Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Week 6 Inspiration ~ Jellyfish

OK, so I'm a tad bit behind. I came across the initial posting with the photo of those gorgeous jellyfish earlier tonight, and I had to take a few minutes and jot down the earring ideas that came to mind. In case they aren't finished soon, since I'm back at work now and knee (waist? neck?!) deep in home remodeling, here are the annotated sketches I made.

As I commented to DM earlier, I have a file of jellyfish photos on my computer just waiting to make their way onto my pastel panels. Since I normally paint landscapes, and these would make an excellent springboard for abstracts, I have yet to jump in with that project. Perhaps now that it's the New Year with new goals, I will expand my horizons a little bit. It's the colors and the flowing lines and sinuous curves...

Besides the fact that jellyfish are fascinating creatures. To think that they can sting their prey and draw it into their mouths with no brain directing the whole activity is amazing! There are other varieties that float in huge colonies, but no one is sure how they recognize each other or even stay near each other with out a brain or chemical sensors. They are a very simple yet fairly sophisticaated animal who has been around long enough to become quite evolutionarily adept within their particular niche.

But I digress...I should be silversmithing, not typing!

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The Jellyfish has beautiful colour in the bright blue sea. Its shape also attracted me with red and white threads from middle. So, just thought a bunch of yellow flowers with red and white threads. hope you all like it.

Created by, SANGHI

The picture of the jellyfish and the bright colors reminded me of days we used to spend on the beaches in Florida!! They were some of the best times, very relaxing, and they were a necessary 'escape' from the hectic city life (I'm still a country girl at heart, even though we have lived in different cities for a long time now)!! Thanks for a fantastic inspirational opportunity!!

By RekindledMe

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Away for Christmas

I will be posting a new inspiration piece next week.

Happy Holidays!

~ Dana Marie

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Week 5 Inspiration ~ Fuchsia

by Dana Marie
1 1/2" X 1 1/2" Original Acrylic Painting in Glass Locket

I was inspired by the color combination, the stamens and stigma of the fuchia flower.

This was not my first pick, though, I do love this photograph. I took it last year of this humming bird attracking beauty hanging on my porch at our old house in Lincoln City, Oregon. This weeks photo was to be one or both of my lighted lawn deers in the snow, however, the photographs did not turn out as I'd hoped. I will try again and I may end up posting two pictures for this week. However, if that does not happen, hope you enjoy this one.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Thank you for joining, Alisa, Jodi, Lisa, and Sanghi!

Jump right in when you are ready! And if you need help uploading pictures or posting, please, let me know!

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me (danamarieart@yahoo.com)!

Have a beautiful day!

~ Dana Marie

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Week 4 Inspiration ~ Winter Evening


"Encircle" is the second piece I created from using this weeks inspiration photograph, "Winter Evening". I wanted to capture the cobalt blue color in this piece, as I did in, "Magic in the Air", and my focus was on the full moon being cradled by the tree branches.


This is one of three inspirational pieces I did for this week, however, I'm still in the midst of finishing up the third. The one thing I loved about the photograph was the way moon appeared to be hanging from the tree like an ornament or a Chinese lantern. This was the end result of that concept.

I was just thinking about the Winter. The very first thought came to my mind this december is Snow. So i painted the moon drenching in snow sticked tree branches.

"Winter Moon"
by Amanda Makepeace

This week I was inspired by 2 things - the beautiful photograph and Dana Marie's small pendant paintings. My pendant is an original, acrylic painting on wood and measures 1 inch in diameter (about the size of a Quarter). I actually bought the little wood discs months ago and never got around to painting on them till now. I've attached a silver plated bail and the pendant comes with a black cord.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Week 3 Inspiration ~ Acorns


I simply love acorns....they bring thoughts of the Holiday Season. Just last month, my son found one while on a walk with his Nana when she was visiting last and he brought it home for me as a gift. It was so tiny and perfect! Another reason for me to love acorns.

The Last Acorns

by Amanda Makepeace

I couldn't resist focusing on the acorns in last weeks challenge. However, in my Acrylic ACEO I decided to fast forward them a bit. Here they appear dark and ready to drop from the tree!