Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Take a Word - Seashells

One of my most pleasant memories is that of collecting seashells on a family vacation in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida.   I put my treasures in the sun on the steps outside our unit.  One of the shells kept getting moved.  It took a day or two before I discovered I'd inadvertently collected a shell that was home to a hermit crab!   We still laugh about my "walking shell" !!  I hope this challenge conjured up pleasant memories for each of you!   See my blog for credits.   ....   Bev

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ARTICULATED PAPER DOLL


We have ARTICULATED PAPER DOLL as our theme for this week at the Three Muses.  I'm sure you will all come up with something quite astonishing but just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Enjoy!

To see why Gladys is looking so glum and for credits for this week's sample why not pop along to Taluulas

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Hi, it's me Ann and my challenge to you for this week is to create art with TIME as it's focus.

I'm sure you will be brimming with ideas of your own but just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Have fun!

Visit Taluulas for credits.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014


This week I asked for a BICYCLE and something YELLOW to form part of your artwork.

I hope you had plenty of ideas to get your creative juices flowing but just in case you needed a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Have fun and thank you for taking part.

Credits can be found at Taluulas

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Three Muses - Vintage Family

"We all grow up with the weight of history on us.  Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains, as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies."  ~Shirley Abbott
I love that quote, and I so believe that it is true!  See my blog for credits. 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Three Muses Challenge - Dancers

This week our theme is DANCERS!  Any dancer will do.  For details of the above picture click HERE

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Three Muses - Book Cover

I love vintage books, especially those illustrated by Harrison Fisher.  His American Beauties made such lovely heroines.   I hope everyone had fun being creative with this challenge.   Please see my blog here for credits for this one.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Three Muses Challenge - Underwear

This week the challenge theme is UNDERWEAR - bring out your corsets, your bloomers, your petticoats .... have fun!  For credits click HERE

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Three Muses - Sorrow

The challenge this week was to express the feeling of sorrow.   I hope this change of pace challenged everyone, as it did me!   Credits on my blog here

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

GET AHEAD GET A HAT


HAT is our theme at the THREE MUSES this week and I'm expecting big ones, quirky ones, even outrageous ones and I'm sure you won't let me down .. but just in case you need a little help to get you started here's a sample for your inspiration.

Enjoy!

For credits and to see why Gladys is wearing a teapot in lieu of a hat pop along to Taluulas.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Three Muses Challenge - SOME LIKE IT HOT - Warm Colours




Our theme for this week is Some Like it Hot - Warm Colours.  I have gone overboard with red, orange and yellow!  The quote is attributed to Picasso and it has a ring of truth to it.  We may not be destined to be a Picasso or a Rembrandt or a Van Gogh but we can still dabble and it is a great way of relaxing and forgetting the everyday problems.  You can find my blog HERE - no credits this time as this is all my own handiwork.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Three Muses - Stamp People

I'm looking forward to some very clever stamp personalities this week.  I hope everyone had fun creating them!   For credits, see my blog

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS


Hi, it's me Ann, and my challenge to you for this week is to create art using your favourite POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS.

I'm sure you will be full of ideas but just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Have fun!

Pop along to Taluulas for credit.




Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Three Muses - Stylish Ladies

Marie has had a bit of a family emergency, so I'm filling in by posting my ladies in her stead.   Enjoy introducing us to your stylish ladies!!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Three Muses - Shoes

Susie Sketch is wearing serious shoes this week to match her attitude.   Sometimes you just gotta do it!!   I'm looking forward to what's in YOUR closets!!   Credits are on my blog.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

TURQUOISE AND LIME



We have TURQUOISE AND LIME as our theme this week here at the Muses which I am sure you talented people will have no trouble in working your wonderful magic on.   But just in case you need a little help to get those muses in the mood here is a little sample for your inspiration.

Have fun and come back and show us what you create.

Enjoy.

Credits can be seen by popping over to  Taluulas


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Three Muses Challenge - Transportation

Our challenge this week is to portray some form of transportation.  The boy on his three wheeler is my father, aged 4.  I rescued him from a family album - a very faded sepia photo transformed through the magic of my computer software.  I hope you have fun with this challenge.  Click HERE

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Three Muses - Vintage and Color

Did you ever drive down a country road and pass an abandoned house with flowers growing there?  Did you ever wonder who planted them, and what stories the old house could tell?   That thought inspired this piece.  For quote and credits, please see my blog http://indybev.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

THE AGE OF STEAM


Hi, it's me Ann, and this week we have THE AGE OF STEAM as our theme. 

