Thursday, October 2, 2008

FIRE FANCIES CHALLENGE


"FIRE FANCIES"
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I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm hosting an art challenge! Actually, I'm co-hosting the challenge with Mary at "Back of the Moon" (www.backofthemoon-shopgirl.blogspot.com). (Check out her Halloween banner!)

Mary and I both fell in love with the painting (above) called "Fire Fancies" by Arthur Hacker. It's an evocative image that leads us to ask ourselves, "What is going on in this young lady's mind?"

We thought having this challenge would be a good way to celebrate fall. We're asking you to use the painting as a basis for a collage. Our challenge is for you to take the image and the word prompt "fire fancies" (i.e.: What does she see as she peers into the fire?) and create your own work of art, celebrating a realm where imagination takes full flight.

If you'd rather use some other art medium than collage, that's fine. We don't have a lot of rules.

Entries will be accepted through Oct. 10. Post a picture of your collage or other type of art work on your blog and then make a comment on Mary's or my blog with a link to your post. If you don't have a blog, just e-mail a picture to Mary or me.

We hope that you are inspired by this challenge and the prizes we're awarding. We're giving away a packet of "Fire Fancies" greeting cards, Susan Branch's "Autumn From the Heart of Home" book and "Borders and Frames," a CD ROM and book of clip art frames to use in your artwork.





Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Voting will be done via comments, either on Mary's blog or mine. Voting will start the day we post the entries.

Have fun, everyone!

22 comments:

lila said...

Great challenge...I'll have to get busy!

Gemma said...

Love this painting too. As a girl I remember seeing horses stampede through the fire. This will be fun!

mermaid musings said...

I am in!

hugs to Mrs Julie, a very first time art challenge hostess ;-)

Mrs. Staggs said...

I think this sounds like fun too Julie. It's a beautiful painting.

judie said...

This sounds like a fun challenge. Good luck with it. I hope Ninnie does it because I think she is good with fire imagination. I'll be looking forward to seeing all the great art this will bring. Take care. xoxoxo

Annie said...

It's going to be exciting to see what everyone produces. Looking forward to Oct. 10th.

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

This is a beautiful painting. Good luck with your challenge!

tea
xo

nonizamboni said...

Oh, what fun, Julie! I can hardly wait to get started. I've never laid eyes on this painting before and it is stunning. Thanks for the invitation.
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Happy week!

LW said...

What a great challenge…that is a wonderful pictures.
I am babysitting all week so won’t be able to take part…
But will come back to see what everyone has done…


Louise

Christine of Epiphany said...

I'm voting for Carmen
(Mermaid Musings at the heartandsoulgardening blogspot)
collage~ she wrote a blog entry about the meaning behind her piece that was wonderful!

Betzie said...

Hi Julie,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your your kind comments.
Feel free to use whichever photo you'd like.
That little witch in my banner is my grandmother as a little girl. :) I call her Louisa Worry Witch...she has such a frown. I know my grandmother laughs at me up in heaven at all the things I do to her photos!
Anyhow, fun challenge and I can't wait to see the others.

Shell said...

I am casting my vote for Carmen. Her Fire fancy is enchanting.

Scarlet said...

Carmen should win this, hands down! I vote for her!

Sheila said...

I'm no artist Julie, but I will watch with interest to see what those with talent come up with.
Great idea..
hugs
xx

Denise said...

I have a question... I can take the picture and use it and add to it and does what I add have to be something that I have drawn..... I can do something but I am not an artist per say that can draw but I can create things in my graphics program ! ahhahah Hope this question makes sense!

Hugs

Kate said...

Julie,

Thanks for the reminder. Here is mine http://katespin.blogspot.com/2008/10/fire-fancies-challenge.html

Kate

Lynn said...

I want to play too. Count me in.

laughingwolf said...

super idea... inspiring painting [thx to bimbimbie]

i'll drop by to see the entries, and winners....

Winterwood said...

thanks to bimbimbie for the heads up about the challenge!

I'm in too and here is my entry

http://bowerwood.blogspot.com/2008/10/fire-fancies-challenge.html

Good fun!

Winterwood said...

heres mine:

http://bowerwood.blogspot.com/2008/10/fire-fancies-challenge.html

Miladysa said...

I popped over from Bimbimbie's.

Fantastic idea - makes me wish that I was artistic :-D

Mrs. Staggs said...

Hi Julie, my entry can be found here.

http://ahappymiscellany.typepad.com/a_happy_miscellany/2008/10/fireside-fancie.html#comments