Saturday, 15 August 2009

She'll just have to kiss us both

The SoArtful challenge is to use June's image for some music. It seemed to me that these frogs were having a bit of a tussle, especially judging by the expression on the right one's face. So I imagined what they might be arguing over, and that would be who gets the princess.

Sorry the central panel isn't golden - my daughter pointed this out to me - but as there are 2 frogs, so there is a green ball!! I wanted it to look as if they were about to travel through it.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


The Three Muses have 'hat' as their theme this week. Here's mine with a little addition. I've probably said this before, but I'm so glad I don't have to wear this kind of thing!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Sleeping Beauty

This is the theme of the SoArtful challenge this week.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009


The Three Muses challenge is called 'art in the round'. Several discreet circles in my work today - namely the tambourine, all the sequins on the outfit, and the background pattern. A jota is a Spanish Dance.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009


As I wasn't entirely happy with my work yesterday I thought I'd have another go with the Artarazzi image. Here's version 2.

Monday, 3 August 2009

The rite of spring

Here's my contribution to the artarazzi challenge #34. Not terribly imaginative, but it highlights the beauty of this regal bird.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

La bailerina

This piece has a flavour of my recent travels. I accompanied our Youth Orchestra to Catalonia in Spain, where we gave concerts in various venues around the Pyrenees. Such glorious scenery and weather! Now back to British drizzle!
The basket weave is the image given by June for this week's SoArtful challenge.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Blushing Geisha

The Artarazzi challenge it to use the picture of the sake barrels. I named this picture after a cocktail which includes sake. I just hope the sake label isn't rude or anything!

Tears such as angels weep

My title is a quote by John Milton. And the digital artwork my contribution to the 'angel tears' challenge on the SoArtful site.
I forgot to credit the brushes - both from deviantart: Tear brushes by Barbiedoll, and Splish Splash by Midnightstouch.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Anyone for tennis?

The Art Creations image this week is of this pretty girl longing to play tennis with someone.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Salad Days

The Three Muses have 'word salad' as their theme. I chose to home in on the word salad, but not it's traditional use. I think this expression was used by Shakespeare to denote youth or inexperience. A time before having to be grown-up.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Is anyone there?

The Artarazzi challenge for this week is to use the photo of the mobile phone.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Lying in wait

The SoArtful challenge is to use this background. I thought it looked like anemones or coral in full bloom.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Stepping out of the page

The ACF challenge #34 is to use a given background. Here's my version of it.

Gazing at Earth

The Three Muses theme for this week is 'surreal'. This is late because it took me such a long time to get it as I wanted. The background and shoe were OK, but then I needed something else. After exploring chess pieces, topiary and flowers, I finally found these mushrooms which evoked a 'eureka' cry outloud! It's the little

Earth by Alakart
Mushrooms by clix

Texture 63 by ro-stock
Texture 14 by adaae-stock
Boot House 1 by HarleyBliss
Checkerboard by MadGurl-stock

Moon Brushes by Hawksmont
Catching Sparks Brushes by Elizavet
Pixie-fairy Brushes by redhead-stock
Dirty Brushes by KeRen

Foliage brushes by Lady Victoire @

Sunday, 5 July 2009

White Flowers

The SoArtful challenge is to use a background designed by June. I just selected the dragonflies. And then had a very enjoyable few minutes experimenting with gradients.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

We used to do this together

Here's my version of the Artarazzi image for this week.

Friday, 3 July 2009


Here's my version of the image given to us for Art Creations Friday #33. Another beautiful lady!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

In Flight

The Three Muses challenge is called 'Up, up and away'. I found a good tutorial (details below) and decided to work through it. I then created my own version of it.


Faye really stumped me in the artarazzi challenge with this sunflower image, so I delved into Photoshop a bit more and discovered how to make layer masks and change colour levels. You need sunglasses for this one!
"The sunflower is a favourite emblem of constancy"

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Come back soon

The So Artful challenge theme this week is gypsy.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Vintage Mademoiselle

The ACF image this week is a beautiful French lady. I concentrated on giving her a vintage background, but nothing too complicated as the image is so beautiful in its own right.

Tiger, tiger

The Three Muses challenge #3 is 'wild things'. To me there's something fascinating about white tigers. This one looks so intent.I tried to subdue the colours in the surroundings so that the tiger would be the focus.

Saturday, 20 June 2009


The Artarazzi challenge is to use the ladder image. I achieved this look with the aid of many brushes.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Balancing Act

The Art Creations challenge 31 is to use this pink background. It seems a shame to cover up all the fabulous work someone has created, so I've kept this piece quite simple, and enjoyed the geometric shapes in it.