This is such an open theme I am sure you will be full of ideas, but just in case you need a little help to get yourself started here is a sample for your inspiration!

Have fun!

Thank you for joining in.

Pop along to Taluulas for credits and to see what those ladies are up to.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Three Muses Challenge - Spring

 
This week our theme is Spring to celebrate the change of season in the Northern Hemisphere.
Have fun!
For credits see HERE

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

**** A REQUEST ****

This is Bev, and I'm wondering if any of our artists participated in  The Sketchbook Project 2013, and had their sketchbook digitized.  If so, e-mail me. (My e-mail address is on the right sidebar).  I'd love to see your sketchbooks!  Mine is available at The Sketchbook Project by clicking on Digital Library and entering my name (Beverly Crawford). 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Three Muses - Zetti

Creating the whimsical craziness that is Zettiology requires one to just let go and be silly.   I'm anxious to see  what everyone creates.  Zetti art challenges me to get a bit out of my comfort zone ... and that's a good thing.  I hope it's the same for all of you!   For credits, see my blog. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

BON VOYAGE


Is it a pigeon, is it a rock .. no it's Mabel reaching for the stars!

This week we have BON VOYAGE as MAIL ART as our  theme for inspiration.  I'm sure you'll have loads of ideas for this one, but just in case you need a little help to get you going here is a sample for your inspiration.
 
Enjoy!

Credits can be found at Taluulas .

Have fun!


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Three Muses Challenge - Architecture

This week our theme is ARCHITECTURE.  Think doors, windows, walls, buildings, stairs - anything to do with architecture.  See HERE for details of this picture.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Three Muses - Out of Bounds

Our challenge this week is to create out-of-bounds art.  I had so much fun I created two.   Hopefully you all enjoyed the challenge as well.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you've created!

Bev

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

BLACK AND WHITE


This week we have BLACK AND WHITE pure and simple as our theme at the Muses.    Make it bold and stark, or soften it with grey .. or perhaps a pop of colour.  Zetti it, doodle it or zentangle it, or well you get the picture.

I'm sure your creative juices are already flowing but just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Have fun!

Pop over to Taluulas for credits and to see why I was looking forward to a cuppa yesterday.





Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Three Muses Challenge - LOVE



I heard an old song this week - Joni Mitchell's "From both sides now".  I love her lyrics and it seems she looked at love from both sides but she really doesn't know love at all.  I was inspired to create two pictures to depict both sides and I hope I am forgiven for posting both of them.
Go HERE for credits.
Create an art journal page showing us what love means to you (not necessarily the Valentine's Day ideal).  For those who don't know what an art journal page is, it is simply a page with artwork and some text or even a single word.  In other words, it is freestyle and the way you approach the theme is up to you.  Have fun!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Three Muses - Silhouette

I challenged myself to do silhouettes aside from the normal black.  What fun!   I couldn't choose between these two, so I've posted both.  I'm hoping all of you enjoyed this challenge as much as I did!  Credits are on my blog.
Bev

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

CHOOSE A WORD



Our challenge this week is to choose a WORD (any word that takes your fancy) and then illlustrate it in journal form.

I'm sure you'll be full of ideas but just in case you need a little help to get you start here's a sample for your inspiration.

You can find credits at Taluulas.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Three Muses Challenge - Still Life

This week our challenge is to create a "less is more" STILL LIFE collage.  Have fun!  For credits click HERE

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Three Muses - Music

What with the frigid weather in the northland and the soaring temperatures in the down under, we all need a little music in our lives.  My musician is an Irish cousin whom I've given anonymity with one of my sketches.  I hope she'll forgive me!!   I'm anxious to see what the theme has inspired in all of you!!

Bev

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

COLOUR ME HAPPY


May I say thank you from the Three Muses for the support and friendship you have shown during 2013  ... our challenge blog flourishes because of it and could not survive with out it.

So without further  ado let's head towards 2014 by creating art that makes you happy.  I'm sure this will have your creative juices flowing but just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample  for your inspiration.

Please enjoy!

