Artist, Lee McKenna DIGITALMANIA

Australian artist LEE McKENNA loves to create collages. To her, they’re like found paper treasures embracing “imperfections of old, used , discarded and damaged papers…papers that depict moments in time, often bearing marks and traces of a past life and the human hand.” DIGITALMANIA (https://www.flicker.com/groups/digitalmania) art challenge group has introduced us to Lee…to inspire us …

ARTFUL READERS CLUB “The Black Swan of Paris” by Karen Robards

“…A world at war. A beautiful young star. A mission no one expected.” Paris, 1944*** Internationally celebrated songstress, Genevieve Dumont, is both a star and a smokescreen. An active, though unwilling member of an underground French Resistance cell as well as a reluctant darling to the Nazis in occupied France, Mademoiselle Dumont’s position of privilege …

MIRRORS and CIRCLES…and UMBRELLAS

Who am I really? Who am I in others’ eyes? I DO see myself… This week’s task set up by art challenge group SUNDAY POSTCARD ART (sundaypostcardart.wordpress.com) is to create art including a mirror or mirrors. It was a fun challenge… There’s been so much in the news about the horrors of racism…I guess I …

ARTFUL READERS CLUB Review: “The Girls with No Names” by Serena Burdick

Historical Fiction at it’s best, THE GIRLS with NO NAMES by Serena Burdick creates a tapestry of New York City in the early 1900’s. It’s made up of immigrants and the tenements that were their homes on the mean streets of a burgeoning city, of the Romani (gypsies) who camped in the woods near the …

CLOUDS and HEATHER GALLER

A quickie posting…from my online art group participation…THE THREE MUSES (thethreemuseschallenge.blogspot.com) were interested in CLOUDS… The clouds gallop like mighty white horses across the fields of the sky …and at DIGITALMANIA, (https://www.flicker.com/groups/digitalmania/), artist HEATHER GALLER was invited to be our inspiration. She’s known for her colorful, folk art style. Here’s one of her art pieces… …

KANDINSKY, CASTLES and NUMBERS

July 4th marks the birth of American independence. Traditionally a time for family gatherings, barbeques and fireworks, let’s give a thought to those who fought…and continue to do so…for our independence and freedoms. Forever grateful… I created this piece in their honor . This week, I participated in three online art challenges… for TAKE A …

HEARTS and FLOWERS

If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic, then this week’s art challenge at TAKE A WORD (takeaword.blogspot.com) is for you. Their theme for the week is “hearts and flowers.” Those words direct my thoughts to LOVE! Here’s the piece of art I created for the occasion… Wishing you a week filled with love…hearts and flowers. Stay safe! …

BLACK LIVES MATTER

The online art challenge blog, TAKE A WORD (takeaword.blogspot.com) has asked participating artists to build on the theme “sheet music.” My piece of art is based on one of my favorite times in the cultural history of our country…The Harlem Renaissance. An intellectual, social and artistic explosion spanning the 1920’s centered in Harlem, New York …