on display at Sixth Street Gallery in Vancouver, Washington.


Jacque Book said...

I loved the details in your art pieces. What a great project! I was notified by your artfest posting and I am new to Artfest this year. I just started blogging yesterday, you can visit my blog at, Keep up the great work!

robin dudley-howes said...

HI Marylin

I love the August piece. What great projects!

Claire said...

thank you for your comment on my blog, marylin! and thank you for sharing your creations :o)
i've just posted about my art overload yesterday - but of course, you can never have too much beauty!!

StegArt said...

They are all very wonderful. Lovely body of work.

Michele said...

beautiful work Marilyn - I love the mixed media aspect..

Micki said...

Great pieces Mary Lin. I really like the pressed floral one and Hidden.