You can find credits at Taluulas.

TFL

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Three Muses Challenge - Mail Art - Art Envelope

This week our challenge is to design an art envelope in any style, any theme.  I chose a dash of Zetti.  For credits click HERE

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Three Muses - White Space

I guess this proves that white space doesn't have to be white, just empty!   I enjoy creating in this style, and I hope you all had fun with it too!   I can't wait to see what you've created.

Bev

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

AFRICA


Hi, it's me Ann, challenging you this week to take inspiration from the theme of AFRICA. 

I'm sure you will have lots of ideas : hot or bright colours perhaps, tribal masks, or wild animals to name a few, but just in case you need a little help to get you going here is a sample for your inspiration.

Thank you for joining in.

Enjoy!

Please pop over to Taluulas for credits.

TFL


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Three Muses Challenge - Art Journal Page Affirmation

This week the challenge is to create an art journal page including an affirmation which is a positive quotation about any subject such as life, art, nature - anything you like.  There are no rights or wrongs.  An art journal page is a very personal thing so create it in your own style with a quotation or quotations.  Have fun!!
Credits for my page can be found HERE

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Three Muses - Altered Playing Cards

In the first of these, I morphed the playing cards to bodies found on Google, with a village background from my stash.  In the second, I used bodies from the Lost Gallery and some quotes I cybersurfed.  I hope you have all enjoyed the challenge of altering cards, and can't wait to see the results!!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

GONE WITH THE WIND


Hi, it's me Ann, and my challenge to you for this week is to create art with a theme of GONE  WITH THE WIND.

Just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Happy creating!

Pop along to Taluulas for a credits.

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

ALTERED FOOTPRINTS


My challenge to you this week is to alter a FOOTPRINT (or two) in any way that takes your fancy.   So let your hair down, get creative and have some fun!

But just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample I did for your inspiration.

Thank you for joining in.

For credits and to see where Taluula took her inspiration click here.





Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Three Muses Challenge - GRUNGE/PRINT BACKGROUND


I hope you will enjoy our more challenging challenges!  I think this challenge should appeal to all our wonderful artists as it involves the use of stamps, silhouettes, brushes and "print" backgrounds (newsprint, pages of books, dictionaries and music manuscripts).  You can choose your own theme. I scan my backgrounds from an old dictionary and add some grunge and texture to make them more interesting. Adding splatters and stains enhances the depth and gives a "used" look.  I admit being addicted to neutral tones mixed with black but colour is OK, of course.
For credits go to HERE


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hopes for a new and improved Three Muses Challenge!


“Bev, Ann and I have decided that, after more than four years, the Three Muses Challenge needs a boost to make it more interesting, more fun and, most of important of all, more challenging.      Lower participation numbers and comments from members are telling us that we need to add some pizzazz  and we are working hard to find new ideas and new themes for our wonderful family of artists.  

The most amazing thing about your artwork is the variety.  Each person has his or her own way of approaching a theme and every picture we see is unique.  For those who may feel nervous about abstract themes, or attempting new styles of art, I would like to assure you that there are no rights or wrongs.    The joy is in taking part and learning some new tricks along the way.

We opened The Three Muses to make a friendly place for artists of all styles whether mixed media, stamping, card making or digital.  This appreciation of “differences” has improved our own work tremendously.  We learn from each other. By introducing fresh and much more varied challenges we will continue to grow.

I hope that you will all enjoy the “new” Three Muses where the only changes will be to make it more interesting and more enjoyable for you, our great band of members”.

Three Muses - Black, White & Red

Can you tell this color combination is one of my favorites?  I've double-dipped!   I'm looking forward to all your interpretations.  It's always a pleasant surprise to see what shows up!!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON



BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON is our theme at the Three Muses this week and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.  But just in case you need a little help to get you started here is a sample for your inspiration.

Enjoy!

Pop along to Taluulas for credits.




Wednesday, 16 October 2013

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE


MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Just in case you are still undecided about what is going into your bottle here's a little sample for your inspiration.

Enjoy.

Pop along to Taluulas for credits and to see who didn't heed the label!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Three Muses Challenge - Rain/Umbrellas

This week our theme is rain/umbrellas.  I call this picture "isolated showers" (for obvious reasons). Have fun!!  Credits for my sample picture are HERE