Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nibblefest Art Contest: 'Carnivale'

My ACEO entry, 'Carnivale' (click for link)....

Yet another bout of the Nibblefest Art Contest rolls around! It does have a way of doing that. And yet somehow, despite the fact it always begins on the 20th each and every month, and I participate on a regular basis, the deadline for this thing STILL has a pesky way of sneaking up on me. Every. Single. Time. Nevertheless, I did manage to get all my entries completed and entered in a timely manner this evening for this month's contest (the theme for April being 'Dragon'), including the above ACEO, entitled 'Carnivale'....(and as you can see, I took a more liberal/less literal approach to the Theme with my entries this time around)...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Breast Cancer Series:  10 x 10 'Birds of a Feather"

Here we have the 4th painting of my Breast Cancer Series.  In keeping with the bird theme, it's entitled 'Birds of a Feather', as with that old saying: "Birds of a feather, flock together...".  Oh, how I realized this to be true as I myself was diagnosed and undergoing breast cancer treatment.  I found myself really reaching out and wanting to connect with others who understood what I was going through, and so appreciated the support I found in fellow survivors who had gone or were undergoing through similar circumstances.  It was really wonderful to be able to ask questions and compare notes with these compassionate women.  And I feel very privileged that I was able to tap into such a helpful and supportive network (an affiliate of the YSC (Young Survivor's Coalition),  an organization with which I am still active and involved today.   

Saturday, April 2, 2011

ACEO Theme Week Art Contest for April

ACEO: 'Welcome to Narnia' (click for auction link)

My entry for this month's ACEO Theme Week Art Contest, the theme for April being 'Doorways'. It's titled 'Welcome to Narnia', and features that magical old Wardrobe, with wee, little 'doors' that actually 'open' to reveal the white, wintry world of Narnia beyond...!:

Behold, Narnia -- Complete With Beckoning Lamppost...!

I was a hopeless bookworm as a child. There was little I adored more than devouring tall stacks of books checked out from the library, reading for hours at a strestch in pleasant, peaceful solitude (often in my own treehouse). As such I can well recall plowing through the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, by C.S. Lewis, in pretty short order, somewhere around the 6th grade. 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' was my favorite -- with the idea of the old cupboard in the big rambling house offering a portal into a fantastical land of talking animals, a wicked ice queen, and perpetual Winter (and yes, I have seen the films -- but still prefer the books!) piquing my youthful imagination. I suppose that's why the idea for this entry popped into my head as it did, and turned out to be so effortless to execute (even though ACEO's can be pretty small to work with ;-). In any case, I was very glad I managed to participate in the ACEO Theme Week contest this time around -- since I got busy and missed last month's TW deadline (Theme Week always beginning the first of every month)....